Book Review: The Night of Many Endings: A Novel by Melissa Payne


How I got the book?

I got this book by following my 2022 book challenge:  “Read a book with a 5-word title” so I chose “The Night of Many Endings” by Melissa Payne.  I got it as an eBook from the Kindle Unlimited Subscription.  I also have an A – Z Reading Challenge, so this book also checks the “N” on the list.

The book has a staggering 4.4-star rating out of 5 with over more than 2,500 reviews, which is truly impressive.   I chose the book after reading the premise of the book. I really liked the idea of reading a book that seems to be heart-warming with a spin on romance and friendship, and it is exactly what it delivered. You can get your book in Hardcover, paperback, Ebook format, and also as Audiobook.

Information about the author

Melissa Payne has written three (3) books including “The Night of Many Endings” published in 2021, her first book “The Secrets of Lost Stones” published in 2019, and her second book “Memories in the Drift” published in 2020. His previous published book was “Beneath the Scarlet Sky” which is in production to be a major television event (this book is on my radar as well).

What is the book about?

As taken from Amazon and Goodreads the premise of the book is:

“Orphaned at a young age and witness to her brother’s decline into addiction, Nora Martinez has every excuse to question the fairness of life. Instead, the openhearted librarian in the small Colorado community of Silver Ridge sees only promise. She holds on to the hope that she’ll be reunited with her missing brother and does what she can at the town library. It’s her home away from home, but it’s also a sanctuary for others who, like her brother, could use a second chance.

There’s Marlene, an elderly loner who believes that, apart from her husband, there’s little good left in the world; Jasmine, a troubled teen; Lewis, a homeless man with lost hope and one last wish; and Vlado, the security guard who loves a good book and, from afar, Nora.

As a winter storm buries Silver Ridge, this collection of lonely hearts takes shelter in the library. They’ll discover more about each other, and themselves, than they ever knew—and Nora will be forced to question her brother’s disappearance in ways she never could have imagined. No matter how stranded in life they feel, this fateful night could be the new beginning they didn’t think was possible.”

My Personal Opinion:

I am completely amazed by the feelings of courage, unconditional love, family loyalty, regret, and solidarity that this book inspired in me.  I felt engaged with each one of the characters as their lives are narrated, their struggles, their hopes, their regrets, their fears, and their humanity.  The heartbreak of what drug addiction can do to families of those who see and are affected by their struggle and the fear of being alone and vulnerable, needing the company, friendship, and love of people around us.  

I also really enjoyed the end. It was hopeful and lovely and put a big smile on my face as the last page was read.

The Highlights of the Book:

In my opinion, the highlight of the book is Marlene. Her strength and vulnerability were reassuring of my own humanity.   The ability to move forward from the deep heartache that is caused by the death of her husband and decide to go on embracing her life, her love for art, the hope of knowing that every day can be a new wonderful day, and give yourself the chance to live.

The Negatives:

I really don’t have a negative opinion of this book. 

Information as found in Amazon:

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Lake Union Publishing
  • Publication date: October 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 299 pages
  • Genre: Fiction / Contemporary, Friendship, and Family Fiction

What are you reading right now? What book would you recommend to me? Would you like a personal review of a book? Let me know! I am always looking for recommendations and suggestions to add to my reading list.

Enjoy reading!!!


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