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Every month, a letter. That's what Lauren decides to leave her husband when she finds out she's dying. Each month, she gives Josh a letter containing a task to help him face this first year without her, leading him on a heartrending, beautiful, often humorous journey to find happiness again in this new novel from the New York Times best-selling author Kristan Higgins.

Joshua and Lauren are the perfect couple. Newly married, they're wildly in love, each on a successful and rewarding career path. Then Lauren is diagnosed with a terminal illness. 

As Lauren's disease progresses, Joshua struggles to make the most of the time he has left with his wife and to come to terms with his future - a future without the only woman he's ever loved. He's so consumed with finding a way to avoid the inevitable ending that he never imagines his life after Lauren. 

But Lauren has a plan to keep her husband moving forward. A plan hidden in the letters she leaves him. In those letters, one for every month in the year after her death, Lauren leads Joshua on a journey through pain, anger, and denial. It's a journey that will take Joshua from his attempt at a dinner party for family and friends to getting rid of their bed...from a visit with a psychic medium to a kiss with a woman who isn't Lauren. As his grief makes room for laughter and new relationships, Joshua learns Lauren's most valuable lesson: The path to happiness doesn't follow a straight line. 

Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, this novel from New York Times best-selling author Kristan Higgins illuminates how life's greatest joys are often hiding in plain sight.

©2021 Kristan Higgins (P)2021 Recorded Books

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  • Natalie
  • 2021-06-17

Truly awful narration

If you've "read" Kristan Higgins' other books, don't expect this one to be in the same ballpark. With that said, it's a good premise and interesting timeline.. On the other hand the narration is god-awful. Xe Sands uses the same glottal-fry voice and irritating flip-sounding-attitude no matter if she's reading comedy or tragedy. The male narrator...I can't even go there. So bad.

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  • Amanda
  • 2021-07-05

So glad it’s over. Like a dark cloud the whole way through.

Let me start by saying I ADORE KH’s books. If you only knew and on second thought are two of my all-time favorites. But this one was a huge miss for me.

The storyline was a cool idea but it was so SAD-the entire way through. I keep describing it as a dark cloud…that’s how I felt the whole time and I just kept waiting for something uplifting and bright to come in and change the trajectory. But no. It’s sad and solemn and depressing the whole way. I completely understand why this man is sad of course. His wife dies tragically at a super young age and then has letters delivered to him each month after her death so she can help him through his grief. It’s sad, there’s no way around it. But he just never seemed to get better. I love that he makes a friend at some point but that’s kind of the highlight for me. The last 5 minutes are good because he finally seems happy but holy cow.

I feel like there could have been so many ways to liven up the book to help pull him out of his pain and despair. But it was flat the whole way through. I had to force myself to finish this one.

If you’re expecting a regular KH novel, this is not it. :(

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  • Kris10forpresident
  • 2021-06-12

Didn’t Keep my attention

I love Kristan Higgins books but this one did not keep my attention. I am also an Xe Sands fan too.
The story has a good premise but just was dull.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-06-23

Another Book to tug at your Heartstrings

This is more than a love story… it’s a guide to living each moment and beyond (The GB) . Higgins captures each character with such raw emotions and the narrators make you feel them to the depths of your soul. XE Sands captures Lauren’s essence perfectly and Dion Graham makes you wish he was husband with all the love and grief he portrays. So much so I had to go between listening and actually turning the pages when the emotions got too much for my heart to handle. Higgin’s is at the top of her game and this might be her finest work yet.
A must listen!
-KRB

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  • Zoya
  • 2021-06-11

smth to cry your eyes out

This is the most beautiful book on grieving I've ever read. But if you don't want to ruin your makeup you should definitely choose anything else. This one is pure tears from the beginning to the end.

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  • Michelle Stdenis
  • 2021-06-23

Heartfelt story

Being a Rhode Islander - this story seemed so real! Like a friend was telling me a story about someone they knew. All the landmarks are real places. Besides that this story made me laugh and made me cry! I felt so much for both Lauren and Josh. Define ty recommend this book to anyone wanting to read and emotional true love story.

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  • VL Garcia
  • 2021-06-22

Grab the kleenex

This book came out just after I lost my best friend to a similar lung disease, and I cried my eyes out listening to it and thinking of my dear friend, and imagining what she was thinking inside. The narrator did a great job pulling me in and telling this story. The story felt real and honest, and I felt every word deep inside. A great book to help with the grief of losing someone you love. I am glad I used my last credit for this book. I will have to look for more Kristan Higgins books.

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  • Jackie D Smith
  • 2021-06-21

Beautiful!!

So moving and tender and unlike anything I've ever read!! Loved it!! Thank you Kristan!

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  • Leslie
  • 2021-06-21

Amazing Male Prospective!!

This was so very well written!! I loved the Audible version and narrator! Brava! Brava!

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  • Nancy L
  • 2021-06-18

Amazing book

I laughed, I cried. I can only talk about how wonderful the story, the narration and the characters made it come to life. I n my opinion it is Kristan Higgin’s best book.

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