The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Disclaimer: I received this signed paperback in exchange for an honest review.
Part 1: From the book cover
In this utterly charming debut — one woman sets out to complete her old list of childhood goals, and finds that her lifelong dreams lead her down a path she never expects.
1. Go to Paris
2. Perform live, on a super big stage
3. Have a baby, maybe two
4. Fall in love
Brett Bohlinger has forgotten all about the list of life goals she’d written as a naïve teenager. In fact, at thirty-four, Brett seems to have it all—a plum job at her family’s multimillion-dollar company and a spacious loft with her irresistibly handsome boyfriend. But when her beloved mother, Elizabeth, dies, Brett’s world is turned upside down. Rather than simply naming her daughter the new CEO of Bohlinger Cosmetics, Elizabeth’s will comes with one big stipulation: Brett must fulfill the list of childhood dreams she made so long ago.
Grief-stricken, Brett can barely make sense of her mother’s decision. Some of her old hopes seem impossible. How can she possibly have a relationship with a father who died seven years ago? Other dreams (Be an awesome teacher!) would require her to reinvent her entire future. For each goal attempted, her mother has left behind a bittersweet letter, offering words of wisdom, warmth, and—just when Brett needs it—tough love.
As Brett struggles to complete her abandoned life list, one thing becomes clear: Sometimes life’s sweetest gifts can be found in the most unexpected places.
Part 2: Recommendation
I absolutely adore this book! The plot is simple but such a page turner. The writing is absolutely lovely and definitely brought tears to my eyes several times throughout the book. There are definitely some hard lessons to learn in this book like: you can't force love, learn to forgive and work towards achieving goals that actually make you happy. Brett is so easy to fall in love with as well as Brad, Herbert and Garrett. It’s actually hard to decide which one is better for Brett and at some point in the book, I had wished that the “Burberry trench coat man” is the one Brett ends up with but it was even better! At this point in my review, I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read the book yet. This book is one that you will definitely hug close to your heart at the end of it. I highly, highly recommend that you read this book!
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