Not the usual story!


Undertaker Nina Sherwood is full of good advice. For example, never wear lip gloss when you’re scattering ashes.

Nina is your average 30-year-old with a steady job, a nice home – and dead bodies in her basement. As an undertaker, she often prefers the company of the dead to the living – they’re obliging, good listeners and take secrets to the grave.
Nina is on a one-woman mission to persuade her peers that passing on is just another part of life. But the residents of Primrose Hill are adamant that a funeral parlour is the last thing they need… and they will stop at nothing to close down her dearly beloved shop.
When Nina’s ‘big break’ funeral turns out to be a prank, it seems like it’s the final nail in the coffin for her new business. That is, until a (tall, dark and) mysterious investor shows up out of the blue, and she decides to take a leap of faith.
Because, after all, it’s her funeral…

The perfect antidote to all those books about weddings, this book will make you laugh until you cry, perfect for fans of Zara Stoneley’s BridesmaidsFour Weddings and a Funeral and The Good Place.

My review

After being fired, Nina has the opportunity to open her own funeral parlour. Yes, how odd it may seem, Nina is an undertaker. She loves her job, even if people give her a strange look when she explains what she does for a living.

But opening an own business is not as simple as it seems… The people in Primrose Hill do not want to have anything to do with death and they will do anything they can to let Nina fail in her business.
When the funeral of a lifetime turns out to be a prank of bad taste, she is ready to give it all up.
And then she bonds with the presumed dead woman, and also meets mysterious Barclay. And she finds inspirations for new ideas, having the support of her friends.

What a funny book! I enjoyed reading it, having several laughs but also had a few gasps.
Nina is a strong, independent woman, not ready to just give up her dreams. She realizes that not everybody shares her dreams, but does her utterly best to make clear that, even if Primrose Hill hasn’t had many deaths yet, sooner or later somebody has to die.

When her first ‘customer’ is just a prank, she bonds with the famous presumed dead woman. A real friendship is born, and let me tell you this… this woman is just what Nina needs. It also makes this book even lighter than it already was.

Nina’s friends Gloria and Edo are what you expect from true friends, being there for each other, not judging each other, but always supportive. But they also speak out their mind when they don’t agree with something.
Even if they don’t know each other for ages, their friendship is the real thing!

And Barclay… he made me happy because he just is who he is, apparently not caring about other people. But once you get to know him better during the story, you see there is so much more to him than only being the playboy, having another girl each week.

This was a real comedy, despite what you may think. And yes, there are 5 wakes, but some of you will make you laugh, some put me on the verge of crying, or even a combination of the two. And the wedding… well I did not see that one coming!

A great story to read and can’t wait to read more from this author!

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