Now and again I like a book that just takes me away from “now.” Not a historical book, not a deep dive into anything – just a diversion for a day. The Story of Our Lives by Helen Warner was just that for me. I thank TLC Book Tours for offering me the escape I was seeking. They sent me a copy at no charge for my honest review.
About The Story of Our Lives:
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Graydon House (February 6, 2018)
They think nothing can tear their bond apart, until a long-buried secret threatens to destroy everything.
Every year they have met up for a vacation, but their time away is much more than just a bit of fun. Over time, it has become a lifesaver, as each of them struggles with life’s triumphs and tragedies.
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 having two kids, to Amy’s perfect-on-the-outside marriage that starts to reveal troubling warning signs, to Melissa’s spiraling alcoholism, to questions that are suddenly bubbling up 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?
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About the Author:
Helen Warner is head of daytime for Channel 4, where she is responsible for shows such as Come Dine With Me and Deal Or No Deal. Previously she worked for ITV where she launched the daytime talk show Loose Women and was editor of This Morning. She lives in East Anglia with her husband and their two children.
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Four friends go away for a girls’ weekend every year – when they can – to decompress, relax, reaffirm their friendship, share their lives and support each other through good and bad. Each one has a distinctive story and sometimes they overlap and sometimes one friend is the focus. The chapters start with a real life event ie: Princess Diana’s death, the Challenger disaster, 9/11, and so on to place the reader in time and remind them of one of the biggest bits of news of that year. The book then moves back and forth in time within each chapter slowly building each woman’s story – not necessarily in time order. (This did take a little getting used to.)
The four core women each have their lives outside of their friendship but little is seen of those lives for these women but for Sophie who is, of any of them, the main character. She arranges their weekends and the other women’s stories involve her in ways big and small. She is a well developed and complicated character – at times a bit one note but for the most part I’d like to have her on my side. The other women are complex and simple all at the same time. I wondered if their secrets were there for the sole reason to bring attention to them. I don’t want to go any deeper into them so as to not ruin plot points but they cover the major sins as it were.
The book, it’s prose that is, was very easy to read. At times the topics covered made it a bit of challenge which is fine. Reading should challenge us at times. It should make us think further than the book in front of our eyes – hopefully to educate even to make a change. Chick lit doesn’t have to just be light and fluffy – not to say that there isn’t a lot of light, happy moments in this book. I doubt I’m ruining anything by saying that there is happiness found within the covers of the novel. It is a solid book dealing with challenging issues of love, friendship, marriage, work/life balance and more. I will look forward to more from Ms. Warner in the future.
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