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Because of You: The beautifully uplifting Richard & Judy bestseller

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She explores the mother-daughter relationship with expert skill, the sacrifices made, and her characterisations of the towering Hope, Minnie and Anna had me totally invested in them, not to mention Quiet Isaac with his love and yearly letters.

It’s to the book’s credit that there is a surprising amount of thematic nuance touched upon, with both families caught up in the story being mixed race, and Hope’s parents suffering with addiction problems, but sadly I felt none of these issues were explored with the depth or impact they could have had.Honestly, the very thought of hinging the exploration of nature vs nurture on a stolen baby and a stillbirth makes me uncomfortable as a parent. Because of You feels like it ought not to be a book but to be rushed, but the reality is it is a book that is almost impossible not to race through. Mothers-to-be Hope and Anna are in a London hospital giving birth however only one of them will leave with a baby.

In contrast to the three main characters, all of whom I liked and felt genuinely invested in, the male supporting characters (the women’s respective partners) are all very one dimensional, to the point of feeling like caricatures: we have the terrible husband, the wonderful, selfless husband, and the comic-relief joker. I found the ending both very surprising and very emotional although the various strands did come together neatly. I had no sympathy for the wrongdoers despite the author’s best efforts to reward them at every turn. Kobieta, której dziecko zmarło przy porodzie kradnie ze szpitala dziecko tej drugiej kobiety i z nim wychodzi ze szpitala. French has had heaps of fun writing this man, he absolutely leaps from the page as one of those people who just rub you up the wrong way.The biggest irony here is, I don't think I would've read it at all if it wasn't longlisted for the Women's Prize.

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