The Dearly Departed Dating Service by Rae Renzi ~ 2015

Joy had it all: a promising medical career, a handsome and kind fiancé, a bright future. Until it all came crashing down in one shattering moment.

Author: Rae Renzi
Publisher: Grey Gecko Press 
Published: February 14th 2015
Pages: 241
Language: English

"This book was provided by Grey Gecko Press in exchange for my honest review alongside my proffered thank-you for asking."

4 Stars

Rae Renzi
An entertaining read for the weekend reader. The story was a bit amusing with lighthearted comedy and I didn't think the story was going anywhere right at first, but, it did. The story had a problem in the beginning and then moved on solving that problem with a slight mystery air to it. It exceeded my preconceived notion.

The tale opened up with Joy Abercrombie, on her first day observing in the OR, watches an all self-absorbed surgeon stepping in as a replacement for Dr. Thompson, come in with the air of a god. Ego-mania radiated from him as one observer whispered to Joy "Ego swamp here."

As he started barking orders, Joy watched the patient being wheeled in and stepped closer to view over a nurses shoulder. Her world stopped. The patient was her boyfriend Craig, where earlier in the day he promised her that he would be home when she got there.

The story continues when after Craig's death, she realizes she can see his spirit and can actually talk with him. Now she understands she can communicate with the Departed and starts to have what I felt was a facetious relationship with them. The story took on more of a humorous role.

Two years later, she needs to save her family's home from being foreclosed and with the amounting bills she has accumulated from medical school she needs to do something. She's working in the mortuary's Restorative Art room and the pay, well, it's just not there. She gets an idea from Mr. Fredrick Botts, Funeral Director of Tranquility Park Funeral Home, whom loves to brainstorm ideas on how to advertise business and has a weak grasp on reality.

Knowing from the serious side of the badinage gossip of the Departed, everyone (on both sides) has loved ones who are bereaved. And the only way to move on with life is to find another - hence - The Dearly Departed Dating Service.

Rae Renzi's writing is smooth and at times predictable, yet, it is enjoyable. The relationships within the story are quite convincing given the scenario. Though her relationship with Mr. Ego Surgeon was too predictable, you knew the relationship was definitely going places but I didn't care for the "timed" meetings and surprises. And I did not like Mr. Ego's offering to solve Joy's financial problem.

Her theme touched on some medical ethics and hypothesis of the hereafter and I enjoyed Renzi's questioning of them. Could make quite the controversy.

She made her characters very believable in their surroundings in their own weird way. One could possibly imagine on what to do and what to say when you could be in the "in-between". Her characters made the book.

Her overall story-telling is great.The main character, Joy, had the same problem she was trying to fix for the Departed. The ending stopped to suddenly for me, but, I tell you folks it is a good read. I would recommend it for a cozy weekend read.

The Dearly Departed Dating Service

Here's where you can get your fingers on The Dearly Departed Dating Service:
  • Amazon  ~  Kindle edition $2.99  Hardcover $18.99 - USD

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