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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Ten Birthdays by Kerry Wilkinson - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Poppy doesn't want to celebrate her birthday anymore, because it's the day her mother died. However, her father and friends aren't going to let her skip her special day. On her sixteenth birthday they make sure there's a party and Poppy's father has a precious gift for his daughter, a letter from her mother with the promise there will be one for each birthday in the next ten years. What effect will these letters have on Poppy and the way she sees the world?

Poppy has two close friends, Freya and Mark. They're spending all of their time together as teenagers. Later in life they will go their separate ways, but they will always stay in touch. Each year on Poppy's birthday there's a chance for her to catch up with her friends. Mark makes sure there's a special gift each time and Freya provides entertainment, with varying levels of success. Together with her father, her two best friends and the letters Poppy transitions from a teenager into a young woman.

Ten Birthdays is a beautiful impressive story. Poppy has lost her mother at a young age. Her father loves her very much and he tries to make her birthday a joyous occasion, even though it's a difficult day for Poppy. I loved how much he cares about his daughter and that is one of the things that makes the story truly amazing. Poppy is a sweet girl, but she struggles to find her place in life. Freya and Mark seem to know what they want straight away, but for Poppy figuring out what she wants takes some time. I liked this contrast very much, it makes the story interesting and gives it a lot of fabulous layers. I was incredibly curious about the changes each new year would bring in Poppy's life.

Kerry Wilkinson has written a gorgeous moving book. He has a great compelling writing style that made me read the book in one sitting. I loved how heartwarming Poppy's story is. Even though she has no idea what she wants life to bring her Poppy loves the people close to her unconditionally and they feel the same about her. For me that was the biggest strength of this book, it makes the story shine and sparkle. I highly recommend Ten Birthdays, it's a fantastic book.


If you like moving stories about family, friendship and unconditional love you don't want to miss Ten Birthdays.

About Kerry Wilkinson

Kerry Wilkinson has had No.1 bestsellers in the UK, Canada, South Africa and Singapore, as well as top-five books in Australia. He has also written two top-20 thrillers in the United States. His book, Ten Birthdays, won the RNA award for Young Adult Novel of the Year in 2018.

As well as his million-selling Jessica Daniel series, Kerry has written the Silver Blackthorn trilogy - a fantasy-adventure serial for young adults - a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter, plus numerous standalone novels. He has been published around the world in more than a dozen languages.

Originally from the county of Somerset, Kerry has spent far too long living in the north of England, picking up words like 'barm' and 'ginnel'.

When he's short of ideas, he rides his bike or bakes cakes. When he's not, he writes it all down.


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  1. Ten Birthdays sounds like an emotional, uplifting and heartfelt story about loss, love, friendship and growing up.

  2. Can't wait to read it, It sounds lovlyyy ♡

  3. Oh, wow, that sounds very touching and poignant! I'm very glad to learn about the Silver Blackthorn Trilogy too as I love YA fantasy. :D

  4. It sounds like a very emotional read.

  5. what a wonderful story this seems - would love to give it a read!

  6. Touching story. Would love to read it!

  7. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

  8. Sounds a very moving book, will be intrigued to hear what the letters say and what her Mum has to tell her.

  9. What a wonderful review Suze. I wonder what the letters say?