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Because of You: The beautifully uplifting Richard & Judy bestseller

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It examines relationships between mothers and children, between husbands and wives and fathers and children. Opis zaproponował mi: "In the same hospital, two very different women give birth to two very similar daughters.

Usually linear-ish, though not always, the chapters lead purposefully toward the dramatic conclusion of the story. Maybe not great literature, I realize many following the Women's Prize have not liked it, but I was totally captivated by the audiobook and in the end thoroughly enjoyed it. Everything that you witness in the book is driven love, especially what happens in the final chapters.I have to say that I wasn't utterly overwhelmed by the plot line and found the writing style to be a bit too 'chick lit' for my taste but I persevered and I did warm to the book soon enough. She is best-known for starring in and writing her comedy sketch show, French and Saunders, alongside her comedy partner Jennifer Saunders, and for playing the lead role of Geraldine Granger in the sitcom The Vicar of Dibley. But what happens is not about the crime, about the whodunnitry of the story - that is at the very heart of what happens - it is about the people behind the story. The part I found most powerful was the letter Minnie wrote to her mother, where she says “I’m not from them, I’m from you. The slapstick manner in which it’s done though stretches credulity (and my patience and tolerance) to breaking point.

I like the fact that the Women’s Prize consider all books, literary and storytelling, for the accolade. I love DF and expected, based on the many interviews she’s given about this book, to find some complexity and depth of emotion within the characters and the story. There are some funny and tender moments within the story but overall it felt a bit too forced for me to fully enjoy it or find it impactful.It was a little too saccharine for me on occasion and I found the ending difficult, but there is no doubt that the writing is sharp yet warm. You can feel the devastation of the mother who has lost everything, balanced against the mother who has it all - the longed for child, even if their circumstances are not all they would wish them to be.

About the prize nomination, you have to wonder that if the author wasn’t so famous, would she get on the list? Mothers-to-be Hope and Anna are in a London hospital giving birth however only one of them will leave with a baby. And the plot, with its twists and turns, has the lack of coherence and credibility of a sit-com also (which sits uneasily with its serious subject matter). I previously read the author’s “A Little Bit Marvelous” and commented that it was an “inoffensive read and the last chapter goes some way to redeeming the stereotyped characters, unlikely central drama and all’s well that ends well (as well as slightly unlikely) resolution” – and a lot of that could apply to this novel also.The events invite the reader to be drawn in and not only understand the story, but feel what the characters are feeling. Because of You is a story of a mother’s love, loss and sacrifice and shows how those bonds between a mother and child can never really be lost.

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