A letter to a little granddaughter

LOVE STORY FOR DEAR ABIGAIL. Richard Rees’s letter to a 2-year old granddaughter, tells the little one how much she was loved by her mother, who died at 30 from ovarian cancer. Yet, it’s a story of joy as well as sorrow, evoking such 5-star reviews from readers: “This is a beautiful, honest, funny, gut-wrenching book. A testament to the power of love in the face of great tragedy”. “This book made me laugh and cry. Not many books do that for me.”

Sitting in his study, alone with his thoughts, a man starts to write a letter to his little granddaughter. Why? Because he wants her to understand, when she gets older, who her mother was, and how much she sacrificed.

It is a harrowing story, but it is also a great “love story” and, in places, humorous. A story of hopes and fears, courage in the face of adversity, disappointments and setbacks, and ultimately the calm and dignified acceptance that what will be will be.

But, as Richard Rees’s story of his daughter unfolds, the reader realises, with something approaching dread, that there is an earlier history, a previous parallel which must be understood to be overcome.

The resulting ‘letter’, Dear Abigail, is both heart-rending and tender by turn, and also an act of healing; an attempt to find meaning in an apparently godless universe, that leads, ultimately, to faith through a miracle of daffodils.

But above all, it is an account of what it means to be human.

Mark Brittain, Daily Post

All the author’s royalties from this book will go to Target Ovarian Cancer.

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