ABOUT THE BOOK
ick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock . . . midnight.
The old millennium turns into the new.
In the same hospital, two very different women give birth to two very similar daughters.
Hope leaves with a beautiful baby girl.
Anna leaves with empty arms.
Seventeen years later, the gods who keep watch over broken-hearted mothers wreak mighty revenge, and the truth starts rolling, terrible and deep, toward them all.
The power of mother-love will be tested to its limits.
Perhaps beyond . . .
Because Of You is Dawn French’s stunning new novel, told with her signature humour, warmth and so much love.
There are two very different couples on the maternity ward as the new millennium begins. Anna Lindon-Clarke and her black Tory MP husband Julius have just become first-time parents to Florence while in a room just down the hall Hope Parker and her African partner Isaac are heartbroken first-time parents to still-born Mini. Both babies are beautiful.
When Anna and Julius catch up on sleep while they can, Hope and Isaac get ready to leave the hospital empty-handed, that is until Isaac goes to fetch the car while and Hope makes her way steadily along the corridor, where she sees baby Florence. She just wants to peep at her, then hold her and before she can think she slips her into her bag. Her thought is if she doesn’t cry then the baby wants to be with her. Not a sound does she make.
Oh boy, I have cried so many tears already in this story, having said my own goodbyes to our sleeping grandson born six years ago. I can still remember the feel of him and how perfect he looked. My heart broke for Hope and Isaac and then again for Anna and even the obnoxious Julius who would take 5 mins of TV fame if it meant increasing his status politically.
The story jumps 17 years where it becomes a huge tear-jerker again. Dawn French really knows how to connect her characters to readers, get you involved and seeing the points of view from every possible angle. There is something mentioned at the beginning of the book that sits in your mind, something that Hope is not aware of. It niggled me. Mini, as Florence had always been known, is a truly colourful character, confident and happy with who she is or until now who she thought she was.
This is an incredible story that doesn’t have right or wrong answers it has reasons, it has love, forgiveness and sacrifices. The ending just took my feet when I thought that this book had already given everything. Superb!
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dawn French has been making people laugh for thirty years. On purpose.
As a writer, comedian and actor, she has appeared in some of the
UK’s most long running, cherished and celebrated shows, including
French and Saunders, The Comic Strip Presents …, Murder Most Horrid,
The Vicar of Dibley, Jam and Jerusalem, Lark Rise to Candleford, and more
recently, Roger and Val Have Just Got In.