Narrator: Lauren Fortgang
Title: You Can Thank Me LaterGenre: Fiction, Short stories
Published: October 31st 2019
Where I Got It: My shelf (Audible)
A short and sweet listen that’ll leave you 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 where 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.
Thanksgiving doesn't get a lot of limelight in the book community (trust me...I've been looking for a romance for a challenge I'm doing). This popped up and I knew I had to listen to it. I honestly didn't really read the summary...living life on the edge I guess ;)
The story follows Sophie and her family. It is 2016 and it is Thanksgiving. She is a professional chef and she loves to feed her large family. Pete and Charlie are her older brothers. Pete is expecting his first baby. Charlie is married to Annette who was her college best friend. Things happen and we find out Annette is diagnosed with cancer. This Thanksgiving will be her last. When Annette passes, Sophie is left to look after Charlie and help him through the grieving process. A couple of years pass and it is Thanksgiving time and Charlie surprises everyone by bringing a date.
Yea - this was a lot deeper than I originally thought this was going to be. That is what I get for not reading the summary haha. But yes, this hit me right in the feels for sure especially since I lost one of my college best friends this year. Ugh. All the feels for sure.
I felt so bad for Charlie but I could really put myself in Sophie's shoes. I could especially feel for her when Charlie moves on and brings a date. I can see why she had a really hard time...not only did she lose a sister-in-law but she lost her closet friend. Not easy to see someone try to take her place.
The ending was good. I want more though. I want to see more of Sophie's journey. I hope we get more.
The narrator was fun and she did a good job. I also liked the sound effects. Super fun.
Overall, I loved this short little story. It was quick, but packed with a lot of story and feels. I do want more though. I'll give this 5 stars.