Pack Up the Moon by Kristan Higgins
Kindle Edition, 480 pages
Publication: June 8th 2021 by Berkley
Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance, Contemporary, Adult Fiction
Every month, a letter. That's what Lauren decides to leave her husband when she finds out she's dying. Each month, she gives Josh a letter containing a task to help him face this first year without her, leading him on a heartrending, beautiful, often humorous journey to find happiness again in this new novel from the New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins.
Joshua and Lauren are the perfect couple. Newly married, they're wildly in love, each on a successful and rewarding career path. Then Lauren is diagnosed with a terminal illness.
As Lauren's disease progresses, Joshua struggles to make the most of the time he has left with his wife and to come to terms with his future--a future without the only woman he's ever loved. He's so consumed with finding a way to avoid the inevitable ending that he never imagines his life after Lauren.
But Lauren has a plan to keep her husband moving forward. A plan hidden in the letters she leaves him. In those letters, one for every month in the year after her death, Lauren leads Joshua on a journey through pain, anger, and denial. It's a journey that will take Joshua from his attempt at a dinner party for family and friends to getting rid of their bed...from a visit with a psychic medium to a kiss with a woman who isn't Lauren. As his grief makes room for laughter and new relationships, Joshua learns Lauren's most valuable lesson: The path to happiness doesn't follow a straight line.
Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, this novel from New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins illuminates how life's greatest joys are often hiding in plain sight.
My Thoughts…Pack Up the
Moon is such a sad story. A romance
that flourishes, grows, and then before it has a chance to have a long life
there is a horrible twist. One of the
persons learns that they are not going to live a long life, they are going to
die well before their time, and they will leave behind the person who has made
their heartbeat, their soul shine, and their entire life better.
Lauren is the
person who has found out she is going to die.
Her illness cannot be cured. I
enjoyed seeing how she found the silver lining, she decides that she will live
each day to the fullest, find the happiness in each minute, and spend as much
time as possible with her husband. The
way that she guided her husband, Joshua, through the first year after her death
was heartwarming and heart breaking.
With each part of Joshua’s journey after losing Lauren I could feel the
love that she had for him and the hope that she had that he would find a way to
be happy again and hopefully find love again.
wrote a book that I felt was different from her other books that I have read
but I really liked it. I liked how many
feelings were shared, how real the characters were, and how much family and
friendship mean to Lauren. Pick up your
own copy of this book and open your heart to a heartbreaking, heartwarming, sad
and happy story.
**Thank you Danielle Keir at Berkley for a copy of the book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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is the New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal and Publishers
Weekly bestselling author of 19 novels, which have been
translated into more than two dozen languages and sold millions of copies
worldwide. Her books have received dozens of awards and accolades, including
starred reviews from Kirkus, The New York Journal of Books, Publishers
Weekly, Library Journal , People and Booklist. Her books
regularly appear on the lists for best novels of the year. Kristan is also a
cohost of the Crappy Friends podcast, which discusses the often complex
dynamics of female friendships, with her friend and fellow writer, Joss Dey.
descendant of a butcher and a laundress, Kristan lives in Connecticut with her
heroic firefighter husband. They own several badly behaved pets and are
often visited by their entertaining and long-lashed children.