I picked up When I’m Gone by Emily Bleeker on a whim. Borrowed it in my Kindle Library and settled in at three am to read it. I wasn’t sure if I was even going to like it, or want to read it. I haven’t been reading much this past year. I’d been so caught up in other life-related things, I hadn’t given myself a cozy few hours to read.
As I laid in bed and opened the book to the first page, I immediately teared up. It hit my heart like an arrow. I knew for me, it would be a good book.
Emily’s blurb talks about the subject of the book, her main character, Luke’s wife has just died from cancer. His life and the lives of his two children has become totally flipped upside down. While in mourning, something happens. A letter arrives at the house, from her. That’s right, his dead wife is sending him mail. Letter after letter is showing up, and they seem to be on some sort of schedule.
At first, it’s disturbing. Then it becomes a little treasure for him. Something to hold him together. With a terrible heartbreaking secret, and people coming into his life in ways he never dreamed of, Luke lives a year of healing and change.
Personally, I enjoyed the book. I found it to be very heartwarming, emotionally touching. I know it reminds other people of a movie/book that is out there, so I really tried to read it for what I think Emily intended it to be. I’m glad I did. I would read it a few more times if I’m honest. The book made me laugh, cry, feel anger and all sorts of emotions and I think that’s what makes a good book like this.
For me, I give it 5 stars. It was an easy read, it was captivating, it made me feel emotions and the most important part for me is: I enjoyed reading it a lot. So much in fact, that I instantly left an Amazon review and told a few friends about it.