Three Amazing Things About You
Author Jill Mansell
Narrated by Heather Wilds
Audiobook Published by Tantor Media
Publication date Oct 4, 2016
Running time 11 hrs 27 min
I voluntarily reviewed a review copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Hallie has a secret. She’s in love. He’s perfect for her in every way, but he’s seriously out of bounds. And her friends aren’t going to help her, because what they do know is that Hallie doesn’t have long to live. Time is running out . . .
Flo has a dilemma. She really likes Zander. But his scary sister won’t be even faintly amused if she thinks Zander and Flo are becoming friends—let alone anything more.
Tasha has a problem. Her new boyfriend is the adventurous type. And she’s afraid one of his adventures will go badly wrong.
Three Amazing Things About You begins as Hallie goes on a journey. A donor has been found, and she’s about to be given new lungs. But whose?
This book struck a chord with me because one of my oldest and dearest friends has had Cystic Fibrosis and is a miracle at sixty years of age. I love him dearly and am so grateful to the people who work so hard to develop the many treatments, therapies and procedures that keep him going. Truth me told, he is probably in better shape than me!
The center of this story, a young woman with CF who, as the book opens is on her way to a transplant surgery, is a sweet and appealing woman. CF has limited her lifestyle and will limit her lifespan. Since she is on her way to the transplant and we then go back in time one year to a collection of other characters, it is not yet obvious what the central point of the story will be. But as the blurb points out who will be the donor?
The story is heartwarming and heartbreaking and the characters run the gamut from sweet to altruistic, to dutiful and self-sacrificing, to pathetically self absorbed. It’s about life, and love and the opening and nurturing of one’s heart
It is the pathetically self-absorbed character I found a little hard to believe, but, the heartbreaking parts of the story are a catalyst for change. Another character, Flo, is a real saint who decides to give love another chance.
Like my friend, Hallie has found a way to live as fully as her physical condition allows. Having a life limiting illness puts a special spin on “Seize the Day!” She has a business, lots of friends, an ex-boyfriend. But what is missing in her life is that special guy. The story is also about finding that guy and getting them together.
In general my life involves a lot less plotting and manipulations of friends and events than most novels and this is no different. I would never dream of doing some of the things people in this book do to introduce or reintroduce one friend to another. I have had some friends who have been caught with their pants down and often they continue to run through life in the same way. In this book friends are very close and involved in fiddling with each others’ lives.
It made me think, and laugh. It also made me feel and cry. At the end I was left with a feeling of bereavement for the losses in the story and with a sense of hope for love and treatment of Cystic Fibrosis.
The romantic elements aren’t a hot and steamy, but people do, occasionally, hook up in a non-graphic way.
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