Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Our Song by Dani Atkins

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?

Our Song is the first book I have read by Dani Atkins but it sure will not be the last as this book has just taken my heart and broken it in two, I haven't felt so emotional and overwhelmed whilst reading a book since I read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. 

At the beginning of Our Song we see the events which lead to Joe and David fighting for their lives in Intensive care, and as Joe's wife Ally is waiting in the relatives room for news on her husbands condition David's wife Charlotte arrives and with it Ally's past comes back with a bang.

I had been struggling to settle into a new book but as soon as I opened this book I was absorbed into the storyline right from the first page and before long I had finished all 500 pages and sat emotionally drained as though I had been waiting in those daunting four walls with Ally and Charlotte waiting with bated breathe to see what was going to happen to both of these gentle loving and caring brave young men. 

This book needs the big old Kleenex warning on the front, I'm not talking a lump in your throat I am talking about big loud sobbing and streaming tears as this storyline really is going to break your heart. The writing style was so easy to follow and pulls you in quickly and holds your attention all the way through as I sat on the edge of my seat eager for news. The raw emotion that this author has poured into this storyline is so believable and could be felt through the pages. I was a little unsure of how coincidental the situation was in the book but this was soon over shadowed thanks to the wonderfully engaging characters and the heartbreaking storyline.

There were a few hidden surprises along the way and having the suspense factor on top of the emotional feelings just heightened the emotional journey. 

I can not believe we are only just stepping into 2016 and yet I feel like I have already found one of the top 10 books of 2016. I can not wait to delve into this authors previous books now.

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