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Isabelle Day Refuses to Die of a Broken Heart Hardcover – September 1, 2015
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About the Author
Jane St. Anthony is the author of The Summer Sherman Loved Me and Grace Above All. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Fortunately Isabelle manages to make a new friend who is her own age as well. Her name is Margaret and she's very nice. Only Margaret has another friend already. Her name is Grace and she isn't as welcoming as Margaret and doesn't offer her friendship so easily. Isabelle doesn't want to be defeated and she tries to make the best of things. Together with her new friends she might be able to find some happiness again.
It's the 1960s and speaking of her father's death is difficult for Isabelle. She loved him very much. They lived in a perfect house and she had a good life. Now everything is uncertain. Isabelle is unhappy and she isn't ready to open up, but there are people who are reaching out to her. I liked that idea a lot, it's sweet and absolutely amazing. Isabelle is a strong girl and even though she's lost a lot she tries to keep going. I loved Dora and Flora, who are such wonderful old ladies and great friends. With Dora and Flora nothing is ever boring.
Isabelle Day Refuses to Die of a Broken Heart is a wonderful book about loss, hope and kindness. The writing is beautiful and I think both children and grown ups will love it. This book is very special, mainly because of the fantastic friendships. Even though there's sadness because of Isabelle's father there's also room to smile and to have adventures. This heartwarming story is a fabulous read.