Monday, May 4, 2009

Review: Things I Want My Daughters to Know and Giveaway!!!!

I am excited to share with you the novel Things I Want My Daughters to Know by Elizabeth Noble. I had read some great reviews about this book, so I was super pumped to have been contacted by Nicole at HarperCollins and asked to do a review! I jumped at the chance, and I am so glad I did.

The novel begins with a letter from Barbara to her daughters. Barbara wrote the letter while she was dying of cancer, and it gives instructions on planning her funeral. We then meet Barbara’s four daughters. Lisa, the oldest, is a commitment-phobe. Jennifer is married but terribly unhappy in her marriage, and is facing a decision to have kids with a man she isn’t sure she loves anymore. Amanda is a wanderer, traveling around the world – even while her mom is dying. And Hannah, the 15 year old, rebels against the loss of her mother.

The novel tells the story of these daughters, as well as Mark, Barbara’s second husband and the girls’ step-father, throughout the 12 months following Barbara’s death. The letters from Barbara are combines with stories of love, revelations, and secrets. Each daughter is touched differently by the letters, and we are able to follow the journey of each girl during this year.

This novel really touched me. I am very close with my mother, and honestly don’t know what I would do without her. She is one of my closest friends, and I feel so lucky to have her. There were several instances where I totally lost it and found tears streaming down my face – because I really felt like I could relate to what was happening in the girls’ lives. It is interesting how you can read a book that truly speaks to you in a certain time of your life.

I love how Barbara was portrayed – beautiful, upbeat, fun, quirky, and outgoing – with amazing and heartfelt advice. She seemed very wise, and gave advice by telling of her own experiences and how she learned what she did. She was not perfect, which the daughters learn throughout the course of the book. She had her own weaknesses, secrets, and insecurities – she was human. The daughters learn to accept all parts of their mom – both the good and the bad.

This book really struck a chord with me, and I highly recommend this novel to all moms and daughters. In fact, I’m excited to announce another giveaway!! Nicole from HarperCollins has offered to giveaway 5 copies of Things I Want My Daughters to Know!!! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post – that’s it!! Be sure to leave an email address with your comment – if you don’t, your comment will be deleted and you won’t be entered (I HAVE to have a way to contact you!!) The contest will run until May 14, and I’ll pick a winner on Friday, May 15!!! I am a little late on getting this out for Mother’s Day, but it’ll be a great novel at any time of the year. This contest is open to US residents only, and no PO Boxes, please.

Good luck and happy reading!!

52 comments:

bermudaonion said...

Great giveaway! Please enter me. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

Jenni said...

I want to enter!

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brainella said...

Oh! Pick me!

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Serena said...

this sounds like a deep novel...i think this was a great review...
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Chrissy said...

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Anonymous said...

I want to enter! I heard this is a good read!

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Susan Helene Gottfried said...

No need to enter me; I'm just dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

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Nicole said...

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Amanda said...

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Marie said...

I would really love to read this one!

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Alleigh said...

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Anonymous said...

As a mother of only daughters and an avid reader, I would love to be entered.


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Kat Bryan said...

I would love to read this and then share it with my mother and sister.

LuAnn said...

I have so been wanting to read this book!

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Nicole said...

Oooh I would love to read this book!!! Sounds like a great book, to read while being pregnant :)

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Anonymous said...

Great review! I would love to read the book!

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Carrie said...

This sounds fantastic! Plz enter me (even though I've won from you before).

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Lisa said...

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Susan said...

I'm an only daughter to my only mother. :) Would love to read this book, so please enter me!

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AmandaSue said...

I've heard great things about this book and I can't wait to read it! Thanks for the chance.
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Angela said...

Hey KS!

I have heard good things about this novel, too. Enter me!

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Medical Librarian said...

This book sounds excellent, and, since my mom is 75 and had an unexpected quadruple bypass at the end of March, thinking about facing life without her presense has been a theme for me recently.

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Enter me, please :)

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Amber said...

If I win this - my mom and I will definitely read it together.
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Melissa - Shhh I'm Reading said...

This one sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway.

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Dawn M. said...

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Anita Yancey said...

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Mishel said...

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Lisa said...
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Lisa said...

Forgot to add email ;)

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Mary said...

I've been wanting to read this book for a very long time. I'd love to win.

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liane66 said...

Sounds very informative.
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BUSY BEE said...

I would treasure this book - for my own daughter and for my mother too! Thanks for the review. Enter me in the giveaway!

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Belinda said...

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guru said...

This sounds like a very touching story. As the mother of 3 daughters, I would love to read it.
Thanks,

Heather said...

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Valerie said...

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Tiffany819 said...

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Abby said...

Okay so the title alone drew me in on this one!

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Lisa said...

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Sheri S. said...

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Nicole said...

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Lady Roxi said...

Love to have this.

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wendy said...

I know I will be hysterical as I read this and my tears will blur the words but I want to read it anyway.

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