The Woman Who Came Back to Life: An utterly heartbreaking, feel-good novel about life, loss and second chances

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‘A masterpiecebroke my heart a thousand times but filled me with love and hope and made me want to call everyone I know to tell them I love them… literally the feeling of a loving hug after a big cry… a heart-warming and often heartbreaking read.’ Bethany’s Bookshelf ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


It’s never too late for a second chance at happiness…


Pearl Flowers has been hiding away for so long that she has forgotten what real life is like. Her quiet routine in a woodland cottage in France is restricted and lonely. But at least it keeps her safe, far away from the painful memories and secrets she left behind.


But then an unexpected phone call throws her calm world into chaos. Back in England, her estranged father Francis is dying. Pearl hasn’t seen him for decades since he pushed her away and destroyed their family, so she hurries back for a last chance to see him. But it turns out he has a final gift for her – a diary, written in a code that only Pearl can understand.


As she begins to read her father’s diary, Pearl discovers that for forty years he had been thinking of her almost every day. And as she reads on, secrets begin to emerge from the pages causing her to question everything she thought she knew.


Reeling from the diary’s revelations, Pearl realises that the only way to heal and find true happiness is to face the past. But is she ready to confront her deepest secret, the one she’s been running from all this time?


This utterly tear-jerking and heartwarming novel is for anyone who knows it’s never too late to find happiness. Fans of Matt Haig, Mike Gayle and Camille Pagán will fall in love with this beautiful, feel-good story.



Readers are falling in love with The Woman Who Came Back to Life:


Made me cry so much! Sad tears and happy tears, it covers every emotion you’ve got and some you don’t know you had too. Perfect.’ beanie_bookworm


Outstandingtouched my heart in so many waystotally captivatingwill stay with me for a very long time. Absolutely loved it.’ Readheadedbooklady ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


I found myself laughing out loud I actually sobbedheart-warming and often heartbreaking.’ Rachael Stray


I'm not crying, you're crying! Aw what a beauty. When a book can make you laugh and tear up in equal measure you're onto a cracker.’ BOOKWORMS


Loved it!!! I couldn't put the book downI went through every emotion while reading thisthere were even tearsLoved thismagical.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


I couldn’t put it downI laughed, I cried and I hoped.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


A must-read cannot be missed I LOVED IT! My heart was pounding with every turn, this story made me a Beth Miller follower.’ @i_am_a_slow_reader ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


I read this one in one sittingfantastic! Emotional and heartwarming.’ Avid Reader ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Heartbreakingfull of people who stay with you long after you've read the final page.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘An emotional powerful hope filled book… I loved it’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘Parts of this book make your heart sing with joy and other parts make you cry I would recommend it to anyone’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘I absolutely loved thisemotional, heartbreaking and uplifting.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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2 reviews
Kirsty Whitlock
January 7, 2022
BLOG TOUR REVIEW Review for 'The Woman Who Came Back To Life' by Beth Miller. Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Beth Miller, Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous Publication date 5th January 2022. This is the first book I have read by this author. I was originally drawn to this book by its interesting cover and intriguing sounding synopsis and title. The synopsis stated that 'Fans of Matt Haig, Mike Gayle and Camille Pagán will fall in love with this beautiful, feel-good story.' I am a fan of Matt Haig so am looking forward to seeing if this lives up to this statement. I must admit I was also biased due to the publisher being Bookouture. I have yet to read a book published by Bookouture that I haven't enjoyed. Hopefully this won't be the first... Watch this space! (Written before I started reading the book). This novel consists of a prologue, 23 chapters and 16 "extracts". The chapters are medium in length so possible to read 'just one more chapter' before bed...
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Marianne Vincent
December 24, 2021
“He’d long been a complete blank, his behaviour inexplicable, his motives unknown. To find out, after all this time, what he was really thinking might be unbearable.” The Woman Who Came Back To Life is the fifth novel by British author, Beth Miller. A phone call in the middle of a private French wood turns the ordered life that Pearl Flowers had been leading upside down. Her older brother Greg rings with the news that the father from whom she and her brothers have been estranged for some thirty years, is dying. No one, not her brother, not her ever-protective husband Denny, is more surprised than Pearl that she feels an urgent need to be there. Too late for last words with her father, she and Denny reluctantly hang around for the hastily-arranged funeral of Francis Nichols, partly because this is a requirement for the mysterious legacy he has left Pearl. After the expected bequests of property and cash are dealt with, the solicitor tries to hand over a bag of notebooks to Pearl amid vociferous objections from Jeanie and Andrea Nichols, her father’s second wife and step-daughter. It seems Francis has written private journals for the previous thirty-seven years, and several of the family want to have first sight of what could be sensitive material. “‘They cover the period from 1981 to 2018. I believe the final entry was made only a few weeks before his death.’ A chill ran down my spine. My dad’s life, laid out, for the entire period that I didn’t know him.” The catch is that they are written in a shorthand that Francis taught Pearl. She returns to France in possession of her father’s legacy to her, not at all sure she wants to read the words of a man who ignored or rejected her attempts at communication after he abandoned her mother and his children. “I stopped writing to Dad then, and eventually, after some rough years of grieving the father I’d loved, I more or less stopped thinking about him, too.” Those journals sitting in her study are unsettling enough; contact with the family she left behind after a traumatic event is unnerving; the trespasser apparently living in the woods around their secluded little refuge from the world adds to her unease; harassment from her step-sister Andrea about the diaries increases her stress levels; and then there’s a phone call from a young woman… One of her dying mother’s last requests is that Caroline Haskett attends the funeral and take her measure of the family. The other is that she contact Pearl, something Carrie has no real desire to do. She has managed well for thirty-five years without, and is quite busy enough being the single mother of baby Emmie. But she has made a promise. The story is carried by three separate narratives: Pearl and Carrie relate in the present day while entries from the journals Francis kept describe past events, giving an alternative, if not always reliable, perspective. The novel’s back-cover blurb is a little misleading, giving the impression that Pearl is more dysfunctional or obsessive than she really is. Some aspects of the story may be predictable, but there are also surprises in the journey to a rather satisfying ending. Miller’s protagonists are much more than one-dimensional and reward the reader’s time investment with their emotional development. Pearl’s younger brother Benjamin provides some much-needed light relief with his comments and insults during the tenser moments (eg Jeanie’s nasty outburst over the diaries): “Pointing at the page, Benjy said, ‘Doesn’t this line say, “wow my second wife is such a cow”?’”, while Francis is responsible for quite a few, but not all, eyes-welling-up-lump-in-the-throat moments. Funny, moving and uplifting. This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Bookouture
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