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PERFECT FOR FANS OF 'ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE' BY GAIL HONEYMAN AND 'THE MAN I THINK I KNOW' BY MIKE GAYLE Two strangers. Two deaths. One unlikely friendship that will change everything. Holly Moon has it all. The perfect husband, the dream media career, then at age twenty-six her husband dies and just like that her world comes crashing down around her. ​ Blac PERFECT FOR FANS OF 'ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE' BY GAIL HONEYMAN AND 'THE MAN I THINK I KNOW' BY MIKE GAYLE Two strangers. Two deaths. One unlikely friendship that will change everything. Holly Moon has it all. The perfect husband, the dream media career, then at age twenty-six her husband dies and just like that her world comes crashing down around her. ​ Black cab driver, Phil Turner, is sixty when his wife dies of cancer. They've been married for forty years. He doesn't know any different. ​ When Holly and Phil meet at Good Grief support group, they strike up an unlikely friendship. Two strangers with nothing in common except they don't know how to move on. Perhaps together and with the aid of their 'definitely-not-a-bucket-list' they'll find a way. But it's not as easy as just ticking things off a list and soon their happiness and lives hinge on one thing...each other. ​ Set in London, Good Grief is a love letter to the healing power of friendship and learning that even in the depths of grief the most magical things can happen. WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ‘A satisfyingly British sense of humour. Recommended.’ - Nick Spalding, Author ‘Jon Rance makes me laugh.’ - Matt Dunn, Author ‘Funny, romantic and real.’ - Star Magazine, This Thirtysomething Life ‘Funny and poignant - the perfect combination.’ - Michele Gorman, Author 'I cried, I cringed, I laughed and finished the book with a huge smile on my face! Jon Rance = brilliant!' - Amazon reviewer, Dan And Nat Got Married 'Jon Rance has a delicious lightness of touch as he writes and delivers each comedic episode with great aplomb.' - Amazon reviewer, Dan And Nat Got Married 'Dan and Nat Got Married was everything I wanted in a book, seriously. It made me laugh, it made me cringe, I loved Dan, I loved Nat, I loved Adam and Ellie, the dialogue and London setting was amazing.' - Amazon reviewer, Dan And Nat Got Married 'Gripped from the start, full of emotion, laughter, sadness and love! If you want a book that makes you feel happy and smiling then this is the book for you.' - Amazon reviewer, Sunday Dinners ‘An endearing, heartwarming and realistic novel and would definitely come under the category of ‘will make you laugh and cry at the same time'.' - Bookaholic Confessions, This Thirtysomething Life ‘A very candid, honest, hilarious read.’ - Chicklit Central, This Thirtysomething Life ‘Fabulously funny diary-esque rom-com about a bloke who’s scared of growing up. It’s a debut novel with balls, literally.’ - The Bookboy, This Thirtysomething Life


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PERFECT FOR FANS OF 'ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE' BY GAIL HONEYMAN AND 'THE MAN I THINK I KNOW' BY MIKE GAYLE Two strangers. Two deaths. One unlikely friendship that will change everything. Holly Moon has it all. The perfect husband, the dream media career, then at age twenty-six her husband dies and just like that her world comes crashing down around her. ​ Blac PERFECT FOR FANS OF 'ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE' BY GAIL HONEYMAN AND 'THE MAN I THINK I KNOW' BY MIKE GAYLE Two strangers. Two deaths. One unlikely friendship that will change everything. Holly Moon has it all. The perfect husband, the dream media career, then at age twenty-six her husband dies and just like that her world comes crashing down around her. ​ Black cab driver, Phil Turner, is sixty when his wife dies of cancer. They've been married for forty years. He doesn't know any different. ​ When Holly and Phil meet at Good Grief support group, they strike up an unlikely friendship. Two strangers with nothing in common except they don't know how to move on. Perhaps together and with the aid of their 'definitely-not-a-bucket-list' they'll find a way. But it's not as easy as just ticking things off a list and soon their happiness and lives hinge on one thing...each other. ​ Set in London, Good Grief is a love letter to the healing power of friendship and learning that even in the depths of grief the most magical things can happen. WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ‘A satisfyingly British sense of humour. Recommended.’ - Nick Spalding, Author ‘Jon Rance makes me laugh.’ - Matt Dunn, Author ‘Funny, romantic and real.’ - Star Magazine, This Thirtysomething Life ‘Funny and poignant - the perfect combination.’ - Michele Gorman, Author 'I cried, I cringed, I laughed and finished the book with a huge smile on my face! Jon Rance = brilliant!' - Amazon reviewer, Dan And Nat Got Married 'Jon Rance has a delicious lightness of touch as he writes and delivers each comedic episode with great aplomb.' - Amazon reviewer, Dan And Nat Got Married 'Dan and Nat Got Married was everything I wanted in a book, seriously. It made me laugh, it made me cringe, I loved Dan, I loved Nat, I loved Adam and Ellie, the dialogue and London setting was amazing.' - Amazon reviewer, Dan And Nat Got Married 'Gripped from the start, full of emotion, laughter, sadness and love! If you want a book that makes you feel happy and smiling then this is the book for you.' - Amazon reviewer, Sunday Dinners ‘An endearing, heartwarming and realistic novel and would definitely come under the category of ‘will make you laugh and cry at the same time'.' - Bookaholic Confessions, This Thirtysomething Life ‘A very candid, honest, hilarious read.’ - Chicklit Central, This Thirtysomething Life ‘Fabulously funny diary-esque rom-com about a bloke who’s scared of growing up. It’s a debut novel with balls, literally.’ - The Bookboy, This Thirtysomething Life

30 review for Good Grief: An uplifting, heart-warming novel that will break your heart then put it back together

  1. 5 out of 5

    emmabbooks

    Uplifting tale of two people looking for a future 1 year after the death of his wife, Phil (aged 60) feels alone and lost. Holly (aged 26) is just about managing to keep a brave face on after the sudden death of her husband, also a year before. This is the wonderful story of how they meet, and help each other. A story of friendship, life as it really is, and how very different people can help one another. I was completely involved in Holly and Phil’s stories, told in alternating chapters. The char Uplifting tale of two people looking for a future 1 year after the death of his wife, Phil (aged 60) feels alone and lost. Holly (aged 26) is just about managing to keep a brave face on after the sudden death of her husband, also a year before. This is the wonderful story of how they meet, and help each other. A story of friendship, life as it really is, and how very different people can help one another. I was completely involved in Holly and Phil’s stories, told in alternating chapters. The characters are so real, that I just had to keep reading to see how things were getting on in their lives. I smiled, cried and laughed with them, and put aside chores to keep reading! Overall this is a book of hope, of overcoming the impossible and finding a future in life after bereavement – but most of all it’s the most wonderful story of two people. This book should have had a 5* rating from me, but due to the number of minor editing errors, I have given it 4*s. However it speaks volumes about the book that, given the editing errors, not only did I finish the book, but I loved every moment of it!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    Absolute treasure I read a lot 20 books so far this year .... This is definitely in the top 5 A story of the people that have been left behind after the death of there wife / husband . Stacey & Phil wouldn’t normally be friends I guess grief brings out a great bond . Character so sincere and believable you can hear Phil’s accent ! I Please read this book it’s amazing poignant sad sweet - Jon Rance you clever sausage

  3. 4 out of 5

    Isabella

    Such a sad yet sweet and uplifting story! Full of love and hope. Jon Rance is an amazing storyteller and his style gets better and better with every book he has out. Definitely one of my favourite reads this year and throughly recommended.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    5 stars ⭐️ just isn’t enough.. what a fantastic book. I thoroughly enjoyed every chapter. My husband died a few months ago.. so this book had some true meaning. If your looking for a great read.. give this book a go.. you won’t regret it x

  5. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Mullins

    Loved it...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dave Holwill

    Heartwarming tale of people from different worlds coming together to get through the unthinkable.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Danny Farham

    Following a friendship formed at a grief councelling session, the story focuses on the relationship between 26 year-old, Holly and a 60 year-old, Phil. The story takes us on a heartfelt rollercoaster of emotions in this brilliant book. The relationship between Phil and Holly was so believable and heartfelt as they try and help each other move forward in their lives, and it's a credit to the author for doing this in such a believable way and without being too 'shmaltzy.' (is that even a word?) If Following a friendship formed at a grief councelling session, the story focuses on the relationship between 26 year-old, Holly and a 60 year-old, Phil. The story takes us on a heartfelt rollercoaster of emotions in this brilliant book. The relationship between Phil and Holly was so believable and heartfelt as they try and help each other move forward in their lives, and it's a credit to the author for doing this in such a believable way and without being too 'shmaltzy.' (is that even a word?) If you've read anything else by Jon Rance, Mike Gayle, or want to try something new, then this is the perfect Summer read. - Danny

  8. 4 out of 5

    michael george ferris

  9. 4 out of 5

    David Maris

  10. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  12. 4 out of 5

    Paula

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sarah smith

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Hatton

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mrs C Hodgkinson

  16. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Johnson

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

  18. 5 out of 5

    Clare Young

  19. 4 out of 5

    Laura

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ethel Delerme

  21. 4 out of 5

    Richard King

  22. 4 out of 5

    clare keel

  23. 4 out of 5

    jonathan amos

  24. 4 out of 5

    P P Coyne - Sandra Coyne

  25. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

  26. 5 out of 5

    Aidangillies

  27. 5 out of 5

    Henry Flury

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joan Baker

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mr a Vergerson

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mr Mark Bruce

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