Thursday, 8 February 2018

Book Review - The Story of Our Lives by Helen Warner

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Title: The Story of Our Lives
Author: Helen Warner
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: HQ
Publication Date: 8th February 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

Four friends. Twenty years. One powerful secret.
There are certain dates on which you’ll always remember where you were…The day Princess Diana died. 9/11. The London 2012 opening ceremony.

The same is true for Sophie, Emily, Amy and Melissa who have been best friends since they met twenty years ago.

As history has moved on around them, they have seen each other through everything. From Sophie’s secret fear that she doesn’t actually want to be a mother despite having two kids, to Amy’s perfect-on-the-outside-abusive-on-the inside marriage to Melissa’s spiralling alcoholism and Emily’s single motherhood.

But could a lie that spans just as long tear them apart?

A moving, unputdownable novel about four incredible friendships, and the stories we all share, The Story of Our Lives is a treat for fans of The Versions of Us and One Day.
A moving, unputdownable novel about four.

Incredibly impressive novel, where we follow the lives of four best friends over a 10 year period of their lives.  They tend to meet up for a weekend away every year, so the book is split naturally into sections, with a news headline from the time at the start of the next yearly meet up. 

From these weekends away we get to see what the girls are up to current, and then also get told as they tell each other, the highlights or lowlights of the past year.  There are always big conversations happening at these weekends and these friends live far from charmed lives. 

They all are hiding various things about themselves from each other, some more shocking than the others, some more emotional than others. 

As the book progresses you see these ladies mature from their mid twenties to mid thirties and really get to know all of them very well. They all have distinct personalities,  and the book does deal with a variety of deep issues in a sensitive manner. 

The Story Of Our Lives will feature sections that anyone can relate to, as if you haven't experienced what they are doing, the odds are you know someone that is going through something similar. 

I couldn't get enough of this book, and really was gutted that I reached the last pages.  

Thank you to Netgalley and HQ for this copy that I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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