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Because Of You - Review 32/21

by Dawn French

Published : October 15th 2020

Publisher : Penguin Michael Joseph

Format : Kindle, Audio, Hardback, Paperback

Genre : Contemporary fiction

Review #32 /2021

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Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock . . . midnight.

The old millennium turns into the new.

In the same hospital, two very different women give birth to two very similar daughters.

Hope leaves with a beautiful baby girl.

Anna leaves with empty arms.

Seventeen years later, the gods who keep watch over broken-hearted mothers wreak mighty revenge, and the truth starts rolling, terrible and deep, toward them all.

The power of mother-love will be tested to its limits.

Perhaps beyond . . .

Because Of You is Dawn French's stunning new novel, told with her signature humour, warmth and so much love.


Thank you @MichaelJoseph for this advanced copy

My Review

This was an emotional and in places difficult to read. The story is about two women who give birth on the same day. One goes home with her baby, the other doesnโ€™t.

The beginning of this story was intense and I needed tissues throughout, this is my first Dawn French book and I was surprised at how someone can be such a great comedian but also hit the heart so hard with this much of a tender story.

She explores the grit of relationships and family, a motherโ€™s love and her emotions and grief.

itโ€™s full of loss and heartache yet also forgiveness and hope, but on the flip side to that itโ€™s also utterly beautiful. There is happiness as well as sadness.

I loved the ending, loved how the author finished off this story and closed the last page feeling glad I had read it. Iโ€™ll definitely try another book by this author.




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Meet the author

Dawn French is one of the most popular women on television and has had audiences in stitches since her trial-by-fire on the British club circuit. French and Saunders duo and wife of comedian Lenny Henry, Dawn has lived her life in the spotlight, but her story is often moving as well as funny.

Better known as a comedian, presenter and writer. She is best known for starring in and writing for the BBC comedy sketch show French and Saunders with her best friend and comedy partner, Jennifer Saunders, and for playing the lead role as Geraldine Granger in the BBC sitcom The Vicar of Dibley.

This is her 42nd book.


Connect with Dawn



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According To Yes

Oh Dear Silva

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