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When the opportunity came up to review the latest Shari Low book I jumped at the chance to read the latest offering from one of my favourite authors!
This is… Denise. Married to Ray, her first and only love, Denise has never for one moment regretted putting the husband she idolised on a pedestal above everyone and everything else. But, after forty years of marriage, he is gone, leaving Denise to discover that their perfect marriage was fatally flawed. Now she faces a future alone, but first she must face the betrayals of the past.
This is… Claire. The estranged daughter of Denise, the woman who put her husband before her children, Claire took the opposite path and devoted her life to raising her family, sacrificing her marriage along the way. With her teenage sons about to flee the nest, she realises she may have left it too late to find her own happy ever after.
This is the story of two women, both alone, both cautionary tales of one of motherhood’s biggest decisions. Who is more important, your partner or your children? And what happens if you make the wrong choice?
Well, Shari once again did not disappoint, I loved it! I love how shes sets up her stories, this one shows the viewpoints of two different women (a mother and daughter) over different time periods of their life. Their stories unfold and intertwine beautifully and we once again see characters from previous books written into the story.
The book delves into the lives of Denise and Claire and the decisions each make based on whether they put their children or their partner first. Both choose differently and it is interesting to then see how their lives develop. As a mother who has two children she adores, I felt more in common with Claire and felt she was definitely the more likeable of the two women. It was however, interesting to see what happens to Denise. I think women need to find a balance and both of these characters took quite extreme views at either end of the spectrum. Children have to be a priority as they depend on you when they are young, but you also have to help them grow and learn, and remember after a few years, it will be back to just you and your partner again.
I can’t recommend Shari;s novels enough, not just this one but her other’s too. I feel they are modern, honest and not the often ‘a little too frothy and happy’ that chick-lit can be if that makes sense! There is a little more grit and reality to what she write, which I really admire. Definitely one for you all to check out, go go go!
Shari Low is the No1 best-selling author of over 20 novels, including One Day In December, A Life Without You, The Story Of Our Life, With Or Without You and her latest release, Another Day In Winter. And because she likes to over-share toe-curling moments and hapless disasters, she is also the shameless mother behind a collection of parenthood memories called Because Mummy Said So. Once upon a time she met a guy, got engaged after a week, and twenty-something years later she lives near Glasgow with her husband, a labradoodle, and two teenagers who think she’s fairly embarrassing except when they need a lift.
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Thankyou to Aria for including me on this blog tour. I received the book in return for my honest review. All opinions are my own. To see other reviews of this book please check out the blogs below