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Publisher's Summary

Brett Bohlinger has forgotten all about the list of life goals she’d written as a naïve teenager. In fact, at 34, 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, passes away, 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.

©2013 Lori Nelson Spielman (P)2013 AudioGO

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Truly Terrible.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The narrator's tone was off putting and whiny, the plot was unbelievable. I can't think of anyone I'd less like to know than the main character, Brett.

What could Lori Nelson Spielman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I'm supposed to believe that mother and child were so terribly close...yet she would make the decision to rock her beloved child's world from the grave? At a time when she was already bereaved? A truly loving mother would have had these conversations with her child before she was gone. Anything else is just for shock value. And the idea that some of these goals could be accomplished in a year is just ridiculous.

Would you be willing to try another one of Rebecca Gibel’s performances?

Not likely.

What character would you cut from The Life List?

Brett, unfortunately. Maybe Catherine's story would be more interesting?

Any additional comments?

To cap it all off, they never say what her inheritance actually is...maybe it's supposed to be enough that it's all tied up otherwise with a pretty red bow, but I wanted to know what she got!

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I was loving it until...

I can't believe the author could not take the time to find out what a "gelding" horse is. She calls a female horse a gelding. How stupid do you have to be to write a book and get a simple thing like that wrong. My pet peeve is authors who do not do their research and make huge stupid mistakes like this, it has ruined an otherwise amusing book halfway through! For those of you who are not horse people, a gelding is a MALE horse who has been surgically castrated.

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Very predictable

A very weak protagonist. All plots in the book were absolutely very predictable. Heartwarming, nevertheless.

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Great uplifting story

Loved loved loved loved this was an uplifting motivating and beautiful book about love and commitment to our true selves

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A Surprising Idea

You may decide that this book is either a sweet story about how a mother helped or manipulated her daughter. It is surprising that the mother put such a huge price on a life list that the daughter might not have wanted, but it is sincerely a story about how a mother's love can transcend death.

I recommend this book for those in search of a gentle and sweet read.

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Loved it

Great story. I really enjoyed TGW content and the narration. Predictable but that was ok. Nice listen.

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❤️intriguing, tender, humorous ❤️

This book held my interest from the very start. The storyline was unique, and the subplots interwove with the main until the end. As I listened, sometimes I chuckled out loud ... and other times tears leaked out of my eyes. I bonded and identified with several characters, especially Brett. And I'm certain I have met people just like each of them in real life, whether I "liked" them or not. Haha.
Planning on curling up with "Sweet Forgiveness" next!

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Sweet book

Sweet book. Somewhat predictable. It was A light and easy read. Kind and thoughtful thoughts about a mother’s love.

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Loved the story

I loved the story. Not crazy about the narrator. I felt Brett was a bit wishy washy and self deprecating a lot of the time, but overall I enjoyed the story.

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Lovely

In spite of some clichés, I truly and thoroughly enjoyed this book! I both smiled and cried. And It has love, family, children and animals.