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A Reason to Grieve by Mick Williams is a unique take on the classic #romcom

The book cover shows a man and woman holding hands against a pink back drop

About A Reason to Grieve

Tom and Emma drift through life, both burdened with a heavy sense of grief. Both have suffered devastating loss and have closed themselves off to the possibility of happiness. Then, at a funeral, their eyes meet and they feel something neither expected.

Supported by their quirky friends and a ‘right to the point’ pensioner, will they overcome their fears and find the solution to the pain within each other, or will they give up and go their separate ways?

In turns funny and sad, A Reason to Grieve is a romantic tale about two people fighting their feelings, about love and loss. And about funerals.


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My Review

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A Reason to Grieve by Mick Williams is a creative new spin on the classic formula for a romantic comedy. The story begins with the hero and heroine meeting at a memorial service for a person who is about to be cremated. Both characters have been deeply wounded in the past. In order to find solace for their grief, they make a habit of attending funerals in order to find comfort among other people who are mourning.

When they meet a memorial service that goes terribly wrong,  they discover that they have an inexplicable magnetic pull toward one another. The book is full of quirky friends and fun banter as the two characters slowly explore their feelings for one another. Will they be able to create a future together, or are the hurts of the past too deep to bury?

I really enjoy romantic comedies, so this book was a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. Although the story touches on some very serious issues of loss and bereavement, it is a warm and fuzzy romcom that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Certain shenanigans that happen are down right farcical and would never happen in real life, but overall it’s a quick and entertaining read perfect for fans of chick lit and romantic comedy.

I am also doing the Pop Sugar 2020 Reading Challenge, and this book satisfies the category, “book with a pink cover.”

Note: Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. The US link to purchase this book is an affiliate link. 


About the Author 

In the photo of the author, his cat sits on his lap while he writes on his laptop

Mick Williams moved from Stoke-On-Trent, England to Kentucky, USA. Then, after almost a decade, he moved back.

In between reading, writing and listening to good music he still watches proper football and, for his sins, follows his local team Port Vale. He does also still cheer for the Indianapolis Colts.

He was adopted by two cats, Crash and Thud, and resides with his patient wife in Staffordshire.

Follow Mick on his website at – and on Facebook at mickwilliamsauthor


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