Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Review: The Story of Our Lives by Helen Warner

The Story of Our Lives
by Helen Warner

Pages: 400
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  A moving, unputdownable novel about four lifelong friends, the milestones they've survived...and the one thing that might change everything. 

There are certain events you'll always remember where you were and who you were with...and the friends who have commiserated and celebrated every amazing first date, bad breakup, dubious haircut and dream job along the way. Sophie, Emily, Amy and Melissa have been best friends since they were girls. They have seen each other through everything--from Sophie's private fear that she doesn't actually want to be a mother despite being mom to two kids, to Amy's perfect-on-the-outside marriage that starts to reveal troubling warning signs, to Melissa's spiraling alcoholism, to questions around the paternity of Emily's son. But could a lie that spans just as long as their friendship be the thing that tears them apart? 

Four friends. Twenty years. One powerful secret.

Kritters Thoughts:  Four friends from college get together every year.  And over the twenty year span in this book these friends all have ups and downs and share them all with each other.

One thing I loved about the book was how the chapters were grouped a few per year as time was progressing and she gave a historical marker to signify that year.  It helped me get in the mindset of that year.  It made me think about how often we mark our lives by historical events that are around use, whether they affected us personally or not.

I also appreciated that within each year one of the four girls was a little more prominent and their individual storyline moved forward more than the other girls within each year and they took turns with ease.  

This book was all around plotted well.  I loved the way it was presented and loved that each girl had a bit of drama, but nothing felt over the top.  

To send a warning, this book is sent in England and Ireland, but if you are like a few readers I know I wouldn't stay away from this one.  There are a few English terms and such throughout, but this book could be set anywhere!

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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