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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.
©2016 Emily Bleeker (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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By Sam on 08-05-16

Father's poignant struggle to move forward after wife's death

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!

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By chelschels1 on 04-18-16

Loved this Story!

I so loved this story. It was beautiful. I downloaded it to listen to at work, and I also bought the Kindle version to read when I was at home. So well written, although a bit cheesey at some parts. I got teary at many parts, and at others I downright bawled. There are so many emotional moments, unexpected twists, and a bit of humor. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.

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By Kindle Customer on 01-25-18


This book was so sad at times funny at others but so well put together

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By Nicola B on 09-07-17

Really enjoyable

This isn't the sort of book I usually really read. I tend to stick to crime, supernatural type stories. However I really did enjoy this book. I found myself listening at times I wouldn't normally. The story was interesting and different but it was easy listening. I like the narrator and bought into the characters. I would happily recommend this book as a good all round listen.

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By Kim (_booksarelove) on 10-03-16

Audiobook review: when I'm gone

I really liked this book. It started out a little slow but towards the end there were just so many twists and turns that you didn't see coming and they were so brilliant!! This book was really well written and performed wonderfully. I really enjoyed listening to it!

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