Tuesday, May 15, 2018

With or Without Me by Shari Low

What They Say.....Have you ever made a life-changing decision and then wondered if you made the right one...?
When Liv and Nate walked up the aisle, Liv knew she was marrying the one, her soul mate and her best friend. 
Six years later, it feels like routine and friendship is all they have left in common. What happened to the fun, the excitement, the lust, the love? 
In the closing moments of 1999, Liv and Nate decide to go their separate ways, but at the last minute, Liv wavers. Should she stay or should she go? 
Over the next twenty years we follow the parallel stories to discover if Liv's life, heart and future have been better with Nate... Or without him?
A clever, captivating and bitterweet story of what might have been. Perfect for the fans of Jojo Moyes and Marian Keyes.

What I Say.....How many times have you wondered how different your life could be if you had made one decision differently?  I try not to dwell on this too much because it stresses me out.  I don't feel like I have a ton of regrets, but the thought that my life could have been somehow better if I hadn't done this or it could have been worse if I had done that is almost too overwhelming.  

Liv and Nate have been married for years, college sweethearts.  On New Year's Eve, they are trying to decide whether to put their friendly marriage to bed or keep trying to rekindle their romance.  

This definitely started the story off with a bang.  I didn't read the description before starting it, which is super unusual for me because I like to know what's going to happen.  But because I've loved all of Shari Low's books (they are a fave for vacation), I skipped it.

So reading the story of Nate and Liv, and their college friends over the next 20 years was thoroughly enjoyable, but it seemed like it was going quickly - probably didn't help that I was floating in the pool, completely relaxed in the sun.  Then I realized that the second half told the story as if they had made a different life altering decision.

It was a great technique because it seemed like it would be the same story, but it was crazy how one decision had such a ripple effect on everyone's lives.  These are just relaxing books for lazing in the summer sun.  Perfect.

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