I’ll be honest, after reading the blurb for this book, I was skeptical and didn’t know if I would enjoy it.
It was bloody brilliant.When Flora falls unexpectedly pregnant during her final year studies, she hits a huge predicament; continue a recent affair with her handsome but mysterious lecturer who dazzles her with love letters taken from the ancient tale of ‘Abelard and Heloise’, or chase after the past with her estranged first love?
But will either man be there to support her during the turmoil ahead…?
This book was a complete emotional rollercoaster. I just… aarrghh! Words cannot explain how much I loved this book. I loved it so much that the second that I had finished it, I genuinely emailed Emily Williams and told her so.
I loved the letter format of the book (think Perks of Being a Wallflower) and how every day, Flora writes a letter to her unborn child about the circumstances that led up to her being conceived. We learn about Flora’s relationships, her friendships, and her troubles. The thing that hit home for me was that Flora was in university – albeit her last year, where I am in my first – and I just kept comparing myself to her. Would I be as strong as she was if I suddenly got pregnant? Would I be able to manage? I would like to think so.
Flora is such a strong character that always tries to do right by everybody. I loved her friendships with Brian and Brooke and even though Brooke could be a real pain sometimes and do things that angered me so much, I know that she only had Flora’s best interests at heart and that she was looking out for her best friend.
“Mistakes happen and life is full of twists and turns, but you mustn’t let any set backs hold you back from moving forward. Life is too short to dwell on things that have gone wrong.”
– Emily Williams, Letters to Eloise
As aforementioned, this book is an emotional rollercoaster. There were times where I couldn’t stop crying, there were times where I couldn’t stop smiling and there were times where the shocked expression wouldn’t leave my face.
Here, Williams has created such a heart-warming, moving story about a woman struggling through the different stages of pregnancy and how she looks back at her life with happiness and hurt.
I thoroughly recommend that you pre-order this book because it left me in pieces.
Disclaimer: this book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review
Released 17th February 2017