Because of You by Dawn French

A heartbreaking story of a mothers love and the lengths she’ll go to for happiness!

I was kindly gifted this book by Midas PR to celebrate the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Because of You by Dawn French
416 Pages
Out Now

As the old millennium turns into the new, 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 truth of that night starts rolling, terrible and deep, toward them all.

A reckoning is coming. Lives will collide.

And mother-love will be tested . . .


Rating: 3 out of 5.

I had such high expectations for this after seeing lots of people raving about it, however I’ve come away from it with very mixed feelings.

Let me start this review at the end. The final page of the book, which is a letter written to her daughter was absolutely stunning and in that moment everything about a mothers love for her child leapt off the page and had me ugly crying.

Now usually if a book can make me ugly cry then it’s an automatic 5 stars for me, unfortunately despite the powerful letter on a mothers love, the plot let it down for me. I don’t want to give too much away regarding the plot, but it’s hard to explain what I mean otherwise. The story features some very tough subjects, such as stillbirth and mental health, which should be discussed and highlighted. However I felt they weren’t handled as well as they could have been. I was expecting a lot more exploration into these subjects and how the characters navigated through these tricky times, but at times it felt very rushed.

A lot of what happened just didn’t feel believable or at times a little too convenient in order to tie everything up at the end. There were moments that were nice and I could completely understand how the daughter must have felt near the end.

Overall if you don’t look too deeply into it then on the surface it’s a heartbreaking story about a mothers love for her child and the lengths she’ll go to for her. But from my point of view I wanted a lot more from this. I really feel like this could have been excellent if it had only explored the subjects in a lot more detail and focused on both the mothers. It needed to be more gritty and real!

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