Review: Things I want my daughters to know

How do you cope in a world without your mother?

When Barbara realizes time is running out, she writes letters to her four daughters, aware that they’ll be facing the trials and triumphs of life without her at their side. But how can she leave them when they still have so much growing up to do?

Take Lisa, in her midthirties but incapable of making a commitment; or Jennifer, trapped in a stale marriage and buttoned up so tight she could burst. Twentysomething Amanda, the traveler, has always distanced herself from the rest of the family; and then there’s Hannah, a teenage girl on the verge of womanhood about to be parted from the mother she adores.

But by drawing on the wisdom in Barbara’s letters, the girls might just find a way to cope with their loss. And in coming to terms with their bereavement, can they also set themselves free to enjoy their lives with all the passion and love each deserves?

This heartfelt novel by bestselling author Elizabeth Noble celebrates family, friends . . . and the glorious, endless possibilities of life.


Things I want my daughters to know by Elizabeth Noble

My thoughts:

My first book of 2018 and I went for a romantic contemporary chic literature novel by an author I had never heard of previously.

The story takes place in England. One thing I have noticed is that people in England and Ireland – so the UK basically – all come from very big families; they all have lots of children. In Mauve Binchy’s books the story revolves around 5 girls; similarly in this book the story revolves around four girls. That’s a lot of daughters!

The main theme of the book from my perspective is that things need to fall apart before they can fall back together. The story started with the funeral of Barbara and is then spilt up over the lives and stories of those left behind: her husband Mark and Barbara’s four daughters. The narrative is interspersed with diary entries from Barbara to her daughters that was written to them before she died.

It was easy reading: a sad story, with after effects causing ripples. It was neatly packaged and all a bit too perfect but there is nothing wrong with happily ever after endings that make you feel just a bit more hopeful.

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