Monday, 28 January 2013

Book Two - 7 Days to say I love you by Ashley Hames

I chose to read this book after spending some time flicking through my kindle for a book that wasn't too big so that I could get this year's 52 book challenge back on track but I also wanted to read something different. I wasn't sure what I was going to get myself into when I looked at the excerpt and didn't know how such a book would make me feel. It is the true story of a young man who discovers that his father is dying of terminal liver cancer and how it affects his life and the life of his family. I knew straight away that this read would be different (and difficult) but I simply had no idea how different.

First of all I must say that I have never come across Ashley Hames before, he is a broadcaster, a presenter and a writer but I have never seen any of his work before. But after reading this very personal and emotional story I feel as if I know him better that a lot of the people in my life! If you are looking for an edge of your seat thriller or the latest action filled blockbuster then this book isn't for you. But if you are looking for something that will move you and get to you emotionally and spiritually and something that will be thought provoking on all levels then read this.

I could go on about '7 days' until my fingers go numb but I think I will sum it up by saying that it is simply emotionally powerful, encouraging, helpful and thought provoking. I will say something now that I haven't had the chance to say before as well. I like books that make me feel something, whether that is joy, excitement, fear, happiness or sadness but this is the ONLY book I have ever read where I have been in tears at the end. Real tears. I was emotional touched by this man's story and I am sure he was feeling each and every emotion as he wrote those final devastating accounts of his father's farewell. I'm sure 7 days to say I love you will be a great help to anybody who is grieving or who has gone through the loss of a loved one. I am not going through anything like that at the moment but it has helped me on an emotional level as I go through the many challenges life has thrown at me. I work as an Oncology nurse and I feel this book has given me more than just an insight into what families go through, it has opened my mind.

This book will linger with me.I'd really love to see a photo of Ashley's father and I wish I had had the pleasure of knowing him. 5/5


  1. Sounds like quite an emotional read. Not usually my cup of tea, but will check it out.

  2. Yep it's not an edge of your seat thriller but that's not what it's about. It makes you think and is a true life account.Very emotional in parts. Thanks for popping by my blog Robin and thanks for your fabulous 52 books in 52 weeks :)Looking forward to another year of reading what everyone else is reading and also your brill posts.

  3. I enjoy reading all types of books, and this one sounds good. I love fiction, but there are times when an emotional story is just what I need to keep life in perspective and help me live in appreciation of all that God has blessed me with, especially my family and friends. Thanks for sharing this book. I am definitely going to look it up. And thanks for stopping by my blog. :-)