Publication: 5th October 2021 – Lake Union Publishing
The highly-anticipated new novel from bestselling author Hannah Beckerman, The Impossible Truths of Love slips between past and present, mother and daughter, to explore the secrets we keep to protect those we love.
As Nell’s father is dying, he makes a final declaration that hints at a long-held family secret. Feelings of isolation that have plagued Nell for years resurface, and suspicions about her past are raised.
Thirty-five years earlier, Annie was devastated by a series of traumas: one shock after another that she buried deep in her heart. The decisions she made were motivated by love, but she feared even then that nobody could ever understand her actions, let alone forgive her.
As their stories unravel, a generation apart, Nell finally discovers the devastating truth about her mother’s past, and her own.
A gripping, emotionally charged novel, The Impossible Truths of Love is a moving story about identity, secrets, and what it really means to feel that you’re one of the family.
I am delighted to welcome you on my stop for the blog tour of The Impossible Truths of Love, the incredible new novel by Hannah Beckerman.
The Impossible Truths of Love is out today so go and buy a copy and also grab a few tissues because this is an emotional novel that it will make you shed a few tears. It is the heart-breaking and thought-provoking story of a family, a mother overwhelmed by a series of traumas and grief and with a huge secret to keep, and a daughter in search of the truth.
Nell has always known how much her parents love her, but her dying father’s last words and her mother’s odd comments, not caused by her dementia, make her think that her parents have been keeping a huge secret from her and she starts questioning everything she knows about her past and her family.
The story is told in two timelines. In the present, Nell’s need to figure out the secret her parents have been keeping make her question old friends, go through family photos, and revisit her memories in search of the truth. Her mother’s deteriorating mental health make her unreliable, so the author takes the reader back in the past when a younger Annie goes through a series of traumas that lead her to make a life-changing decision.
Nell and Annie’s stories are told in parallel. I sympathized with Nell in her search of the truth, in her shock at its discovery and the way she handled it. I found Annie’s narrative heart-breaking and thought-provoking and I really felt for her. A series of devastating traumas and a deep love for her child led her to make a choice and keep a secret for more than thirty years. Did she do right? Did she do wrong? What would you have done in her place?
Beautifully-written, gripping, and moving, The Impossible Truths of Love is one of these novels that you can’t stop thinking about it days after finishing reading it proving that Hannah Beckerman is an amazing storyteller! Highly recommended!!!
A huge thank you to Rhiannon and FMcM Associates for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a proof of the novel.
Hannah Beckerman is a novelist and journalist. She is a book critic and features writer for The Observer and FT Weekend Magazine and has contributed to a wide range of publications from The Guardian to Red magazine. As a regular chair at literary festivals and corporate events she has interviewed a host of authors and celebrities, as well as appearing as a book critic on BBC Radio 2 and Times Radio. Prior to becoming a
full-time writer, Hannah worked in television as a producer and commissioning editor for the BBC, Channel 4 and the Discovery Channel USA. She lives in London. The Impossible Truths of Love is her third novel.