Sunday, 3 October 2021

The Impossible Truths of Love by Hannah Beckerman


It is my stop on the blog tour for Hannah Beckerman's third novel The Impossible Truths of Love and I am going to be sharing my review on this accomplished and poignant read.

When Nell’s father makes a deathbed declaration that hints at a long-held secret, it reignites feelings of isolation that have plagued her for years. Her suspicions about the family’s past only deepen when her mother, Annie, who is losing her memories to dementia, starts making cryptic comments of her own.

Thirty-five years earlier, Annie’s life was upended by a series of traumas—one shock after another that she buried deep in her heart. The decisions she made at the time were motivated by love, but she knew even then that nobody could ever understand—let alone forgive—what she did.

As the two women’s stories unravel, a generation apart, Nell finally discovers the devastating truth about her mother’s past, and her own.

Hannah Beckerman is the author of two absolutely flawless and highly emotive novels both left a lasting impression on me. We have desperately long waits between her novels but they are truly worth waiting for.

The Impossible Truths of Love is Hannah’s third novel which begins with our main character Nell as she sits with her dad in the last hours of his life when he makes the declaration “I have always loved you even if you were never really ever mine to love”

In the weeks after the loss of her father and with her mum quickly becoming lost to dementia the time is ticking but Nell wants to find answers as to what her father’s last words to her could really mean.

This book explores the effects of grief and trauma on mental health and the impact deep rooted secrets have on shaping the lives of all involved because all secrets have a way of coming to light in the end and the longer they stay hidden the more damage they cause.

The book tells the story of both Nell and her mum, Annie so we get a bigger picture as we start to put the pieces of the story together looking for clues as to what secret is hidden in Nells childhood. As Annie tells her story there is so much honest, raw and painful emotion seeping through the pages, a mother who has had her heart broken to pieces in a devastating way and the author has raised awareness on this subject matter in such a tender and careful way as she always so masterfully does.

Hannah Beckerman has such a powerful emotive style of writing that really hits home every time I read her novels and they all feel so honest and believable like I am reading a life story and that is because she draws on day to day tragic events of loss that affect us all directly or indirectly in our life time which leaves us at our most vulnerable and every single emotion we feel she pours int the bucket loads into her storylines.

I didn’t like Nell’s sisters especially Claire and although the way in which they treat Nell is explained later on in the storyline and is proof of how secrets can destroy a relationship I still don’t feel that Nell deserved to be treated the way she did and I was so pleased she had a supportive boyfriend and long standing family friend to support her.

This is yet again another skilful written unpredictable storyline with so much depth, emotion and intrigue to make this a captivating and poignant read, so praise once again to Hannah Beckerman.

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