The Story of Our Lives by Helen Warner *Review+Book Tour+Giveaway*

Thank you so much TLC Book Tours and Graydon House for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and for having me on this book tour.

Following four best friends over the course of many years, this book explores hard topics such as abuse, miscarriages, and betrayal, but even more importantly tells the story of love, friendship, and family.  I give this genuine story of friendship standing the test of time 4 out of 5 stars!

Goodreads Synopsis

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?

My Experience

At first I wasn’t too sure about this book, it took me a little bit to get used to the format and the way she jumps around in time, but after a while I got the hang of it and really started to get invested in the characters.   Four friends, each very different with very different paths taken in life, I loved each of them.  Most of all though I loved Sophie.  She wasn’t perfect and made some bad mistakes but she was so caring and genuine as a friend.  I would really like to have a friend like her.  Amy’s story was heartbreaking, being a victim of abuse as well it was hard to read, but it felt very accurate to how these situations go for many people.  It was beautiful to watch Amy grow and how much her friends stood by her side and helped her.  Melissa was the wild one and I have known many people like her, I don’t agree with anything she did and how her friends handled the situation was exactly what she needed.  Lastly, there was Emily’s story line.  It wasn’t necessarily the biggest or most focused story line in the book but it did play a huge part and I am still not sure what I would have done in her position.

I will say that about 20 pages before the twist, which was only in the last 40 pages of the book, did I guess what was coming.  I kind of pride myself on guessing twists even though I don’t like being able to guess them haha weird right?  Well, anyways even though I could it wasn’t until basically getting to the reveal itself so I was still surprised and it was well done! CURVE BALL.  How do they come back from that?  All I can say is this is a true group of friends and I wish I could have these ladies in my life.

For things I didn’t like, as I said above the time line threw me off in this book.  Not only does the book go from year to year every few chapters, but within the chapters are flashbacks.  I found the flashbacks confusing because often times I wouldn’t know they had started or when they had stopped and switched back to the present.  And once it had switched back to the present I had forgotten what year they were in because the year changed so often.  You just have to really pay attention, it doesn’t take away from the overall story so much it’s just distracting at times.  Also, because they do a vacation every year and the year changes so often I felt that the story was repetitive in the sense that I was often reading about them all greeting each other and admiring their new vacation spot and what not.

Overall, by the end I got used to the style and totally sucked into the lives of these characters.  I really liked how genuine this entire story was, it was real, these things happen in peoples lives and friendship is one of the most important parts of life that we have to help us get through the best and worst times.  Give this a read if you’re a fan of emotional contemporary stories and amazing friendships!

Giveaway

There is a rafflecoppter giveaway for the chance to win a $25 gift card to celebrate the release for this book, woot woot!  Click here to enter!  I believe this ends 3/8/18 🙂

 

 

 

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