Title: The Trouble With Dying
Author: Maggie Le Page
Genre: Paranormal, Chick-Lit, Women's Fiction
When Faith Carson wakes up on a hospital ceiling looking down on her body in a coma, it’s a bad start to the week. A very bad start. She has no idea who she is or how she got there or why, and the biggest mystery of all is why she married the schmuck who wants her ventilator switched off. As if that’s not enough Faith has a dead gran haunting her, a young daughter missing her, and one devilishly delicious man making her wish she could have a second chance at life. And maybe she can, if she finds a way back into her body and wakes up by Friday. But if she doesn’t, this will be her last bad week—ever. Nate Sutherland decided long ago he’d settle for friendship if he couldn’t have Faith’s heart. But now, as she nears death, he’s going to have to listen to his feelings in a whole new way—and act. Because if he doesn’t, this week will be the worst damn week of his life. He’ll lose everything he’s ever loved.
(This book is intended for readers aged 18+.)
Faith wakes up looking down on a woman in a hospital bed. She soon discovers (thanks to her Gran appearing) the woman is her and she's in a coma. Faith doesn't remember anything and she has limited time to figure it out, so as her Gran says, get cracking.
With each passing day, Faith learns a little more about herself and her life choices. She's made some huge mistakes and must prove her life is worth a second chance to the Death Council. Gran helps when she can but in all reality, it's up to Faith.
Nate Sutherland is Faith's childhood friend and he is constantly at Faith's bedside. He suspects foul play and is determined to find the one responsible. Nate, though, must trust in something he can't explain in order to save the woman he loves.
I loved the premise of this book immediately and jumped in with two feet without a life preserver. The author thrusts us directly into Faith's mind and I became a part of her. Told in first-person, the author pushes us into the paranormal without pulling any punches.
The Trouble With Dying is more than just a paranormal with dashes of romantic suspense thrown in. I got to discover bits and pieces of Faith's life as she did through flashbacks and memories. The narrative was superb, the characterizations were deep and intense, the love Nate feels for Faith (or Pixie as he affectionately calls her) almost stopped my heart and the spiritual realm fired up my imagination.
There were many twists and turns which I did and didn't see coming. I rooted for her to end up with Nate the whole time and even swore at some of the villainous tendencies a character (won't reveal who) had.
Whether you believe in life-after-death or out-of-body experiences or not, this book is an addictive read! I highly recommend it!!!
Gran. From the moment Gran first appears, I was totally in love with her as a character. She reminded me of my wild and crazy aunt who rides a Harley. Colorful, wacky and in-your-face honesty brings this character to life for me. She's Faith's guide in the after-life, so to speak, and every time she appears, she's in a different hair color and clothing. It's a riot and I love how fiercely she loves Faith!
I’m so hot for him I’m a god-damn health and safety hazard. ~Faith
My Rating: 5 stars
Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QTAAGFY/
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Maggie Le Page lives in Christchurch, New Zealand (aka QuakeZone) with her two children and a demonic kitten whose favourite game is climb-the-curtains. Her days are spent teaching at a local high school or running around after her own kids, so any writing generally happens in the dead of night. (Morning? Ha! She's a third-generation night owl. Enough said.)
Maggie loves chocolate, hates being cold, and is ever fascinated by the possibility of time travel. Obviously, her ideal experience would be to wake up on a tropical island eighty years into the future, with an endless supply of chocolate on hand.
There's nothing Maggie loves more than a good chat (except perhaps a good chat and chocolate--see the theme here?). So don't be shy--get in touch!
Reviewed by: Mrs. N