Songs for your Mother is the debut release from Gordon Macmillian and is it a book that will make you feel so many emotions all at once.
I’m greeted by the strangest sight. A small dark-haired boy is standing there. It’s like he’s a human parcel, delivered to my front door.
‘My name is Luke,’ he says.
When Johnny meets Lauren in a bar in Santa Cruz, there’s an instant connection. On an American road trip with best friend Will, Johnny promises to return to the girl who has stolen his heart.
Until tragedy strikes, forcing Johnny to fly back home without ever seeing Lauren again.
Six years later, Johnny is living his life in London, even if he’s never forgotten the girl with the grey eyes and dark hair.
Until one September morning, he opens his door to find a little boy standing there – a child, Johnny quickly comes to learn, who was created that one magical night. Lauren is dying, and her last wish is to reunite five-year-old Luke with the father he doesn’t yet know.
Thrown into unexpected parenthood, Johnny finds himself navigating school-gate politics, Disney movies and tantrums, guided by the notes Lauren has written for him.
Life as an instant dad isn’t always easy, but as Johnny and Luke open their hearts to each other, Johnny is about to discover that life’s joy isn’t always where you expected it.
Songs for your Mother is a stunning debut. It’s an emotional rollercoaster. It will break your heart, mend it and warm it. It will make you cry tears of laughter and of sadness. It will make you feel happy, it will make you feel numb and every other emotion in between.
One of those rare gems, Songs for your Mother is book that hurts, heals and uplifts you. You feel as if the characters are your own friends and become so invested in them.
It’s hard to believe that this is Gordon’s debut novel and we cannot wait to read more from him. This is a book you will pass on to your friends and family to read as you will rave about is so much they will want to read it too.
You can get a copy here!