The compelling, heart-wrenching and uplifting story of one mother's love and loss
'Life-affirming, tender and wise. Wonderful' Josie Lloyd
'Filled with hope and humanity' Araminta Hall
'Truly moving. I've just finished wiping away the tears' Joanna Nadin
The hardest thing about love is saying goodbye . . .
On a beautiful late-summer's morning, Cate Challoner's daughter, Beth, heads to the beach with her best friend. The girls will spend the day flirting with boys and enjoying the thrill of being young. Beth is eighteen and soon leaving home for college. Her mother is already missing her.
That afternoon, the doorbell rings. Cate immediately knows something is wrong. CPR. Resuscitation. What do these words have to do with two teenagers enjoying an afternoon at the beach?
Cate's daughter is her everything. Beth's presence at home is inescapable. How can a child stop existing? How can a mother survive such loss?
Can a shattered world be put back together?
'A vivid, often heart-wrenching exploration of grief and how we learn to carry on after the worst has happened. Get your tissues at the ready - this book is wonderful' Josie Lloyd, author of The Cancer Ladies' Running Club
Life-affirming, tender and wise. After Beth is a vivid, often heart-wrenching exploration of grief and how we learn to carry on after the worst has happened. Get your tissues at the ready - this book is wonderful
A story of devastating loss, told so keenly and perfectly. But it is also a book filled with hope and humanity, showing people in all their wonderful complexity. It will stay with me for a very long time
Heartrending in its depiction of a mother grappling her way through her worst nightmare, yet the overriding feeling is one of hope in the transformative powers of love and loss. A wonderful novel
A compelling, compassionate, completely relatable read
Explores love, loss, and how to live with both tenderly and with great insight
Beautiful, uplifting and wise. I surfaced from the last page, feeling as comforted as I was moved
A beautiful story that explores what it is to have a soul mate, and love in all its many guises. It made me cry a lot - in a good way! - but it also made me think, as all the best books do'