I ll start out by saying this this past January, I celebrated 24 years of uninterrupted sobriety through the grace of God As a person who knows what it means to drink your pain away, this book was really touching to me Franco Allessi is drowning in the sorrow of losing the love of his life, his wife, by drinking his life away He has lost his business, he s resorted to doing jobs he never thought he would do, he lives in a run down trailer, and now, in case it can t get any worse, he s stuck doing court ordered community service for you guessed it 50 hours His AA sponsor encourages him to serve his 50 hours at a local hospice for chronically diseased and dying patients and he agrees since he can t drive, along with the fact that the center is within walking distanceand then there s Aubrey Brewer a woman who you guessed it has 50 hours to live As much as you would think the two of these people and the title of the book are predictable, let me stop you right now and let you know that is not the case Nothing about this story is predictable in fact.The two main characters are really the bulk of the story, but there s also a cool little added character a blue jay who appears at several key moments in the story The details of the bird are really sweet and it really added a bit of mystery to the story It s not a love story either there s love, but it s God s love shown through the characters.Of course, due to the subject matter involved in the story, there s some sadness There s also some happy tears involved as the story shows the unlikely pairing of friends and the healing in helping someone else achieve something they love I never write spoilers, so it s a little hard to really share the story without sharing the story.What I can tell you is this you will be disappointed if you miss out on this great book I loved the characters, I loved the story line, and I especially loved the healing in Franco s life thanks to him staying sober and doing the next right thing I ve never read any other books by Loree Lough, but I can promise you I will be reading them in the future Loree did an amazing job writing this book It s a story of hope, second chances, and friendship I would recommend the book to anyone.Aubrey is facing a situation no one wants to face but she does it with grace and dignity I love her spunk and feisty attitude We should all face trials with a fun attitudeFranco has a troubled past and never dreams of the adventure he is about to take with Aubrey He doesn t realize the impact he has on her life and she doesn t realize the positive changes he makes because of her In the same way, we don t always realize the impact we have on another person s life.To read about Aubrey s situation and their adventures, and to find out what changes Franco makes you have to read the book. Franco Allessi Is A Broken, Lonely Man Who Wants Nothing Than To Outrun The Ghosts Of His Past For Years, He Tries To Numb The Pain Of His Wife S Death With Cheap Beer And Whiskey When He S Convicted Of Drunk Driving, The Judge Revokes His License For Six Months And Orders Him To Serve Fifty Hours Of Community Service Franco Chooses Savannah Falls Hospice For No Reason Other Than It S Walking Distance From His Dilapidated House Trailer On His First Day On The Job, He Meets Aubrey Brewer, A Woman Whose Time On Earth Is Quickly Ticking To A Stop Their Unusual Connection Teaches Powerful, Life Changing Lessons About Friendship, Acceptance, And The Importance Of Appreciating That Precious Treasure Called Life Franco Alessi has been numbing the pain of his wife s death with alcohol for years When he s convicted of driving drunk, the judge sentences him to 50 hours of community service He chooses a hospice house only because it s within walking distance of his run down house trailer Aubrey Brewer is in the last stages of brain cancer and lives at Savannah Falls, the hospice house where Franco is doing his 50 hours They connect in such a sweet way, not romantic, but just a precious relationship This novel was very moving and poignant and just a joy to read We all have something to learn from this one It drew me in quite easily and as the relationship between Franco and Aubrey deepened, it was difficult to put down It is heartrending and at the same time, joyful I enjoyed it very much I was given a preview copy of this book by the publisher via Net Galley My opinion is my own. 50 Hours Franco has to do community service and ends up doing it a hospice home He forms a special friendship with a coupe of the residents One of which is Aubrey Franco wasn t always like he is now, but changed and really changed after meeting Aubrey Love how he makes her last days so special Love this quote from the book Hug the people who matter to you Tell them you love them, while you can This book is a real blessing, it can make you cry but at the same time make you happy that you read it Franco does a lot of things really special for Aubrey but one will put his future in jeopardy How will it all work out, read and see, you won t regret it I received this book from Book Unleashed for my blog for my honest review I definitely recommend this book. According to this is classified as medical fiction Personally, I d also put it in the genre of women s fiction, although obviously guys will like it too Jack Watts wrote one of the accolades for Put me down as one enthusiastic fan.Franco Allessi is a bummed out ne er do well who d rather drink his memories away than live, resulting in a DUI conviction with a judge who commands fifty hours in community service rather than jail time Savannah Falls Hospice seems the perfect place At least he enjoys the yardwork He used to own a landscaping company before his wife died, and it s within walking distance of his barely livable trailer house.At the hospice on the first day he meets Aubrey Brewer and breaks a cardinal rule under no circumstances is he to enter a patient s room The problem is a contract employee in her room who is bullying Aubrey He s forty hours into his service completion when she suggests the impossible If he does what she wishes, he ll go to prison.Ohmygoodness You really have to get this book and help them out of this precarious position please or Barnes and Noble, quick While you re at it, buy a box or two of tissue even if you re a guy I received a free copy of this book from the author in return for an endorsement While pursing Net Galley for something to read I came across 50 Hours by Loree Lough Never have I read any books by this author, I decided to give it a try I am glad I picked this book to read This is a heartfelt book about a man down on his luck and goes to do his community service at Savannah Falls Hospice Here he meets a number of people who our living out their last days His attitude on life changes and even though the ending is sad, it has good life lessons also The book is a quick read, one to read on a airplane or waiting for one I really enjoyed this book I will check out other books by this author Thanks Net Galley for the advanced copy Best book I ve read in a long timeThe author captured so many emotions in this story The grief, the friendship, the love and the knowing of what s to come Two people in different worlds collide to form a friendship that will never be forgotten This book is amazing Is it sad Yes it is sad but not in the way you think it may actually be It gives us all hope It shows us how important our friendships are Thank you for writing such a fabulous book Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review 3.5 starsHeartwarming and moving story about friendship, love, terminal illness and death There s no romantic couple but I didn t miss it, there s a web of other significant and sometimes unexpected relationships There s some inevitable sadness but the general tone is optimistic and even lyrical the blue jay.I loved the hero, Franco, a middle aged widower still grieving his wife s death, his integrity, and how he overcomes his problems getting involved with Aubrey and with projects that make him feel good about life again.Loree Lough s writing style is smooth and fluid and this was a very pleasurable read.I m grateful to the publisher, Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, and NetGalley for providing a free copy 50 Hours by Loree LoughI so enjoyed the depth of characters in this book Loree Lough has produced a story line that not only captured my heart but sent my emotions in all directions as I read this remarkable story She adapted the screenplay, 50 Hours, by Kevin James O Neill into a poignant story that brings the characters to life.What does Franco Allessi, a broken and lonely man, expect from the judges order to serve fifty hours in community service I think he first went as a way to stay out of jail but the residences of Savannah Falls Hospice soon change his mind and his heart How can healing come from a Hospice facility when those there may be facing a soon to be ending to their lives here on earth Well, healing does take place in very unusual ways.The residence of Savannah Falls Hospice are as unique in their reasons for being there as well as the other life changing challenges they face Aubrey Brewer is one such residence who soon befriends Franco at a time he most needs it, as does she Aubrey is one spunky and feisty lady I admire the way she faces the challenges before her, but she does need a good friend I don t think either of them realize the impact they are about to have on each other s lives They have an unusual connection that I believe to be God designed This connection teaches them both powerful life lessons that will change them forever That special bonded friendship is tested when Aubrey asks Franco to do something she desperately needs done soon as her time is short, however, if he does comply with her wishes he could end up in jail What will he do You will have to read the book to find out.As a retired Oncology RN with Hospice training, I found this story to be especially moving Loree Lough easily captured the essence of the emotional roller coaster ride those facing life altering illnesses experience A remarkable 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With the upcoming release of the books in her new Kensington series, bestselling author Loree Lough will have 121 books on the shelves 8,000,000 copies in circulation Her writing style has been compared to Nicholas Sparks and Mary Jo Putney, and readers and reviewers often call her a gifted writer whose stories touch hearts and change lives With a long list of industry awards, it isn t likel
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