Review published on March 8, 2017.
11th September 2001: Lucy and Gabe meet at Columbia University on a day that will change their lives – and the world – forever. As New York burns behind them, they kiss for the very first time. Over the next 13 years, they are torn apart, then brought back together, time and time again. It’s a journey of dreams, of desires, of jealousy, of forgiveness and, above all, of love.
As Lucy is faced with a decision she thought she’d never have to make, she wonders whether their love is a matter of destiny or chance. What if they should have been living a different life all along?
I really enjoyed this book. It followed a tried and tested formula, which is not a bad thing. However, whilst I was reading it, I didn’t quite know how things would turn out. There was an air of mystery to the book. Would Gabe turn out to be bad for Lucy and would he endanger the new love in her life, Darren? I think the book highlighted how we can love different people in different ways and that there is no right or wrong way to do this. Lucy loved both Gabe and Darren, but Gabe was the love of her life. It wasn’t her decision to break up with Gabe and when she met Darren, they made a life together. Gabe was a little selfish as he would not really let her go and kept in touch, expecting her to drop everything when he was in town.
The book is reminiscent of Me Before You. I think it will do very well and I would certainly like to know what happens to Lucy afterwards, so I hope there is a sequel planned.
It’s basically a love story but there’s also so much more to it. The book is about fate, marriage, motherhood and second chances. It is emotional and heart wrenching. A box of tissues is required.
I would not normally recommend a book like this for a book group, but I think there is enough material to provoke discussion of issues such as fate, destiny, second chances, extra marital affairs and life and death.
Dorothy Flaxman 4/4
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