Review: How to Say Goodbye by Katy Colins

Title: How to Say Goodbye

Author: Katy Colins

Pages: 384 Pages

Publisher: HQ

The Blurb

No one is ever happy to see Grace Salmon.

As a funeral arranger, she’s responsible for steering strangers through the hardest day of their lives. It’s not a task many would want – but, for Grace, giving people the chance to say a proper goodbye to the ones they love is the most important job in the world.

From the flowers in the church to the drinks served at the wake,Grace knows it’s the personal touches that count – and it’s amazing what you can find out about someone from their grieving relatives … or their Facebook page. But when she accidentally finds out too much about someone who’s died, Grace is finally forced to step out of the shadows… and start living.

(Goodreads Blurb)

The Review

How to Say Goodbye is the beautiful story of how it is heartbreaking but healing to deal with grief. Our protagonist – Grace Salmon – works as a funeral arranger however, she feels that her job is more than that. Her job is allowing people to say goodbye to their loved ones and making their goodbyes memorable. It is this level of concern and care that leads her in to trouble.

I loved How to Say Goodbye. Considering the setting and topic of the novel it is surprisingly uplifting. We get completely swept up in this small world of grief and the healing power of friendship. 

I am not ashamed to say that I shed a little tear when reading this book. Colins storytelling was simple but effective. Colins adds twists to the story to keep you on your toes which only adds to the drama and serves to keep you reading. How to Say Goodbye is a triumph of a novel.

How to Say Goodbye by Katy Colins is available now.

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