Because of You: The beautifully uplifting Richard & Judy bestseller

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Because of You: The beautifully uplifting Richard & Judy bestseller

Because of You: The beautifully uplifting Richard & Judy bestseller

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One moment you were empathising with a woman going through every new mother's nightmare, the next you were supposed to engage with banter between a dim policeman and a vile politician. Not that I really needed an excuse, but the blurb intrigued me and after reading back to back crime titles, as is the norm, it made for a nice change of pace. His poor wife is devastated and feels like her heart has been ripped from her chest whilst he is wondering which of his suits to wear on TV. Because of You feels like it ought not to be a book but to be rushed, but the reality is it is a book that is almost impossible not to race through.

Good point about the longlist context changing the way a reader may be approaching this novel- I suspect that was part of the trouble I had with expecting more engagement from Small Pleasures as well, and it makes me feel a little better about not picking this one up- I probably wouldn’t be able to help approaching with the same bias. I loved it all -- Marian Keyes, Bestselling Author of ― The Break --This text refers to the hardcover edition. It examines the bond between mother and child, family, love and acceptance and is at times an emotional read. Little Florence lifts her hand to Hope and at that moment she loses all sense of what is right and wrong and puts the baby in her night bag and carries her out to the car where her other half is waiting. The humor in all situations felt forced to me, the characters and their behaviors illogical and unrealistic especially for the situations they were in, also no character actually had real characteristics.

The father was a ludicrous and cruel parody of a man; the real mother’s experience simply skimmed over (and I found her a one dimensional, unrealistic, wholesome paragon of forgiveness and compassion). When Minnie becomes pregnant at 17 it is discovered that she has a hereditary heart defect, inherited from her biological father, Julius. Anna Lindon-Clarke and her black Tory MP husband Julius have just become first-time parents to Florence while in a room just. I’m loathe to say any more about the plot for fear of spoiling it for anyone who plans on reading it. What you need to know: the plot is tired, the characters are two dimensional, and there is no accountability.

She is best-known for starring in and writing her comedy sketch show, French and Saunders, alongside her comedy partner Jennifer Saunders, and for playing the lead role of Geraldine Granger in the sitcom The Vicar of Dibley. About how their lives intersect and the way in which a tragedy leads to a snap decision, and the impact that it has on two families who are most definitely chalk and cheese. It's hard to say much about it without any spoilers and especially because the book blurb doesn't give much away. This was such an emotional read with a difficult subject at its heart but amongst the emotional turmoil there is humour too.Everything that you witness in the book is driven love, especially what happens in the final chapters. Considering the gravity of past events, Minnie would be facing all the big – and VERY powerful and overwhelming – emotions that come thundering down on her all at once: to wit, deceit, death, rejection, abandonment, secrecy, shock, belonging, loss and many more; these could only to a tiny extent be mitigated by a mother’s devoted and unwavering love. The ending requests you to suspend believe to the point that you could also read the Graffalo and believe that the mouse is real. However, I feel like there are some well-known public figures such as Graham Norton who've written popular novels which are fine but they probably receive undue attention just because the authors are already known to the public.

I bought the audiobook expecting usual Dawn French humour and general loneliness, so was shocked to find myself listening to a ‘live’ depiction of a still birth in the first few chapters. There is no way a hospital would release a post-partum mother just hours after a still-birth, placenta abruption and a hot shower, without addressing something as simple as even drying up the breast milk, let alone the huge psychological issues! She will have you believe that a baby is taken from a hospital, and the crime is being investigated by a lone detective sergeant and a couple of detective constables. Her sister has helped to look after and protect them while Hope was in London, while there is a bigger family circle that take Minnie to their heart, with everyone surrounding her with a vibrant, unconditional, unabashed love as Minnie grows up secure, knowing she is wanted.

The events invite the reader to be drawn in and not only understand the story, but feel what the characters are feeling. The writing itself is solid and I found myself flying through the story, completing it in just two sittings. The author clearly has had a lot of fun constructing him but then, she has a very suitable ministerial model from which to work, in all his full awfulness and venal ugliness.

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