‘Receiving a hand written letter is something that always puts a smile on my face, no matter who the sender is.’ Flora Tierney.
When post-graduate student Flora falls unexpectedly pregnant during her final year studies she hits a huge predicament; continue a recent affair with her handsome but mysterious lecturer who dazzles her with love letters taken from the ancient tale of ‘Abelard and Heloise’, or chase after the past with her estranged first love?
But will either man be there to support her during the turmoil ahead?
‘Banish me, therefore, for ever from your heart’, Abelard to Heloise.
Letters to Eloise is the heart wrenching debut epistolary novel by Emily Williams; a love story of misunderstandings, loss, and betrayal but ultimately the incredible bond between mother and child.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
When I began to read this book I was the only one at home, it was so quiet, a perfect environment to actually feel the sharpness in the air. The nameless man held a box of thoughts from the past that were not his but now it was time to share them because although they had lost their perfume, that belonged to the sender, the love in the letters wouldn’t ever fade.
The story falls back in time 18 years to the first letter being written. A letter from a young woman to the baby she has just found out that morning she is expecting. She doesn’t want her baby to just to hear about vague and fragmented snippets of her life but her actual thoughts and instant raw feelings about how she felt each day while she was carrying her baby. From her telling this unborn child about the relationships she had leading up to the pregnancy, to who her best friend was. The stuff that loses its time line and clarity as the years go by. She records it all through the pregnancy and birth. A beautiful gift that no one could possibly buy.
There is a weekly section through the pregnancy that describes the development of the baby. Loved these bits that at times made Flora pull a face and ask genuine questions just to herself, but mostly brought floods of memories back about being pregnant myself. These were very detailed sections about the baby’s size in relationship to either a vegetable or fruit. I loved her reaction to the week she reads that her baby has finger nails and trying to visualise how tiny these are on a perfectly formed baby.
Flora doesn’t just record all the nice stuff she describes in detail the gross feelings of morning sickness and a lovely little account with her hand bag. This is a very beautifully written book that that at times made me laugh, smile and become tearful. Flora is a very likeable character, strong willed, even as a child, she has her life plan all worked out and nothing is going to stop her. There was things I wanted to know which finally left me with a racing heart and goose bumps. A brilliant book.
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