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Ten Birthdays: An emotional, uplifting book about love, loss and hope by [Wilkinson, Kerry]
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My heart. My poor heart… I LOVED IT. I loved everything about it, seriously: the characters are incredibly realistic and sweet and perfectly imperfect, the writing is exquisite...I WANT MORE! … This story was truly beautiful. Books are Here for You

There are going to be so many things I wish I could’ve told you in person, Poppy. I won’t get the chance to do that, so perhaps this is my only way…

It’s Poppy Kinsey’s birthday.

She should be blowing out candles and opening presents – but hers falls on the type of heart-wrenching, agonising anniversary she would far rather forget.

The worst day of them all. The day her mother died.

But this year is special because the person she misses most in the world has left her a set of letters, one for each of her next ten birthdays.

As Poppy opens them year by year, she discovers that no matter how tough life gets, her mum will always be by her side, guiding her along the way.

Fans of Cecelia Ahern and S.D. Robertson will love this page turning tear-jerker about making every moment count.

Read what everyone is saying about Ten Birthdays:

An emotional but uplifting story… This book brought tears, smiles and some laughs. I truly loved it.5* Goodreads Reviewer

Warm and heartbreaking and magical. I completely enjoyed this book to bits.’ 5* Kat with the Hat

This story was truly beautiful. Sweet, bittersweet, tragic and oh so real, yet funny and full of hope and love.Where are all the Books

This is one of those books you read that you won’t forget anytime soon…a very heartfelt book that goes through a gambit of emotional highs and lows. The Ten Birthdays blurb promised I would find an emotional, uplifting book about love, loss, and hope and it definitely did just that.’ Near Misses and Awkward Kisses

An absolutely gripping read which is quite uplifting…Loved this book…I will definitely be looking out for more from this author.’ Read Along with Sue

It was impossible to let go, even for a second. Ten birthdays has touched me enormously. In closing this book, I had only one desire, call my mother. That's what I did. This novel has the gift of making us appreciate those little moments that we share with our loved ones.’ Path of Words

Wow! This book! I have read and loved this author's Jessica Daniel series and was looking forward to this and wow! Such a stunning book! Every word perfect and there for a reason. So beautiful. Such amazing writing. LOVED Poppy, her dad, Madeline, Mark and even Freya. I fell in love with the village in Bristol that Poppy, Mark and Freya are from. From the first work to the last, I loved everything about this book. All the characters, the village, this book, will stay with me for a long time. Five stars are not enough for this brilliant masterpiece. One of my favourite reads this year!’ Renita D’Silva

Sweet, bittersweet, tragic and oh so real, yet funny and full of hope and love. It was like Kerry Wilkinson had decided to turn his words into colours to paint the most beautiful painting. I read it in one sitting, and now I'm at work, wondering what the hell to do with myself. I feel like this book broke me and put me back together.’ Books are Here for You

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1033 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Bookouture (21 April 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1786811723
  • ISBN-13: 978-1786811721
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #180,033 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ten Birthdays 17 June 2017
By JayneAJ - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I picked this up because it was on sale and I am familiar with the Jessica Daniel series by the same author. I think I've read three of those and all have easily been 4 star reads.

This was an ok read. On one hand the set up with each chapter being Poppy's birthday worked great but it had it's limitations in that I feel like we never really got to know Poppy very well. By the end, I felt that I knew Poppy's mother best of all the characters and it doesn't seem like it should be that way. Mark, Freya, Poppy's dad and stepmother were also rather superficial characters too but again, I think that's attributable to the set up.

The settings were well done and this book was certainly a pleasant way to spend a couple of evenings but I think I'll go back to the Jessica Daniels series now that they finally available again in the US.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked from the start 19 May 2017
By Diane McKinney - Published on
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I loved this story. Poppy was the heart of the story. I loved her dad and Madeline and Mark and most of the time I liked Freya. Iris is a gorgeous flower that completely wilted when taken out of her own garden. But Poppy is a bright learner, filled with life and courage that results in maturing with each experience. The letters from her mother added the connection that tied it all together. I will be reading more of his books.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ten Birthdays 21 April 2017
By Ashrae - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I love both the Jessica Daniel and Andrew Hunter series from this author and I have also read and enjoyed several of his stand alones so, even though this really isn't my genre of choice, I thought I'd give it a go. Pretty glad I did really as it does contain many of the trademark things that I love about this author's writing. I find his style very comfortable to read and I also love his characterisation, especially their interaction and, the best bit of all, their banter. All these elements were present and correct in this book.
So, Poppy is 16. Her mother died a year ago on her 15th birthday so to say that she isn't really looking forward to it would be an understatement. After a bit of a stuttered start featuring of all things a surprise party, things calm down and then her father gives her a letter. From her mother. Her dead mother. Apparently, there's one for each of her next 10 birthdays (can you see where the title comes from?!) and they contain all the things that Poppy's mum wishes she could have said to her but didn't have time, also things she wanted to be able to say to Poppy as she grows up.
Each chapter of this book is a birthday, starting at the 16th, and we see a glimpse into Poppy's current life as she opens the letter. As well as her father, Poppy's two best friends Mark and Freya, feature throughout. As it is not a traditional story in the telling, it is quite hard to think of anything else I can say that wouldn't spoil things. As you can imagine, from the age of 16, for the next 10 years, a lot changes in life. Work, relationships, location, etc etc. It's different though as much of what happens in Poppy's life happens outside the book. At the start of each chapter, we a given a catch up and we then go on to what happens on that particular birthday.
What I can say more about I think are the letters. Oh they are wonderful! I wish I'd had something like that growing up, not necessarily letters from someone gone, but just someone to have said some of the things in the letters to me, support me like Poppy's mum supported her. Oh gosh, some of this made me cry (in a good way).
I have already mentioned characterisation, one of the things this author excels at, and here we have just the four main characters in what is a very character driven book so they need to be strong. I found them all to be brilliantly described and totally credible. I especially loved the way the three younger characters changed through the years. How they grew up, where they went, who they met, what happened next... I guess, you could have Poppy's mother as a fifth character as she definitely had a voice. And what a voice! The warmth and humour in her letters really complemented the contents; the love and support.
By page count, this is not a very long read, but oh my, it contains such a lot. It's a book I would have loved to read at 16 (many many years ago) but I also think it works for the more mature reader as a lot of the things described are ageless. Be prepared to go on an emotional journey though, albeit a very uplifting one.

My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad, heartfelt, uplifting, and wonderful! 31 May 2017
By Just North of Normal Book Blog - Published on
TEN BIRTHDAYS by Kerry Wilkinson is a teen contemporary novel appropriate for readers 14+.

Kerry Wilkinson is a new author to me. I scored a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley based on the premise and the beautiful cover, and I'm so glad they approved my request!

This blurb promised I would find an emotional, uplifting book about love, loss, and hope and it definitely delivered just that.

Poppy Kinsey’s 16th birthday falls on the anniversary of her mother’s death. While most kids are excited to eat birthday cake and open presents, Poppy would rather avoid the day altogether. She doesn’t want a party, and she definitely doesn’t want visitors over celebrating. This birthday turns out to be very special though. Her father reveals that her mom has left her 10 letters, one of which she will open on each of her next 10 birthdays. Each year Poppy opens a letter, and her mother’s heart and wisdom pours from her words to guide Poppy through the challenges in life. From these letters, Poppy learns of her mother’s past and most importantly how to live life to the fullest.

I read this book in two days! This is one of those books that sticks with you, and I won’t forget it anytime soon. It's a ten-chapter book, with each chapter covering one of Poppy’s birthdays and the events leading up to and after her opening her mom’s birthday letter. What's so special about this story is her mom’s letters always seems to address exactly what's going on in Poppy’s life; whether that’s mediocre grades at school, lack of motivation, self-esteem issues, friend problems, or love problems.

The character development is also rich. I really felt I was in Poppy's shoes, feeling her struggles as she navigates her teenage and young adult years. Poppy has two best friends Mark and Feya, who stole my heart but also frustrated me to no end. Both have a different but substantial impact on Poppy’s life through these 10 years.

This is a heartfelt story that runs the gambit of emotions from high highs to low lows. The sad parts aren’t necessarily tearjerkers, but they definitely pulled my heart strings. This is set in England, and the author is clearly British, so some words may be confusing to readers unfamiliar with UK colloquialisms, such as the loo, aka restroom. I can’t compare this story to anything else I've ever read, but the book’s blurb does indicate it may appeal to fans of Cecelia Ahern and S.D. Robertson. I recommend this for readers over the age of 14.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A joy to read! 20 May 2017
By Christine Terrell - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Gosh, I hated to see this end—such a sweet story! I have just recently discovered Kerry Wilkinson as he has within the past year signed on with one of my favorite publishing houses Bookouture. He appears to be quite versatile, writing crime fiction, fantasy, dystopian/science fiction, and now real life stuff. Most of his novels are crime fiction, with two series ongoing. He is really prolific for a younger author; for example, his Jessica Daniel series has eleven installments already. He also has five books coming out in the next year, including four standalones. Ten Birthdays is a nice change of pace for Mr. Wilkinson, something very different from all of his other books. I am a big crime fiction/thriller fan and loved the first book in the Jessica Daniel series. I am also fascinated with authors who can successfully write in different genres so thought I would give this one a go.

The protagonist of Ten Birthdays is Poppy Kinsey, age 16 at the start of the story. This is a shorter novel and consists of 10 chapters, each one focusing on Poppy’s birthday between ages 16 and 25. Poppy’s mum died on her daughter’s 15th birthday. She left Poppy 10 letters, one to be read on each of her next 10 birthdays. What we get are 10 slices of Poppy’s life, each accompanied by a thoughtful note from her deceased mum who continues to guide her daughter with sage advice regarding this difficult thing called life.

It was so fun to watch Poppy grow and mature in her thoughts, her relationships, and her confidence. And to follow her journey with those most important to her—her two best friends, Mark and Freya, and her father. I must say, Mr. Wilkinson does an excellent job portraying thoughts, gestures, and talk of older teens and young women. He nails their emotions beautifully. The author states in a letter to the reader at the end of the book that many of Poppy’s thoughts and experiences are his own, which made the book all that more endearing to me.

One small criticism I have is that I wish the book had been a little longer in order to bring out Poppy’s character just a bit more. I would have liked a little more depth to her thoughts regarding the impact of her mum’s letters, the reasons why she did not embrace her artistic talent early on, and her complex feelings about Mark. But again, we are dealing with one day a year in 10 years of Poppy’s life, and I respect that this format does not lend to maximal character development.

Overall, this little tale was a joy to read. I am smiling from ear to ear with the knowledge that I have a lot of Kerry Wilkinson ahead of me. I plan to read all his thrillers, but would definitely love to see more in the vein of Ten Birthdays! Highly recommended.

Thank you to Net Galley and Bookouture for an electronic copy of this book. The opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way.

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