50 Hours

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Franco Allessi is a broken, lonely man who wants nothing more than to outrun the ghosts of his past. For years, he tries to numb the pain of his wife's death with cheap beer and whiskey. When he's convicted of drunk driving, the judge revokes his license for six months and orders him to serve fifty hours of community service. Franco chooses Savannah Falls Hospice for no reason other than it's walking distance from his dilapidated house trailer. On his first day on the job, he meets Aubrey Brewer, a woman whose time on earth is quickly ticking to a stop. Their unusual connection teaches powerful, life-changing lessons about friendship, acceptance, and the importance of appreciating that precious treasure called Life.


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2 reviews for 50 Hours

  1. Jack Watts

    I defy anyone to start the beautifully written 50 Hours and to put it down or to go on with their own lives as they had before reading about the remarkable, emotional and insightful relationship between dying Aubrey and the lost Franco. As a recent widow myself, the strength, humor and respect between the main characters shot close to home, but delivered so much hope and love that even as I march forward to tomorrow, my perspective has altered—all to the positive. In her last days in this life, Aubrey finally lives out the dreams she’s been too browbeaten by her mother and ex-husband to accomplish. She can only do this with help from Franco, who risks imprisonment to see her wish come true. Emerson said, “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.” Aubrey and Franco succeeded. Believe me when I say, THIS IS THE KIND OF BOOK THAT WINS PULITZER PRIZES. – Catherine Lanigan, Author of Romancing the Stone, The Jewel of the Nile, and over forty-five novels and non-fiction.

    Loree Lough’s 50 HOURS is a poignant story that reminds us how precious life is, especially if our world has been turned upside down by cancer. But don’t be fooled: This novel will leave readers feeling hopeful, no matter how hard the dreaded disease has hit them. – Jack Watts, award-winning author of 16 books, including “The Moon” series and Creating Trump Nation.

  2. Tina St.Clair Rice

    I so enjoyed the depth of characters in this book. Loree Lough has produced a story-line that not only captured my heart but sent my emotions in all directions as I read this remarkable story. She adapted the screenplay, 50 Hours, by Kevin James O’Neill into a poignant story that brings the characters to life.

    What does Franco Allessi, a broken and lonely man, expect from the judges’ order to serve fifty hours in community service? I think he first went as a way to stay out of jail but the residences of Savannah Falls Hospice soon change his mind and his heart. How can healing come from a Hospice facility when those there may be facing a soon-to-be ending to their lives here on earth? Well, healing does take place in very unusual ways.

    The residence of Savannah Falls Hospice are as unique in their reasons for being there as well as the other life-changing challenges they face. Aubrey Brewer is one such residence who soon befriends Franco at a time he most needs it, as does she. Aubrey is one spunky and feisty lady. I admire the way she faces the challenges before her, but she does need a good friend. I don’t think either of them realize the impact they are about to have on each other’s lives. They have an unusual connection that I believe to be God-designed. This connection teaches them both powerful life-lessons that will change them forever. That special bonded friendship is tested when Aubrey asks Franco to do something she desperately needs done soon as her time is short, however, if he does comply with her wishes he could end up in jail. What will he do? You will have to read the book to find out.

    As a retired Oncology RN with Hospice training, I found this story to be especially moving. Loree Lough easily captured the essence of the emotional roller-coaster ride those facing life-altering illnesses experience. A remarkable story.

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