‘Seven Letters’ is the latest book by Sinead Moriarty.
Every year she writes a birthday letter of love to her adored daughter, Izzy, now seven. And after she falls pregnant, she promises Izzy that the arrival of a baby brother will make their family complete. So when she collapses a few months later, the safe happy life Izzy knows is shattered. With Sarah’s future, and the future of her pregnancy, in their hands, her husband and sister disagree fiercely about her treatment. The once close family starts to fall apart. The clock is ticking, and the doctors need a decision. Can those who love Sarah get beyond the fog of grief and anger to figure out what’s for the best? Can they ever forgive each other for the decisions they make? Will Izzy lose everything she knows and loves?
I’ve come to recognise that Sinead Moriarty is the Irish equivalent of Jodi Picoult, she writes sensitively and poignant about controversial stories that only not pulls the characters hearts apart but also the readers.
In her latest book, we meet sisters and best friends Mia and Sarah, where Mia is bossy and controlling, Sarah is calm and soothing and when Sarah is pregnant, she embraces the joy of giving her daughter Izzy a little brother or sister. But, one day Sarah collapses and never recovers, Mia and her family’s world falls apart as they are delivered the tragic news that Sarah will never recover and the baby will die. The family is torn apart when Mia and her family want to give Sarah the peaceful and respectful burial that she deserves, whereas Adam, Sarah’s husband is determined that her body is kept alive so the baby will survive.
The story is a battle of morals and feelings that really pulls the reader in and it’s a heart-breaking one that should come with a warning. As the family falls apart and an adorable seven year old is caught in the middle and this character is one of the sweetest characters I’ve read in a while, as well as Mia’s outspoken teenage daughter Riley, who’s trying to recover from a broken heart. Whilst Mia, visits her sister every day and sees her sister worsen, she comes across her diary and reminiscences on happier times.
Sinead has written this tale with sensitivity and class about this painful subject that really divides people’s opinions onto what is the right and wrong in this situation. For every sad moment in the story, Sinead has injected an element of humour into the tale to help the reader recover from the trauma. A thought provoking and compelling story that really touches the readers hearts, ‘Seven Letters’ is a tender exploration of difficult subjects that left me an emotional wreck!
You can buy ‘Seven Letters’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.