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The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes [Kindle Edition]

Anna McPartlin
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Here is a truth that can’t be escaped: for Mia ‘Rabbit’ Hayes, life is coming to an end . . .

Rabbit Hayes loves her life, ordinary as it is, and the extraordinary people in it.

She loves her spirited daughter, Juliet; her colourful, unruly family; the only man in her big heart, Johnny Faye.

But it turns out the world has other plans for Rabbit, and she’s OK with that. Because she has plans for the world too, and only a handful of days left to make them happen.

Here is a truth that won’t be forgotten: this is a story about laughing through life’s surprises and finding the joy in every moment.

Praise for Anna McPartlin:

'What a beautiful book. I cried and smiled my way through' Jane Green

'I loved the clear, elegant prose, the feisty characters and the sparkling dialogue' Susan Elliot Wright

'A delightful roller-coaster ride of emotion' Sunday Independent

'Buy a packet (or box) of tissues and settle down with this wonderful story' Heat Magazine

The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes is a Richard and Judy recommended read, and a Simon Mayo Book Club pick.

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"What a beautiful book. I cried and smiled my way through" (Jane Green)

"Heart-breaking yet blackly comic . . . echoing the style of Roddy Doyle. Impossible to put down." (Image)

"Beautiful, brave storytelling . . . Buy a packet (or box) of tissues and settle down with this wonderful story. One of our books of 2015" (Heat Magazaine)

"A bittersweet story of family, faith and love . . . both deeply affecting and life-affirming" (Sunday Mirror)

"Enormously readable, funny and emotionally engaging" (Irish Times)

Book Description

A sparkling, life-affirming story that will make you cry like Jojo Moyes and laugh like Dawn French.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 912 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (19 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #432 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Agi
Format:Kindle Edition
I was sent the book by the publisher long time ago and I really have no idea what took me so long to start reading it. I probably waited for the publication date, but believe me, as soon as you treat yourself to the book – read it. It is an absolute gem of a book and it is already my strong candidate for my Book of the Year 2015. I couldn’t imagine a better start to 2015 than to read this beautiful, poignant, emotional and incredibly funny story. Yes, you should have tissues at the ready, that’s for sure, but you are also going to laugh through tears.

The title of the book is very literal, as the story follows the last days in life of Mia „Rabbit” Hayes. She’s dying and nothing can be done about it. As the family visits her in the hospice, we get to know her story, as the narration switches between past and present. She takes us back in time and we are introduced to the Kitchen Sink band where Rabbit’s brother played and her love of life, Johnny Faye, was a lead – singer. We accompany her through her teenage years, meet her family and friends and we are given insight into everything that happened before we met Rabbit on her way to the hospice.

The book introduces us to the most fantastic characters and in wonderful way describes how each of them fought with their own feelings, shows what was their way to cope with the unavoidable. As the story is told from many point of view’s, we are introduced to Rabbit and her whole family and her most significant friends. But before I’ll tell you something about the characters, let’s concentrate on the way the book is written.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartbreaking yet heartwarming read 8 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes, is exactly what it says it is. We meet Rabbit (Mia) Hayes as her family take her to the hospice as she loses her 4 year battle with cancer.

The book is at turns, poignant, funny and heartwarming though ultimately it is heartbreaking. From the beginning of her initial diagnosis of breast cancer, Rabbit had been upbeat and honest and sought to share her thoughts via a blog which helps her cope. Around her she has her siblings Grace and Davey;her friends; and her parents Molly and Jack who are constantly seeking a cure or a new drug trial as they refuse to believe she will die. She also has her daughter, Juliet who at 12 is her own particular reason for trying to fight her illness for as long as she can.

The book deals with how Rabbit is coping with her imminent death as well as how the wider circle of family and friends cope with the loss of a loved one. The story is not just about Rabbit's present but also tells the story of her past, her hopes, her dreams and the love of her life.

The characters are all very real and likeable which makes it much easier to care for them as the book progresses. But ultimately it is Rabbit and her relationships especially with Juliet and Johnny that will touch your heart.

Given the subject matter it might be easy to treat the topic in a maudlin way, but this never happens. The story is as much a celebration of Rabbit's life and achievements as about her illness. It is a heartwarming look at friendship and families and above all love, that will make you think about your own life and loves. It is emotional and heartbreaking but also full of warmth and humour and well worth a read.

I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Ismay1012 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Mia ‘Rabbit’ Hayes is coming to the premature end of her life, cut short by her four-year battle with cancer. Her family are gradually coming to accept that there is no hope of a recovery and Rabbit is in a hospice with her loving family supporting her on her final journey. She has yet to break the news to her young daughter Juliet, or to decide who will continue to look after Juliet after her death, but there are no worries there. Her family and best friend are queuing up to become Juliet’s guardian; such is the love they share.

This story is not all darkness and gloom despite the very sad subject matter. As Rabbit drifts in and out of consciousness in her final days her story unfolds. It is the story of a remarkable and feisty young lady who adores her spirited and loving daughter: of her first and enduring love, of her triumphs and mistakes and of her incredibly close family who are heartbroken to see her decline, but determined to do their very best by her. It is incredibly moving, written with great sensitivity, humour and empathy. It has family at its very heart in all their wonderful and not so wonderful diversity; it is both triumphant and heartbreaking, light and dark, joyful and sad. Most of all it is a celebration of Rabbit Hayes and her extraordinary life with her family.

The storytelling is seamlessly elegant, the characters are woven into the story with a master-class of skill and the prose and dialogue are both well crafted and sparkling. The story takes us through a roller coaster of emotions and situations and is very enjoyable. I really loved this heart-warming novel and recommend it to you without hesitation. . I would like to congratulate Anna on an engrossing story and also thank Netgalley and Anna’s publishers for providing me with my copy of ‘The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes’ to read in return for an honest and considered review.
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