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Seven Letters

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,011 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Sarah loves being a mother - it defines her.

Every year she writes a birthday letter of love to her adored daughter, Izzy, now seven. And after she falls pregnant, she promises Izzy that the arrival of a baby brother will make their family complete. So when she collapses a few months later, the safe happy life Izzy knows is shattered.

With Sarah's future, and the future of h
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 2nd 2019 by Penguin Ireland
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Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

**3.5 stars**

Seven Letters by Sinéad Moriarty. (2019).

Being a mother defines Sarah and she loves it. Every year she's written a birthday letter of love to her daughter Izzy, now seven. And Sarah has finally fallen pregnant with a baby boy. When Sarah collapses, the safe and happy life Izzy knows is shattered. With the future of Sarah and her pregnancy in their hands, her husband and her family disagree about her treatment. The clock is
Olivia Dowling
Mar 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2020
It's not often that I'm disappointed by book and even rarer that I actually dislike one. In fact, I can't remember the last book I read that I didn't like. However, 'Seven Letters', unfortunately, falls into both categories. I found the dialogue hard to read; it almost didn't read like dialogue, with no breaks between big chunks of talking. Moreover, there was no description of the surrounding landscape - Ireland, I presume - which made it feel like it could have been happening anywhere. Maybe t ...more
I'll admit that I launched into "Seven Letters" with some trepidation, not being a particular fan of either chick lit or fiction based around "thought provoking social issues". I've found Jodi Piccoult's books, which I know many absolutely love, to be quite contrived in the way her characters are placed in dramatic personal dilemmas, but frequently seem not to be required to actively resolve them one way or the other.
"Seven Letters" follows the story of the close family members of popular and be
Marina Biljak
Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I was fighting with myself with this rating. 3* seems too low, but I gave 4* to much better books this year, so I couldn't give it to this one.
It definitely deserves 3.5*.

It was my first time reading something from Sinead Moriarty and I didn't know what to expect. I didn't even read what the book is about so I was really surprised when I realized it is a strong and realistic family drama.
I liked the writing style, I like how Moriarty handled the sad and controversial topic. I couldn't wait to fi
Margaret Madden
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full review to follow, but let’s just say I’m drained. What a thought-provoking read.
Gillian Dempsey
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Very easy-reading but I knew that before I started it. A theme which I had come across in other books, those of Jodi Picoult for example. But Picoult's books have more depth and Moriarty is more chicklit. Still, I enjoyed reading it and it made for a nice break in between more serious books. ...more
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book pulled my heartstrings from the very beginning.

Sarah had a great family with a loving husband and sweet daughter Izzy, when she found herself to be pregnant. A mishap and she was in coma. Her husband Colin found it difficult to deal with it. Meanwhile, sister Mia found seven letters written to Izzy, and that changed their lives.

My first book by Sinead Moriarty, and the story squeezed my emotions from my heart till they became tears falling down my cheeks. The emotions ravaged me as I
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was in a bit of a book funk after reading a slew of excellent books. Seven Letters was suggested to me by an on line friend, fellow reading addict. I was not prepared for what I was about to read.

This was a very emotional family drama. It tackled ethical and moral issues. It tackled human feelings and reactions. A young and happy family was excited to wait for a new baby until the unexpected and unimaginable happens to the Mom.

The anguish experienced by the immediate and extended family was r
I enjoyed the book, but it wasn't my favorite. This is a sad book and tugs at your heartstrings. (Yes, I shed a few tears, it's hard not to get emotional with this story.) I didn't love any of the characters. I hated the way Sarah was portrayed as a saint and could do no wrong. She was perfect while everyone else was flawed. Izzy didn't seem believable to me. At times, I pictured a toddler instead of a seven year old. I think she needed to be told the truth sooner instead of letting her believe ...more
Mar 25, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was a bit of a disappointment - maybe even a 2.5 star rounded up. Really interesting plot idea, Sarah is 14 weeks pregnant when she collapses and is determined to be brain dead. Unfortunately the writing wasn’t very sophisticated and many of the subplots and dialogue not very realistic.
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ok... I am giving this 4 stars ONLY because it is an INCREDIBLE idea for a story. However, I found myself constantly pulled out of this incredible story because of things like silly teenage drama, unnecessarily poor communication (my pet peeve), and lengthy repetitive debates. I'd still recommend this book to anyone who likes some morally complicated plotlines... really gets you thinking, "Who's right and who's wrong?" or "What would I do ?"

On to the spoilers... I could have done without Riley c
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Sarah loves you daughter, Izzy, and every year she writes her a letter on her birthday. When Sarah becomes pregnant with a son the family is excited and happy but disaster strikes and now Izzy's world is upside down. Izzy's dad and aunt are fighting constantly about Sarah's treatment. Their once happy family is falling apart and the clock is ticking with Sarah's life. Sinead Moriarty has written numerous books and I've enjoyed several of them. She always writes an emotional story and this one is ...more
Vanessa Carnevale
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I’ve read by Sinead Moriarty and it won’t be my last! I cried my way through this emotional and tender novel. Gorgeously real and endearing characters facing an impossible situation. I won’t forget this one in a hurry.
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
A moving, thought provoking book but I found it to be a bit repetitive and long.
Marina Mcmaugh
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book was like being on an emotional rollercoaster... really enjoyed this story
Kerrie Paterson
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
A couple of days after finishing, I'm still not sure how to rate this book. Very thought-provoking but quite a confronting read. ...more
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.
Would’ve been a solid 5 had it not been so long.

But oh how I cried throughout the book. If I’m being honest, I still am crying.
Really thought-provoking and it had me making promises to myself over and over again to love & cherish my family even more.
Rebecca Howland
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read this book in a day, and shed a few tears! The book didn’t end exactly as I was expecting and this was good.
Claire Mawdesley
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How can a family live without its heart?

Sarah is a loving mum to seven-year-old Izzie, a doting wife to stressed-out husband Adam and a best friend to her sister Mia, and is also pregnant with her second child.

When she suddenly collapses and slips into unconsciousness, it’s the first time the family will have to face life without their beloved Sarah, the glue who holds them together. How will they ever explain to Izzie that her mother might not make it. And can Sarah’s unborn baby possibly survi
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seven Letters of Love: A story of heartbreak, family drama and a mother's endless love by [Moriarty, Sinéad]Being a mother is what Sarah is all about. She loves it. Her daughter, Izzy, is seven years old. Sarah's family is excited when she becomes pregnant again, however when she collapses a few months into the pregnancy things start to fall apart in Sarah and Izzy's world. All at once, the family's future is being fought over by Sarah's husband and her sister.

The sister, Mia is trying to conne
Nikki Houghton
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
This should have been a 5 star book about a young, Saint-like pregnant Irish woman who falls into a coma and never wakes up. It is told through the eyes and lives of her immediate family, all of whom apparently loved her to bits.
It was a wonderful, devastating, beautifully written, gorgeous novel until 2/3 of the way through and then? Then it became a long, cringingly emotional, saccharine sweet, never ending embarrassing load of twaddle.
And you know what? We never get to see the letters; it sh
Megan Jones
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sarah loves being a mother - it defines her. Every year she writes a birthday letter of love to her adored daughter, Izzy, now seven. After she falls pregnant, she promises Izzy that the arrival of a baby brother will make their family complete. So when she collapses a few months later, the safe happy life Izzy knows is shattered. With Sarah's future, and the future of her pregnancy, in their hands, her husband and sister disagree fiercely about her treatment. The once close family starts to fal ...more
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I chanced upon this ebook while I was browsing my library's online catalogue. Seven Letters has an intriguing premise that piqued my interest. The book description hinted at a bit of mystery, family drama, and thought-provoking ethical and moral decisions between family members. The author chose a challenging and controversial subject matter, which I believe was portrayed with respect and empathy. I found myself immersed in the first few chapters, as it sustained my interest on the plot developm ...more
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
431 pages and not sure how many tears later I finished the book and here I am writing the review. I don’t want to give away any spoilers but still, I would like to prepare you for it – do not open it before you have Kleenex box right next to you.

Seven letters was inspired by a real court case which makes it even more horrifying. As it’s written on the very first page of the book “There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another new and Irish author for me, this year that I'm spending three months in Galway, Ireland.

The 14th novel for this Dubliner, and this is the first for me. And it was really good.

My only complaint is that it took its time, but the subject matter was intense and the dynamics of a family trying to hold itself together through a seriously devastating time were well described and imagined.

Sarah is a much loved sister, daughter, wife and mother. Expecting a child, at about 14 weeks, Sarah suffer
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it
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Lisa Aiello
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: womens-fiction
3.5 stars - “There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we can’t live without but have to let go.”

And that sums it all up beautifully. This is certainly heartbreaking and a tearjerker and emotional. I was exhausted after reading this. I can't imagine having to go through this and make these type of decisions. Everyone involved has their thoughts and opinions - as will every reader.

I think I need to go read some Dr.
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put down this story of 34 year old Sarah who collapses one day when 14 weeks' pregnant. She is an adored and admired mother, daughter, wife, sister/in law, aunt and friend - the centre of the whole family, especially for 7 year old Izzy. When a decision must be made about what is best for Sarah, everyone has an opinion, except Izzy. Is what's best for Sarah best for Izzy? or for Ben - the unborn baby? And what is actually best for Sarah? A moving and gripping study of a family facing th ...more
Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it
How far is too far when holding on to hope? This is the story of Sarah and all the family who adore her: Adam (husband), Izzy (7 year old daughter), Mia (sister), Johnny (brother in law), Riley (teenage niece), Charlie (father) and Olivia (father's fiancee). This is the story of how each of them deal with the unforeseen circumstances that they have to live through and this leads to a family breaking as their members break emotionally. ...more
Claire (Clairby11xxx)
(5/10) I had a few issues with this book, the excessive use of people’s names, the pace of the story because of the subject matter and the unrealistic way the characters constantly said exactly how they felt. That being said I was interested enough to want to finish it and I would read another book by Sinéad Moriarty but only if it crossed my path. ...more
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Sinéad was born and raised in Dublin where she grew up surrounded by books. Her mother is an author of children’s books. Growing up, Sinead says she was inspired by watching her mother writing at the kitchen table and then being published. From that moment on, her childhood dream was to write a novel.

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