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Sunday, January 04, 2015

Book Review: The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes by Anna McPartlin

The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes by Anna Mcpartlin
Published by Black Swan (2014)
Source: Gift

Read more about the author here:  Anna McPartlin's official site

The Blurb:
Here is a truth that can’t be escaped: for Mia ‘Rabbit’ Hayes, life is coming to an end . . .
Rabbit Hayes loves her life, ordinary as it is, and the extraordinary people in it.  She loves her spirited daughter, Juliet; her colourful, unruly family; the only man in her big heart, Johnny Faye.
But it turns out the world has other plans for Rabbit, and she’s OK with that. Because she has plans for the world too, and only a handful of days left to make them happen. Here is a truth that won’t be forgotten: this is a story about laughing through life’s surprises and finding the joy in every moment.

In those limbo days between Christmas and New Year, I found myself browsing the books in WH Smith.  I had been very generously given a gift voucher by my uncle and cousin a couple of months previously but had not yet had the urge to spend it.  I hadn't read a book in weeks so was quite surprised to find myself fondling the books on display!  I ended up buying this and a couple of other books which were on special offer, and I picked this one up almost as soon as I got home.  Something about it was calling to me.

From the title I was prepared for a bit of tear jerker, and I was wise to prepare!  This book had me alternately smiling and wiping my eyes with almost each turn of the page.  It truly is a roller coaster read.  With subject matter so grim and sad, McPartlin manages to lighten the mood with humour without detracting from the seriousness of the subject.  This is a sensitive, heart-rending story about loss and love with such wonderful characters who you wish you could be friends with.  A great big hug in a book, and just what I needed to bring me out of my reading slump.

Anna McPartlin was a new author to me, but I have since discovered that The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes is her sixth novel.  I will definitely be tracking down her other works (not until I've read a few more on my existing shelf though! I'm not planning on breaking my reading goals yet!).  

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At February 15, 2015 5:37 pm , Blogger So many books, so little time said...

I have not long finished this although just writing up my review. I agree with everything you said, beautiful book, lovely review.

Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

P.s I am your newest follower :)

At February 15, 2015 9:33 pm , Blogger Terri Griffiths said...

Yay! Hello and welcome :) Just been over to read your review :D


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