“I Couldn’t Love You More” by Esther Freud


I couldn't Love you more

Genre: Family Saga
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pub. Date: June 25, 2021

First off, I accidentally bought this book. I thought I clicked, try a sample, I am glad that I made that mistake because this is a very good story. I was afraid that I bought myself a romance novel, which is a genre I do not care for. Instead, I bought a novel that examines illegitimacy in Ireland in the 1960s.  The reader follows the Kelly family from pre–World War II years to more recent times. The story is about mothers, daughters, and secrets, and it tells the narrative of three generations of women, their loves, and their decisions. The novel is narrated by three generations of women: Rosaleen’s mother, Aoife; Rosaleen herself; and Kate, Rosaleen’s daughter who was put up for adoption 10 days after she was born. Freud’s gifts for female empathy and fluid storytelling are fully evident in “I Couldn’t Love You More.” I will be reading more by this author.

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