#BookReview I Give You My Heart by Sarah Jane Ford
My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩
Publisher: Hearts and Mind Publishing Limited
Available: 1 September 2018
Genre: Romance / Drama / Fiction
A terminal diagnosis. A life-saving sacrifice. A love letter written on the walls of her heart.
Alice Richards looked forward to watching the seeds of love she and her husband planted bloom and grow well into their old age. But her plans for the future shrivel up and die when she learns she has an inoperable brain tumour.
Determined that she won’t die in vain, she decides to become an organ donor. With a few precious months left, Alice begins documenting her fairytale romance—from their first meeting to the children they dreamed of having. She’ll pass on every detail to her heart’s next owner… along with careful instructions to send her husband reminders of her undying love. Before her time runs out, Alice must find the perfect candidate to guide her husband through unimaginable grief and hold the memory of their love in her heart.
When I first read the Blurb, I was expecting this to be an emotional rollercoaster, perhaps with the Main Character Alice fulfilling a wish list. What I got, was so much more than that.
This story is told from two perspectives, and although they are both from Alice, they are for very different reasons and of very different types.
We have the story that follows Alice from finding out she has terminal Cancer, through her actions and decisions for her remaining time with loved ones. We come to see just how close she is with her family, how much they mean to one another, and we see just how deeply her and her husband truly do love one another. It is wonderfully done, full of emotion, heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measure.
The moments are bittersweet to share, because we know from the opening scene where this is going to go… or at least, we know some of it.
The other element to this story is through letters. Letters that Alice wrote to be given to people for specific reasons after she has died. And these are beautiful, and heart-wrenching every bit as much as the scenes following her Diagnosis.
I don’t want to give too much away, but although Alice is dying, and we know this from the start, there is a beautifully done romantic theme throughout. The story is bittersweet, beautiful and devastating by equal turns.
I devoured this story in one day, I couldn’t tear my eyes away no matter how it made my eyes stream with tears. It is beautifully written, thoroughly engaging. Emotions are evident in the story, pulling you in page after page.
If you have enjoyed films/books such as My Sisters Keeper, or PS I Love You, then this is the perfect read for you.
About The Author:
SarahJane is the debut writer of ‘I Give You My Heart’. SarahJane was born in Scotland but grew up in the Cheshire countryside, which is home to her.
After a few years living in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, where she went to secondary school, she has now settled back in Cheshire in a quirky flat surrounded by trees, birds and rolling fields.
A marketing professional since finishing her formal education SarahJane is delighted to be following her writing dream. She still works part-time as a Marketing Manager, whilst furiously penning her next novel. SarahJane loves to read (ideally by the sea!).
Her favourite writers include author Mitch Albom and poet Beau Taplin. Harbouring an adventurous spirit, she loves to travel and be surrounded by the wilderness, or riding Cornish waves, when she’s not cosied up at home spending time with her family, friends and books.