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Review: This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!

December 15, 2015

This is Your Life, Harriet Chance

Harriet’s husband has been dead for two years and she’s still adjusting to life without him when she receives notification that the Alaskan cruise her husband won in a silent auction is about to expire.  She’d never heard anything about a cruise but decides she can’t let it go to waste.  She enlists her best friend to go with her.  Her friend backs out at the last minute and gives Harriet a letter to read once she’s on board ship.  The contents of the letter leave her reeling and make Harriet reflect on her past.

I just loved This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison!  Told in a light, breezy manner, the story alternates between the present and past events in Harriet’s life to give readers a complete look at her life.  It’s not the life she dreamed of but it’s one she thought she’d come to accept until she reads the letter from her friend.  When her daughter comes aboard the ship, Harriet has to examine their relationship as well as confront her past.

On the surface, this seemed like it would be an easy, fun book but it has a lot more depth than I ever expected.  I found the book to be smart, funny, and thought provoking.  I could relate to Harriet even though her life was very different from mine.  Since there’s a lot to think about in This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!, I think it would make for a terrific book club discussion.

Review copy provided by Algonquin Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
23 Comments leave one →
  1. December 15, 2015 5:41 am

    I have been on the fence with this one but you have made it sound so good that I am bumping this one up.

  2. December 15, 2015 6:57 am

    Wow, I have two books in my waiting-on-the-coffee-table-pile set in Alaska and this isn’t even one of them! Must be the latest trend….

  3. December 15, 2015 6:58 am

    I think I’d enjoy this one. Loved your review, Kathy.

  4. December 15, 2015 6:59 am

    This sounds like something I’d enjoy! I’ll be on the look out for it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  5. December 15, 2015 8:09 am

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this one. I got it through NetGalley and now I’m excited to read it. Sounds like such a great read!

  6. Diane permalink
    December 15, 2015 8:46 am

    I’m glad u enjoyed this – I really did as well.

  7. December 15, 2015 8:54 am

    I think I’d really like this book, but it hits a little too close to home for me to read yet.

  8. December 15, 2015 9:22 am

    This sounds right up my literary alley.

  9. December 15, 2015 9:37 am

    This sounds really intriguing as well.

  10. Patty permalink
    December 15, 2015 11:02 am

    I love books like this one…all of those sort of hidden intriguing undertones!

  11. December 15, 2015 2:07 pm

    Wow, this one sounds like a real winner! And one I would enjoy. I like the story’s premise.

  12. December 15, 2015 3:28 pm

    sounds like a good read!

  13. December 15, 2015 3:28 pm

    This does sound like a fun read, and even better that you found more depth to it than you anticipated. That’s always a plus in my book. You have me curious about this one, Kathy.

  14. December 15, 2015 3:49 pm

    Interesting 🙂

  15. December 15, 2015 7:55 pm

    Kathy, this book does sound thought provoking and worth reading! Terrific review! I’ll keep an eye out for Harriet Chance!

  16. The Cue Card permalink
    December 15, 2015 8:36 pm

    Thanks for the tip on this book. It sounds snappy and fun but with depth too. Perfect.

  17. December 16, 2015 3:49 am

    I love the premise! Thanks for posting this review; I’m going to look for This is Your Life, Harriett Chance.

  18. December 16, 2015 12:38 pm

    I like books that are light and fun but also have some meaning to them. I’m going to check to see if the library has it.

  19. December 16, 2015 3:25 pm

    Think I’d love this, too!

  20. bookingmama permalink
    December 17, 2015 7:19 am

    Sounds terrific! And I love books that are deeper than you initially thought.

  21. December 18, 2015 11:02 am

    I’ve been on the fence about reading this one but you make it sound so good!

  22. December 19, 2015 2:11 pm

    This sounds really good to me.

  23. December 20, 2015 11:49 pm

    Diane sent this to me recently and I’m looking forward to it!

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