Publisher: Audible Original
Release Date: October 31, 2019
Genre: Adult Fiction / Contemporary
Listening Length: 3 hours and 5 minutes
A short and sweet listen that’ll leave you wanting second helpings, You Can Thank Me Later follows an unforgettable family over the course of three Thanksgivings.
When the Dickenson clan sits down for Thanksgiving dinner in 2016, it is the last holiday where their tight-knit family will ever be the same. Oldest brother Pete and his wife are expecting their first child. Youngest sibling Sophie is too busy running her restaurant. The Little Plum, to bother with any kind of social life. And middle child Charlie’s happy, uncomplicated life as a midwestern science professor is upended when his wife Annette is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Knowing this will be her last Thanksgiving, Annette asks Sophie to look after Charlie after she’s gone. Which would be a lot easier if Charlie didn’t show up with an insufferable new girlfriend at the next holiday meal.
From the best-selling author of The Overdue Life of Amy Byler, this heartwarming novella embraces the spirit and gratitude of the holiday, and shows how a family’s love can endure everything.
You Can Thank Me Later is read by Lauren Fortgang and I think she did a fantastic job with this little novella. I noticed she has narrated a ton of other books and I am definitely going to have to keep that in mind when I’m looking for my next audiobook. This was an Audible Original and just over 3 hours, so it is really quick, but don’t be fooled because this book packs a wallop! It had me tearing up, laughing, and everything in between. Now that I’ve listened to this I am super excited to read/listen to Harms’ book, The Overdue Life of Amy Byler which has been on my list ever since it came out earlier this year.
I know You Can Thank Me Later is an audiobook, but I found the story to be incredibly well-written and I can already tell I am a fan of Harms. If you are looking for a short listen that is full of second chances, family, and moments that will bring tears to your eyes, this is going to be a must-listen!
Song/s the book brought to mind: (There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays by Perry Como
Final Thought: I am so glad I decided to listen to You Can Thank Me Later when I saw it was an Audible Original. It definitely put me in the holiday spirit, and I loved the focus on the same family over three Thanksgivings and how things changed with them, especially Sophie and Charlie. The characters were completely endearing, and this novella made my heart swell with love for them. Plus Sophie is a chef, so how could I not like it?
MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5