Welcome to my stop on the #blogtour for I Wanted You To Know by Laura Pearson! I have been very keen to read this book as I have devoured (and loved) both of Pearson’s previous offerings and I was not disappointed!
* I will leave a trigger warning here – this book is about a young mother who has been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. It may not be suitable for all readers. *
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 true 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.
When I closed this book, I can honestly say that words failed me entirely. I had hot tears running down my face and all I wanted to do was run upstairs and cuddle my two sleeping babies; hold them tight and deeply inhale their scent.
This book tackles the cruelty of cancer and how cancer does not discriminate. I love the idea of writing letters to those you most cherish and imparting love and crucial knowledge to them. There was a powerful rawness to the narrative; heightened by a cacophony of emotions: love, anger and sadness, all swirled together and shaped the lives of those affected by the disease.
I adore Pearson’s style of writing; it is brutally honest and painfully lucid yet effortlessly beautiful. I read with a knot in my stomach and a tight twist in my heart, and felt myself sinking deeper with every page; my chest tightening at the injustice of it all.
Make no mistake here; I Wanted You To Know is totally devastating and I’d be lying if I said it didn’t upset me; it is impossibly sad yet it is also quietly brilliant. This is a remarkable story of piercing bravery and forceful solidarity; a love letter to family and friendship; a heartfelt, emotional, yet frank and honest account which one could be forgiven for thinking is non-fiction.
I Wanted You To Know is heart-achingly beautiful; a real triumph of a novel which despite its melancholy, will stay with me for a long time.
I Wanted You To Know is out now in paperback and you can buy it here
My thanks go to Peyton Stableford and Agora Books for my invitation to the #blogtour and also for my gorgeous proof copy of the book. If you enjoyed my post, please do check out my others, and also the other stops on the #blogtour (see below).
Until next time!