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Publisher's Summary

A short and sweet audio novella that’ll leave listeners wanting second helpings, You Can Thank Me Later follows an unforgettable family over the course of three Thanksgivings.

When the Dickenson clan sits down for Thanksgiving dinner in 2016, it is the last holiday when their tight-knit family will ever be the same. Oldest brother Pete and his wife are expecting their first child. Youngest sibling Sophie is too busy running her restaurant, The Little Plum, to bother with any kind of social life. And middle child Charlie’s happy, uncomplicated life as a Midwestern science professor is upended when his wife Annette is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Knowing this will be her last Thanksgiving, Annette asks Sophie to look after Charlie after she’s gone. Which would be a lot easier if Charlie didn’t show up with an insufferable new girlfriend at the next holiday meal.

From the best-selling author of The Overdue Life of Amy Byler, this heartwarming novella embraces the spirit and gratitude of the holiday, and shows how a family’s love can endure anything. 

©2019 Kelly Harms (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

Our favorite moments from You Can Thank Me Later

Sophie finds distraction after learning Annette is ill.
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Annette opens up to Sophie about her illness.
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Charlie starts dating again.
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  • Charlie starts dating again.

"This was a beautifully told story about family, grief and
finding the beauty of rebuilding love."

Anita V., Audible Listener
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About the Creator

Kelly Harms is the author of #1 Amazon ranking bestseller The Overdue Life of Amy Byler and other novels. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her Irish fiancé, talented son, and fluffy dog. She likes green bean casserole with french fried onions and pumpkin pie from the can, but don't even try with the jellied cranberry.

About the Performer

Lauren Fortgang is an NYC based actor. She works regularly as an audiobook narrator for a vast roster of publishers featuring Audible Studios, Hachette, Penguin Random House, Macmillan, Scholastic, Blackstone Publishing, and beyond. She's voiced hundreds of titles including works by James Patterson, Joan Didion, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Candace Bushnell, Ann M. Martin, R. L. Stine, and Brené Brown. Lauren is both an Audie Award and multiple-Earphones Award winner whose work has been recognized by Audiofile Magazine, the Audio Publishers Association (APA), Library Journal, USA Today, Market Watch, Bustle, Forbes, and Publisher's Weekly. She lives in Brooklyn with her beau, one resident cat, and one determined foster.

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Main character comes off as a bratty perfectionist. Thought this would be a good holiday story. Whereas I thought I'd come away with a story of family and bonding, I ended up being annoyed more than anything.

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Lovely Thanksgiving chick lit.

I am a voracious listener of audible. I enjoy all sorts of genres. If you are a lover of Hallmark movies, you will love this. I think it is the best free monthly offering that I have ever heard. It did take me a chapter or two to become engaged with it. I think that the narrator was perfect and probably made the story better than if I had read it. True chick lit!

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Like Hallmark Xmas Movies? Maybe this is for you

Started off strong, very sad about 1/3 of the way in, then introduces the extremely obnoxious character Emily, and it pretty much stinks like the turkey fire it portrays from then on. The protagonist loves fine dining and gourmet cuisine — so why is this microwaved Velveeta of a story dished up and served to us? If you love stories of families reconciling with awful in-laws-to-be with loads of baggage and drama and verbal diarrhea, this story might be for you. I want none of those things, and thus the story went down like someone’s gross half-set, overly sweet weird gluten free dessert when you already ate too much anyway. Shout out to the reader - amazing range of voices. I look forward to hearing her read something else (preferably by a different author!)

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I loved this book!

What a breath of fresh air! The story had me engaged until the last word! And the narrator! She is fantastic! Her voice is so full of expression and wit! I highly recommend this book’

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THE BEST!

I have a love hate relationships with audiobooks. Most of the time the narrators don't do good on different voices and sometimes I think they have the wrong person narrating the story period. THIS BOOK HOWEVER IS PERFECT! The story is fabulous but so is the narrator Lauren Fortgang. This is the kind of book I search for and I wish they weren't so hard to find! LISTEN TO THIS BOOK!!! I hope the rest of Kelly Harms books are just as fabulous!

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Loved it

Heartwarming, healing, real and beautiful. Thank you for a great story.
This is one I will listen to again.

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A little cheesy but delicious anyway

A unique story approach- thoroughly enjoyable. Timely in that for me two weeks to thanksgiving. True family dynamics though a little neater than most.

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Made me like my family is normal! ❤️

This book was cute and insightful. As a healthcare provider this book pulled my heart strings. I see lots of death and messes, but I do not see what happens afterwards. Does the widow get re-married, how do the children turn out, does the abused loose the kids, and does the grief ever go away? This book touched on so many real life scenarios and showed love thought out the story. This book showed me that life goes on and that even though it’s nots perfect, everyone’s perfect life is different , and sometimes the perfection takes a minute to arrive. That life doesn’t stay perfect but is a rollercoaster with perfect moments. Thank you for the uplifting and inspiring book.

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Heartfelt family story

This was a beautifully told story about family, grief and finding the beauty of rebuilding love. I was entertained the entire time and took one day to finish this heartfelt story. Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to describe the family dynamics that goes on with the characters in this story.

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We Are Family

This made me laugh, it made me cry, and remember Thanksgivings gone by.

By: Kelly Harms
Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang Excellently done!!!

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