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Publisher's Summary

From a suddenly widowed but resourceful young mother comes this darkly funny, poignant, and true exploration of love, loss, and starting over - with a plan.

When Allison Ellis’s husband died of an unexpected heart attack, there was no playbook for a thirty-three-year-old widow with a breastfeeding infant. In her grief, she devised a practical strategy: find a new husband within twelve months. What transpired was a year of mourning, manic dating, and breaking hearts across Seattle on a deadline mission to heal her own.

Allison Ellis’s Speed Grieving is part of The One, a collection of seven singularly true love stories of friendship, companionship, marriage, and moving on. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single sitting, with or without company.

©2019 Allison Ellis (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • NMwritergal
  • 12-09-2019

It's unfortunate when you're reading a memoir...

...about somebody grieving her husband's death, but she's just so unlikable you just can't muster up any sympathy. Her husband's death comes at the very beginning of the story. She sees him die--rather abruptly--and about 30 seconds later is wondering where she's going to find a new husband. Seriously. She says that. And that's this memoir in a nutshell: unlikable woman searching for a new husband not many months after her first husband dies. It was really unpalatable. Or should I say she is.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-08-2020

Maybe good for someone who lost a mate, but....

Boring otherwise. Dry and basic. Glad she found her way, nonetheless....didn’t help me with the loss of my daughter at all.

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  • Mary Frances
  • 30-05-2020

excellent storytelling, great pace

Unexpected gem of a story. Not overly sentimental, just a practical description of one young mother thrown into circumstances she didn't want and getting on with things. The author/narrator made me laugh at loud at times and always had my full attention.

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  • kimRenee
  • 20-11-2019

Awful, just awful

What to say, this “performance” shows us that good writing doesn’t lead to good narration. I’m alway weary when I hear “narrated by the author,” and this time my fears were not unfounded. Avoid at all costs

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-09-2019

Choppy Narating

I like her voice, but unfortunately the reading is too choppy, almost robotic, to enjoy. I actually could tell that I would have enjoyed the story if this wasn’t an issue:(

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  • Bable4QT
  • 31-08-2019

Story 👍🏻 narration 👎🏼text to speach 👎🏼

Story 👍🏻 narration 👎🏼text to speach 👎🏼 Good story, Debbie downer narration, bad text to speach. Overall good story but Debbie downer tone of the narration through the entire story didn't match the actual context being read. Thus the tone was a distraction. Also the text to speach feature was super out of sync (unusable).

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  • escoocoo
  • 25-08-2019

I REALLY Liked this one!

Great story, well written, enjoyed listening to her as she spun her tale. Sad beginning, wonderful fairy tale happy ending, and oddly humorous all the way through. Yup! I really liked this one a lot!!

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  • jen4choice
  • 15-08-2019

HEA OR HFN?

HEA OR HFN? No matter - the author is H when she closes the book, not because happiness “found” her, but because she created a life that made it so. And that makes me happy for her, as well as hopeful for a future after the unimaginable has occurred.

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  • Cindy Jiban
  • 02-08-2019

Inforgettable

Massively tragic, but in a snort- inducingly wry kind of way. More, please! This author is one to watch; I'm phoning her in to the weather service because this is tornado watch type stuff.

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