Dear Edie, I wanted you to know so many things. I wanted to tell you them in person, as you grew. But it wasn’t to be.
Jess never imagined she’d be navigating single motherhood, let alone while facing breast cancer. A life that should be just beginning is interrupted by worried looks, heavy conversations, and the possibility of leaving her daughter to grow up without her.
Propelled by a ticking clock, Jess knows what she has to do: tell her daughter everything. How to love, how to lose, how to forgive, and, most importantly, how to live when you never know how long you have.
From best-selling author Laura Pearson comes her most devastating book yet. Honest, heart-wrenching, and emotionally raw, I Wanted You To Know is a love letter to life: to all its heartache and beauty, to the people we have and lose, to the memories and moments that define us.
I Wanted You To Know is Laura Pearson’s third novel.
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I firstly want to thank Agora Books and Laura for allowing me the opportunity to be on the blog tour for this book.
Where do I start to review this book? There aren’t many books out there that can bring me to actual tears, however, I Wanted You To Know by Laura Pearson turned little ole me into an emotional snivelling tear stained woman. I had to stop reading and take a break on numerous occasions because the tears were just too much.
The story revolves around 21 year old Jessica. She is bringing up Edie, her 4 month old daughter alone, the reasons unfold throughout the story. And, she has also been diagnosed with breast cancer.
What follows is an emotionally charged story of Jessica’s journey. Told through the eyes of Jessica and also through the format of letters to her daughter.
We live in an age now where cancer seems to be all around. I’m sure you have had personal experience with the awful disease, whether you’ve had cancer yourself, or know of family, friends or colleagues who have had it. You may have lost loved ones to the disease.
Myself, I have lost a few close family members to cancer, I have also got cancer survivors in my family. A couple of years back I lost a very close friend of mine to cancer, she was only young and she left behind a family. Cancer sucks big time.
Because of all the personal experience that is why I felt more emotionally attached to the story. I could relate easily to what the characters were going through and the emotions they were dealing with.
Laura herself has dealt with breast cancer it comes across through the book, it is written from the heart. This truly is a life-affirming story.
I loved all the different relationships within the story and how each went through its own journey. We have mother/daughter relationships. I was raised by a single mother, so I could relate a lot to Jessica and her mother’s relationship.
I fell in love with Gemma, the fierce and loyal friend. Strong throughout it was a beautiful friendship and even thinking of it now it’s bringing tears to my eyes.
I wanted you to know that this story may be a tear-jerker, a heart-rending story. It may bring back memories of experiences you have had with cancer. But, above all this story is about learning to love and treasure what we have and live each moment to it’s fullest.
About The Author
Laura Pearson has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester. She spent a decade living in London and working as a copywriter and editor for QVC, Expedia, Net a Porter, EE, and The Ministry of Justice. Now, she lives in Leicestershire, where she writes novels, blogs about her experience of breast cancer (www.breastcancerandbaby.com), runs The Motherload Book Club, and tries to work out how to raise her two children