Five Wakes and a Wedding – Karen Ross


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…

This book intrigued me so much! I don’t think I’ve ever read a book about an undertaker, so was interested in the angle and the story from the very start. I also love love love the cover!

The writing style was spot on and I really loved the pace, language, relatability and relationships throughout the book.

I felt a good connection with all of the characters and there were little twists and turns along the way also. Thoroughly enjoyed following Nina’s life and business venture!!

The only reason it’s a 4/5 and not a 5/5 is that the ending was almost too perfect which I know, isn’t entirely fair of me. It was just wrapped up too nicely and although i know it’s fiction, it felt too abstract and made up which was a slight shame as the rest of the book was a delight!


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