Thursday, December 12, 2019

So This Is the End: A Love Story by Alexandra Franzen (Review)

So This Is the End grabbed me from the first page and I read it within 24 hours. It’s a novel that makes you question, “If I had 24 hours to live, what would I do with my time?”

Book Details:

Book Title: So This is the End by Alexandra Franzen
Category: Adult Fiction,  200 pages
Genre: Romance, Sci-fi and fantasy
Publisher: Mango Media
Release date: October 15, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 (Sex scenes - not too explicit, religious expletives)

Book Description:

In this inspiring tale of spiritual romance, a young woman meets her soulmate—with only 24 hours to live—perfect for fans of JoJo Moyes and Jill Santopolo.

In a world where doctors can revive the dead for a single day, Nora Hamilton has just received the extraordinary gift of an extra twenty-four hours of life. One more day. One more chance to tell her family how much she loves them, listen to her favorite song, and feel the grass beneath her feet. And she’s determined to make every moment count.

Enter: Renzo. Ren, for short. He’s strong, compassionate, and unfairly attractive, with a face that makes Nora’s stomach explode into stars. Their connection is immediate and undeniably intense. Nora is wracked with bittersweet joy and confusion as she realizes, “I’ve finally met the love of my life . . . on the last day of my life.”

Should she tell Ren the truth about her condition? Or simply try to enjoy their brief time together? Is it wrong to fall in love when there’s no chance for a future? Or is love a precious gift, no matter how long it lasts, even if it’s just for one day? So This Is the End is a story about taking chances, making your own rules, and the power of living like there’s no tomorrow.

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

So This Is the End grabbed me from the first page and I read it within 24 hours. Nora has paid for an expensive revival-after-death service that comes into effect after she suddenly and unexpectedly dies. After being resurrected and knowing she has only 24 hours before her body will shut down and she will die again, Nora now has to come to terms with the fact that she once died, has a short second chance at life and will then die again. How does one deal with that? It’s a novel that makes you question, “If I had 24 hours to live, what would I do with my time?”

I enjoyed Nora's journey, how she grappled with life's questions, how love came into her life, and how the story comes to a satisfying ending that makes me glad I can still be grateful and fully enjoy every day I'm alive. There are many fun moments in this book, and it's an easy quick read. One can take away the message that life is precious and not to be wasted. 

This is a love story so there are intimate scenes (Ren is swoon-worthy!) and the romance is strong, so romance readers will gobble this one up. There are no f-words but lots of religious expletives which I didn't think necessary. It's a light read but can also be introspective and thought-provoking. This feel-good novel is perfect if you're craving a romance story that's not typical, but that will satisfy your mood for a good love story.

Disclosure: Thanks to the publisher for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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About the Author:

Alexandra Franzen is the author of several books, including SO THIS IS THE END: A LOVE STORY (2018), YOU'RE GOING TO SURVIVE (2017) and 50 WAYS TO SAY "YOU'RE AWESOME" (2013).

She has written articles for dozens of sites, including Time, Forbes, Newsweek, HuffPost, The Muse, and Lifehacker. She's been mentioned/quoted in The New York Times Small Business Blog, The Atlantic, USA Today, BuzzFeed, Brit+Co, and Inc.

Alexandra is best-known for writing about creativity, productivity, the power of setting tiny goals, how to stay motivated, keep working towards your dreams, and never give up. Find Alexandra's latest projects - plus hundreds of free articles and resources - at:

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