For fans of David Nicholls’s One Day and Liane Moriarty’s What Alice Forgot, here’s a page-turning novel about a young woman who is torn between two men, and who must determine where—and with whom—her future lies.
Emma is just days from marrying her childhood sweetheart, Richard. But what should be the happiest time of Emma’s life takes a turn for the worse when, on the night of her bachelorette party, tragedy strikes. Thanks to some quick thinking from a stranger, Emma is pulled free from a totaled car before it goes up in flames. But another passenger is not so lucky.
The wedding is postponed as family and friends deal with their shock and grief. But soon, secrets come to light that have Emma questioning her relationships—and her engagement. Making matters more complicated is the emotional connection she feels with Jack, the mysterious man who saved her life. It’s a crisis no bridal magazine has ever covered: What do you do when, on the eve of your wedding, you find yourself in love with two men?
Praise for The Story of Us
“[Dani] Atkins’s fluid narrative voice moves the story along quickly and enjoyably. . . . This novel will appeal to readers who love the emotional ups and downs of conflicted characters, as written by Liane Moriarty or Jane Green.”—Library Journal
“Emotionally powerful.”—Publishers Weekly
“The Story of Us has tragedy, betrayal, a love triangle, friendship, secrets, and hard choices. [It’s] the kind of story you read with one hand pressed over your heart.”—Fresh Fiction
“Raw, compelling . . . Fans of deeply emotional women’s fiction will be intrigued and swept along with Emma on her journey to find acceptance, peace, and lasting love in her life.”—Harlequin Junkie
“One of the most heartfelt stories that I have read in years. Beautiful, compelling and thought provoking.”—Wicked Women Book Blog
“With its tales of life, friendships, families, love and relationships, [The Story of Us] is a touching book that will make you cry, laugh and be glad that you read it.”—23 Review Street
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Two weeks before Emma's wedding, she and her best friend, Amy, get in a car crash. A stranger pulls them from the wreck; Emma survives, but Amy dies. Emma postpones the wedding, which she was already having tiny second thoughts about, and tries to ride out the grief. But as she struggles to come to terms with Amy's absence and an assortment of other stressors, she discovers a connection with her rescuer, Jack, who thoughtfully kept in touch after the accident. While Emma fights her growing attraction to Jack, secrets unearthed by Amy's untimely death cause Emma to question her engagement, and soon she has no idea what shape her future will take. This contemporary drama is emotionally powerful, but the dark overtones and slow pace make it too heavy for a casual read.