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Book Review: Minus Me by Mameve Medwed

This book will have you GRIPPED!

As soon as I read the synopsis for this book I knew it would be a good read!

I was offered a chance by Book Sirens to select an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of any book from a list of a few hundred in order to give an honest review, after scrolling through a few books I came across this book.

After reading the synopsis I knew that this would be a good book, I didn’t realise how good.

This is a book I won’t forget in a hurry.

Have a read of the synopsis for yourself…


Her life turned upside down by a grim diagnosis, a small-town Maine woman sets about writing a “How To” life manual for her handsome yet hapless husband.

Annie and her devoted but comically incompetent childhood sweetheart Sam are the owners and operators of Annie’s, a gourmet sandwich shop, home to the legendary Paul Bunyan Special Sandwich–their “nutritionally challenged continual source of income and marital harmony and local fame.”

But into their mostly charmed marriage comes the scary medical diagnosis for Annie–and the overwhelming challenge of finding a way to help Sam go on without her. Annie decides to leave Sam step-by-step instructions for a future without her, and considers her own replacement in his heart and their bed.Her best-laid plans grind to a halt with the unexpected appearance of Ursula, Annie’s Manhattan diva of a mother, who brings her own brand of chaos and disruption into their lives.

My Thoughts

I was immediately drawn to Annie, it’s hard not to be, especially when the book opens with absolutely shocking news, I was practically shouting at the book, wondering why Annie’s doctor was being such an old fashioned male chauvinistic, although further on I soon warmed to him and was screaming at Annie to please just listen to him!

Yes, I was whole-heartedly invested in Annie & Sam from the get-go, the characters are so well written I felt as if I knew them, I felt the highs, tears pricked my eyes through the lows and really empathised with dilemma that Annie was facing.

Although Sam seemed like a man-child, which I found slightly annoying at times, especially when we hear some of the backstory of the situations that Annie has had to put up with with Sam (I was totally eye-rolling)Although I blame Sam’s mother, I feel Annie doesn’t help Sam to “grow up” but we do learn that there may be other reasons for her “mothering” him.

This book covers themes including marriage, motherhood, mother-daughter /mother -son relationships & makes you think of your own loved ones and how they would cope with you gone, not a lovely thought but one that we must face at some time, sadly, too soon for some.

I’m so impressed with the way that Mameve has managed to keep the humour and fun in a story with such a serious subject matter – this is got to be made into a film – It would be an absolute blockbuster.

This is my first book of 2021, so glad I chose it – It was time, well spent!

Grab a copy here;

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

Enjoy & Thanks for reading!

Chanel x

Chanel Williams

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