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Daisy Cooper's Rules for Living by Tamsin Keily

A humorous look into life after death

Synopsis: We all die, that's an unfortunate part of life. But what happens when your life ends before it's meant to? This is what happens to Daisy Cooper. Due to a clerical error, she finds herself in Death's processing center more than 50 years before her time. She can not "move on" to the place where people go when they die because it wasn't her time, nor can she return to life.

Never having dealt with this kind of conundrum before, Death offers Daisy a job as his assistant to help pass the time until Daisy can move on.

Narrated by Death and by Daisy Cooper, this book explores all the facets of dying and grief, from the perspectives of Death, the deceased and those left behind.

My thoughts/feelings: Do you remember the movie Ghost starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore? Have you seen the show The Good Place starring Kristen Bell? Have you read Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, or seen the show? This book is similar to those but still enjoyably it's own creation.

I really enjoyed the way this book examined all the types of grief and how it can be processed by different people in various situations. The sadness was countered nicely with moments of humor, friendship, hope, and love.

Books that make me think and make me feel, on that deepest of levels, are my favorite. Sure, sometimes we all need a nice book to read to escape all of the emotional baggage of life. But even still, the authors whose writing leaves the biggest impact for me are the ones that cause me to think and feel. This book did exactly that. I don't think it's going to be a book that everyone enjoys. There are some tough topics in here, that many people don't like to face. But it was a book that left a lasting impact on my heart and I recommend it for everyone who needs these kind of stories in their lives.

Favorite Quotes:

"The human brain is remarkably well built for adaptation, like it's still preparing to evolve into something else."

"This is the problem with loving someone so dearly. It will break you when they're gone."

"Because the Universe has been unfair for a really long time."


Thank you to Netgalley, Harlequin Publishing, and Tamsin Keily for a copy of Daisy Cooper's Rules for Living in exchange for my honest review.

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