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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amy Breau
  • 2021-06-18

A story of a love from the great beyond

This is a story of a live that reaches from the Great Beyond. I didn’t cry when Lauren died, or when he got the letters, or when he cried. I got teary when the little one said I love you Uncle Josh. Great story, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry. You’ll love it loser!!!!!!!!

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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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  • MauRanchGldnrtvrs
  • 2021-06-17

Heart wrenching love story

Kristan Higgins has written a heart wrenching, beautiful love story. The love story is realistic and full human flaws, making the story so much fuller. The surrounding characters built in are real and I felt a connection with each of them. The two issues that I had was when she suddenly introduced a character including his race when she hadn’t included anyone’s race prior to that. It made me very race conscious within the story. It was awkwardly handled. The other was the constant time changes which were enormous. They became frustrating towards the end as I think the information brought in at that time wasn’t needed then. It was nice to have but not necessary, or could have been bright forward early in the the book.
Yes, I subbed my eyes out at the death scene described. That was brutal. Anyone who’s gone through a loved one dying is going to have flashbacks.
Thank goodness for the epilogue.
Overall, it’s a story worth reading or listening to and I recommend it.

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  • Shell
  • 2021-06-17

There aren’t enough words.

Beautiful…just beautiful. I’ve loved every book Kristan has written, but this, by far, is her best. Enjoy!!!

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  • Vicki
  • 2021-06-16

I wanted this book to go on and on!!

I started this book and was a little hesitant because I thought that ok, this is going to be so cheesy and like P. S. I love you but I was pleasantly surprised! I absolutely adored the characters Josh & Lauren. Xe Sands is one of my favorite narrators, I can listen to her voice literally all day long but paired with Dion Graham was magical!! I loved this love story. It was very emotional and I could only listen to a couple of hours at a time but there were also a lot of humorous parts & I found myself laughing out loud. I think it’s so well written. I could actually feel the characters heartache!

I have listened to almost all of Kristan Higgin’s books and I will say that this is my favorite book of hers!!

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  • Sonya
  • 2021-06-15

Great read!

I’ve read all of Kristan Higgins’s books and enjoyed each one. This book is a different style for her and I have to say it’s probably my favorite. The narrator’s are excellent and this book will make you laugh and cry.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-06-13

Absolutely awesome

This book was amazing! I laughed and I cried and I cried some more, really made me think about life and gave me a new perspective about a few things.

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  • Lynn
  • 2021-06-11

Packs A Huge Heart-filled Punch

Higgins constructed and wrote this bittersweet love story with brilliant perfection. Both narrators brought it to spoken life at the top of their world class games. Joshua is the most true, fully realized male character Higgins has created. The way the other characters are perceived and experienced through his character and personality, with all his brilliance and his blind spots, is an extraordinary accomplishment. Congratulations, Ms. Higgins. Enjoy even while your heart is both warmed and broken, listener.

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