by T.J. Klune
Narrator: Kirt Graves
Length: 14 hours, 54 minutes
Published by Tor Books
Release Date: September 21 2021
Genres: Romance, Paranormal, M/M, LGBTQ+, Fantasy, Fiction, Adult
Format Read: ARC, eBook
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From TJ Klune, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The House in the Cerulean Sea, comes Under the Whispering Door, a new contemporary fantasy about a ghost who refuses to cross over and the ferryman he falls in love with.
When a reaper comes to collect Wallace Price from his own funeral, Wallace suspects he really might be dead.
Instead of leading him directly to the afterlife, the reaper takes him to a small village. On the outskirts, off the path through the woods, tucked between mountains, is a particular tea shop, run by a man named Hugo. Hugo is the tea shop's owner to locals and the ferryman to souls who need to cross over.
But Wallace isn’t ready to abandon the life he barely lived. With Hugo’s help he finally starts to learn about all the things he missed in life.
When the Manager, a curious and powerful being, arrives at the tea shop and gives Wallace one week to cross over, Wallace sets about living a lifetime in seven days.
By turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, this absorbing tale of grief and hope is told with TJ Klune's signature warmth, humor, and extraordinary empathy.
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
T.J. Klune may or may not be my favorite author, and I was DYING to get my hands on Under the Whispering Door.
So when I was approved for the ARC, I may or may not have screamed. Upon finishing, I also may or may not have immediately purchased the Barnes and Noble exclusive and the special edition Waterstone copy.
I don’t think I have the proper words to describe how beautiful Under The Whispering Door really is.
TJ Klune is a word smith, a master at his craft and if you haven’t ever read one of his novels, this book is a wonderful starting place.
Under the Whispering Door is profound and moving.
It is, Thought provoking and sweet.
A Heart breaking and hilarious novel.
But, oh how you will ache.
Hugo was gentle and gracious and patient.
Wallace had one of the most beautiful stories of growth I have read in a long time.
Mei, Nelson and Apollo had me laughing out loud.
The entire cast of this story was so perfect and each character was poignant, but important.
This found family novel was soulful and just made me FEEL.
Under The Whispering door is a touching story about second chances, grief, love, and accepting what you can and cannot change.
It will make you think about life before death, life after death and then what might come after The After.
Klune wrote a magnificent book. It is an experience to read it. One you will want to savor.
It is a story that settles in your heart and stays there like a hook in your chest.
I wish I could read it for the first time all over again. Because it felt like an honor to have read it.
TJ has solidified himself (once again) as my favorite author, ever.
Please go read this charming and beautiful book.
Can I give INFINITY STARS??!
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Emily typically enjoys reading almost every genre, including (but not limited to) monster romance, literary fiction, rom-com, contemporary, LGBTQ+, low/urban fantasy, paranormal, dystopian, sci-fi, gothic romance or basically any book that will make her cry.