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This isn’t the end of your story — August 7, 2018

This isn’t the end of your story

If you were to be able to invite five people to dinner, dead or alive, who would it be?

Sabrina gets this opportunity for her 30th birthday.  Actually, I am sitting here writing this and I am wanting to say the dinner was a surprise but I can’t remember who planned the party if it was so I don’t wanna lie to ya.  I remember her and her bestie, Jessica had made the list when they were younger but I am thinking only Audrey Hepburn and her birth father, Robert were on that list.  I don’t remember how the others got the invite to show up to the party.

Anyways, Sabrina is having her 30th bday party with five special guests:

Audrey Hepburn: movie star from the old days

Professor Conrad – old college professor

Tobias – boyfriend of ten years

Jessica – Best Friend

Robert – her real father

Sabrina was raised by her mom.  Her dad had left when she was really young.  Sabrina always wondered about her dad but yet she also has a lot of anger and resentment towards him as well.  I really related to her on this part.  My dad was in my life when I got older but wasn’t in the beginning.  My step dad was my “daddy” but then he left when I turned 8 so that’s when my mom wanted me to be a part of my dad’s life. Well, that was awkward…………  He was a great man though.   I know he loved me. I never wondered that for a second.  I was very guarded from a young age though so I never let him in.

Okay…………..  Dr. Phil moment……. (old school Dr. Phil, not the new Dr. Phil) 

The dinner starts out kind of awkward.  Sabrina is still having issues with her ex that need to be resolved.  Nobody has seen each other in quite sometime, or ever met for that matter.

There is Jessica who in my opinion needs to shut up but that’s just me.  She is all about herself. However, I do sort of see her point towards the end.  I think friendships are like marriages, you have to work at them.  They aren’t always perfect.

Robert and her obviously have things to talk about as well.  Sabrina just wants to know if her father regretted his actions and if he loved her.  Every person would wonder I feel like.

I really don’t know why she had her old Professor there.  I mean, I think she really liked his class and stuff but it wasn’t like she needed anything from him or Vice Versa.  OOOOHHHHH ! I remember now. He had weekly field trips where he would teach and she met Tobias for the first time on one of those field trips.

Sabrina had grown up watching Audrey’s movies.  She doesn’t have a huge part in the book but does talk to Sabrina and help her make decisions. I am embarrassed to say it but I have never seen an Audrey Hepburn movie!!!!  Isn’t that awful??!!! Of course, I have never seen Sound of Music either.  I would love to. It isn’t like we have blockbuster anymore though to run down and rent them.

So who would you invite to dinner?  Mine is really hard but easy at the same time.   

Mandy – My best friend in High School.  I had to move my senior year and we didn’t get to talk much after.  That was back then when your parents wouldn’t let you call friends cause it was long distance.  She died 2 months after graduation. We had written letters back and forth the entire time.  She was always meddling in my “love” life. She got the final say two years ago cause I am now engaged to her brother.  I wish she was here so I could call and bitch every time he got on my nerves. She would be the sister I never had.

My mom – she was taken so suddenly without a trace.  I just want the answers and what was really going on in that house with her husband.  We never had a great mom/daughter relationship but I miss her everyday!

Dwayne Johnson – because at this moment he is my favorite actor.  Yes he sucks at acting but he is funny.  We will need some humor at my dinner because that is how I deal with life. But at the same time, I can feel his back muscles too.

And that’s where I can’t finish my list.  I want to say my grandmas because I miss them so much but it isn’t like I don’t have any unfinished business with them.  I like to think that they know everything that is going on in my life since they’re watching over me so we wouldn’t have to catch up really.  I know they died when I was in my 20s.  However, I do not remember anything about it.  I have tried to recall the funeral, time before, and time after but I can’t.  I don’t know if that is good or bad.

Okay……………. this blog post is morbid!!!!! 

The Dinner List was pretty good.  It goes back and forth from the dinner conversation and Sabrina and Tobia’s relationship.  Towards the middle, there is a twist which makes it more interesting. I was starting to get bored but that changed things.  It is a sweet love story though.  However, even if things hadn’t ended like they did, I think they would have eventually.  Who knows though.

I received a copy of this ARC from Flatiron Books in exchange for a review.  Thank you so much for this opportunity.  It was definitely on my TBR list.