Blog Tour Review – If I Could Say Goodbye by Emma Cooper

Oooh! Another absolute belter from Emma Cooper.

So excited when I was asked to be part of the blog tour and shout loud about this beautiful book.

About the book

Jennifer Jones’ life began when her little sister, Kerry, was born. So when her sister dies in a tragic accident, nothing seems to make sense any more.

Despite the support of her husband, Ed, and their wonderful children, Jen can’t comprehend why she is still here, while bright, spirited Kerry is not.

When Jen starts to lose herself in her memories of her sister, she doesn’t realise that the closer she feels to Kerry, the further she gets from her family.

Jen was never able to say goodbye to her sister. But what if she could?

Would you risk everything if you had the chance to say goodbye?

So what did I think?


I absolutely adored this book. It was heart-wrenching but heartwarming. It was brilliant and beautiful. It made me laugh and it made me cry. Lots of tears. Lots of snotty, ugly tears. Cheers for that Emma!

Emma’s writing was once again outstanding and inspires me to be a better writer. Her words just go straight to your heart and she questions everything that you would do faced with a similar situation. The sisterly love in this book is written about incredibly and I feel that Emma’s already brilliant writing is growing with each book she writes.

While this book was about grief and the journey that grief takes you on, it was counterbalanced with love, light and laughter too. And I have to mention that Ed was one of my most favourite characters ever in a book. His characterisation was absolutely perfect. Although so were Jennifer and Kerry too. Their relationship was purely perfect.

This book gave me all the feels! And I would highly recommend it!

Don’t just take my word for it. There’s a blog tour going on for this beautiful book right now. Check out what the other bloggers are saying too.

About the author

Emma Cooper is a former teaching assistant, who lives in Shropshire, with her partner and four children. Her spare time consists of writing novels, drinking wine and watching box-sets with her partner of twenty-four years, who still makes her smile every day.

Her debut, The Songs of Us was snapped up in multiple pre-empts and auctions and is now being translated into seven different languages.

Emma has always wanted to be a writer – ever since her childhood, she’s been inventing characters (her favourite being her imaginary friend ‘Boot’) and is thrilled that she now gets to use this imagination to bring to life all of her creations.

The Songs of Us was inspired by Emma’s love of music and her ability to almost always embarrass herself, and her children, in the most mundane of situations. She was so fascinated by the idea of combining the two, that she began to write Melody’s story. Working full-time with a large family meant that Emma had to steal snippets of ‘spare’ time from her already chaotic and disorganised life; the majority of her novel was written during her lunchtime in a tiny school office. She never expected to fall so deeply in love with the King family and is overwhelmed that others feel the same.

She has three loves in life: reading, writing and her family…oh, and music, cheese, pizza, films – Maths is not one of her talents.

Emma keeps in touch with her readers and loves to hear from them on twitter @ItsEmmacooper and on her website:

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