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The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman

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In this utterly charming debut — one woman sets out to complete her old list of childhood goals, and finds that her lifelong dreams lead her down a path she never expects.

1. Go to Paris
2. Perform live, on a super big stage
3. Have a baby, maybe two
4. Fall in love 

Brett Bohlinger has forgotten all about the list of life goals she’d written as a naïve teenager. In fact, at thirty-four, Brett seems to have it all—a plum job at her family’s multimillion-dollar company and a spacious loft with her irresistibly handsome boyfriend. But when her beloved mother, Elizabeth, dies, Brett’s world is turned upside down. Rather than simply naming her daughter the new CEO of Bohlinger Cosmetics, Elizabeth’s will comes with one big stipulation: Brett must fulfill the list of childhood dreams she made so long ago.

Grief-stricken, Brett can barely make sense of her mother’s decision. Some of her old hopes seem impossible. How can she possibly have a relationship with a father who died seven years ago? Other dreams (Be an awesome teacher!) would require her to reinvent her entire future. For each goal attempted, her mother has left behind a bittersweet letter, offering words of wisdom, warmth, and—just when Brett needs it—tough love.

As Brett struggles to complete her abandoned life list, one thing becomes clear: Sometimes life’s sweetest gifts can be found in the most unexpected places.

I read the Kindle edition of this book.

When I finished reading this book I gave this a four star but after two weeks, I’m thinking of bumping this down to a three star. It was an okay book but not very memorable. There are lots of stories involving life lists of some kind and while I enjoyed this story there wasn’t a lot that made this stand out from all the other books.

Still it was a nice story. I liked that the life list was a little different from most but it kind of seemed a bit off…I didn’t quite buy the concept and it was a little too neat. There were too many connections that just didn’t make a lot of sense. I also didn’t think that the characters were developed enough…Brett was okay but everyone else was a bit too shallow for my taste.

Rating: three stars

“Love is the one thing on which you should never compromise”

― Lori Nelson Spielman, The Life List