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My Father's List

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i found this story to be interesting at the beginning. I enjoyed how the author shared her journey in trying to complete her Father's bucket list and intertwined with her own journey in life. The twist of the story is a revelation of her Father's past.
But I part way through the book, i had to gloss over some of the author's tale about her life. I know it's part of her journey but i found that distracted me from her completing her Father's List.
This isn't a bad read but for me, there just was too much to wade through.

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I just couldn't with this. It's not well crafted. It needs to have a more realistic synopsis, or a heavy round of editing done. With memoirs in which you don't know the author, you can't just start oversharing on page 5 if it's not what the book's about. The bucket list story is over and done by chapter 1, and then each chapter follows a different bucket list item, with no consistency at all. Some are very short, some are very long. Most have useless/uninteresting information in the middle. I can see how as the author you want people to know who your dad was, but you can make that more efficiently from a craftmanship point of view than by derailing the whole story for 3/4 of a chapter to tell us about his divorce. Had this been more subtle and more focused on the bucket list itself, it would've been a hit for me.

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This was a sweet book, an easy ready, and Laura's love for her late father shone through throughout.

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Thank you NetGalley for the ARC and Laura Carney for this gem. This book is a stunner. Beautifully written yet complex. Not afraid to tackle family dynamics and learn about herself in the process. To have your own bucket list is lovely. The wishes and dreams you have for yourself. To complete your fathers is a privilege. This is a one sit book. Once you start, you won’t put it down.

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This is really beautifully written and easy to read.
I lost my father recently and found myself tearing up throughout.
I love that she had this list and it helped her connect to her father again and learn some life lessons along the way.
It made me think about what my father would have wanted on his bucket list.
A lovely story that everyone should read to feel connected to a lost loved one.

Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC!

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Laura’s book is so beautiful and easy to read. I loved how she developed her story and I thought she did so much more than just explaining a list her father wrote. She goes into detail about her parents and her own relationship and how she tackles her life and learns about herself by completing her father’s bucket list.

Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. I am giving the book 5 stars and telling my friends to add this to their TBR pile!

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Beyond excited to read this. I lost my father quite recently and I can’t tell you much I think about him and what his bucket list might have been. I know this is going to be a beautiful tearjerker and I can’t wait to share it with others as well. Im tearing up just writing this review. More to come.

On the cusp of middle age, a newlywed journalist discovers and finishes the bucket list of her late free-spirited father.

Fifty-four adventures in five years. That’s what thirty-eight-year-old journalist Laura Carney embarked on when she discovered her late father Mick’s bucket list.

Killed in a car crash when Laura was twenty-five, Mick seemed lost forever. My Father’s List is the story of how one woman—with the help of family, friends, and even strangers—found the courage to go after her own dreams after realizing those of a beloved yet mysterious man. This is a story about secrets—and the freedom we feel when we learn to trust again: in life, in love, and in a father’s lessons on how to fully live.

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