Wednesday, July 5, 2017

50 HOURS by Loree Lough

My Review

Franco has to do community service and ends up doing it a hospice home. He forms a special friendship with a coupe of the residents. One of which is Aubrey. Franco wasn't always like he is now, but changed and really changed after meeting Aubrey. Love how he makes her last days so special. Love this quote from the book: "Hug the people who matter to you. Tell them you love them, while you can." This book is a real blessing, it can make you cry but at the same time make you happy that you read it. Franco does a lot of things really special for Aubrey but one will put his future in jeopardy. How will it all work out, read and see, you won't regret it. I received this book from Book Unleashed for my blog for my honest review. I definitely recommend this book. 


Title: 50 Hours
Author: Loree Lough
Genre: General Fiction
Publisher: Progressive Rising Phoenix Press
Publication Date: June 30, 2017


A broken man, a dying woman, and a friendship that changes them both.


Franco Allessi is a broken, lonely man who wants nothing more than to outrun the ghosts of his past. For years, he tries to numb the pain of his wife's death with cheap beer and whiskey. When he's convicted of drunk driving, the judge revokes his license for six months and orders him to serve fifty hours of community service. Franco chooses Savannah Falls Hospice for no reason other than it's walking distance from his dilapidated house trailer.

On his first day on the job, he meets Aubrey Brewer, a woman whose time on earth is quickly ticking to a stop. Their unusual connection teaches powerful, life-changing lessons about friendship, acceptance, and the importance of appreciating that precious treasure called Life.


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Loree Lough is an exceptional author, and that's why I approached her about writing the novel for my Feature film, 50 Hours. But I had no idea how wonderful her novelization would be until I read it. Loree was able to dig so deep into my characters. She unearthed and richly developed the film’s skeletal characters and give them three dimensional lives. I am so happy with the book!
- Kevin O’Neill, writer/director/actor/producer

50 Hours is a moving story about love, loss, friendship, and last chances. It’s a reminder that our lives are precious stories, no matter how long or short. This is a must-read for all of us who have been touched by cancer – victims, caregivers, family, and friends. This poignant and touching tale will inspire hope in the midst of even the darkest hours.
- Cerella Sechrist, author of the popular Findlay Roads series from Harlequin

All is well with 50 Hours. REAL well! Franco is a good dude, and well designed. He doesn't do anything out of the ordinary or unusual, and behaves in a completely believable fashion. And I genuinely like him. I drug this out for 3 days so I could enjoy the story longer. It's a hard topic, but handled very skillfully. I appreciate the opportunity to share Franco and Aubrey’s story.
- Travis W. Inman, author of Shadows and When Love Calls

You'll laugh, you'll cry... 50 Hours is an unforgettable tale of healing, redemption, and the cost of true love. With a delicate pen, author Loree Lough writes an honest and poignant view of what cancer patients face with commendable bravery. A must-read for readers of every kind!
- Rachel Muller, author of bestselling World War II series, Love & War, and the newly released, Phillip's War

50 Hours is the story of Franco and Aubrey, each trying to navigate a journey through different aspects of death: Franco, who’d lost his wife in a car accident; Aubrey, who’s quickly losing her battle with cancer.
They’re fighting alone until circumstances put them together, and changes their lives, permanently. This book will change lives!
- Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, founder FaithInspires.Org, and Christian Growth and Healing Expert at SelfGrowth.Com

A brilliant and heart wrenching story about a determined woman, Aubrey Brewer, making her days on earth count after receiving a terminal diagnosis. Loree Lough took a difficult subject and turned it into a compelling read with light humor to soften the inevitable sadness that comes with a depressing disease. The grim truth about how a person with cancer really feels could only be truly understood by someone who has suffered with the same disease. Emotions run deep between the characters, and Loree perfectly draws the reader in to feel those emotions, right alongside the characters.
- Emma Gingerich, author of Runaway Amish Girl; the Great Escape

Loree Lough has entertained me with her stories for many years, but I think with this one we’ve crossed into a new realm. 50 Hours is more than a story… it’s therapy. Emotion and awareness wrapped around two main characters that make you care for them. The novel is a reminder that life is indeed short, but always worth living. And almost always… one life will touch many others. Great job Loree!
- Robin Bayne, author of Reunion At Crane Lake.

Loree Lough’s books are always an absolute pleasure to read, and 50 Hours is one of her best yet! The story is powerful and poignant on many levels. It delivers stunning visual imagery, characters you will care about deeply and an emotional roller coaster that will leave you satisfied. The story serves as an important reminder of what’s important in life, the capacity of the human spirit, and not being victims of our circumstances, regardless of how dire they might be. 50 Hours is a book you won’t be able to put down, and its messages of love and compassion will linger with you long after you’ve turned the last page.
- Kate James, award-winning author of Sanctuary Cove, Silver Linings, and The Truth About Hope

I defy anyone to start the beautifully written 50 Hours and to put it down or to go on with their own lives as they had before reading about the remarkable, emotional and insightful relationship between dying Aubrey and the lost Franco. As a recent widow myself, the strength, humor and respect between the main characters shot close to home, but delivered so much hope and love that even as I march forward to tomorrow, my perspective has altered---all to the positive. In her last days in this life, Aubrey finally lives out the dreams she's been too browbeaten by her mother and ex-husband to accomplish. She can only do this with help from Franco, who risks imprisonment to see her wish come true. Emerson said, "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded." Aubrey and Franco succeeded. Believe me when I say, THIS IS THE KIND OF BOOK THAT WINS PULITZER PRIZES.
- Catherine Lanigan, author of Romancing the Stone, The Jewel of the Nile, and over forty-five novels and non-fiction


Bestselling author LOREE LOUGH once sang for her supper, performing across the U.S. and Canada. Now and then, she blows the dust from her 6-string to croon a tune or two, but mostly, she writes novels that have earned hundreds of industry and "Readers' Choice" awards, 4- and 5-star reviews, and 7 book-to-movie options. Her 115th book, 50 Hours, is her most personal to date. Recently released, The Man She Knew, book #1 in her “By Way of the Lighthouse” series from Harlequin Heartwarming.

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