Review: Because of You by Dawn French

Title: Because of You

Author: Dawn French

Pages: 382 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

Tick-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 the remarkably poignant story perfect for every Dawn French fan, told with her signature humour, warmth and so much love.

The Review

Hope and her baby girl Minnie live a contented life. It is jus the two of them, mum and daughter and life has been brilliant. However, when Minnie becomes pregnant at 17 her whole world begins to unravel and the only person who can answer her questions is Hope.

Because of You is the 6th book by Dawn French and I have to say her writing just keeps getting better and better. Because of You hooked me in from the first page. The premise blew me away and the choices that she had her characters make opened a can of worms in my head. It makes you question your own decisions. What would you do in the same situation? Would you do the same? Dawn French has been so very clever in making us empathise with a character that has essentially done something wrong and you accept the decisions that she has made.

Her characters are well thought out and develop well over the chapters. In particular, Anna grows so much and as she comes into her own you cannot help but admire her.

Because of You is a really enjoyable read that deals with some hard issues. It is a must read and it is not surprising that it has recognised by different book clubs and awarding bodies.

Because of You by Dawn French is available now.

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