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5 Stars Out Of 5
A Great Read!
October 24, 2011
This was my first Angela Hunt book, but it won't be my last. I found the setting of the book--a funeral home--quite intriguing. I also thought that Hunt did a great job of combining humor, relationship/family issues, death, and adolescence into a fun read.
refers to audio version**I love this novel. This is different than the normal reading fare but I do have to say I've enjoyed it. The narration is well-done in this unabridged edition. Jennifer's ex-husband cheats on her and then files for divorce. Since they both work in politics and he is the favored one, she is having a difficult time landing a job. She along with her 13-year old son and 5-year old son are living with her mother when they get a call from an out-of-town lawyer telling her (Jen) that she had inherited a funeral home. They travel to Florida to see the home and to get it ready for sale. They are forced to stay there overnight since there are no available hotels or motels in the area. The place has a resident embalmer -- an old man who has living quarters in the old Victorian. When she tells him of her plans to fix up the home and sell it, he requests that he be allowed, in the meantime, to resume the business. To make the many costly but necessary repairs to Fairlawn, Jennifer comes up with the idea to turn the home into a temporary bed and breakfast, much to Gerald's dismay. I like this part: When the Realtor comes with a doctor and his wife for a house showing, Clay stays behind. Okay, so you'll have to read it, to find out what happens. In "Doesn't She Looks Natural," we learn some about the funeral business, how the bodies are prepared for viewing. In this setting, many of the clients are long-time friends and neighbors of Fairlawn's residents. As Gerald says "Funerals aren't for the dead; They're for the living."
An excellent book ! It combines humor, honesty and is a refreshing change of venue, a great read. I couldn't lay this book or the others in this series down. Some details regarding the funeral industry may be upsetting to anyone with a recent loss of a loved one, even though they are handled with much respect and dignity. Buy the series, it's like potato chips, you can't have just one !
My nephew and his wife lived in a funeral home for the first few years of their marriage. His wife worked at the home during the day and they were "on call" during the evening hours. So I found the setting intriguing. Angela keep me spell bound through all the challenging relationships Jen has with her ex-husband, her mother, her two sons, and most important, her relationship with God.This is the second "Angela Hunt" novel I've read, but it won't be my last.