Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish: A Novel by Tori Whitaker @ToriLWhitaker





Millicent Glenn is self-sufficient and contentedly alone in the Cincinnati suburbs. As she nears her ninety-first birthday, her daughter Jane, with whom she’s weathered a shaky relationship, suddenly moves back home. Then Millie’s granddaughter shares the thrilling surprise that she’s pregnant. But for Millie, the news stirs heartbreaking memories of a past she’s kept hidden for too long. Maybe it’s time she shared something, too. Millie’s last wish? For Jane to forgive her.

Sixty years ago Millie was living a dream. She had a husband she adored, a job of her own, a precious baby girl, and another child on the way. They were the perfect family. All it took was one irreversible moment to shatter everything, reshaping Millie’s life and the lives of generations to come.

As Millie’s old wounds are exposed, so are the secrets she’s kept for so long. Finally revealing them to her daughter might be the greatest risk a mother could take in the name of love.


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Excellent book At times very deep and emotional Now I have to write the review to sum it all up. So the story is told only 1 pov and alternating past and present chapters. This appeals to me much more for continuity, The three generations of Millie, Jane and Kelsey are told via Millie’s pov. It tugs at the heart at certain points. There are so many time period references that made me smile. I remember watching black and white All My Children and then listening to The Guiding Light on radio. Those were the days. The marriages in the fifties will be odd for younger readers but it was a point in time when those were to unspoken rules.

What I loved most was Pauline. She was the best friend and next door neighbor that everyone should have. She was the one that Millie was honest with. When Millie did not want the honesty and opinion it didnt matter she was getting it from Pauline.

This is a must read novel

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About Tori Whitaker

Tori Whitaker grew up in the Midwest. She now resides outside of Atlanta, Georgia where she and her husband of more than forty years live near their two sons and their families. Tori belongs to the Historical Novel Society and her feature article, “Multi-Period Novels: The Keys to Weaving Together Two Stories from Different Time Periods,” appeared in the Historical Novels Review. Tori graduated from Indiana University and is chief marketing officer for a national law firm. She is also an alum of the Yale Writers’ Workshop. Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish is her first novel. Visit Tori at


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