Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the audio book Blog Tour for Because of You By Dawn French and I would like to share a review, with all of you. Thank you very much to Chloe from Penguin Random House for the invitation. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Thank You very much to the publisher – Michael Joseph for the audio book review copy.
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Release date: 15 10 2020
Price*: Kindle £9.99 (GBP)/ Hardback £10.00 (GBP)
Kindle $N/A (USD)/ Paperback $26.67 (USD)
Pages: ~ 416
My rating: AMAZING!!!
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What I learned from this book: How heartache feels. 😦
Description of the book: Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock . . . midnight.
The old millennium turns into the new.
In the same hospital, two very different women give birth to two very similar daughters.
Hope leaves with a beautiful baby girl.
Anna leaves with empty arms.
Seventeen years later, the gods who keep watch over broken-hearted mothers wreak mighty revenge, and the truth starts rolling, terrible and deep, toward them all.
The power of mother-love will be tested to its limits.
Perhaps beyond . . .
How this book made me feel: The blurb of this novel is very mysterious and truly does not give anything away what this book is really about. And it is about a lot of things, very complex, thoughts and discussions provoking things. It left me emotionally disturbed in the best possible way. 😀 (I am sorry if any of the names spelt out wrong, I listened to audiobook, so I might make some mistakes) I noticed that this novel has a high rating as a humorous book, and I really can not understand how, because the whole novel is serious as hell…
This novel has multiple protagonists, and I think they all are equally important in this story. The most influential characters would be Julius and Anna, Hope and Minnie. My heart truly fell for Anna, her husband Julius is a self-centred psychopath and she was left on her own to deal with all the events that were happening to her. I simply do not justify Hope’s actions in this book in any way or format. She had no right to behave the way she did, it does not matter how she felt, jut there is no justification to her actions! Minnie is a true personality, as well as a teenager with all her moods and behaviour. I think this novel is very character-driven, allowing the reader to see the events from different perspectives.
The narrative was an absolute emotional roller-coaster for me. I was angry most of the times, because of Hope and Julius, I was sad, pity but proud of Anna and I was kind of excited for Minnie. This novel discusses a lot of important topics such as stillbirth, toxic marriages, teenage pregnancy, motherly love, loss, mental health issues, sacrifice, self esteem, and many many more. The plot is so full of events, that it is quite difficult not to spoil it. 🙂 One thing I understand, that this is Hate it or Love it kind of book, and I can see why it might happen. 🙂
The writing style of this novel is absolutely magnificent! It was my first novel by Dawn French, and I am impressed to the core. Her ability to develop the character is excellent. I have to warn the readers, that this novel is a very emotionally challenging read, it might trigger PTSD to people who had bad luck with pregnancies or any kind of loss of a child (death, kidnappings, murders, anything…), please proceed with caution. The chapters have a decent length, and this book had me gripped from the first chapter. Even though I was angry most of the time throughout this book, the ending left me weeping like a baby. It is beautifully and heartbreakingly concluded.
So, to conclude, the book that brought so much emotion and left me scarred can be nothing but BRILLIANT. The whole story has absorbed me with its injustice, character’s feelings and all the nuances of the plot. If you have a chance to listen to the audiobook, please do, the author is a brilliant storyteller, and her personality shines through in her narration of this novel. This book is a must-read (with caution though), and it is one of the best books I read (listened) this year. I hope you will love it as much as I did. 🙂
Thank you for your time! ❤
About the author: Dawn French has been making people laugh for thirty years. On purpose. As a writer, comedian and actor, she has appeared in some of the UK’s most long running, cherished and celebrated shows, including French and Saunders, The Comic Strip Presents …, Murder Most Horrid, The Vicar of Dibley, Jam and Jerusalem, Lark Rise to Candleford, and more recently, Roger and Val Have Just Got In.
Facebook: @dawnfrenchofficial / Twitter: @Dawn_French
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