An emotional story was this. I knew I would cry a lot as with world crisis, my emotional makeup seemed to have transformed into a highly emotional one. So this book pulled my heartstrings from the blurb itself.
A debut by author Rebecca Ley, I was completely in my own cocoon when I was reading this, immersed in the strength of a mother’s love as she wrote a guidebook for her husband to bring up their children after she was gone.
Sylvia was diagnosed with cancer and she had barely any time left. Knowing her husband would flounder without her, she started writing a book to guide him on later in life, along with a secret hidden in the last few pages.
Omg! I really didn’t have any words to express what I felt after reading this book. All I could see as evidence to my emotions evoked were the strewn tissues around me. The love a mother had for her children and a wife for her husband were beautifully encapsulated in the writing.
There was a beauty in the prose, and though it made me cry buckets, it brought a special kind of joy, knowing I was reading a story with a great array of human emotions.
Written in dual timelines, the present as the family was coping without their backbone, and the past where I got to know Sylvia’s life journey. The only time we have in our hands is NOW, and the author brought home this simple truth in a poignant tale.
After the world crisis, I didn’t need this reminder, but it still managed to ravage my heart and leave me both happy and sad. A striking debut was this book where author Rebecca Ley simply stole my heart completely.
Many thanks to Tracy Fenton and Compulsive Reads for my spot on this Blog Tour. I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
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Because there’s never enough time to say goodbye…
Sylvia knows that she’s running out of time. Very soon, she will exist only in the memories of those who loved her most and the pieces of her life she’s left behind.
So she begins to write her husband a handbook for when she’s gone, somewhere to capture the small moments of ordinary, precious happiness in their married lives. From raising their wild, loving son, to what to give their gentle daughter on her eighteenth birthday – it’s everything she should have told him before it was too late.
But Sylvia also has a secret, one that she’s saved until the very last pages. And it’s a moment in her past that could change everything…
Publication Date: September 2020
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