Author: Hannah Beckerman
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Source: Book Expo 2019
Goodreads: Hannah Beckerman pens a life-affirming novel that tells the story of a family divided and the secret that can possibly unite them—a must for fans of This Is Us.
Audrey knows that life is filled with ups and downs, but she can’t help feeling like she’s been dealt more than her fair share as she’s watched her family come undone over the years. Her dream as a mother had been for her daughters, Jess and Lily, to be as close as only sisters can be. But now as adults, they no longer speak to each other, and Audrey’s two teenage granddaughters have never met. Even more upsetting is the fact that Audrey has no idea how to fix her family as she wonders if they will ever be whole again.
If only Audrey had known three decades ago that a secret could have the power to split her family in two, but ironically, also keep them linked. And when hostilities threaten to spiral out of control, a devastating choice that was made so many years ago is about to be revealed, testing once and for all Audrey and those she loves.
Is it too late for one broken family to heal and find their way back to each other…?
A beautiful novel of mothers and daughters, the bonds of family, and the secrets that can sometimes divide us yet also bring us together, If Only I Could Tell You will remain on your mind long after the last page is turned.
Ope’s Opinion: I got tired of the “if only I could tell” until almost the end. I would have enjoyed the whole book more if I were in on the secret from the start and see the fall out from there. Instead, it just frustrated me – it made me skim parts with hopes to figure out what couldn’t be told.
If you are the kind of reader that likes being strung along until the very end, you will enjoy this book. I just like being in the know, so I had a hard time waiting until the end for the reveal.