When I'm Gone: A Novel

When I'm Gone: A Novel

by Emily Bleeker


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Dear Luke,
First let me say—I love you…I didn’t want to leave you…

Luke Richardson has returned home after burying Natalie, his beloved wife of sixteen years, ready to face the hard job of raising their three children alone. But there’s something he’s not prepared for—a blue envelope with his name scrawled across the front in Natalie’s handwriting, waiting for him on the floor of their suburban Michigan home.

The letter inside, written on the first day of Natalie’s cancer treatment a year ago, turns out to be the first of many. Luke is convinced they’re genuine, but who is delivering them? As his obsession with the letters grows, Luke uncovers long-buried secrets that make him question everything he knew about his wife and their family. But the revelations also point the way toward a future where love goes on—in written words, in memories, and in the promises it’s never too late to keep.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503953383
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 03/15/2016
Pages: 355
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Emily Bleeker is a former educator who learned to love writing while teaching her students’ writer’s workshop. After surviving a battle with a rare form of cancer, she finally found the courage to share her stories, starting with her debut novel, Wreckage. A fully recovered “secret writer,” Emily now spends her days wrangling four kids while planning out plotlines and writing about the people in her head. She currently lives with her family in suburban Chicago. Connect with her or request a Skype visit with your book club at www.emilybleeker.com.

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When I'm Gone 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
BlackAsh13 More than 1 year ago
Main character, Luke Richardson, has just lost his wife to cancer. Now he has to begin life alone as a single dad to three kids. As he begins to adjust to his new life, he begins receiving letter from his deceased wife. The letters are in her handwriting but have no return address. Luke has no idea who is sending the letters but he quickly looks forward to their arrival. Things begin to take a turn when the oldest child discovers something that leads himto believe he was adopted. Luke's investigation into this, plus the mention in his wife's letters of a mysterious man that Luke does not know, begin the unwinding of the secrets that his wife kept from him. The story is wheel written and moves at a steady pace. I found myself consistently interested despite the lack of any major major climactic moments. Woven within the main story, you also have the growing relationship between Luke and his wife's best friend, who also received her post-mortem letter from her friend, a school guidance counselor who's interested in more than just the kids, and, of course, the nasty mother-in-law. In the end, I found myself wanting the story to continue, which is a feeling I don't usually experience. It was a story of love, loss, trust and friendship that I would recommend as a good adult read
sandrabrazier More than 1 year ago
Luke’s cherished wife, Natalie, died after a long struggle with cancer. You can imagine his astonishment when he begins receiving blue envelopes that contain a letter from her, written in her own handwriting. As more letters in the blue envelopes arrive, Luke finds he is waiting for them, hanging onto them for dear life. By reading and rereading his wife’s words, he finds that they are helping him to survive and to care for his family. In these letters, Natalie gives Luke advice to start dating again. She includes recipes that are favorites of the children. She reminisces about their life together. Finally, she shares some secrets that she dared not share with him during her lifetime. But who is sending these letters? And why? This is an easy read but a very interesting one. The author’s writing is so smooth, the reader forgets she is reading. The characters are all very realistic and interesting, making them effective instruments to tell the author’s story. The mystery is compelling. I did not guess all the answers to Luke’s mystery. I wonder if you will.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Natalie has passed away and left her husband and three kids while in the prime of their family life. As Luke has come home to a now empty home, no wife and no mother-in-law, he finds a letter in his late wife's handwriting with instructions and the promise of more letters to come. He will live by these letters and they will create hope and heartache as he learns of secrets that his wife had in the last moments of her life that she is now sharing through letters. I adored this book. The ups and downs and twists and turns came at just the right moments and just as I thought the story was concluding the author sent me down a completely different path than I expected and I loved it.
Sam1219 More than 1 year ago
After losing his wife to cancer, father of 3, Luke Richardson, is trying to find his way forward when suddenly he begins receiving letters from his deceased wife. At first a source of comfort, the letters later hint at secrets that make Luke wonder if he ever knew his wife at all. As Luke unravels the mysteries in his wife's past, we learn more about the trauma in his own history. The novel is extremely well written, and the actor chosen for the audiobook narration did an excellent job conveying the myriad of emotions Luke goes through as he tells his story. I thoroughly enjoyed When I'm Gone and look forward to more from Emily Bleeker, but be forewarned: have a box of Kleenex on hand before you begin reading this one!
PagesofComfort More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars! I received a free copy of this ebook from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All I can say right now is wow. I just finished reading this book and I have a feeling it's going to stick with me for a while. I really couldn't believe some of the things that happened in here! Luke's wife Natalie passes away after battling cancer, leaving him with three children to raise on his own. Her best friend, Annie, is there to help, along with a student Natalie went to college with, Jessie. Right after Natalie's funeral, Luke starts receiving letters from Natalie, written during her last few months of life. Throughout these letters, Luke learns that his wife had secrets, and he's not sure how he feels about that. The more the letters reveal, the more Luke feels like he didn't really know his wife and he goes on a search to find the truth. When I first started reading this book, I honestly thought it was going to be like P.S. I Love You. And while I liked that movie (I'll admit, I didn't read the book), I didn't want to read something else exactly like it. But I gave it a few more chapters and realized that it wasn't anything like it, other than letters coming from your spouse who passed. There were a few things in here that I had a slight idea about, but I was genuinely surprised about a lot of this! I found my self yelling out loud, "WHAT?!" and "Seriously?!" Good thing my husband wasn't home to think I'm crazy! Ha! But honestly, I was really surprised by some of the events in here and I really liked how this book was written. Luke was really easy to connect with and Annie and Jessie were great supporting characters. There were so many things going on in this story that it was easy to stay hooked the entire time. I would highly recommend this one! I haven't read Bleeker's other book yet, Wreckage, but I plan to now! pagesofcomfort.blogspot.com
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
A beautiful story written as heartache unfolds for a family...... husband Luke & his 3 children are trying to find a new life for themselves, with the help of 2 friends, in the wake of their wife & mother's death. Not only are they dealing with the loss of their family, a mystery starts to play out & it leads Luke to realize that even though he & his wife were together for a long time they still had secrets. This story is so interesting, so glad I read it. ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
CiannaElizabeth More than 1 year ago
Outstanding! Emily Bleeker is a New to Me Author, but I saw this cover as a book selection for NerdGirl, and I just connected with it, so I had to pick up this book! I'm completely thrilled that I did, and would not regret reading this. This story connects with the reader on a deep emotional level, as we come into the story with Luke, a grieving husband who now has to raise kids on his own, and he receives a letter from his departed wife. As the letters continue to come, the story and mystery surrounding Natalie comes to light. There're various aspects of Natalie's life that Luke never knew about, and one by one, the letters start revealing the pieces to him and making his head spin. We meet Natalie and Luke, along with her friend Annie, and Jessie. Each character is written so well, and so complex that you regularly swap back and forth on if you like the character. As things get brought to light, you're taken on an emotional rollercoaster, and it makes this book a fantastic read. I was drawn in quickly, read it in a few days, and shed a few tears. I'm impressed with the skill of the author because this isn't an easy subject or an easy plot to write on, and she blew it out of the water. I loved the dynamic between the characters and the added tension the letters brought. I would recommend this to fans of emotional stories, as well as mysteries because it's got great characteristics of both. I loved how this book was slightly similar in concept to "P.S I love You" which I loved in both book and movie form, and the basic letter idea is all that it had in common, but if you enjoyed that book, this would be perfect for you. It tugs at your heart strings, makes you mind race, and makes to think of the big picture of life and death, and how to move on. Very well done, and I look forward to reading more from this author! Fantastic! *I received a copy of this book in exchange for honest review. All opinions are my own. The review has been done in conjunction with NerdGirl. For more information, find them on Facebook.