Told in a number of voices, the story takes place in a London hospice where a night nurse named Stella assists dying patients by writing final letters they wish to dictate to various people they have known. Her husband is a veteran recently home from war where he lost his leg in a surprise attack. Another main character is Hope who has cystic fibrosis. She is not presently dying, but is a temporary patient at the hospice while recuperating from an infection. Hugh is a young man who lives alone with a black cat. Both of his parents are dead and he lives a solitary life. As can be expected, the lives of these people intersect and their lives are complicated and emotional.
The beginning of this book drew me in quickly and I especially enjoyed the letters written by the dying patients. I like the premise of this story. My only criticism is that I felt the story was predictable. This disappointed me more than anything. This is light chic lit; a good summer read.