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.
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
Praise for 50 Hours by Loree Lough
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
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
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.
– Emma Gingerich – author of Runaway Amish Girl; the Great Escape
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
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. www.robinbayne.com
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
To read the complete praises and accolades, visit the 50 Hours Book Page at Book Unleashed.
Remembering Mrs. Kane’s discomfort with dark humor, Aubrey resisted the urge to say another meeting between her and the angry man wasn’t likely, since she’d likely not last until his next visit. Instead, she followed the flight path of the blue jay that so often chattered at her from outside her window. It landed in a cedar tree, mere feet from where Franco was busy trimming dead branches near the trunk.
“He’s very good with things that grow, isn’t he?”
“Yes, he is. This much I can tell you about Franco: he and his wife once owned a landscaping company.”
“Once owned? Did the company go belly-up, or did he lose her to divorce? Not both, I hope.”
“She was killed in a car accident,” Mrs. Kane finished.
And Franco had been in the car. Aubrey would have bet her short life on it. The fact that he’d survived when his wife hadn’t, well, that went a long way in explaining his tendency to sometimes stare into the distance, especially while tending the roses. At least, that’s how she saw things . . . .
Aubrey opened the sketchbook and knew in a glance what was wrong with her sketch of Franco. She packed up her things. “Thanks, Mrs. Kane. You’ve been a big help.”
“I was? Well, all right then, you’re welcome!”
The eyes, Aubrey realized, making her way to the elevator. The missing piece of the puzzle would fall into place just as soon as she figured out how to capture that look in his eyes.
This book really hit home for me. I’ve dealt with lots in the last 7 years, from losing my grandfather to Alzheimer’s, to my dad being diagnosed with cancer to my mom dying and my ex-husband losing his license to a DUI. It really just pulled me into the story and brought all the feels to the surface. I loved that feeling. Loree is amazing like that!
I loved reading Franco and Aubrey’s story. It wasn’t one of romance, but it was one of a bond, a God guided friendship that really brought me further into the story. Watching them together, getting to know Aubrey and Franco, really had me turning the pages long into the night.
If you are looking for a light, laugh out loud read, I don’t recommend you getting this one. But, if you are looking for a 5 star book that will move you to tears and smiles, then absolutely grab this book up. You’ll fall in love with Franco, Aubrey and Loree’s writing. Once again, Ms. Lough has managed to steal my heart with her characters, her style and her messages woven through out.
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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.