Friday, June 7, 2019

Book Review: Dying to Meet You

By Sara Steven

Liz Parker doesn’t like surprises, but winning the lottery isn’t something she would complain about. Before she has time to think about how to spend her new fortune, she’s hit with an even bigger shock than unexpected wealth. She has three months to live unless she finds a one-in-a-million bone marrow donor.

While her medical team scrambles to locate her miracle, Liz throws together a bucket list, charters a private jet, and takes off to see the world. The journey of a lifetime holds even more surprises, including the hunky pilot she’s falling for at the most inconvenient time.

Will Liz die before she can realize her happily-ever-after, or will the universe come through for her one more time? Find out in this humorous tale of true love and adventure! (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads.)

I really appreciated the unique story line to Dying to Meet You; it’s not often you find novels referencing what life might be like for someone who wins the lottery, or what it would be like to find out shortly afterward that there isn’t much time to enjoy it, given a three months to live life sentence. Liz is the antithesis of her windfall, a humble, down to earth personality, so the reader feels even more for the circumstances Liz finds herself in. I wanted her to succeed and survive.

The hunky pilot (Adam) has his own baggage. He’s had a lot thrown at him in recent years, which plays nicely with who Liz is as a person, and often the two bring out the best and the worst in one another, providing the perfect blend of push and pull, a much-desired experience for two potential romantic characters. While we’re thrust into the time of our lives, living vicariously through Liz’s experiences, we’re also given a look into a budding romance that has a lot of unintended strings attached, and it was the perfect paralleling situation to Liz’s health concerns.

I’m a big fan of character development and evolvement. How have they changed? There is major transformation for Liz and Adam, a slow development that takes place gradually, which neither could fathom or expect. Who they were at the start of Dying is not who they are at the end of it, and it makes perfect sense considering what both have gone through, on personal levels as well as together.

I’ve read another Amooi novel (There’s Something About A Cowboy, reviewed here), and much like with Cowboy, I appreciate that his characters don’t have to be millennials in order to find romance and fall in love. Liz and Adam are older, and are still desirable. They don’t have it all together, which is something most of us at any age can relate to. There were a lot of motivational messages, too, in living life now, vs. waiting for a better time to do it, because ultimately, there really isn’t a better time. The best time is NOW. Given the unique story, the well-written characters and the inspiring missive, Dying to Meet You is a clear-cut five star read!

Thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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Fun, Quirky Romantic Comedies from a Guy's Perspective. Rich Amooi is a former radio personality who now writes romantic comedies full-time. He is happily married to a kiss monster imported from Spain. Rich believes in public displays of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after.

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1 comment:

Rich Amooi said...

This review makes me SO happy! Thank you, Sara! Hugs from San Diego.