#BookReview: If They Could See Me Now by Denise Welch

What’s it about?

Have you ever wondered if you made the right choices? Harper Clarke has…

Harper reminds me of many of the women I’ve known and cared about over the years. Now that her children are close to flying the nest, she is looking across the table and thinking, Is this really how my life was meant to be?

As women, we make sacrifices for our children, for our husbands and for our families. Some are worth it and some we may regret. But there comes a point when it’s time to follow our own hearts. This is the story of what happens when we do.

My thoughts

First off I’m going to admit that I don’t read a lot of women’s fiction as it’s not my preferred read, but this was sent to me out of the blue and has been on my shelf for ages.  I’m currently trying to read all outstanding ARC’s so picked this up for a change to the norm.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book which made me feel so angry towards the main character!

Obviously the reader is meant to feel sympathetic towards protagonist Harper, but I just couldn’t. Ok, her husband may have been cheating and his verbal assaults were on another level but she let him continue and then had sex with him. I didn’t need 350 pages of this to determine the guy was a prick and that was going to be justification for leaving, I had that wrapped up in the first few chapters.  What really got to me was how he bullied the younger daughter and although she told him not to do it, he continued and she let him, it’s no wonder the girl had issues.  This made me so mad!  What I got from her was that her lifestyle was more important – shallow!  I actually got the majority of my thoughts down here before I had even finished the book because of how incensed it made me.

Anyway, aside from that I suspect Denise Welch will have a successful future with any novels as fans of hers would buy them based on her career to date.  Having said that the book I thought the book was reasonably well written with decent secondary characters and I could see what see was trying to achieve.  Although given the title If They Could See Me Now, I would have expected more from what happened after rather than 90% of before and during.  Some books just don’t match their readers, and this was the case for me and this book unfortunately but I appreciated the chance to read it.

Book links: Goodreads | Waterstones | Amazon

Author links: Twitter | Website

Small print for info
Source: ARC – many thanks!
No of pages: 400
Publisher: Sphere


  1. 12th September 2017 / 10:53 am

    Oooo, I would have found that incredibly annoying too! Particularly not stepping in to tell the guy to lay off the daughter and then smacking him if he didn’t listen!
    Most of the reason I struggle with books is when the main character and I just don’t get on!

    • 24th September 2017 / 4:23 pm

      My mum told me I was too harsh on this book and that I shouldn’t judge as I wouldn’t know how I would react in that situation. Well I know I wouldn’t let him get away with that.

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