Twenty-six chances to find their way back to each other…
P is for Paris where it all began. J is for Jealousy where it all came undone. But the most important letter is F. F is for Forgiveness, the hardest of all.
Sisters Poppy and Rose used to be as close as two sisters could be, but it’s been over a decade since they last spoke. Until they both receive a call that tells them their mother has gone – without ever having the chance to see her daughters reunited.
Andrea, though, wasn’t the kind of woman to let a little thing like death stand in the way of her plans. Knowing her daughters better than they know themselves, she has left behind one very special last gift – the A-Z of Everything.
‘Funny and poignant – a celebration of life and the enduring power of love’ – Carys Bray, bestselling author of A Song for Issy Bradley
‘Simply gorgeous’ Sunday Times bestseller Milly Johnson
‘Moving and uplifting all at once, I devoured this book about mothers, daughters, sisters and – ultimately – love’ Sunday Times bestseller Jane Costello
The A-Z of Everything really is a story with a difference. Before their mother Andrea passes away, she compiles an A-Z of Everything in which her two warring daughters, Rose and Poppy, will have no choice but to come together and complete. Sounds simple; but the problem is that Rosie and Poppy have not spoken to each other in ten years and refuse to acknowledge the others existence. Unable to be in the same room as one another, they are also absent when Andrea dies. So, getting them both together becomes their mother’s final dying wish.
Bereaved and struggling to contend with the direction their lives have taken since their huge falling out, both decide, rather begrudgingly, to complete their Mother’s list, initially just to fulfil her wishes. But Andrea was desperate for her two girls to be reunited and is not going to let them drift back to their old ways. However, bringing up memory’s and incidents they would at times much rather forget proves the hardest challenge yet for the two sisters.
This is a beautiful book and such a lovely idea. The two sisters are so realistically drawn and, with both of them battling with various struggles around their own happiness and confidence, they soon become two characters that you really hope will find a way to work their problems out. I especially loved and identified with Rose the most, feeling so much compassion for in terms of her failed marriage and struggle to find who she really was whilst raising a wonderful son single-handed.
The concept of the A-Z list was very well done; not cheesy as I may have initially thought it would be, but it also served as a backdrop to making you think as a reader what love really means and how important it is to be able to forgive, no matter how much we are hurting inside. It also emphasises how much hatred can eat away at us, in turn wasting so many opportunities to truly love. This really is a beautiful and simple book with a powerful meaning and was a pleasure to read…
Thank you to the lovely people at NetGalley for allowing me to review The A-Z of Everything.
The A-Z of Everything is out now to buy.
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