Friday Favorite – Millard Salter’s Last Day by Jacob M. Appel

Millard Salter's Last Day by Jacob M. Appel
Millard Salter’s Last Day 
by Jacob M. Appel (Goodreads Author)

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EXCERPT: The trouble was that Millard didn’t feel seventy-five. Maybe when he bent over to retrieve one of the grandkids’ toys, or when carrying his fishing tackle out to the skiff, but not often. Some mornings, he honestly believed he might live another twenty years. Good years. Of course, there lay the dastardly trap. Nobody really believes in quicksand until they can’t extricate their feet.

THE BLURB: In the spirit of the New York Times bestselling A Man Called Ove, this is the heartwarming story of a man who decides to end his life before he’s too old—but then begins to reconsider when he faces complications from the world around him.

In an effort to delay the frailty and isolation that comes with old age, psychiatrist Millard Salter decides to kill himself by the end of the day—but first he has to tie up some loose ends. These include a tête-à-tête with his youngest son, Lysander, who at forty-three has yet to hold down a paying job; an unscheduled rendezvous with his first wife, Carol, whom he hasn’t seen in twenty-seven years; and a brief visit to the grave of his second wife, Isabelle. Complicating this plan though is Delilah, the widow with whom he has fallen in love in the past few months. As Millard begins to wrap up his life, he confronts a lifetime of challenges during a single day—and discovers that his family has a big surprise for him as well.

MY THOUGHTS: I love Jacob Appel’s writing. I love the depth of his characters, the way we get to know their little foibles, their likes and dislikes, their innermost thoughts.

And as I read, I grew to love the anti-social Millard Salter. He knows himself, warts and all. He knows he did wrong by his first wife, Carol, but even in retrospect, wouldn’t change a thing. I love the love he feels for the dying Delilah, his compassion, his devotion. I love his thoughts and opinions on the people he works with. We all have people like these in our lives at some point or another. I loved his take on dealing with people who verbally ‘down’ you, and I loved his wit and puns.

I felt sad when the book was finished. I felt like I had lost an old friend. I am going to miss Millard Salter, but on the flip side, I can pick this book up again and go visit any time I like. And I am sure I will.

Thank you to Gallery Books via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of Millard Salter’s Last Day by Jacob M Appel for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. Please refer to my profile page or the ‘about’ page on for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my page

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I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbled. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone – the 50 Million Reviews mark!

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