Dire’s Club – LSBBT

DIRE’S CLUB
by Kimberly Packard
Publisher: Abalos Publishing
Publication Date: March 23, 2021
Pages: 326 Pages
Categories: Action & Adventure / Contemporary / Women’s Fiction
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Dying isn’t just hard on the ones left behind, the regret of unfinished lives weighs heavily on the terminally ill. That’s where Dire’s Club steps in, a specialty travel agency that takes a small group of dying people on one final adventure-so they can be free of guilt, be more than a diagnosis, and find a way to confront life…and death.

Life Coach Charlotte Claybrooke built a successful second career guiding people out of grief, but the impending tenth anniversary of her own heart-wrenching tragedy sets her on a journey to find life among the dying.

Staring death in the face was Jimmy Dire’s business. He met it with a warm hug, a kind word, and a smile. Dire’s Club gave the terminally ill one final, bucket-list adventure before passing on, but dying was expensive. The bills, like Jimmy’s lies, were piling up. It’s only a matter of time before he’s forced to face a different type of death.

A rock god, a telenovela star, a grandmother living her life-long dream, and a young tech genius round out this group of strangers facing death together. But when tragedy strikes, their bond is shattered. Lies and fraud surface, forcing the dying to come together to save someone’s life.

Everybody dies. The lucky ones have fun doing it.

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Everyone dies and everyone is dying, some just sooner than others.  Jimmy Dire gives a last chance at life to those with a terminal illness.  Charlotte, who is drowning in grief even as she has a successful business, joins a group led by Jimmy.  What follows is a romp of a great time, from rocking out at a concert to climbing Manchu Picchu; this group is embracing life and dealing with death.

While written with a light heart, this book can lead to many philosophical thoughts.  Are we so busy surviving that we forget about living and just get through our days?  What if you had an expiration date?  Would you change how you spend your days?  The characters in this book as doing just that.  As they re-evaluate their lives, they also rethink what it is that they really want as their last adventure.  Each character in here tugged at my heart.  Yes, there were celebrities in the group, but they are people too and deep down share the same thoughts as even the most normal among us.  Then there is Celeste who, after watching my grandparents go through the same experience, was the scariest for me.  The idea of your mind leaving you before your body is horrendous.

This book also looks at how a pending death not only affects the person dying but those around them.  Would it be better not to know, or better to prepare?  There is no simple answer but this book could help you have that difficult discussion.  Or, it just might make you want to grab the tiger by the tail and hang on for a great ride.

A perfect wrap-up is:  I laughed, I cried, it was terrific.

Dire’s Club trailer from Kimberly Walton on Vimeo.

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