Note, the format of my Short and Sweet reviews differs in that they simply comprise the book blurb and a short response (hence, the short and sweet).
If you like books that warm your heart, make you cry and want to read it all over again, Our Song by Dani Atkins might just hit the spot. Here’s the blurb:
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?
Tender, romantic and poignant, Our Song hooks readers with a clever premise and keeps them captivated with a slow but steady reveal of the story behind the story. A story of love gained and love lost, it sensitively weaves the stories of two couples as the past meets the present and hints at an uncertain future. All that is certain is that nothing will ever be the same again.
The writing in Our Song is well-crafted, delivering its readers a perfect bookish package: an unputdownable, emotive read with well rounded characters that gets the tears flowing and the what-if thoughts racing. As the story unfolds and the characters reveal more about themselves, good and bad, even more questions are raised. I like that in a book – I want to enjoy the experience of reading it, but I also want it to make me think. I want to be able to talk to someone about it afterwards.
Available from good bookstores. My copy was courtesy of Simon & Schuster.