There are going to be so many things I wish I could’ve told you in person, Poppy. I won’t get the chance to do that, so perhaps this is my only way…
It’s Poppy Kinsey’s birthday.
She should be blowing out candles and opening presents – but hers falls on the type of heart-wrenching, agonising anniversary she would far rather forget.
The worst day of them all. The day her mother died.
But this year is special because the person she misses most in the world has left her a set of letters, one for each of her next ten birthdays.
As Poppy opens them year by year, she discovers that no matter how tough life gets, her mum will always be by her side, guiding her along the way.
Fans of Cecelia Ahern and S.D. Robertson will love this page turning tear-jerker about making every moment count.
We first meet Poppy and her friends Freya and Mark on Poppy’s sixteenth birthday. Each chapter takes us as we see Poppy, celebrating each birthday over the next ten years. I absolutely loved this idea and was slightly worried that with jumping a year with each chapter I might feel like I was missing out with certain aspects of her life but I didn’t have to worry.
The author really has you caring for Poppy. I especially love the relationship she has with Mark and her dad. I found with each chapter I was drawn to these characters especially and my heart just grew fonder of them as time goes on.
The letters that Poppy’s mum has left her really make for some heartfelt reading. I could feel a lump come up in my throat everytime I read one of them. I think it really makes you think about your own relationships with your own parents as well as your children. I think it was a lovely idea and thought Poppy was strong willed not to have ripped thm all open as soon as she found out about them.
Ten Birthdays is a truly beautiful and heart warming read. I really did love it and it made me so emotional. Whilst there is some sadness, this is truly an uplifting story that fills you full of hope and makes you think about life. A really fabulous story filled to the brim of the bestest kinds of friendships and relationships. Highly recommended.
Ten Birthdays is available to purchase from Amazon.