Death & Other Happy Endings – Melanie Cantor

Absolutely thrilled to be part of the #blogtour for Death and Other Happy Endings and my thanks to Anne Cater for the invitation to take part and share my review:


Jennifer Cole has just been told that she has a terminal blood disease. She has three months to live — ninety days to say goodbye to friends and family and put her affairs in order. Trying to focus on the positives (at least she’ll never lose her teeth) Jennifer realises she has one overriding regret: the words she’s left unsaid.

Rather than pursuing a frantic bucket list, she chooses to stay put, and write letters to three significant people in her life: her overbearing, selfish sister, her jelly-spined, cheating ex-husband, and her charming, unreliable ex-boyfriend finally telling them the things she’s always wanted to say but never dared.

At first, Jennifer feels cleansed by her catharsis. Liberated, even. But once you start telling the truth, it’s hard to stop. And, as she soon discovers, the truth isn’t always as straightforward as it seems, and death has a way of surprising you …


Melanie Cantor was a celebrity agent and publicist for over thirty years. Her clients included Ulrika Jonsson, Melinda Messenger and Melanie Sykes.

In 2004, she hosted a makeover show on Channel 4 called Making Space and in 2017 having just turned 60 she was scouted on Kings Cross station, subsequently appearing as a ‘real model’ in the most recent Dove campaign.

She turned her hand to writing in 2008. Death and other Happy Endings is her first published novel.


Sometimes I like to pop outside of my reading comfort zone, step away from the psychological thrillers and grisly crime and read something a little different so when I was asked if I wanted to be on the blogtour for a book about a woman who’s been given 3 months to live after a diagnosis of a terminal blood disorder I said YES please.

Divorced, single 43 year old Jennifer Cole has just been given the worst news EVER; she has a terminal blood disorder, 3 months to live and it’s too late for treatment so she decides to write letters to the people who have hurt her.  She writes to Andy, her ex-husband who cheated on her and left her after 3 devastating miscarriages; Her ex-boyfriend Harry, who she never got over despite her friends disliking him and her older sister Isabelle, who Jennifer idolised during her childhood.

Whilst writing the letters Jennifer has to face her impending death and re-evaluate her life and her relationships.  There were several moments in this book my eyes filled with tears and several moments when my heart felt like it was going to burst.  Although the subject matter sounds awful, this is a book of love, hope and happy endings.  Perfect light reading and I look forward to reading more from this author.

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