Friday, 15 January 2010

Things I Want My Daughters to Know

Title: Things I Want My Daughters to Know

Author: Elizabeth Noble

Type: Fictional Novel

Page: 448

Published: January 2009
Where I got the book: I own it

Synopsis: When Barbara finds out she's dying from terminal cancer she immediately worries about how her 4 daughters will face their trials and triumphs of their lives without her. She writes letters to each of her daughters to help them deal with the issues that they each have. In the year following Barbara's death the girls read their letters and draw strength from their mother's words.

Lisa, in her mid-thirties, is incapable of making a commitment to her long-time boyfriend. Jennifer is stuck in a stale marriage and is so high strung she could burst. Amanda, in her twenties, is a world traveller who keeps herself separate from the rest of the family. Then there is the 'baby' Hannah who is only 15 years old. How will she grow up without her mother?

Each of the girls receives a letter from Barbara. Will the letters help in their bereavement or cause more issues amongst the sisters?

My Thoughts: I enjoyed this book but it wasn't what I was expecting. I thought it would have been more about the Mom ... and more of a tear jerker, quite frankly. The storyline started off slow but it pick up less than half-way through. It felt like the story didn't go deep enough for me. Good premise but not executed as well as I would have liked. Still a good read.

My Rating: 3.5/5 (a good read)

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