Once in Every Life by Kristin Hannah
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Despite the fantastical premise of the book, once the core story started, I couldn't put it down. And this was in spite of the fact that this novel is actually from the romance genre that I generally avoid.
Tess is a lonely microbiologist. She became deaf at age 7 from a bout with spinal meningitis, and spent her life being shunted from foster home to foster home. On her way home from work one evening, she's hit by a bus, and dies. During the death experience she's given a 2nd chance at life, this time as the estranged wife of a Civil War vet suffering from post-traumatic shock syndrome. Because it's a romance, it has a satisfying happy ending. In the author's note at the end, the author says the story was inspired by a real-life incident in her family's history. I have to admit, that I didn't like the title. I think Second Chance would be a better one.
I like Kristin Hannah's books, but have only read her contemporary fiction. This is apparently from her early days as a romance writer.
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