Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Things I Want My Daughters To Know by Elizabeth Noble

by Elizabeth Noble

How do you cope in a world without your mother? 
When Barbara realizes time is running out, she writes letters to her four daughters, aware that they'll be facing the trials and triumphs of life without her at their side. But how can she leave them when they still have so much growing up to do? 
Take Lisa, in her midthirties but incapable of making a commitment; or Jennifer, trapped in a stale marriage and buttoned up so tight she could burst. Twentysomething Amanda, the traveler, has always distanced herself from the rest of the family; and then there's Hannah, a teenage girl on the verge of womanhood about to be parted from the mother she adores. 
But by drawing on the wisdom in Barbara's letters, the girls might just find a way to cope with their loss. And in coming to terms with their bereavement, can they also set themselves free to enjoy their lives with all the passion and love each deserves?


Cancer has claimed Barbara's life, leaving behind her four daughters, Lisa, Jennifer, Amanda, and Hannah.  She has also leaves behind her husband, Mark, who turned out to be the great love of her life.  It seems that Barbara was able to accept her death, but couldn't bear the thought of all the moments she would never experience with the people she loved most, so she wrote letters. Barbara wrote a personal letter to each of her daughters and she also wrote a journal for them to share, providing a glimpse into her past and an anchor for their futures.

Things I Want My Daughters to Know made my heart swell. I don't know if I have ever cried so much while reading a book before (well maybe one other time). As a mother, I couldn't help but imagine what it must have been like for Barbara.  She wasn't an old woman, her personality was lively, she loved with her whole heart, and she seemed to have truly enjoyed living. Of course her vibrant spirit could not survive the wrath of the big C, but she left a legacy of love and an endless reserve of memories.

I talk about Barbara as if she were a real person, which is a testament of the beautiful writing style of Elizabeth Noble. I can hardly believe that I hadn't heard of her until now. I happened to be perusing the clearance section at Barnes and Noble when I stumbled upon this brilliant book. I didn't even pay $5 for it, but I would have paid the full price of $14.99 to read a story this moving.

If you can appreciate a read that will inflate your heart, then you must buy this book. 
***Warning: Kleenex not included.***

I give this book:

Visit Elizabeth Noble's website for more information about this book and her other work.


Daveys Mommy said...

Wow, this looks very inspiring. I would definitely love to read this, although it does seem like a real tear jerker! Thanks so much for the review!

Mudpiesandtiaras said...

Sounds like a good tear jerker!

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