Monday, May 26, 2008

Things I Want My Daughters to Know by Elizabeth Noble

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 midthirties but incapable of making a commitment; or Jennifer, trapped in a stale marriage and buttoned up so tight she could burst. Twentysomething 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.

Things I Want My Daughters to Know by Elizabeth Noble is a jaunt through the lives of 4 sisters: Lisa, Jennifer, Amanda and Hannah, and how they come together after the all too soon death of their mother Barbara. The mother who took time on her death bed to write each of her daughters a special letter and a journal of sorts to inform each of them of important memories and feelings she wanted them to know.

I found myself invested in the lives of Mark, Lisa, Jennifer, Amanda and Hannah and I truly wanted to find out how their lives would progress. I eagerly turned the pages to read more about which direction their lives were headed. I cared about this cast of characters, which to me marks a terrific book.

4 Sisters all at different stages of their lives, one with a fear of committment, one in an unhappy marriage, one always traveling and running away and one coming into womanhood. Will the journal their mum left them along with their individual letters help them progress through their very different lives and l get through all that troubles them?

Things I Want My Daughters to Know is a wonderful journey through the lives of these four women, a journey that I am so happy I was able to take alongside them. 4.5/5


Michelle S. said...

OH my! This books sounds like such a tear jearker but I will get it and read it for sure, it does sound great. Thanks for the review!