There are going to be so many things I wish I could’ve told you in person, Poppy. I won’t get the chance to do that, so perhaps this is my only way…
It’s Poppy Kinsey’s birthday.
She should be blowing out candles and opening presents – but hers falls on the type of heart-wrenching, agonising anniversary she would far rather forget.
The worst day of them all. The day her mother died.
But this year is special because the person she misses most in the world has left her a set of letters, one for each of her next ten birthdays.
As Poppy opens them year by year, she discovers that no matter how tough life gets, her mum will always be by her side, guiding her along the way.
If I'm really honest I didn't know what to expect from this book. I am a huge Kerry Wilkinson fan, and absolutely love his Jessica Daniel series of books.
Knowing this was something a little different I started reading it with an open mind.
Sometimes I can't help but think when an author changes writing style for a book, that I'd be better off not knowing who the author is. As you can't help but compare them to their other works.
Poppy lost her mother a few years back and lives with her dad. If losing your mother isn't bad enough it also happened on her birthday. So each year as well as trying to celebrate she also mourns the loss of her mum.
On her 16th Birthday her dad produces 10 envelopes. Each one for Poppy to open on each of her next ten birthdays.
It was her mothers wish that Poppy could open one each year, I guess had Poppy decided to open them all at once it would have been a pretty short story.
Each year on her birthday Poppy get’s to hear from her mother in the form of the letter. Her mother telling her things that had she still been alive she would have probably told her over time anyway. Simple things like how her parents met, along with advice on what may or may not help her though her growing up. It was really good to read these letters with Poppy and in doing so going on a Journey with her. Her Journey of life, watching her grow and develop. But it also felt like you were getting to know Her mother also.
The book for me also felt like it was telling me ‘Don’t get stuck in a rut’ it was like a gentle kick up the backside. We take far to much for granted.
If you get a chance to do something, then do it. Don’t sit about wondering, What if?
As I said earlier I knew it was going to be a different read, and it was. It wasn’t the gruesome crime we are used to. Just a very easy and enjoyable read.
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