I’m on the blog tour for Death and Other Happy Endings by Melanie Cantor! Very excited!!!
There’s nothing like being told that in three months you’ll be dead to make you think about what you really want in life
Jennifer Cole has just been told that she has a terminal blood disorder and has just three months to live–ninety days to say goodbye to friends and family, and to put her affairs in order. Ninety days to come to terms with a diagnosis that is unfair, unexpected, and completely unpronounceable. Focusing on the positives (she won’t have to go on in a world without Bowie or Maya Angelou; she won’t get Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s like her parents, or have teeth that flop out at the mere mention of the word apple), Jennifer realizes she only has one real regret: the relationships she’s lost.
Rather than running off to complete a frantic bucket list, Jennifer chooses to stay put and write a letter to the three most significant people in her life, to say the things she wished she’d said before but never dared: her overbearing, selfish sister, her jelly-spined, cheating ex-husband, and her charming, unreliable ex-boyfriend–and finally tell them the truth.
At first, Jennifer feels cleansed by her catharsis. Liberated, even. Her ex-boyfriend rushes to her side and she even starts to build bridges with her sister Isabelle (that is, once Isabelle’s confirmed that Jennifer’s condition isn’t genetic). But once you start telling the truth, it’s hard to stop. And as Jennifer soon discovers, the truth isn’t always as straightforward as it seems, and death has a way of surprising you….
Official blurb for Death and other Happy Endings
I was interested in this story and the message it portrays. The narrative is enjoyable and is such an easy read with reminders all the way through to enjoy life. Although aptly named, this book teaches you that life is short and should be valued.
The characters are unique and develop throughout the story. The protagonist is a wonderfully likeable character that makes you think you’re reading the story of an old friend rather than a character in a book.
The author has created a masterpiece of modern contemporary literature where you will love every page. Jennifer’s relationships with others are reflected on in real time by her, as if you get to see her most inner thoughts and process as to how she gets her feelings across. The story flows as you learn of the characters and Jennifer’s regrets, and how she intends to put them right.
I liked how this book wasn’t a ‘do or die’ bucket list book and instead was an inventive turn on the terminal diagnosis. Cantor’s quirky prose give you a warmth that only a book about death could do… an odd turn of phrase but you’ll see what I mean when you read it! I hope I have intrigued you enough to get a copy!
There are no spoilers in this review as I would hate to spoil such an imaginative and brilliant story.
This book will make you understand that there are many versions of the truth, depending on the place, person, and situation. A truly gripping read that will have you hooked from cover to cover.
If you enjoy women’s and contemporary fiction and drama, this book is for you. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and think you will too!
How to get your hands on a copy:
Thank you to Anne Carter from Random Things Blog Tours and Penguin Random House for my copy and spot on the tour! And thank you to the author, Melanie Cantor, what a fabulous read!
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the tour!
About the author:
Melanie Cantor was a celebrity agent and publicist for over thirty years. Her clients included Ulrika Jonsson, Melinda Messenger and Melanie Sykes.
In 2004, she hosted a makeover show on Channel 4 called Making Space and in 2017 having just turned 60 she was scouted on Kings Cross station, subsequently appearing as a ‘real model’ in the most recent Dove campaign.
She turned her hand to writing in 2008. Death and other Happy Endings is her first published novel.
About the author & images courtesy of Anne Carter