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  • Wow!

    This is a highly original and thought provoking novel with some interesting characters, some larger than life than others. It leaves you questioning if actions that are wrong can be equally right and also wondering which path would have been the best for Minnie. There’s some humour (I loved Thripshaw) and also heart rending drama, it’s quite a mixed bag of emotions but they flow well and you feel invested in Minnie and Hope and their story. There’s an unlikeliness to it but a certain charm too.

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  • A gloriously, beautiful book

    On the 1st January 2000 two women, Hope and Anna, give birth to baby girls just a few delivery suites away. Both women have had long, drawn-out labours. One is there with her supportive partner whilst the other is with her husband who is a complete jerk. Unfortunately, Hope’s baby is stillborn whilst Anna has a beautiful baby girl she calls Florence. A few hours later as Hope is heading home she goes past Anna’s room where both she and her partner are asleep and she sneaks a peek at the baby. Little Florence lifts her hand to Hope and at that moment she loses all sense of what is right and wrong and puts the baby in her night bag and carries her out to the car where her other half is waiting. Florence isn’t noticed as missing for some time with her parents asleep and the midwives leaving them to rest. When the news breaks the hospital presume Hope left way before Florence was taken and she isn’t a suspect. For eighteen years Hope kept the secret from everyone, not telling anyone her real daughter was stillborn and the daughter she has now, Minnie, isn’t really hers. But as time goes on Hope realises what she did was wrong and she needs to come clean, but what will happen to her perfect family once the world finds out? Because of You is a gloriously, beautiful book. I knew what Hope had done was so wrong and on many levels evil, but I also couldn’t help feeling sorry for her. Grief is a strange and difficult emotion to control and I can understand the want to hold a baby and love a child like the one she had lost. At the same time, she causes so much grief to the other family by taking their daughter. I think feeling sorry for Hope also came from knowing that Florence’s dad was a self-loving idiot who would have ruined his daughter’s life, just like he did his wife. I like the way that Dawn French kind of made him out to be the baddy in the book, and that he was an MP too. The book is emotional. It isn’t a funny book, it is heartfelt and tackles lots of subjects, including regret and forgiveness. It also makes you think. We follow Minnie’s life from the day of her birth and are with her for each birthday. I did wonder how Hope managed to conceal her daughter from the authorities for so long, yes she moved area’s but even if she didn’t have to take her to the doctors, what about school? I can’t remember the last book of this size that I sat and read so quickly. It certainly is a page-turner. I was moved by the storyline and the plight of these three females.

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  • A rollercoaster of emotions

    I don't think i have cried so much reading a book. Wbat a well written tragic yet beautiful story. I couldn't put it down. We all need 'Hope' in our lives.

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  • Great tearjerker!

    Funny,compassionate and with a breathtaking end...

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  • Brilliant

    Loved this book. Loved everything about it. The story and the characters. It made me laugh and I cried at the end. Can't wait to read another one of Dawn's books

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