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For When I'm Gone Reviews

For When I'm Gone by Rebecca Ley

For When I'm Gone

Rebecca Ley

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2 reviews

Imprint: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 3 Sep 2020
ISBN: 9781409195375

Emotional, upmarket women's fiction for fans of The Things We Left Unsaid by Emma Kennedy and If Only I Could Tell You by Hannah Beckerman.

4 stars out of 5
Kate Saunders
17 Oct 2020

"Ley’s crisp, witty writing keeps it firmly on the right side of mawkishness"

The “Then” chapters unfold their story as a couple. Paul meets Sylvia at work, when she brings in her injured pug. She is a mad-pixie type with vivid red hair, and he is enchanted by her unconventional spirit. There are hints of a deeper neurosis, but he can live with them, and motherhood calms her down. Only after her death does he learn that Sylvia has been keeping a very unlikeable secret. “It turns out,” as she tells him from beyond the grave, “dying hasn’t made me a saint after all.”

Reviews

4 stars out of 5
7 Sep 2020

"The quality of writing and the book's message of hope makes this difficult journey worthwhile"

Prepare for heartbreak as Ley explores the need for love, forgiveness and remembrance. When Sylvia receives a devestating diagnosis, she isn't prepared to leave her two young children and husband with nothing to hold on to. Instead, she writes a handbook that guides and provides hope for them. The quality of writing and the book's message of hope makes this difficult journey worthwhile.