Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Things I Want My Daughters To Know by Elizabeth Noble

I have two younger sisters, Kris and Kati. So naturally, when I come across a story that delves into the sister relationships and how they deal with a difficult situation I'm naturally drawn in. I fell in love with this family and was extremely intrigued by how they dealt with the loss of their mother to cancer. I myself have never really lost a loved one before, so I have no possible way to imagine how painful it must be. But the way Elizabeth Noble pulls you in, you feel as though your walking in each of their shoes. Yet at the same time there was a great balance with humor so it wasn't overly depressing.

But I do have just one teeny complaint, and that was that I had a hard time with a lot of the British slang. I wish there was an index in the back that explained what they all meant.

So all that to say, I will be adding Elizabeth Noble to my list of authors to keep an eye out for!

Description: How do you cope in a world without your mother?

When Barbara realizes time is running out, she writes letters to her four daughters, aware that they'll be facing the trials and triumphs of life without her at their side. But how can she leave them when they still have so much growing up to do?

Take Lisa, in her mid-thirties but incapable of making a commitment; or Jennifer, trapped in a stale marriage and buttoned up so tight she could burst. Twenty-something Amanda, the traveler, has always distanced herself from the rest of the family; and then there's Hannah, a teenage girl on the verge of womanhood about to be parted from the mother she adores.

But by drawing on the wisdom in Barbara's letters, the girls might just find a way to cope with their loss. And in coming to terms with their bereavement, can they also set themselves free to enjoy their lives with all the passion and love each deserves?

This heartfelt novel by bestselling author Elizabeth Noble celebrates family, friends...and the glorious, endless possibilities of life.

Recommend: Yes

Rating: ****

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

..And now I find myself perusing the many books and commentaries of a voracious reader that will expand a legacy of learning and wisdom through the generations as only I could have dreamed... though most I only had time to smell, and never read...