Letters to my Daughters by Emma Hannigan

Throughout their lives, the three Brady sisters have always been closer to their nanny May than to their own mother, Martha a busy midwife. May always thought of them as her daughters so when she dies suddenly, the sisters are left devastated — especially when they learn that letters intended for them from May with final words of advice and love have gone missing.

But what words of advice could the sisters need?

Beatrice, owner of exclusive wedding boutiques, is busy and fulfilled. Rose has a beautiful daughter, a luxurious home and a thriving interiors company. And Jeannie, married to a wealthy plastic surgeon in L.A., wants for nothing.

Except that each of the sisters carries a secret …

And as they gather for the reading of May’s will in Dublin, they must face some life-changing decisions. Will they ever learn the words of advice May had for them, and discover who took the letters?


This was an emotional book to read, because Emma Hannigan shared the sad news with us a week ago that the cancer she has fought for so long is now terminal. It was so sad to read the acknowledgements at the end of the book, where she hopes that there are better times to come.

She can’t promote this book herself, and everyone in the literary world has been trying to get this book to number one for her. Well deserved it is too.

I’ve read all her books over the years, and loved them all. This book is a wonderful story of family.
The characters are what makes this book. It’s just like stepping into this family and becoming part of it for a while.

The three sisters are all different, and leading different lives, but have a great bond. Their dad is a lovely character, and it’s heart warming to see their relationship with him.

Their mother comes across as cold and unfeeling, but as we get to know her, we see what has made her the way she is.

A wonderful, well woven story, that will bring both tears and smiles.

Many booksellers are donating the profits of this book to cancer charities. I’d love to see it get to number one, a fitting tribute to a wonderful author and beautiful person. Highly recommended.



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