Today, on the blog it’s an exciting post as it’s part of a blog tour for Laura Pearson’s new novel, I Wanted You To Know.
Today it’s my spot on the blog tour for Laura Pearson’s new and emotional book, I Wanted You To Know. But first, what’s it about? Here’s the synopsis:
Dear Edie, I wanted you to know so many things. I wanted to tell you them in person, as you grew. But it wasn’t to be.
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.
From best-selling author Laura Pearson comes her most devastating book yet. Honest, heart-wrenching, and emotionally raw, I Wanted You To Know is a love letter to life: to all its heartache and beauty, to the people we have and lose, to the memories and moments that define us.
Sounds good, right? I read and loved Laura’s previous book, Nobody’s Wife and you can read my review for that here. And when the opportunity arose to be part of the blog tour for Laura’s new novel, I couldn’t miss it. I Wanted You To Know is very different from her other novels, but still has that familiarity too – that you’re in a safe pair of hands and you’ll enjoy the comfort of her words. But I Wanted You To Know isn’t really plot-driven, more focusing on the characters, especially Jess as she deals with her new baby and also the news that she has breast cancer. We meet Jess’ mum, her best friend, her ex and the baby of her child, her estranged father and a few others along the way.
What I loved most about this book is the subtleness of it, the quietness of it. This isn’t a big complex story, it’s deep and rooted in emotion. It’s full of heart, love, and yes, hope. The favourite thing from Laura’s novels and the main thing I took away from them is her characters. Her characters feel so believable – they jump from the page. They are people we all know, people we see on the street, the bus, a familiar face and that’s what you get with Laura’s novels – especially this one.
Laura is a great writer and I think this is some of her best writing. I loved that she got straight to the point – the first scene is Jess being told about her breast cancer and we are right at the heart of Jess’s life when she hears this news for the first time. I think also, this shows a lot about the presence of time in the novel. To not waste a moment, to cherish every second, to live it all to the fullest that you can. This is an emotional read, especially with the letter from Laura at the start where she talks about her experience of having breast cancer and why she wanted to write the book. There is a loving and tender voice throughout the book and I loved that the book is told mostly in letters that Jess writes to her baby daughter, Edie, talking about everything from being a mother, how she met Edie’s father, what it’s like to have cancer and what Jess hopes for Edie in the future. It’s through these letters that the heart of the novel rests – the relationship between mother and child. Which again, is my favourite thing about her novels – the relationships that are formed.
If you’re looking for a book full of heart, warmth and hope, this is a book for you. Especially if you’re looking for more of a quiet, an emotional read, this is for you. It’s emotional, highly emotional at parts, but it felt comforting too at the same time. It’s about learning to love those dearest to us and never, never, live without hope.
A truly, beautiful, heartfelt book with wonderful characters and a novel that’s full of heart. I can’t wait for the next one. A big thank you to Peyton at Agora Books for my copy and the spot on the blog tour.
I Wanted You To Know is out on 3rd October in paperback and e-book. And don’t forget to check out the rest of the blog tour here: