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‘For those of you who have ever wondered about your first love or thought about the one that got away, this story will speak to your heart. I read it in one sitting – and it’s heart-breakingly brilliant’ (The Sun)
‘This breathtakingly brilliant novel left us sobbing our hearts out’ (Heat)
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‘With a spellbinding insight into friendship, family and the fragility of life, this real tear-jerker of a novel is captivating from start to finish’ (The Lady)
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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?
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This story is about two women who both find themselves in the awful limbo of waiting in the relatives room of the intensive care unit of the same hospital. The two women Charlotte and Ally are nervously awaiting news on their husbands who's lives both hang in the balance... but they have more in common than that, it turns out that Charlotte and Ally have met before...
Ally and joe are married with a young child. Joe is in hospital after having fallen through ice whilst trying to rescue a child's dog. Charlotte and David are married and David is in hospital after suffering a heart attack and has found to have a severe heart problem. As if that isn't stressful enough for the two women, they are long lost rivals. Ally had previously dated David whilst at university and has always wondered what part Charlotte had to play in their relationship breaking down, she has always believed she must have been seeing David behind her back and has spent all her time trying to forget about her but now they have to spend the most stressful night of their lives within a very small space together.
What is beautiful about this book is that it gives you a real insight into relationships and how complex they can be- things are never straight forward, there are always many more sides to a story and these can have a big impact upon your life's course. When reading this book I was really able to get to know the characters and how they all viewed what happened, it enabled me, as a reader, to be able to relate to the characters and feel for them.
I also became suspicious of Charlotte, wondering if she had betrayed Ally and was really eager to keep reading to find out what exactly happened but not just that, I wanted to know how they would cope with it now, whilst waiting to hear about their husbands- would they just put it behind them or would it be too raw and painful to do so?
When reading this is did make me lose a few tears and I was very moved. It was emotional to put myself in the position of the wives of the husbands, to imagine what it must be like to be waiting on news and not knowing what would happen to their loved ones, to see the hospital staff fighting to save them whilst all they can do is sit and wait... I don't often get a lump in my throat whilst reading so to have done so and shed a tear or two is the sign of a very well written book.
This is a beautiful book with lots of important things to think about. It will stay with me for a long time, I have found myself thinking about it a lot since I have finished reading. I highly recommend it, it's a beautiful book with some brilliantly crated characters that will leave an imprint.
David met Ally at University and they fell in love and thought that they would be together forever
Charlotte fell in love with David the moment she met him
Jake met Ally and slowly he realised that she was the one for him
One night many years later, the lives of all these 4 people come crashing together, old wounds are opened and memories brought back. Can these 4 people, under the most terrible circumstances, realise that time can heal and secrets that have been held for many many years be finally given up and revealed.
This is not just some soppy romance but heart breaking and moving story which will stay with you for a long time after you have finished the last page. It will also make you realise how important the loved ones in your life really are.
If you enjoyed ‘One Day’ by David Nicholls then you will truly love ‘Our Song’.
There was a lot of padding out, unnecessary detail, which I found myself skipping over and getting back to the dialogue, I never took to any of the characters, felt no connection with them. Even at the very end, David says something to Ally and I felt it spoilt the storyline as it was uneccesary, and for a moment I felt sorry for Charlotte.
I wouldn't go as far as saying "I will never read a book by this author again", because the plot was good, it was the execution of that plot that needed polishing. There was some excellent writing in parts, especially towards the end with Jake and Joe, but large parts were padding out to make the word count up.
The real hero of the book is Ally's husband Joe who saves countless lives from the children and dog he dives into the icy water to save to also what happens towards the end of the book. As for Charlotte, I did find her not a particularly likeable character as a lot of what happens is down to her and her own selfishness. A very insecure individual. Fate and tragedy plays a big part in bringing all these characters together but I did really feel one family benefited more then the other from the natural conclusion to this story which was very cleverly done.
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