About a year ago, my friend Heather recommended me a book: Our Song by Dani Atkins. As always whenever someone recommends me a novel, I purchased it, but it sat on my bedside table for months prior to me finally picking it up for the 2017 Reading Challenge.
Title: Our Song
Author: Dani Atkins
Category: #2 A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long
“You say goodbye to the people you love thousands of times in a lifetime: every time they walk out of the front door; every time you hang up the phone; every waved farewell. You just never know which of those goodbyes is going to be the last one.”
Told from the dual perspectives of two women, Ally and Charlotte, this novel follows the lives of their husbands and themselves. When all four find themselves in the same hospital on the same night thanks to an unexpected dramatic event, their pasts unfold and unravel.
The writing in this novel is beautiful and the four characters are all wonderfully well developed. Although the plot twists are predictable, the conclusion left me an emotional wreck.
Pitched as a contemporary for fans of Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, the parallels are identifiable, yet the plot is entirely different. Undoubtedly, this novel could have been condensed, as at times it felt the same issues were being addressed. Despite this, the final 100 pages more than made up for the slow-burner of a build-up. I will certainly be discovering more of Dani Atkins works in the not too distant future.
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