Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .
Title: under the whispering door
Author: T.J. Klune
Publication Date: TODAY!! (hardback/ebook)
I expected to like this book a lot more than I did based on the premise of a man, Wallace, not understanding he is dead until the reaper comes to collect him. I really enjoyed both the set up and the epilogue of this book. The epilogue in particular made me teary. That said, I found this book to have a slow pace and I really did not get enough depth about any of the characters outside of Wallace. I thought the romance developed too quickly. I did not like how Wallace’s journey ended and I hated both the Alan and Nancy subplots. I did however love the tea shop, how the teas matched the taster, the dog, and the grandfather. Basically this story felt too easy overall with not enough nuance or development. It also had a lot of repetitive dialogue. I can see how this would work for other readers even if this is not one I would reread or buy for others. Arrrr!
So lastly . . .
Thank you Macmillian-Tor/Forge!
Goodreads’ website has this to say about the novel:
When a reaper comes to collect Wallace Price from his own funeral, Wallace suspects he really might be dead.
Instead of leading him directly to the afterlife, the reaper takes him to a small village. On the outskirts, off the path through the woods, tucked between mountains, is a particular tea shop, run by a man named Hugo. Hugo is the tea shop’s owner to locals and the ferryman to souls who need to cross over.
But Wallace isn’t ready to abandon the life he barely lived. With Hugo’s help he finally starts to learn about all the things he missed in life.
When the Manager, a curious and powerful being, arrives at the tea shop and gives Wallace one week to cross over, Wallace sets about living a lifetime in seven days.
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