Friday 15 August 2014

Review: The Story of Us by Dani Atkins

Emma Marshall can't wait to marry her childhood sweetheart, Richard. But then a tragic accident changes everything, and introduces a stranger, Jack, into her life. Gorgeous and mysterious, Jack is like no-one Emma has met before. But Richard is the man she loves...

Two different men. 

Two different destinies. 

How will Emma end her story?

Review: this is definitely a compelling read-I picked this book up & less than 24 hours later I was done! Like Dani's other novel this story begins with a tragic accident which changes the course of our heroine's life. This unsettled me a bit because I was worried it was basically going to be the same story over again, a story of what if, but thankfully it turned out to be a completely different plot! The storyline itself is still rather tragic and I do feel somewhat wrung out having just finished it! I really liked the structure of it however. In amongst the story, there are chapters entitled The End part one and two and so on. These give you snippets at a time if how the book is going to end, I think this was a really clever way of structuring it. Each time you reach one of these chapters, you changed your mind as to who or what is being talked about as well because of what you've learnt from the main storyline!

I really liked Emma as a heroine. She is sensible and realistic and doesn't seem too scared to go for what she wants and what is right! She does make some slightly dodgy decisions along the way but I was rooting for her. There are a couple if love interests in the story as well and I don't have anything against them but I really loved Emma's friends and the part that they played in the novel-it wouldn't have been the same without them!

As I've said-I really liked the structure of this novel, but found the storyline emotionally draining. It seemed a bit like, whenever something went right for Emna, something else came along & knocked her back dine again. Now I know that this is how life works but I really wanted some good luck for her... The ending as well wasn't what I'd hoped it would be-not giving anything away! Ill admit thati did shed a tear at the end though!

This is definitely a good read, not something to pick up if you're feeling a little emotionally fragile but something for your summer reading pile that's for sure. The characters and story line are strong and it is a definite page turner. There are some beautifully philosophical phrases about love that will definitely stick with you & it will leave you wanting to hold into those around you & seize the day!

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