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A special and beautiful book to fall completely and irretrievably in love with. Audrey can not understand why her two daughters are estranged, or why her granddaughters have never met. She is determined to reunite her family, however at the heart of the problem is a secret that has been kept for 30 years. Either Audrey, Jess, or Lily head each chapter and while travelling forward over several months, they also revisit the past. Hannah Beckerman allows secrets to hover, creating an energy that weaves through the story, suggesting, cajoling, calling to past events. The different view points collide and sometimes splinter, which left my thoughts testing and questioning possibilities. I found such strength and beauty in the characters, I think they will remain with me for some time. If Only I Could Tell You, is a heartbreaking, truly fabulous read, you may well sob, but believe me, it is worth it!
A TWIST THAT WILL BREAK YOUR HEART . . . AN ENDING THAT WILL PUT IT BACK TOGETHER AGAIN.
Audrey's family has fallen apart. Her two grown-up daughters, Jess and Lily, are estranged, and her two teenage granddaughters have never been allowed to meet. A secret that echoes back thirty years has splintered the family in two, but is also the one thing keeping them connected.
As tensions reach breaking point, the irrevocable choice that one of them made all those years ago is about to surface. After years of secrets and silence, how can one broken family find their way back to each other?
Toxic friendship [is] beautifully explored in Hannah Beckerman's If Only I Could Tell You - Marie Claire
Lyrical and deeply emotional -- Katy Regan
A brave depiction of a family torn apart -- Laura Barnett
A wise and tender tale of a family divided...compelling from the first page to the last -- Emylia Hall
Utterly heartbreaking and beautifully written -- Libby Page
Profoundly beautiful and heartbreaking in turn -- Kate Hamer
[An] incredibly moving, poignant book...It will have you in floods of tears -- Louise O'Neill
Totally engrossing, achingly sad and so perceptive -- Kate Eberlen
An intricately tender novel about secrets and silence -- Julie Cohen
A tender, moving portrait of three women's lives... If Only I Could Tell You broke my heart -- Rosie Walsh, author of The Man Who Didn't Call
I pure loved it! Compelling and deeply moving -- Marian Keyes
Engaging, clever, and wonderfully satisfying . . . storytelling at its finest -- Kate Mosse
Wonderful . . . I loved it to bits -- Joanna Cannon
A tender portrait of family lives, losses and secrets -- Clare Mackintosh
Utterly compelling and completely heart-breaking -- Ruth Hogan
A beautiful tale... Heartbreaking and uplifting -- Ruth Jones
I loved it - Jojo Moyes
A tender and heartbreaking second novel - Daily Mail
Emotionally-charged and superbly crafted . . . For all its emotional intensity and heartbreaking themes, Beckerman's compelling, compassionate novel delivers ultimately life-affirming and uplifting messages with eloquence, elegance and an acute understanding of the delicate but unbreakable bonds of family - Lancashire Post
A tender story - Sunday Mirror
A compelling yet tender tale - Woman & Home
A powerful novel about grief, guilt and...secrets - Sunday Express
Tense, moving and tender - Sun on Sunday
A tender story that will have you reaching for tissues - PRIMA
Hot reads: If Only I Could Tell You really tugs the heartstrings - Good Housekeeping
Life-affirming - Red
Tender, heartbreaking and utterly beautiful - Psychologies
A must-read. An absorbing tale of long-buried family secrets, grief and guilt with a midpoint twist that changes everything - Sunday Express Magazine
Publication date: 22/08/2019
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
|Publication date:||22nd August 2019|
|Publisher:||Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Family Drama, Relationship Stories, Star Books,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Hannah Beckerman is a former TV and film producer living in London. The Dead Wife's Handbook is her first novelMore About Hannah Beckerman