The Story After Us, A heartwarming tale of life and love for modern women everywhere, Fiona Perrin
Genre: Romance, General Fiction (Adult)
This is one of those books that’s well written but which I didn’t really enjoy. I wanted to like it, but was expecting a second chance style romance, or at least A romance, when what we get it the disintegration of one and a possibility of another. If the genre was in the Romance section I’d have felt a little less disappointed. To me a romance is a HEA or at least a solid HFN.
So, Ami and Lars were so in love, where did it go wrong? Sadly that happens to lots of marriages, so busy with work and family that the romance, the love, gets lost. I felt so sad for them.
Yet Ami annoyed me, I felt sorry for her at first, Lars just didn’t want to recognise there was an issue and I felt she still loved him dearly, wanted their marriage to work and was prepared to put in the effort, where Lars was just either ignoring the issues or blaming her for nagging. Familiar story? Of course it culminates in a massive row and Lars leaves.
I wish we knew more of Lars, his thoughts, his personality, but we really only see what Ami thinks of him. The one insight when he was talking to his friend I did feel sorry for him, but still felt he was being unfair to Ami.
The main thrust of the book is Ami’s life separated from Lars, and she seems to veer madly back and forth, one moment missing what they had, the next declaring she was happy without a man. Of course it doesn’t help that she’s got money issues, a new business and young kids to worry over. Given that she is now a single parent responsible for the kids, Lars is always away anyway, she somehow manages to have a remarkable amount of free time. In the real world it isn’t that easy to go out for an evening, just saying 😉 I did love Ami’s bag campaign, excellent idea and fit with the theme of the book really well. I loved Ben, but had to wonder just what he saw in Ami at times 😉
As I said its a well written story but I really didn’t like either Lars or Ami and for me that’s a huge issue, and added to that I was expecting a Romance so this book wasn’t a hit for me. That’s a personal view of course, and I’m sure others will love it.
Stars: Two and a half, there were parts I liked and it was well written, just that I didn’t like it enough for a three.
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