2017

This Love – Dani Atkins

this love

Book: 480 pages (Paperback and eBook)

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (23 Mar. 2017)

Book Description:

Sophie Winter lives in a self-imposed cocoon – she’s a single, 31-year-old translator who works from home in her one-bedroom flat. This isn’t really the life she dreamed of, but then Sophie stopped believing in dreams when she was a teenager and tragedy struck her family.

So, to be safe, she keeps everyone at arm’s length. Sophie understands she has a problem, but recognising it and knowing how to fix it are two entirely different things.

One night a serious fire breaks out in the flat below hers. Sophie is trapped in the burning building until a passer-by, Ben, sees her and rescues her.

Suddenly her cocoon is shattered – what will be the consequences of this second life-changing event?

My review:

I was given a copy of this book at the Books and the City Spring Blogger Event and having heard Dani Atkins read an extract from it, I couldn’t wait to start it.

The book follows the story of Sophie and Ben from their chance meeting on the night Sophie’s home burns down. Ben happens to be in the right place at the right time and he saves her – in more ways than one.

As the story progresses, we learn about Sophie’s secret from her past and we meet Ben’s very strange group of friends who all have one thing in common, and it’s the thing Sophie fears the most.

I love the relationship Sophie has with her best friend Julia and her husband Gary and I love the warmth and friendship shown by Carla, Ben’s friend.

As I always do, I was trying to second guess the twists and turns this story would take – I came close a couple of times but wasn’t quite right! It won’t be what you think it is!! I was also really worried that Ben was going to turn into a bit of a nasty, horrible, evil character – I won’t ruin the story for you but when you reach the part that answers that question, you really feel for everyone involved!

A beautiful story about love, loss, living with loss and how to live with life too. I cried a lot at the end. Especially the very end. A fabulous read, well done Dani!

 

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