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I Wanted You To Know By Laura Pearson

I Wanted You To Know‘I Wanted You To Know’ is the latest book by Laura Pearson.

Jess never imagined she’d be navigating single motherhood, let alone while facing breast cancer. A life that should be just beginning is interrupted by worried looks, heavy conversations, and the possibility of leaving her daughter to grow up without her. Propelled by a ticking clock, Jess knows what she has to do: tell her daughter everything. How to love, how to lose, how to forgive, and, most importantly, how to live when you never know how long you have.

I spent this morning with my head in this book and towards the end, I could barely see the words for the tears, as this book is such a genuinely heartbreaking story.

It’s seen through the narrative of Jess, at twenty one years of age, is told that she’s dying of cancer. Having to deal with this news as well as cope with being a new mother, she writes letters to her little girl to tell her about her mother that she wouldn’t know, as well as offer advice for the times that she’s not around.

Beautifully written, the story evokes such emotion throughout. As a cancer survivor, Laura writes from experience about her time and gives an insight into the illness and the trauma of it.

The story really tugs at the heartstrings and is such a powerful piece of writing. As Jess reflects on the life that she has led and the life that she will be leaving, it’s hard not to feel emotional whilst reading the letters that she writes to her daughter, Edie.

A heartfelt and honest story, ‘I Wanted You To Know’ is a story, that really stays with the reader long after you’ve reached the final page and has you pulling your loved ones in for an extra hug.

You can buy ‘I Wanted You To Know’ on Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Everything and Nothing by Araminta Hall

Everything And Nothing book cover

Everything and Nothing is the debut novel by journalist turned full time writer Araminta Hall. It tells the story of Christian and Ruth, to the outside world they may look like the perfect couple but on the inside they are struggling to keep it together, after Christian admits to getting his secretary pregnant but Ruth forgives him as she is also pregnant with his child and is afraid of being alone.

Fast forward three years they are miserable, Ruth stressed with her job, a tempermental daughter and a three year old that doesn’t eat, only takes a bottle and Christian has to deal with the guilt of his affair. Deciding that she can’t cope with a full time job and two young kids, Ruth decides to enlist the aid of a nanny and hires Aggie, a quiet 23 year old with a dark past. Aggie cares for the children as if they are her own and lovingly takes them under her wing, especially with Hal as she tries to hide them from the darker side of life that she was exposed to as a child.

Unknown to Ruth and Christian, they think they have found the perfect nanny but begin to suspect otherwise when Aggies mask begins to fall. Something and Nothing was a great read, I enjoyed each character and liked seeing their various sides and why they did what they did. I especially enjoyed the suspense and tension throughout the book, which was oddly more prominent at a childrens party. I found Aggie the most interesting of the main three characters, the flashbacks into her past made you almost feel sorry for the person she was and for the things she did throughout the story. Araminta Hall is definitely an author to look out for.

You can buy Everything and Nothing on Amazon and other good bookshops.