I Couldn't Love you More Esther Freud

Published in the Uk MAY 27TH 2021.

In the US July 13th 2021

I COULDN'T LOVE YOU MORE

Rosaleen is still a teenager, in the early Sixties, when she meets the famous sculptor Felix Lichtman. Felix is foreign, dangerous, bohemian – everything she dreamed of in the cold nights of her Catholic boarding school, and at first their life together is glitteringly romantic - drinking in Soho’s French pub, travelling to Marseilles. But it’s not long before Rosaleen finds herself fearfully, unexpectedly alone. Desperate, she seeks help from the only source she knows, the local priest, and is directed across the sea on a journey that will seal her fate. 

 

Kate lives in Nineties London with her young daughter, the promise and energy of her career as an artist stifled by the unhappiness of her marriage. But something is stirring in Kate; and as the realities of her life threaten to overwhelm her, she is forced to contemplate the mystery of her past. Close to breaking point, she heads to Ireland, not knowing what she hopes to find.

 

Aoife sits at her husband Cashel’s bedside as he lies dying, and tells him the story of their marriage: of their courtship in wartime London, their three daughters, their return from exile to the farm in County Cork. But there is a crucial part of the story missing, and, with time running out, Aoife needs Cashel to tell her: what became of Rosaleen?

 

Captivating and heartbreakingly beautiful, I Couldn’t Love You More is an unforgettable novel about love, motherhood, secrets and outright lies.

I read this new book only a few weeks ago and devoured it in two sittings. hungrily and impatient for more. it's a loving tale of motherhood through the ages while taking in how badly women have been treated simply for being women. you will weep with happiness and sadness. bravo esther..."

- Emma barnett