Saturday, June 11, 2016

Then and Always

Then and Always
Dani Atkins

Genre: Chick Lit

Summary (from Amazon): For fans of One Day, What Alice Forgot, and the hit film Sliding Doors, comes an absorbing and surprising debut novel about a young woman who, after an accident, gets a second chance at life . . . just not in one she remembers.

Rachel Wiltshire has everything she’s ever wanted: a close group of friends, a handsome boyfriend, and acceptance to the journalism program at her top-choice college. But one fateful evening, tragedy tears her world apart.

Five years later, Rachel returns home for the first time to celebrate her best friend’s wedding. Still coping with her grief, she can’t stop thinking about the bright future she almost had, if only that one night had gone differently. But when a sudden fall lands her in the hospital, Rachel wakes to find that her life has completely changed. Now the people she loves most are not the way she remembers them. Unable to trust her own recollections, Rachel tries to piece together what really happened, and not even she can predict the astonishing truth.

Review: I was looking for a light, quick read, and this book fit the bill.  As I was reading it, I kept thinking that it reminded me of the movie Sliding Doors, which I very much enjoyed.  And lo and behold, the publisher even referenced Sliding Doors in the book summary above!  Although at times it was a little slow and predictable, overall I enjoyed the story, and especially loved the thought-provoking ending.

Rating: 3 stars

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