What’s it about?
This is the story of Ally and Charlotte, whose paths have intersected over the years though they’ve never really been close friends. Charlotte married Ally’s ex and first true love, David. Fate is about to bring them together one last, dramatic time and change their lives forever. Full of Dani’s signature warmth and emotion, this is a gripping and emotional family drama. With breath-taking plot twists, Dani explores themes of serendipity, friendship and love. She fully engages the reader in the dilemmas faced by her characters. What would you do if your husband was the love of somebody else’s life? And when faced with an agonising decision, could you put the past behind you and do the right thing?
As regular readers of my blog will know, I hardly ever read romantic novels or watch romantic films but as it so happens I was going through my book shelf after crying my eyes out at Nights in Rodanthe and just fancied something a little lighter to my usual kind of read.
I enjoyed the book although I found the storyline quite predictable and I saw all the twists coming and I wasn’t really a fan of the chapters being mixed up between the characters, having said that I appreciated the dual narrative and different perspectives – two sides to every story and all that. I found it hard to engage with Charlotte, both as a teenager and as an adult, I didn’t find her to be a nice person. Whereas I felt Ally was a more warmer character and much more likeable.
There’s a particular scene which reminded me of the Athena posters of the 80s with the man naked from the chest up holding a newborn – this was how I pictured Joe 🙂
I felt the book was about 50 odd pages too long and therefore I found myself getting a little bored but I’m glad I carried on as my god I read the last 20 pages with tears streaming down my face, I was a mess! I haven’t read a book that’s had that effect on me since Me Before You so this book is perfect if you need a good cry!
Small print for info
No of pages: 500
Publisher: Simon & Schuster