BOOK CLUB: Making Peace

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Author: Fiona McCallum
ISBN: 9781489246776
RRP: $29.99
Publisher: Harlequin – HQ Fiction
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher

Making Peace is the sequel to Finding Hannah, which we read for book club last year. It is also McCallum’s 10th novel, congratulations on the milestone. I have read most of McCallum’s books, and one day plan to go back and catch up on the ones I have missed.

Making Peace takes us back to Hannah Ainsley who lost her husband and parents in an horrific Christmas morning car accident a year ago. Through her total devastation Hannah has managed to carry on and put her life back together with the support of a group of loyal friends.

Finally Hannah is beginning to look to the future with excitement but she is worried that there is a crisis in the life of her best friend Sam. Now it’s her time to offer support.

Hannah returns to work, to a job that she loves and has done for a decade; a job that offered her strength through her grief. She’s not the same woman she was before the accident and she can’t seem to settle.

Details of the accident and investigation were never going to give Hannah the only thing she wanted so she avoided discovering any of them but in the long run could having the answers help her to recover?

In Making Peace McCallum brings us a tale of friendships, the new and the old; a tale of letting go of the past and embracing the future.

I read Finding Hannah last year and quite enjoyed it so I am eagerly awaiting the opportunity to look back in on Hannah and see how things are going for her after such a tragic loss. In the meantime our readers are already checking out this book so you can read what they think below.

Fiona McCallum can be found on Facebook and her website.

Making Peace is published by HQ Fiction and is available now from Angus & Robertson Bookworld, Booktopia and where all good books are sold.

Thanks to HQ Fiction 20 of our Beauty and Lace Club Members will be reading Making Peace so please be aware there may be spoilers in the comments below.

21 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: Making Peace

  1. It wasn’t till I was reading this novel that I realised that it was a sequel to Finding Hannah. I know I read the book in between my other novels but only remembered snippets as I read along to her latest book. In knowing this though, reading Making Peace on its own does not subtract from the story.

    The story revolves around this gorgeous beautiful woman called Hannah Ainsley who tragically loses the love of her life Tristan and her adored parents on the morning of Christmas Day. It’s not hard to find yourself, the reader, really liking Hannah and feeling emotional of her ups and downs.

    Hannah takes a year off work to deal with life in general. Since losing her loved ones, Hannah avoids any details of the accident or the ongoing investigation.

    She starts to think that she is ready for work again when she becomes concerned about a very good friend called Sam. Sam was there for Hannah the past year and now Hannah needs to be there for Sam.

    This truely is a divine book about very close friendships, finding new friends and dealing with loss.
    There were pages that I shed tears and of course smiled.

    Towards the end of the book, I actually got choked back with tears because the storyline was so uplifting. I found myself holding the book to my chest waiting to read on.

    Do have tissues handy when reading. I found myself being totally absorbed in the whole storyline that I actually felt I was a part of the story. The characters become your friends as well.

    Thank you to Harper Collins and of course Beauty & Lace for giving this beautiful heart warming story to read.

    Thank you to Fiona McCallum for writing this very moving novel. I absolutely loved reading this book and all the believable characters. The cover is so divine and seeing the bee on the cover means more to me now.

    I would highly recommend for anyone that loves reading to read this book.

  2. I still can’t believe how it took nearly a decade of knock backs for Fiona McCallum to get published!!!! All us fans would have been robbed of a beautiful writer who takes you in almost instantly! Even though I didn’t realise this was a sequel to Finding Hannah it wouldn’t have mattered if I hadn’t read it before this one as I was quickly run through the characters again and to a new reader they would have understood who was who. I am glad that I did read Finding Hannah first though, even though it was a while back as I felt they were in my heart already. Loved the title and the significant bee meaning, which you’ll come to know about reading this book. I adored her friends, new and old and loved the ripple effect that was unfolding throughout this book. I never thought this book got off track or boring as some can, even good books. I read it in no time considering and was excited to pick it back up every time. The story really made me evaluate different aspects of my life and how we should all do more good for others even if it’s only small. I took away a lot of heart and soul away from this book so thankyou to Fiona, you are truly a legend! Harlequin books are a favourite of mine as they know true talent and have some fantastic Australian writers. Times like these when I really love and appreciate Beauty and Lace Book Club. Also can’t wait to one day read Fionas other series of books. XO

  3. An absolutely adorable book.
    I must confess that I read this book nearly through on the first night .
    Having read Finding Hannah some time ago it was surprisingly easy to just slip back into Hannah’s life in Making Peace by Fiona McCallum.
    After having tragically losing both her parents and the love of her life on Christmas morning, Hannah takes a year of work to deal with her life.
    Hannah has a close friend Sam who she becomes concerned aboutand decides that Sam has been there for her for the past year as she navigated through life again so now it is time for her to be ther for Sam.
    A beautiful book exploring friendships and family and loss.
    I honestly couldnt put this book down and when I did so it was very reluctantly .
    I would highly recommend Making Peace by Fiona McCallum .
    Thankyou to Beauty and Lace and HQ Fiction for allowing me to read and review this wonderful novel .

  4. What a wonderful story!! I couldn’t put it down. I will definitely have to read Finding Hannah at some stage. I loved this book!!

  5. When I read that this book is a sequel to Finding Hannah I was a little concerned that as I hadn’t read it I would struggle to follow the story and feel I missed out by not reading the earlier book.

    I shouldn’t have worried; this is a lovely novel, the main character Hannah is still recovering from the tragic loss of her husband and parents in an accident. She seems to be coping but there is much simmering below the surface still. She is an incredibly caring, loving character whose view on life is why would you not be caring and supportive? It seems strange to her to not automatically help people if you can, and not just your close friends and family. By accident she meets someone who many people would think she should be angry with or unpleasant to but she is caring and supportive.
    Throughout the story Hannah is concerned about her friends, who she clearly loves and they love her, I must admit I was half expecting at least one of her friends to turn out to be a nasty bit of work and while there are characters that make mistakes most of the characters are genuinely nice people.

    The story is based in Melbourne and as I’ve just returned from a trip there I could really picture Hannah as she gets around the city on the tram and visits the mansion in Toorak (I saw a few of those but from the outside only!).

    This is a love story in many ways but not just romantic love – the love between friends, relatives, pets and colleagues. I was left with the feeling that if more of us were like Hannah and her friends then the world would definitely be a much nicer place.

  6. I was a bit worried when I first got this book as I had read it was a sequel to ‘Finding Hannah’ which I had not read. Once I was a chapter into the book I realised it didn’t matter at all and picked up the storyline very easily and immediately feel in love with the main character Hannah.

    The story begins with Hannah and follows her as she is trying to piece her life back together and return to work after losing her husband and parents. Hannah seems to have her life back together as best she can when her friend Sam starts to need her more than ever when her life starts to fall apart.

    I feel the way the author, Fiona, writes about how Hannah deals with her life and grief is written extremely well. The story deals with grief, friendship and love and it is all intertwined so nicely.

    I found this book a great read and easy read too.

    Thank you Beauty and Lace and HQ fiction for giving me the opportunity to read this great book!

  7. Thankyou Beautyandlace, Harlequinbooks and of course Fiona McCallum for the chance to read this delightful book Making Peace.
    I so enjoyed catching up with Hannah Ainsley after reading Finding Hannah which I also read thanks to Beautyandlace,and after following her horrific story to travel with her to find new beginnings with her and her oh so delightful friends. Such a strong compassionship character it was impossible not to cheer Hannah on with every step forward and also to be devastated with the occasional slump.
    Although dealing with these complicated emotions Hannah never failed to be there for her friends who also had their own struggles and the ever comforting and darling neighbor Beth.
    A wonderful book and highly recommended.

  8. Right from the start I felt almost like I was reading about one of my close friends!. The story is so real , so well written its almost difficult to think of the book as a work of fiction! The close knit friend circle with all its nuances and support is beautifully described. The book celebrates the huge gift of friendship between women and the massive support system this can be when life throws its worse at you.
    Being from Melbourne myself the city really comes to life beautifully in the book. The vibrant eclectic art market is brought to life superbly.
    In times of grief the support that friendship brings to Hannah and her friends especially Sam is so true and beautifully portrayed.
    A beautifully written book! Was a great read and highly recommend it!

  9. Fiona McCallum you’ve done it again.

    This book is so beautiful that I was sad when I turned the last page.

    There is a warm with Fiona McCallum’s writing style that allows you to fall in and feel the story with the characters.
    Making Peace begins where Finding Hannah left off but is just as good as a stand alone book.

    A year has passed since the most major of all tragedies has happened and Hannah’s journey has taken the next step as she is learning to find herself and find her place in the world again.

    It is a story about moving on after a tragedy and shows how well people can and do support and give strength to each other through love, family and friendship. Support networks are a wonderful thing to have and this is shown with lots of love in Hannah’s story.

    Heartwarming, feel good, light, nice…these are some of the words I would use to describe the book. Strengths and weaknesses, good times and bad, love and laughter, tears and sadness are all packed into the most perfect ‘girls night in’ story.

    I have seen the Fiona McCallum plaques at the AWL and having a cat myself that has come from there I adored the parts the cats playing in the story. Anyone with pets knows how they can help cheer you up on the not so good days.

  10. Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Harlequin Australia for giving me this book to read.

    Making Peace is the follow on story from Finding Hannah but it can be read as a stand alone book as it is easy to fall into the story.

    Fall into the story is what you will do. Fiona McCallum writes with such warmth that you fall in love with her characters and their stories.

    Hannah has just survived a year after the biggest tragedy of her life, the loss of her husband and parents on Christmas Day.
    The time has come for Hannah to step back into the life she had before the tragedy.
    This is a story about Hannah finding herself and her place in the world again.
    Through the story we learn how wonderful it is to have a support network or trusted and loved family and friends. It tells of how people support and give strength to each other and how being there for someone can help them in life.

    Making Peace is a nice, feel good, heartwarming story. I’d call it a ‘girls night in’ book.

    I have been to the AWL and have seen Fiona McCallum’s plaques on the doors and having a cat from there myself I adored reading the bits about the cats. All animal lovers will understand the power that unconditional love from an animal gives you.

  11. Thank you to beauty and lace for the opportunity to review Making Peace. I haven’t read the first book Finding Hannah but I will be finding it and reading it after reading this along with any other Fiona McCallum book I can find.
    I found it so easy to just ‘fall’ into the book and not be able to put it down.
    Hannah is the central character and lost everything when she lost her husband and parents on Christmas Day. This is the story of how she picked herself up, got through such a tragedy and became who she is now.
    I found myself putting myself in her shoes and feeling every emotional alongside her.
    I definitely recommend this book for anyone who loves a good story and will be following Fiona’s work from now on.

  12. A really great sequel that pulls at the heart strings just as much as Finding Hannah did.

    We pick up the story a year after Hannah lost her husband and parents… I couldn’t wait to find out how has she coped and how her life had unfolded.

    Fiona McCallum writes with such warmth and tenderness. She knows how to evoke emotion and gets the reader attached.

    I thoroughly loved this book and I would absolutely recommend it.

  13. What else can I say but I loved this book!! Making Peace is a story about Hannah Ainsley who is dealing with the unimaginable trauma of losing her husband and parents on Christmas Day in a car accident. This story is about how she has managed to come out on the other side of such a horrific event and tells a beautiful story about the importance of friendship and kindness plus the strength of the human spirit.
    Hannah is such a gorgeous character that is so easily relatable that I really felt I was reading about myself and my girlfriends. Fiona McCallum has done an incredible job in portraying someone that was so likeable and just felt real. The way Hannah thought and spoke made me laugh and cry as I understood exactly where she was coming from and I adored the storyline about her cats and how they assisted with her healing. I also enjoyed the Melbourne references and could easily picture the areas that were mentioned.
    Thank you so much to Beauty and Lace as well as HQ Fiction for allowing me the chance to read such a fabulous book and to discover Fiona McCallum. I will be sourcing her other books, including the prequel asap – I can’t wait to read about the Hannah before the accident!
    Thanks again, I truly loved it and give this a 5 out of 5 rating!

  14. Having read Finding Hannah I found Making Peace flowed on beautifully as the sequel so thank you Beauty & Lace & Harlequinn for the opportunity

    One year has passed since the tragedy of losing her husband & parents & Hannah has turned the corner with help & support from her friends so the story continues.

    A story of love compassion & true friendships that stand the test of times.

    A good read that I enjoyed & recommend to all the romantics out there

  15. This is a beautiful tale of loss, love and and friendship, of just how powerful reaching out to someone can change a life.

    “Making Peace” is the second book about Hannah Ainsley who in the first book “Finding Hannah” lost her beloved Husband and parents in a car accident on Christmas Day. Making Peace is a year later, I thought I would find it hard as I had not read the first book but I it was so well written that you were able to continue with this novel as it was able to be read independently,but I will now definitely read the first one.

    I found the story line beautiful and it was a very heart warming tale that made me think of my own beautiful friends and the support they give me and how important they are. It also reminded me that acts of kindness can be so life changing for both the giver and the receiver.

    I will now be adding Fiona McCallum to my ever growing collection of favourite Australian Authors that grace my bookshelves. Perfect feel good read that touches your heart and makes you feel glad you were able to immerse yourself in Hannah’s life.

    Thank you Harlequin Books and Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read this beautiful book.

  16. Looks like I am going against the grain with this review but I just didn’t love it. The storyline is good and it is an easy read but personally I found it hard to relate to the characters. I found some of the reactions hard to believe. I won’t let too much on as I would hate to ruin it for anyone. Glass half full type people may love it but it just didn’t seem real enough to me.

  17. Fiona McCallum is one of those authors that you know you will enjoy the book as soon as you settle down with it and a cup of tea. I hadn’t read “Finding Hannah” but don’t feel that I lost anything as this book is complete in itself
    “Making Peace” revolves around the life of Hannah: a woman finding herself again after being touched by a horrific personal tragedy
    This is a story of new beginnings, of forgiveness and following your heart. You will fall in love with Hannah and the people in her life. You will travel with her as she allows herself to travel down a different path
    I would highly recommend this book. It is easy to read and leaves you feeling that all is right in the world
    Thank you Beauty and Lace and Harlequin for this delicious read

  18. Absolutely enjoyed reading this book. At first I was a bit hesitant as I heard it was a sequel to “finding Hannah” and as I hadn’t read that book I was t sure if it was necessary to have read that one first to understand this book. I was wrong this book tells a story all on its own and has you enthralled from the first chapter.
    It was an emotional roller coaster giving you ups and downs but over all I would give this my tick of approval!

  19. Fiona McCallum has written a beautiful, heart-warming book about a young woman Hannah Ainsley who is recovering after the tragic loss of her husband and parents. Hannah is experiencing all-encompassing grief and it is with the support from a close knit group of friends that she is trying to rebuild her life.

    I found this novel to be a lovely read but also very saccharin sweet in some places. The regular description of the cats was just a tad immature, a bit frustrating really. The relationships with her friends is lovely and it was nice to hear of Hannah helping others and reciprocating the friendship and support she had received.

    I didn’t realise this was a sequel until after I had finished and happily read this as a standalone book.

    Thank you to Beauty and Lace Bookclub and Harlequin Australia for the opportunity to read this book.

  20. Makimg Peace is the sequel to Finding Hannah.
    I felt much how I did when reading the first novel, Finding Hannah.

    I loved the story line. It is very emotional and heartfelt. A lot of big life lessons and trauma that some will relate too.

    I did however find the book hard to get into. The best part of the novel
    Was the last quarter of the book.

  21. Making Peace an easy read novel and quickly got caught up in the pages.

    In all the trauma and turmoil its a nice feeling to have good friends to get you through the thick of it

    An all round feel good novel

    Thanks Beauty and Lace for the opportunity

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