Review: When I'm Gone by Emily Bleeker
Published: March 15, 2016
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Genre: Chick-lit, Need some tissues
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk
Dear Luke,First let me say—I love you... I didn’t want to leave you...
Luke Richardson has returned home after burying Natalie, his beloved wife of sixteen years, ready to face the hard job of raising their three children alone. But there’s something he’s not prepared for—a blue envelope with his name scrawled across the front in Natalie’s handwriting, waiting for him on the floor of their suburban Michigan home.
The letter inside, written on the first day of Natalie’s cancer treatment a year ago, turns out to be the first of many. Luke is convinced they’re genuine, but who is delivering them? As his obsession with the letters grows, Luke uncovers long-buried secrets that make him question everything he knew about his wife and their family. But the revelations also point the way toward a future where love goes on—in written words, in memories, and in the promises it’s never too late to keep.
So I borrowed this book free with Prime and let me tell you I was very glad I did. Honestly I might not have picked this book up but after reading the blurb I knew I wanted to give the book a try.
Man this book gave me the feels on so many levels. We are introduced to Luke who lost his wife and is now having to raise three children on his own. Though what he doesn't expect is to get letters from Natalie. It seems that before Natalie passed away she wrote letters that were to be delivered to him to help him. Though as the letters come he starts wondering who is delivering them and when his son believes himself to be adopted Luke goes on a mission to prove to his son that he wasn't. Though it seems another secret might come to light one that has something to with Luke. As Luke is trying to uncover what secret Natalie had he also is becoming friends with her best friend, and she has her own problems going on at home. One that hits too close to home for Luke.
When everything comes out I can honestly say I did not see that coming at all. I was left with my mouth opened.
I really loved the idea of Natalie writing these letters to her husband and the one letter telling him how to cook the pancakes melted my heart.
I really loved this author's work that I believe I will be reading her work again!
Emily lives in suburban Chicago with her family. Between writing and being a mom, she attempts to learn guitar, sings along to the radio (loudly), and embraces her newfound addiction to running.