Letters to Iris by Elizabeth Noble
Tess has a secret - one which is going to turn her life upside down in just nine months' time.
The only person she can confide in is her beloved grandmother. But Iris is slipping further away each day.
Then chance brings a stranger into Tess's life.
Gigi's heart goes out to Tess, knowing what it's like to feel alone. She's determined to show her that there's a silver lining to every cloud.
As their unlikely friendship blossoms, Tess feels inspired to open up.
But something still holds her back - until she discovers Iris has a secret of her own. A suitcase of letters from another time, the missing pieces of a life she never shared.
Could the letters hold the answers that Tess thought lost for ever?
Tess and Gigi are strangers,both at a crossroads of their lives when they meet each other at a care home. Gigi is visiting her father-in-law and Tess, her grandmother. Gigi is the caring motherly person that Tess's mother never was and Tess finds herself confiding in her.
Tess has a boyfriend,Sean, and as he drops the bombshell that he has a new job in New York and expects her to move with him she drops the bombshell that she's pregnant. His reply is that this is not the right time for them to have a baby with all that is going on with the move to New York.
This is the crossroads where Tess stands.
Gigi, with a grown up family and a job as a midwife is not enjoying life with her husband anymore. She is feeling like she has become invisible. So does she stick it out or try life on her own? This is her crossroads.
Tess writes letters to her unborn baby telling the child how she feels. She then finds a suitcase full of letters in her grandmother's house that explains her family's past.
This is a lovely story I liked the characters of Gigi and Tess who are both being told what to do by other people and struggling to find their own identity and act on it.
There is so much more to this story and so many spoilers on Amazon that will ruin a good read for you. I'm not going to add to them.
I enjoyed this book and Elizabeth Noble's other books are worth a read too.