Monday, October 10, 2016

The Story of Our Life by Shari Low

What They Say.....Unwind, laugh, cry ... but feel uplifted with this bittersweet love story. Perfect for the fans of Jo-Jo Moyes and Marian Keyes.

So what would you do if your husband slept with another woman?

Colm strolled into my life fifteen years ago. If there's ever such a thing as love at first sight, that was it for us both.

A few weeks later we married, celebrating with those who cared, ignoring the raised eyebrows of the cynics.

We knew better. This was going to be forever. The dream come true. The happy ever after.

Until it wasn't.

Because a couple of months ago everything changed. We discovered a devastating truth, one that blew away our future and forced us to revisit our past, to test the bonds that were perhaps more fragile than they seemed.

So now I ask you again, what would you do if your husband slept with another woman?

Because this is what I did.

I'm Shauna.

And this is the Story of Our Life...

What I Say......I really enjoyed this book, but I have to say what I walked away remembering is how much the description was completely inaccurate.  Honestly, I'm not sure who wrote it, or if they even read the book.  That's how weirdly off it was.

I started this book thinking that the story would be about a wife trying to come to terms with her husband's affair.  After reading the description, surely I wouldn't be alone in assuming that.

As I kept getting further and further into it, I kept looking for who the other woman was going to be.  And that became almost a distraction for me, because I felt confused when the story didn't follow what I expected.

Shauna and Colm meet and have an instant connection, along with a pretty drama free relationship in the beginning.  They have friends who are making a mess of their own love lives, and it only solidifies their belief in their own fairy tale romance.

However, as they grow older, and fertility, starting new businesses and the mundaneness of  life start getting in the way, they find that they aren't the perfect couple anymore.  Life becomes increasingly hard for Shauna, and Colm's laid back demeanor, something she once admired,  now becomes an irritant.  Sound familiar to anyone in a long term relationship???

So if you totally ignore the description and go into this book knowing that it's a story of one couple's relationship from start to finish, you won't be disappointed.  It kept me up, made me cry, and left me satisfied.

If you liked Jojo Moyes's "Me Before You", you'll like this book.  I can see how it drew comparisons, similar and yet very, very different.

Current Goodreads Rating 4.3
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