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Because of You: The beautifully uplifting Richard & Judy bestseller

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At 17 years of age, Minnie is pregnant, in a strong relationship with Lee, when her world falls apart, leaving her flailing, wondering who she is and who she can trust. Because of You feels like it ought not to be a book but to be rushed, but the reality is it is a book that is almost impossible not to race through. Hope's daughter, destined to follow in her mother's footsteps, but the person who brings Hope and Anna together a tragic and unexpected way. The two families’ lives are tracked over time until eventually their worlds collide with startling consequences. The part I found most powerful was the letter Minnie wrote to her mother, where she says “I’m not from them, I’m from you.

Opis zaproponował mi: "In the same hospital, two very different women give birth to two very similar daughters. You can feel the devastation of the mother who has lost everything, balanced against the mother who has it all - the longed for child, even if their circumstances are not all they would wish them to be. The exploration of loss felt no more than a lip service as it seemed like the author wanted to generate warm feelings for Hope in the readers' minds, so she conveniently chose to sideline the grief of Anna.

Julius the politician appears to be without a humane bone in his body (I guess Trump proved that is actually possible but it just didn’t stack up with Julius). The start of a new Millennium – 1st of January 2000 – sees two couples in hospital in London, both in the throes of giving birth. The story then focusses mainly on the mother-daughter relationship as baby Minnie grows into womanhood and finds herself pregnant at 17. I have to say that I wasn't utterly overwhelmed by the plot line and found the writing style to be a bit too 'chick lit' for my taste but I persevered and I did warm to the book soon enough. I probably wouldn't be so harsh criticising this novel if I weren't reading it in the context of a book prize because I think it's mostly enjoyable, but I don't think it's as impactful as the other books listed for this award.

The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Lets use my biggest issue as an example: i am not an expert at all, but i am almost positive that a woman that suffered from placental abruption and bleed very heavily during labor would have just send home hours later, or even capable of getting there. How did Minnie get so attached to Issac on the basis of a one way letter communication, read in one sitting? Whilst well enough written, I found it incredibly insensitive that there’s absolutely no reference to this in any of the blurb, copy or reviews. I could see the charm in the writing that others have praised in the narrative – it is indeed warm and heartfelt but sadly it really didn’t work for me.A few hours later as Hope is heading home she goes past Anna’s room where both she and her partner are asleep and she sneaks a peek at the baby.

What you need to know: the plot is tired, the characters are two dimensional, and there is no accountability. if you want something special and a well done and written story, that is heartbreaking and makes you feel with the mothers and the child that goes through what’s happening in this book? Warning: Stillbirth and a stolen newborn are mentioned in this review as they are brought up in this book.

The father was a ludicrous and cruel parody of a man; the real mother’s experience simply skimmed over (and I found her a one dimensional, unrealistic, wholesome paragon of forgiveness and compassion).

But as time goes on Hope realises what she did was wrong and she needs to come clean, but what will happen to her perfect family once the world finds out? But the book does have an emotional – if rather unlikely – ending an overall it’s a very big hearted story - and to be honest it’s nice to have a break from books that think seem to think literary means also having to be one or more of misanthropic/transgressive/deeply pessimistic/explicit/scatological. But above all, the idea that you could ever forgive someone for stealing your baby and causing you pain and worry every day for 18 years is just unbelievable and in my opinion, offensive. Hadn't read anything by Dawn French before so I had an open mind and was hopeful as I have enjoyed books by other comediennes turned authors.When the news breaks the hospital presume Hope left way before Florence was taken and she isn’t a suspect. For those not adverse to soap opera levels of melodrama and sentimentality, it may appeal, but I found it far too saccharine. I’m loathe to say any more about the plot for fear of spoiling it for anyone who plans on reading it.

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