For When I’m Gone
by Rebecca Ley
It’s my stop on the “For When I’m Gone” blog tour! Thanks very much to Compulsive Readers, Orion and author Rebecca Ley who have kindly provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
If you’d like to learn more about this book, check out the other blogs on the tour, see what people have to say on Goodreads and head over to the author’s Twitter page. If this sounds like your kind of thing, you’ll find the book on Kindle and paperback on Amazon UK.
Because there’s never enough time to say goodbye…
Sylvia knows that she’s running out of time. Very soon, she will exist only in the memories of those who loved her most and the pieces of her life she’s left behind.
So she begins to write her husband a handbook for when she’s gone, somewhere to capture the small moments of ordinary, precious happiness in their married lives. From raising their wild, loving son, to what to give their gentle daughter on her eighteenth birthday – it’s everything she should have told him before it was too late.
But Sylvia also has a secret, one that she’s saved until the very last pages. And it’s a moment in her past that could change everything…
“For When I’m Gone” is exactly as you might imagine from the title. Sylvia is dying and she’s leaving her family some wise words to help them get through life once she’s gone.
This is a cleverly constructed novel, flicking between both past, present and also dipping into Sylvia’s manual written before her death. As expected, this is an emotional read and one that really makes you think about how precious life is. Mother to Megan and Jude, Sylvia uses her manual to leave instructions to her husband, to express her emotions and feelings and to finally tell him something important.
The subject of this book is an important one and knowing that the author has put her own experience into these pages made the story feel very genuine. I didn’t have particularly strong feelings for Sylvia, or for any of the characters to be honest, but I really did appreciate knowing that Rebecca Ley had been through some of these experiences herself and think that this added something special to these pages, making the story even more powerful.
Given that almost all of the story is told in the blurb, I did feel that it was a little long and I wonder if I might have enjoyed it a little more as a short story, but in general this was a good read and one I’d recommend.
Overall rating: “For When I’m Gone” is an emotional, heartfelt story about human resilience. I really appreciate the personal experience that went into this well written debut – 4 stars.
Don’t forget to check out the reviews of other blogs on the tour and if this sounds like your kind of book, support the author by picking up a copy on Amazon UK or in your local bookshop.