Finding Hannah marks somewhat of a departure for McCallum — gone is the rural setting, traded in for the suburbs of Melbourne. The reader is first introduced Hannah Ainsley at Christmas time. Her favourite day of the year and favourite people — gone in a second.
Finding Hannah by Fiona McCallum
She has a lot of friends to support her, but grief is never an easy road. Finding Hannah is a confronting book in the bald exploration into grief. There are of course happy times, in particular towards the end of the book. But the bulk of the book is Hannah moving through her grief, becoming sad and teary at inopportune moments as she returns to work, opens the last Christmas presents and goes through the things of her loved ones.
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The last section of the book I enjoyed more at Hannah felt ready to trying branching out on her own. Her trip was really fun to read about and I felt that the plot moved more quickly and there was a ray of hope.
My reaction was run, Hannah, run! It seemed to me like it was way off the tone of the rest of the book and was just…awkward. I just wished that there had been a bit more sustenance to buoy me through what is predominantly a very sad story. I might look into the Button Jar series you mentioned. Nice review. Then there are her friends through work who make the journey easier. I love her friendship with Jasmine which comes from a different perspective again and grows through the book. While this is a serious book it is an easy read and one worth the hard times. Finding Hannah is not my usual read.
This was far from that. A story about loss and grief. Friends and I guess just life in general. Although loss is a very big part of life, it is something I try not to dwell on. I found the subject matter very hard, raw and emotional.
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I shed quite a few tears while reading this book. Thanks to Harlequin and Beauty and Lace for allowing me to read this book. This book is definitely a book that will take you on a journey of emotions as we follow the story of Hannah who suffers a terrible tragedy on Christmas Day. The story is a very sad one and it would be hard to imagine how you would act if you ended up in the same situation. This story really is a book that deals with getting over the grief of losing someone and how it can change your life so suddenly.
The story is written in a fairly simple manner so despite being quite a hard hitting subject it is still relatively quick and easy to get through. Hannah Ainsley leads a charmed life, has a wonderful husband, loving parents and has an array of thoughtful friends.
But Christmas Day this year brings a debilitating tragedy and her world is unceremoniously torn apart in one foul strike. This is a journey through an array of deep emotions, grief, survival and learning to live again… I was swept up instantly, Fiona McCallum has written this so beautifully.
It is moving and thoughtful but despite the great sadness of this story it is a wonderful read. The author is indeed a master of storytelling as Good Reading Magazine says. All the characters are instantly relatable, they sound like they could be your own circle of family and friends. I think this will strike a cord in everyone who decides to read it. Can be very close to home and quite confronting. But after that I found I lost interest.
However I do think the story would emotionally effect others in different ways depending on circumstances. I did find the first chapter did shock me. It was well written and easy to read but I would have loved a little more. I enjoyed a lot about this book, the sensitive way it illustrates how grief can be crippling and all encompassing, the cast of diverse but loveable friends and family, the fond memories of happier times.
I thought the author explored the processing of grief very well. At first, I felt initially a little let down by the ending, but on reflection I think it was perfectly appropriate. I kind of wanted more to happen with Pete and Charlie but that would have seemed too much of a fairy tale ending. So overall an interesting and enjoyable although emotionally draining at times read which I will certainly recommend to friends and family.
A very poignant reminder to treasure your loved ones always. Finding Hannah written by Fiona McCallum had me intrigued from the very first chapter.
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The book revolves around Hannah, who loses her husband and parents in a car accident on Christmas Day. The character of Hannah works through all the stages of grief and as a reader, I felt that I was there with her as each layer in her journey unraveled. It was quite an emotional read and I did find myself teary eyed at multiple points and this was a sign that I was feeling connected to the characters. I feel like Fiona McCallum has taken me on a rollercoaster ride through the experience of grief and loss. The book acknowledges the strength and persistence that is needed to heal.
I especially enjoyed the ending and surprisingly I found myself laughing and crying a little too. Your email address will not be published. You May Also Like:.
Book Review: Dare You To. Thank you Beauty and Lace and Harlequin Books for gifting me this book to read. Thank you especially to Fiona McCallum for another beautiful story to read. Put this on your TBR pile. Well written and highly emotive, this book left a big impression on me. Finding Hannah will linger! I was chuffed to receive Finding Hannah to read and review for the Beauty and Lace book club. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. I checked online to see how long the ride was and discovered that the train would arrive in Alliance around two in the morning.
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