Monday, 9 May 2016
THESE DAYS OF OURS - JULIET ASHTON
A novel about love. Raw important love. Small, beautiful love. And what happens when the person you love cannot be yours… Perfect for fans of Rowan Coleman, Jane Green and David Nicholls.
Kate and Becca are cousins and best friends. They have grown up together and shared all the most important milestones in their lives: childhood birthday parties, eighteenth birthdays, and now a wedding day as they each marry their childhood sweethearts, Charlie and Julian.
Kate has always loved Charlie - they were meant to be. Then she discovers that life never turns out quite how you expect it to. And love doesn't always follow the journey it should.
But best friends are forever, and true love will find a way, won't it…?
What I thought about it:
Kate and Becca are cousins and best friends and their story is told through family gatherings, when we catch up with how their lives have moved on since the last time they all met. Although very close, the pair have totally different personalities, life goals and values.
I loved Kate and in particular the relationship she had with her father and how she championed his dream to help an orphanage in China. Charlie is lovely, a really good bloke, and after a glimpse into his bleak childhood, he won my heart. When I'm really loving a good book, the characters come to life and I find myself talking to them and boy was I cursing Becca!
The author has a lovely writing style that had me re-reading several sentences just because they were beautiful.
This is a wonderful multi-layered love story. When I say multi-layered, I mean it isn't just about the love between a man and a woman, but it's just as much about that special kind of love we share with friends and then with family. With plenty of surprises hidden within the pages, it tells of love and loss, devotion and betrayal. Unpredictable, touching, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, I found it an absolute delight to read.