WOW!!! The Dead Wife’s Handbook is the story of Rachel, Max and Ellie in the aftermath of Rachel’s untimely death and how both the departed and those left behind pick up the pieces of their lives, whilst exploring their memories.

Firstly I would like to thank both Hannah and Katie Sheldrake for sending me a copy of this book for review and for inviting me to be apart of this fantastic blog tour.

I loved the sound of this book from the moment I first saw it mentioned on Twitter and it was very quickly added to my must read list of 2014. So I was ecstatic when I was sent a signed copy and couldn’t wait to get stuck in. And this book certainly didn’t disappoint.

After reading the first 2 chapters when they were released as a preview, I knew this book was going to have me sobbing and I was right. Having lost my mum as a teenager and being a mother myself to 2 young children, I really could relate to this book on so many levels. Hannah managed to capture the raw emotions of such a loss in her brilliant and beautiful poetic style. I felt the loss of Rachel as though I was reliving those difficult times again and my heart broke for Max and Ellie and for all that they faced in the aftermath of such an unexpected loss. Hannah’s ability to capture such grief and emotions was outstanding on so many levels. Very few books have got to me in the same way that The Dead Wife’s Handbook has, so much so that the story has stayed with me long after I finished reading.

Each of the characters were beautifully presented and had such depth and soul that I could easily connect with them and feel exactly what they were feeling. The book in itself was beautifully written, with a fantastic plot that drew me in from page one and had me sobbing, I literally could not put this book down. The Dead Wife’s Handbook was well structured and was well paced. I loved how we were able to see each of the characters develop and come to terms with Rachel’s untimely demise. I thought the use of the insights and memories, were not only unique, but also the perfect way to tell such a tragic and emotional story of love and loss.

I really can not begin to find the words to tell you how much I loved this and how honoured I am to have been able to read such an amazing book. Even though this book lead me to reflect on my own experiences and the loss of my mum, it did make me remember the good times. Such experiences have made me the person I am today and as within this novel I hope my mum is still out there looking down on me, a comfort I have drawn from this masterpiece. I know for one this novel has made me give my children an extra kiss goodnight/bye.

So anyone out there looking for a book which will leave you sobbing and play on your emotions, this is the book for you! I honestly am unable to find the words to give this book the justice which it truly deserves. I will definitely be reading TDWH time and time again, this has firmly won a space as one of my all time favourite books.

As part of the blog tour myself and the fabulous Hannah Beckerman have each shared out best holiday memory – why not take a look…

My best holiday memory http://www.compellingreads.co.uk/holiday-memories-the-dead-wifes-handbook-blog-tour

Hannah Beckerman’s Best Holiday Memory http://www.compellingreads.co.uk/blog-tour-hannah-beckermans-best-holiday-memory-2

You can follow Hannah on Twitter @hannahbeckerman

 

The Dead Wife's Handbook Book Cover The Dead Wife's Handbook
Hannah Beckerman
Penguin
13/02/2014
496

'Today is my death anniversary. A year ago today I was still alive.'

Rachel, Max and their daughter Ellie had the perfect life - until the night Rachel's heart stopped beating.

Now Max and Ellie are doing their best to adapt to life without Rachel, and just as her family can't forget her, Rachel can't quite let go of them either. Caught in a place between worlds, Rachel watches helplessly as she begins to fade from their lives. And when Max is persuaded by family and friends to start dating again, Rachel starts to understand that dying was just the beginning of her problems.

As Rachel grieves for the life she's lost and the life she'll never lead, she learns that sometimes the thing that breaks your heart might be the very thing you hope for.

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