I Wanted You To Know, a review by Shelley

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Laura Pearson

Boldwood Books
Publication Date: October 10, 2023
304 Pages
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This was such a heartbreaking read, especially since the author went through her own health issues, so have the tissues handy. I think I found it so emotional as my beloved aunt was recently put into palliative care and she is only 65…She is only eight years older than I and is more like a big sister than an aunt. It was a hard day yesterday seeing her at her care home and her not knowing who I was.

I love epistolary novels so the chapters that were Jess’ letters to Edie were my favourite parts of the book. I liked that the story showed how a terminal illness can happen to anyone, young or old and how the repercussions can reverberate throughout the ill person’s friends and family. The book doesn’t really focus on the illness or the character being sick, the focus is on the thoughts and feelings of our main character. Jess was so strong through her diagnosis, how scary it must have been thinking about leaving your baby behind.

I loved the way the book showcased how “unconventional” Jess’ family and support system was. It brings to light that we don’t all have a spouse, dad or significant other to rally around us and we need to do whatever it takes for our kids and ourselves. This isn’t just another cancer story, it’s more about mother-daughter relationships…Jess and her mom but also Jess and her infant daughter. I would love a sequel to see how Edie, Jake, Gemma and Caroline are doing in the future. All. The. Stars.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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