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    I adored this fast-paced charming story

    I always love a great British rom-com and Ms. Ross had me laughing, crying and rethinking my funeral plans. Nina’s new shop is in Primrose Hill, “Britain’s answer to Beverly Hills”. Home of famous and wealthy people who “don’t do death” and who pull out every trick in the book to get Nina to leave the neighborhood. With the encouragement and support of Nina’s friends, Gloria (landlady and lawyer), Edo (starving artist) and Kelli (famous actress), she finds a way to overcome the bad and promote her own unique brand of funeral planning and end-of-life choices. On another note, Nina’s love life has been non-existent for about 5 years since she lost her husband, Ryan, until she meets Barclay Banks, corporate lawyer, adrenaline junky, and playboy. His adventures at paintballing, go-karting and parkour, to name a few, are interesting, but it’s his pursuit of Nina that is his most challenging campaign. I love Barclay. His quirky activities and hilarious t-shirt collection are priceless, but it’s his respect and small gestures to win over Nina that are truly romantic and swoon-worthy. Overall, I adored this fast-paced story of perseverance and determination to pursue your dreams no matter the cost. I learned a lot about the “modern way of death” and funeral planning. Fascinating stuff!! There are also a few surprises in store. I am a new fan of Ms. Ross and can’t wait to read more of her stories. Recommend very highly! Thank you to Ms. Ross for giving me the opportunity to review this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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    *3.5 Stars*

    This book had great writing. It was easy to read and the flow was kept fairly steady. However, I just couldn't get into this book. It was, in my opinion, a bit slow which is why it didn't really capture my interest. This book just didn't reach its potential for me. I wanted to see more funerals and the stories surrounding them. Unfortunately, that didn't happen until about halfway through. What did manage to grab my interest was the story surrounding the death of Nina's husband. Which again, unfortunately, didn't happen until just over halfway through the book. I wish we would have heard more about it though. I did like Barclay. I thought he was an interesting character. Also, I did find some humor in some moments of the book. In particular, some of Nina's observations made me chuckle. Although I didn't enjoy the book, many people did enjoy it so you shouldn't base your opinion about whether to read the book based on my review. "I received an advanced copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review."
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    a five-star read that will open many eyes

    Five Wakes and a Wedding by Karen Ross a five-star read that will open many eyes. This was such a good novel, I am so glad I picked it up, it reiterates what I keep telling everyone, how we shouldn’t fear death and have bland funerals but have an event for people to celebrate. People thought I was crazy planning what I wanted at 25, but after being like Nina and losing a friend you and seeing them looking like an old woman and not the person I knew, I knew I never wanted to be seen like that. This was so heart warming and honest, it won’t be everyone’s taste, much like a certain window display in Primrose Hill. But everyone should read it just to understand. I cant wait to see what else Karen Ross has written as this was a masterpiece of art in the written word form.
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