‘Oh my god… This book is stunning and must be read by everyone… It made me blub like a baby and I met my grocery delivery man with tears streaming down my face! Five stars.’ Cappuccino and Chocolate, 5 stars
Holly was overjoyed to discover she was pregnant. But the baby is unwell, and her relationship is fracturing under the stress. Just when she is at her lowest, she receives the worst news of all: her beloved nana, Annie, is dying.
But Annie has one final wish before she leaves. She asks Holly to find a memory box in the attic, and to read the handwritten pages within it to her, the most precious things she owns.
It’s the story of Arthur ‘Sketch’ Talbot, Annie’s first – and last – love, and how much he sacrificed to save her from a home where she didn’t feel safe. It’s Annie’s promise to Holly that it doesn’t matter how long you love someone – but how much.
As Holly reads her nana’s story to her one last time, could it help her find the strength to face her own future? Is fulfilling her grandmother’s final wish really a gift for Holly?
Compelling, heart-breaking, and emotionally vivid, When You’re Gone will break your heart and fix it anew. A gripping and emotional novel about family, love and sacrifice, for fans of Diane Chamberlain, Susan Lewis and Kathryn Hughes’ The Letter.
Previously published as When It Rains. This edition contains significant editorial revisions.
What readers are saying about When You’re Gone:
‘OMG, where to start? I loved this book so much. As soon as I started it, it felt really special. I couldn’t put it down and read it in one go through the night… I felt so drawn into their lives… I ended the book with tears streaming down my face and spent the next few hours thinking about them all still. You must read this book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Absolutely wonderful. Charming, real and heart-breaking… The love I felt for this book was unreal… At times I felt my emotions get the best of me… Such an amazing book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Where do I start?… I fell in love with Annie and and her granddaughter Holly immediately… I cried happy and sad tears. I smiled and laughed. I wanted to jump in and save Annie when it seemed no one would. I wanted to hug Holly and take her out for coffee. I did not want this book to end.’ Andrea Nourse, 5 stars
‘I absolutely loved this book…. I was heartbroken firstly for Annie and her mother and later for Holly and Nate but despite that, their lives went on to be happier. I have never read anything by this author before but I will be looking forward to the next book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘I read this in two sittings. It is emotional there is no getting away from that. Ugly crying emotional but whilst there is sadness, there is also the joy that Annie ultimately achieves her wish… I cannot say enough good things about this book… You will benefit immensely from reading… This is a must read… This is an emotional ride and you need to give it the time it deserves, although you will be turning the pages so fast to know what happens next. Can I only give this 5 stars?’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
‘Amazing… Wonderful. It’s well written, gripping, emotional, I fell right into it from beginning to end.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
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