When I'm Gone: A Novel by Emily BleekerWhen I'm Gone: A Novel by Emily Bleeker

When I'm Gone: A Novel

byEmily Bleeker

Paperback | March 15, 2016

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Dear Luke,
First let me say—I love you…I didn’t want to leave you…

Luke Richardson has returned home after burying Natalie, his beloved wife of sixteen years, ready to face the hard job of raising their three children alone. But there’s something he’s not prepared for—a blue envelope with his name scrawled across the front in Natalie’s handwriting, waiting for him on the floor of their suburban Michigan home.

The letter inside, written on the first day of Natalie’s cancer treatment a year ago, turns out to be the first of many. Luke is convinced they’re genuine, but who is delivering them? As his obsession with the letters grows, Luke uncovers long-buried secrets that make him question everything he knew about his wife and their family. But the revelations also point the way toward a future where love goes on—in written words, in memories, and in the promises it’s never too late to keep.

Emily Bleeker is a former educator who learned to love writing while teaching her students’ writer’s workshop. After surviving a battle with a rare form of cancer, she finally found the courage to share her stories, starting with her debut novel, Wreckage. A fully recovered “secret writer,” Emily now spends her days wrangling four kids...
Title:When I'm Gone: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:363 pages, 8.3 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:March 15, 2016Publisher:Amazon PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1503951456

ISBN - 13:9781503951457

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful story....tear jerker A great read from Emily Bleeker. The story is heartbreaking as you read of a family mourning the loss of a mother and a wife. Emily walks you through the ups, downs and twists...many unexpected twists in the book. The novel was well written and I finished the book so quickly...definitely a page turner. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely and heartbreaking women's fiction Dear Luke, First let me say - I love you. I love you and our children more than I could ever write in words... I didn't want to leave you. And so begins Emily Bleeker's newest book, When I'm Gone. This heartbreaking novel opens with Luke returning home from his wife's funeral. He is then faced with the daunting task of raising their three children alone. That same afternoon, he notices a blue envelope with the words To Luke written in his wife, Natalie's, handwriting across the front. Inside is the first of a series of letters from Natalie to Luke that keep arriving to their home in the mail. All of the letters were written before Natalie passed away. As more and more letters arrive, Luke's obsession with them grows. Who is sending the letters? How many are there? When will they stop? What is the big secret Natalie keeps mentioning? This book hit home for me for a few reasons. To begin with, the whole premise of a widower with young children reminded me so much of my friend Jaclyn who passed away last fall from breast cancer and left behind her husband and two young children. Secondly, Luke and Natalie's youngest son, Clayton, is 3 years old and turning 4 - the exact same age as my own son. When Clayton clings to Natalie's old phone to hear her voice on some recordings, it broke my heart that he now saw his mother as simply a phone. I can't even begin to imagine what it would feel like to know that you will not watch your children grow up. What would I leave behind to help them move forward? I found the novel very well-written. I was hooked from the beginning and always curious about what Natalie's next letter would say. The author captured their love story clearly, and it was very sad to know they had been separated too soon. Other than when Natalie uses one of her letters to encourage Luke to go on a few dates, which I found to be a bit strange, I really connected with Luke easily as a character. He was such a loving dad and tried so hard to hold himself together while caring for his kids. When I'm Gone was not a predicable read and there were a few serious twists in the story that kept it interesting. Even the dating part that threw me for a bit in the middle of the book resolved in a way that I was happy with in the end. For any reader who loves women's fiction, you will enjoy When I'm Gone.
Date published: 2016-04-07