If Only I Could Tell You by Hannah Beckerman

Genre: Fiction
Source: Compulsive Readers
Rating: 5/5

About The Book

Audrey’s family has fallen apart. Her two grown-up daughters, Jess and Lily, are estranged, and her two teenage granddaughters have never been allowed to meet. A secret that echoes back thirty years has splintered the family in two, but is also the one thing keeping them connected.
As tensions reach breaking point, the irrevocable choice that one of them made all those years ago is about to surface. After years of secrets and silence, how can one broken family find their way back to each other

My Thoughts

This year, one of my New Year goals was to read some books out of my comfort zone like this one. I mostly read crime/thriller books, so a fiction book is not something that I am used to. But I have to say that this book has been a delight; delicate and superb, this book will be loved for any type of reader.
Let me say that this is not an easy read; this is the story of two sisters that had been tear apart for more than half of their lives, they have separate families and lives, they haven’t crossed a word for more than 20 years; but now her mother want to close the abysm between them. It would not be easy, after too many years hiding their feelings it would not be easy to start expressing their hiden feelings. But, will they surpass the angriness and sadness? You’ll have to read the book to discover the truth! πŸ˜‰
I was totally surprised how the author Hannah Beckerman talks about so many difficult situations with this delicacy and human touch, it is never easy to talk about the family problems, and less if you have lived some similar situation as the one on the book. But in this case, I was able to read the full book, of course dropping a few tears and with a broken heart, but I would not stop recommending reading this book to anyone, I loved every page.
This is a book to talk and discuss, because some of the themes they talk are tabu, that’s what makes this book so interesting and different, sadly, I will not make any spoiler, so you’ll have to read it if you want to know more!
This book will be on my top ten this year, don’t doubt it!
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About The Author

Hannah Beckerman is an author, journalist, event chair and broadcaster. In the UK she writes for The Observer, The FT Weekend Magazine and The Sunday Express, and is a book critic on BBC Radio 2. She regularly chairs at literary events and panels across the UK and has judged numerous book prizes including the Costa Book Awards.
Before becoming a writer, Hannah was a TV and film producer, spending fifteen years producing and commissioning documentaries about the Arts, History and Science both in the UK and the US.
She lives in London with her husband and daughter.