If you could wish one thing for your daughter, what would it be?
Jenny lost her beloved mother as a teenager. As a parting gift her mother left a bundle of letters, one for each significant day of Jenny’s future. First date, first broken heart, wedding day, when she becomes a mother…
But now Jenny is in her late twenties, and while at the hospital where she works she helps other women start families every day, she still hasn’t opened the letter for the day she meets the love of her life, let alone the one for having a baby.
And Jenny is still writing back:
I’m sorry I don’t love cycling.
I’m sorry I don’t always dream about you.
I’m sorry the last thing I whispered in your ear was, ‘can I stay up late?’ when it should have been ‘I love you’.
When a case of mistaken identity leads to an unexpected friendship with Helen, a kindly shopkeeper in her fifties, the bond growing between them makes Jenny wonder: she treasures her mother’s words more than anything, but are they keeping her stuck in the past?
Can we ever heal from a loss that cuts so deep? Can Jenny find a way to let go, and start living life to the full, as her mother truly wanted?
An absolutely unforgettable book-club read that will break your heart. If you love Jojo Moyes, Cecelia Ahern and Nancy Thayer you will love this unputdownable page-turner.
The story alternates between four women, Jenny, Nat, Helen and her daughter Betsy. I was very intrigued to see how these four women were going to be connected. Let’s just say that by the end I was a sobbing mess wearing a stupid big grin on my face.
Without a doubt, the hardest parts to read in this book were the chapters to do with Jenny. Mainly due to the letters her mum has written her before she died. I could feel myself filling up every time Jenny was reading one of them and I just couldn’t imagine how hard it was for her not having her mum around to talk to and share special moments with. I didn’t envy Jenny with her very weird flat mate of which, no way could I have ever shared anything with her!
Helen has to be one of my favourite characters in the story. She is very much a mother figure and just oozed comfort and compassion. She also has a lot of things going on in her life that she is trying to deal with yet she still finds time to befriend Nat and Jenny.
This story is all about relationships as well as dealing with personal struggles that we might be going through. You can’t help but get wrapped up in all of the four women’s lives and feel everything that they are. I think that’s why the end of the story got to me as much as it did, as these women were more than just characters and I had grown to care deeply about them.
What I Didn’t Say is a compelling read that had me on a roller coaster of a ride sending my emotions all over the place. It really is wonderfully written and whether you are a mother or daughter, it will make you think about your own relationship that you have with that person. Definitely a book to be cherished.
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