Dani Atkins - Author

About the Author

Dani Atkins is an award-winning novelist. Her 2013 debut Fractured (published as Then and Always in North America) has been translated into eighteen languages and has sold more than half a million copies since first publication in the UK. Dani is the author of six other bestselling novels, one of which, This Love, won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 2018. Dani lives in a small village in Hertfordshire with her husband, one Siamese cat and a very soppy Border Collie. Follow Dani on twitter @AtkinsDani

Below is a Q & A with this author.

Please tell us a little bit about what inspired Our Song …
The first germ of an idea came as quite a disquieting thought.  I was thinking randomly about how many women (myself included) have a special place in their heart for the very first person they fell in love with.  It then occurred to me that somewhere out there, is a woman I don’t know, have never met, and probably never will, who holds my own husband in her heart.  He is her “someone”.  I then started thinking what if two women who had both loved the same man at different times in their life were to meet… what if a tragedy in both their lives brought them together on a single night…  And there you have Our Song.

Who were the key people who informed your research?
For all things related to music, my son Luke was of invaluable help (although please don’t tell him that, or I will never hear the end of it).  Luke (like Ally) was a music student at university, he too plays the piano and the trumpet, and he even depped a couple of times for Moonlighters.  In addition I shamelessly exploited friends who ski to help with the skiing scene, stole someone’s wedding proposal and put it the book, and spent a lot of time pouring over various NHS websites. One site in particular was my daily reference point and several of the very moving patient and family accounts inspired some of my favourite scenes in the book.

Which character was the most interesting to write? Which was the hardest?
On a personal level, I loved the character of Max.  He is the gay best friend I have never had but always secretly wanted.  He brought some much needed light relief moments into the story.  His deep affection for Ally, Jake and Joe rang true for me, and that made every scene he was in a joy to write.  I think perhaps Jake was the hardest, because I was putting a young boy in a truly terrible situation and then having to write about his pain.  It made me sad.

Our Song is a bit of a weepie – did it make you cry?
I’m afraid so.  I always cry a little when I finally finish writing a book (possibly from relief that I have managed to get there?).  However, I was snivelling away long before I made it to the final scenes.

Who would you cast if a film was made of this story?
That is a toughie, because I have seen these people in my head for such a long time, that no actors on either the big or small screen looks quite right.  I find it really fascinating to hear who readers see as the characters.  Someone told me recently that they saw Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, as David… and on looking more closely, I could definitely see what she meant.  I don’t suppose he’s available for a movie, is he?

Have you always written?
I actually can’t think of a time when I haven’t wanted to be a writer.  It just took me a little longer to achieve than I had anticipated.  Even as a child I would always be scribbling away at short stories and poems.

Where do you write – do you have strict routines?
I have an office at home where I write on an old-fashioned desktop computer (I’ve tried writing on my laptop, but I don’t get on with it nearly as well for some reason).  My desk is beside a window which looks out onto my back garden, which is a source of distraction (although very useful to know when it has started to rain and the washing needs to come in off the line).
 
I had a very idealistic image of how it would be to work as a full time author.  I thought I would sit down at my desk at nine o’clock each morning and then work continually until around five each afternoon (with an indulgent hour off for lunch, of course).  It didn’t take long for me to discover that I’m nowhere near disciplined enough for that!  I have a tendency to get horribly side-tracked and it can sometimes take me ages to finally “get going”.  I begin each day by walking my dog which gives me an excellent opportunity to think about what I want to write that day (which is about as much forward planning as I ever manage to accomplish).

For some reason I seem to be much more productive during the afternoon and early evening.  This means my poor long-suffering husband is normally on dinner cooking duties each night.  Thankfully he doesn’t seem to mind, and this has saved us from a life of takeaways.

If you weren’t a writer, what would your plan B be?
Well, for a large part of my adult life I was actually living my plan B (plan A coming to me a little later than most).  I worked as a secretary in a variety of different companies and organisations and then ended up working in the offices of a large secondary school for a great many years.  However I don’t think working in an office could ever really be called my dream job.  If I had to choose an alternative dream career to being an author, then I would have quite fancied trying my hand at acting, but perhaps that’s because I have always had a tendency to be a little bit of a drama queen!

What are you writing next?
My next book is going to be another emotional drama with, of course, a strong love story running through it.

How do you relax?
I like nothing better than long lazy days at home with my family.  A log fire burning in the grate, a good book waiting to be read, or a DVD box set to plough through.  And if you throw in a glass of something alcoholic and a big old box of chocolates, you’ve got my perfect recipe for rest and relaxation.

Which other writers do you admire?
My favourite author is Stephen King.  Surprisingly this is not because I particularly enjoy the horror genre and will actually skip over passages that are overtly gory.  But Stephen King is without doubt the master of suspense and storytelling and has a unique and insightful way of bringing his characters to life with such honesty and realism using just a few well-chosen sentences or dialogue.  He is a true observer of human nature.

Finally, is there a message you would like to send to your readers?
I would just like to thank everyone who has read my books, and especially those who have taken the time to contact me and let me know how much they have enjoyed them.  If this were an award ceremony I would have a long list of people to thank.  But without doubt, it is the readers to who I owe the greatest gratitude.  You don’t set out to be an author for fame or fortune.  You do it because you have a story in your head that you want to share.  So thank you readers, for letting me share mine with you and for quite literally making my dream come true.

Featured books by Dani Atkins

Six Days

Six Days

Author: Dani Atkins Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/04/2022

A gorgeous and thoughtful relationship tale with bite and intrigue as well as love and friendship. This novel takes you by the hand and expands through your thoughts as you live alongside Gemma when her fiancé fails to turn up at their wedding. She is determined to think the best of him, however she begins to realise that friends and family think the worst. Dani Atkins has the most thought-provoking pen, her words don’t just reach inside and touch my heart, they also shake emotions, hit thoughts, and leave the characters and story a part of me. I always look forward to her novels, she is such a consistent writer, though she certainly knows how to keep your feelings hovering on the edge of free-fall. While you live through six days with Gemma as she searches for Finn, memories and the past surface to allow Finn access into the story. A vivid and vibrant picture forms of their relationship alongside the suspense of his disappearance. As my knowledge of the couple grew, as I immersed myself in their story, I cared, really cared about the outcome. This is most definitely a story about a love, it also successfully balances tension, particularly as it weaves its way towards the end. Six Days is a page-turning, stimulating absolute beauty of a novel, that I can recommend heart and soul.

Books of the Month
A Million Dreams

A Million Dreams

Author: Dani Atkins Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2020

What a gorgeously emotional and heart-warming read this is. Two women linked by an event that occurred eight years ago, find themselves at the centre of storm that could change their worlds forever, both will fight for what they believe in. The first chapter slams with impact. Oh Dani Atkins, you really know how to make me cry! In the very best possible way of course, with a heart full of emotion and feeling and wonder. The words reached inside me, made me ponder, and truly affected me. The characters are so engaging, the ups and downs so accessible. This is a relationship story with real personality, yes there is some anguish along the way, there is also plenty of hope, love, and feel-good too. I chose the hardback as one of my Liz Robinson Picks of the Month. If you choose to read A Million Dreams, and I really hope you do, I’ll just leave this here… have some tissues close to hand. Explore our '80+ Books That Deliver a Hug' listicle for more feel-good or uplifting books.

eBooks of the Month
Fractured

Fractured

Author: Dani Atkins Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/11/2019

What would you do if life gave you a second chance? The night of the accident changed everything... Now, five years on, Rachel's life is crumbling. She lives alone in a tiny flat, working in a dead-end job, desperate with guilt over her best friend's death. She would give anything to turn back the clock. But life doesn't work like that... Does it? The night of the accident was a lucky escape... Now, five years on, Rachel's life is perfect. She has a wonderful fiance, loving family and friends around her, and the career she always wanted. But why can't Rachel shake the memory of a very different life? Gripping, romantic and heartbreaking, Fractured is a magical love story that asks: can two different stories lead to the same happy ending? Reviews for Dani Atkins: 'Dani Atkins is the undisputed queen of fiction that packs a huge emotional punch' Heat. 'Heart-breaking, brilliant' Sun. 'A beautiful romance with a twist' Woman. 'Have your tissues at the ready for this tear-jerker of a read' Closer. 'Emotionally intelligent, absorbingly rich... Atkins is a brilliant writer who has created wonderful characters' Daily Mail.

eBooks of the Month
Our Song

Our Song

Author: Dani Atkins Format: Ebook Release Date: 28/01/2016

The stunning new emotional drama from ebook phenomenon Dani Atkins, author of Fractured - perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes and Dorothy Koomson.This is the story of Ally and Charlotte, whose paths have intersected over the years though they've never really been close friends. Charlotte married Ally's ex and first true love, David. Fate is about to bring them together one last, dramatic time and change their lives forever. Full of Dani's signature warmth and emotion, this is a gripping and emotional family drama. With breath-taking plot twists, Dani explores themes of serendipity, friendship and love. She fully engages the reader in the dilemmas faced by her characters. What would you do if your husband was the love of somebody else's life? And when faced with an agonising decision, could you put the past behind you and do the right thing?

eBooks of the Month
This Love

This Love

Author: Dani Atkins Format: Ebook Release Date: 18/05/2017

*** Winner of the RNA Award 2018 *** Dani Atkins is the undisputed queen of fiction that packs a huge emotional punch, and this captivating story is another outstanding example- heat Sophie stopped believing in happy endings a long time ago, but could this love change all of that? Sophie Winterlives in a self-imposedcocoon -shes a single, 31-year-old translator who works from home in her one-bedroom flat. This isn't really the life she dreamed of, but then Sophie stopped believing in dreams when she wasa teenagerand tragedy struck her family. So, to be safe,she keeps everyone at arm's length.Sophie understands she has a problem, but recognising it and knowing how to fix it are two entirely different things. One night a serious fire breaks out in the flat below hers. Sophie is trapped in the burning building until a passer-by,Ben,sees herand rescues her. Suddenly her cocoon is shattered - what will be the consequences of thissecondlife-changing event?

eBooks of the Month

Other books by Dani Atkins

Six Days

Six Days

Author: Dani Atkins Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2022

Two people. One love story. Six days. He loves me... He loves me not... He loves me... Gemma knows that she and Finn are destined to be together. They are soulmates. But then, on their wedding day, he never arrives at the church. Gemma is convinced Finn wouldn't abandon her like this, even though he has disappeared once before. But back then he had a reason. She feels sure something terrible has happened, but no one else is convinced. Even the police aren't concerned, telling Gemma most people who disappear usually turn up in a week... assuming they want to be found, that is. For the next six days Gemma frantically searches for Finn, even though every shocking revelation is telling her to give up on him. Before long, even she begins to doubt her own memories of their love. How long can she hold on to her faith in Finn if everyone is telling her to let him go? ___________ Praise for Six Days: 'A well-paced, good-natured and emotional novel' Daily Mail 'I've fallen in love with the work of romance novelist Atkins' Bishop's Stortford Independent 'Guaranteed to keep late night page-turners agog... Trusting to the power of love is tougher than it looks, as this delicious romantic mystery proves' Fiona Walker 'Six Days starts where most romantic fiction ends, at the altar, but this is neither a straightforward wedding day, nor a straightforward love story... A tender and emotional tale, Six Days will have readers frantically turning the pages' Sinead Crowley Readers love Six Days: 'Unputdownable' 'Original and refreshing' 'An absolute page turner' 'I was hooked from the very first pages' 'I loved every minute of it'

No Cape Necessary

No Cape Necessary

Author: Dani Atkins Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/12/2021

No Cape Necessary by Dani Atkins

The Wedding Dress

The Wedding Dress

Author: Dani Atkins Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 05/08/2021

Three women. Three love stories. One dress. The new heartwarming and uplifting romance from award-winning romance writer Dani Atkins. Suzanne is engaged to be married to the man of her dreams - except the lead up to her wedding is beginning to feel more like a nightmare. Can Suzanne uncover the truth about her fiance ahead of her big day? Bella's life was on track until the day of the hen party when everything changed. Now she must find the strength to rebuild her future - and decide who she wants to spend it with. Mandy's grandmother has fallen in love but her family don't approve. For her grandmother's dreams to come true, Mandy has a secret wedding to plan, and a very special dress to find. These are the three strangers whose stories are about to be woven together by one perfect wedding dress. 2021 Head of Zeus

A Sky Full of Stars

A Sky Full of Stars

Author: Dani Atkins Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/02/2021

Winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2022. A gorgeous love story that will restore your faith in humanity Lisa was a professional astronomer: a stargazer. And when she gazed at her husband Alex, she saw that behind his tough exterior was a man full of love. Alex, Lisa and their young son Connor made a happy little universe. But when Lisa dies suddenly, their universe is shattered. Then Alex meets four strangers. Two men and two women, who never met Lisa, but whose lives changed profoundly because of her. As Alex hears their stories, he begins to find his way back to love, and to hope. Perhaps, after all, the future is written in the stars... Praise for Dani Atkins: 'A captivating story that packs an emotional punch' Heidi Swain 'Beautifully written... A simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting tale of love, loss and sacrifice' Heat 'Atkins writes with immediacy and compassion' Mail on Sunday 'Powerful. Ruthlessly honest. Hauntingly moving... Intense and emotional, I loved every moment of it' Kate Furnivall 'A stunning, heartfelt story of fierce maternal love, sacrifice and second chances' Alice Peterson

A Million Dreams

A Million Dreams

Author: Dani Atkins Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 05/12/2019

Beth became a widow after just two years of marriage. Before her husband's death, they made the decision to freeze an embryo so that she could still have his child. But Beth has just been told that the embryo was implanted in the wrong woman seven years ago. Somewhere in the neighbourhood, her longed-for son is growing up without her. What should she do? Thought-provoking, emotional and uplifting, this is grown-up women's fiction for fans of Jojo Moyes and Amanda Prowse. 'Dani Atkins is the undisputed queen of fiction that packs a huge emotional punch' HEAT. 'Heart-breaking, brilliant' SUN. 'A beautiful romance with a twist' WOMAn. 'Emotionally intelligent, absorbingly rich ... Atkins is a brilliant writer who has created wonderful characters' DAILY MAIL. 'Have your tissues at the ready for this tear jerker of a read' CLOSER.

Das Leuchten unserer Traume

Das Leuchten unserer Traume

Author: Dani Atkins Format: Ebook Release Date: 26/09/2018

Spiegel-Bestseller-Autorin Dani Atkins ("e;Die Achse meiner Welt"e;, "e;Sieben Tage voller Wunder"e;) mit einem neuen, schicksalhaften Liebesroman: emotional, dramatisch, mitreiend!Sophie ist 15 Jahre alt, als ihr geliebter groer Bruder bei einem Motorradunfall ums Leben kommt. Alles hat sich seither gendert: Aus dem frhlichen Mdchen ist eine einsame junge Frau geworden, die ihr Herz fest verschlossen hlt. Als eines nachts in ihrer Wohnung ein Feuer ausbricht, wird Sophie in letzter Sekunde von einem Passanten gerettet. Danach weicht Ben ihr praktisch nicht mehr von der Seite. Sophie ist dankbar, gerhrt - und macht mit Bens Hilfe erste, langsame Schritte zurck ins Leben. Sie kann nicht ahnen, dass ihr Retter mehr als eine erschtternde Wahrheit vor ihr verbirgt. Dani Atkins neuester Liebesroman berzeugt mit ganz viel Gefhl: Trauer, Schmerz, Verlust, Hoffnung und Liebe. Die Geschichte einer jungen Frau, die trotz schwerer Schicksalsschlge zurck ins Leben findet. "e;Zutiefst bewegend - bis zum berraschenden Ende."e; Petra ber "e;Die Achse meiner Welt"e;

While I Was Sleeping

While I Was Sleeping

Author: Dani Atkins Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/08/2018

'Dani Atkins is the undisputed queen of fiction that packs a huge emotional punch' heat 'Have your tissues at the ready for this tear jerker of a read' Closer 'Brings heart-wrenching surprises' Woman & Home 'I simply adored this heart-breaking, brilliant read' Sun A brand new and brilliant emotional family drama for fans of Jojo Moyes and Dorothy Koomson, from the bestselling author of Fractured. What if someone else was living your happy ever after? When Maddie wakes up in a hospital bed, she can't remember anything about what happened to her or what has changed. She just remembers she was about to be married and had everything to look forward to. But it seems life has become a lot more complicated while she has been asleep ... 'This book is filled with the utmost compassion and it has stayed with me long after the final page ... An absolute triumph of storytelling' Penny Parkes 'A touching story about love, loss, survival and an unconventional friendship. Dani writes with heart and soul. Prepare to be moved' Alice Peterson 'A story of hope and love, this brilliant family drama shows that none of us knows what the future holds' Prima 'A warm and memorable novel, with a dilemma at its core, and will appeal to readers of Jodi Picoult and Nicholas Sparks. Atkins deserves more recognition for her commercial fiction. Thoroughly enjoyable' Independent on Sunday 'Tear-jerker' Bella Further praise for Dani Atkins' novels: 'A heart-warming story of love and loss that will stay with you long after the last page' My Weekly 'A beautiful romance with a twist' Woman 'If you like Jodi Picoult then you'll love This Love'Lovereading 'Such a beautiful book' Brewandbooksreview 'A true celebration of life, family and relationships' culturefly 'What a stunningly beautiful love story, I'm bereft that it's over' RatherTooFondofBooks 'Heartbreakingly beautiful. A must-read' blogsbybooksby 'Flawless' reabookreview 'I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone' rachelsrandomreads 'Poignant and heartfelt' vivavoce 'A heartbreaker of a book' handwrittengirl 'Heartbreakingly brilliant' Daily Mail 'Truly magnificent storytelling' Veronica Henry 'Fans of Me Before You will love this' Patricia Scanlan 'For those of you who have ever wondered about you first love or thought about the one that got away, this story will speak to your heart. I read it in one sitting - and it's heartbreakingly brilliant' The Sun 'This is easily one of the best books I have ever read, and I don't say that often!' thelunamayblog 'A gripping and emotional family drama ... With breath-taking plot twists, Dani explores themes of serendipity, friendship and love' Fabulousbookfiend

Sieben Tage voller Wunder

Sieben Tage voller Wunder

Author: Dani Atkins Format: Ebook Release Date: 27/09/2017

Nach ihren Bestsellern "e;Die Achse meiner Welt"e;, "e;Die Nacht schreibt uns neu"e; und "e;Der Klang deines Lachelns"e; verzaubert Dani Atkins ihre Leserinnen mit einer neuen mitreienden und auergewohnlichen Liebes-Geschichte, die einem dem Atem raubt und die Herzen hoher schlagen lasst. Beim Check-in hat Hannah ihn zum ersten Mal gesehen: Logan mit den unglaublich grnen Augen. Ist es Schicksal, dass er sich im Flugzeug neben sie setzt, kurz bevor die Maschine wie ein Stein vom Himmel fllt, mitten in Kanadas endlose winterliche Wildnis und das eisige Wasser eines Sees? Wie durch ein Wunder kommen Hannah und Logan mit dem Leben davon, doch die nchsten Tage verlangen ihnen das uerste ab, vor allem, als mit jeder Stunde, die vergeht, die Hoffnung auf Rettung schwindet. Wird ihnen gemeinsam gelingen, woran ein Einzelner scheitern muss?Hochemotional und dramatisch - Der neue Liebes-Roman der Bestseller-Autorin Dani Atkins!

Perfect Strangers

Perfect Strangers

Author: Dani Atkins Format: Ebook Release Date: 15/12/2016

~*~ Perfect for fans of the hit film THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet ~*~ Hannah Truman is twenty-seven years old. She is an ordinary girl with an extraordinary memory. One thing she certainly can't forget is her boyfriend William's betrayal, which was why she fled to Canada to stay with her sister. Now, on her way home to England, Hannah finds herself in a queue behind Logan Carter at the airport terminal. He's checking into Business Class on her flight and although their paths keep crossing, fate prevents them meeting. An almost shared cup of coffee never takes place when Logan is suddenly called away. But once in the air the unthinkable happens:the plane needs to make an emergency landing.Hannah is alone and terrified, until suddenly Logan slips into the seat beside her. In the days that follow, Hannah and Logan must call upon all their resources to survive in the frozen landscape, growing ever closer as hopes of a rescue begin to fade*** Praise for Dani Atkins *** ';This story will speak to your heart. It's heartbreakingly brilliant' The Sun ';This breathtakingly brilliant novel left us sobbing our hearts out' Heat ';This hugely accomplished novel is amazing, but oh-so emotional' Fabulous Magazine ';With a spellbinding insight into friendship, family and the fragility of life, this real tear-jerker of a novel is captivating from start to finish' The Lady I was captivated the entire time and then completely blown away, left reeling afterward Chick Lit Central As I turned the last page I found myself broken as it was time to say goodbye to a book that warmed my heart and intrigued my mind The Love of a Good Book Compelling and truly beautiful. Its a love story that will stay with you forever Victoria Loves Books Gripping, romantic and heartbreaking ... a magical love story She Loves To Read

Der Klang deines Lachelns

Der Klang deines Lachelns

Author: Dani Atkins Format: Ebook Release Date: 26/10/2016

Groes Gefuhl, schwerwiegende Lebens-Entscheidungen, dramatisches Bestseller-Kino - der neue Liebes-Roman der Bestseller-Autorin Dani Atkins greift direkt nach unseren Herzen!"e;Fragen Sie sich manchmal, was aus Ihrer ersten groen Liebe geworden ist? Dann wird diese Geschichte Sie packen. Ich habe sie in einem Rutsch gelesen - sie ist herzzerreiend brillant."e; The SunAlly und Charlotte haben sich seit 7 Jahren nicht gesehen. Ausgerechnet auf der Intensiv-Station eines Krankenhauses treffen die beiden wieder aufeinander. Ally bangt um das Leben ihres Mannes Joe, der einen Jungen aus einem zugefrorenen See vor dem sicheren Tod rettete, und nun im Koma liegt. Charlotte hingegen betet fr ihren Verlobten David, dessen Herz nach einer Virusinfektion schwer geschdigt ist. Whrend beide Frauen auf ein Wunder hoffen, prasseln Erinnerungen auf sie ein - an ihre gemeinsame Studentenzeit, an Partys, an endlose Sommernchte. Aber auch an Verrat, an Untreue und daran, dass sie beide David geliebt haben. In der dunkelsten Stunde der Nacht mssen Ally und Charlotte eine folgenschwere Entscheidung treffen. Werden Sie mit der Vergangenheit Frieden schlieen knnen? Von dieser Frage hngt am Ende alles ab - sogar das Leben von Joe und David. "e;Fans von 'Ein ganzes halbes Jahr' werden diesen Roman lieben."e; Patricia Scanlan, Autorin

Die Nacht schreibt uns neu

Die Nacht schreibt uns neu

Author: Dani Atkins Format: Ebook Release Date: 10/12/2015

Dani Atkins hat es wieder getan! Sie hat eine Liebesgeschichte geschrieben, die sich fast so spannend wie ein Thriller liest. Und sie hat Figuren geschaffen, die uns schon mit den ersten Satzen ans Herz wachsen - so sehr, dass Taschentucher unbedingt zur Grundausstattung beim Lesen gehoren sollten: Emma macht sich bereit fur ihren groen Tag. Die Wimperntusche in ihrer Hand zittert ein wenig, aber ein bisschen Nervositat ist ganz normal, oder? Beim Blick in den Spiegel tasten Emmas Finger automatisch nach der alten Narbe dicht unter ihrem Haaransatz. Das sichtbare Andenken an die Nacht, die ihr Leben verandert hat. Und nicht nur ihres. Emma erinnert sich: an den furchtbaren Unfall auf dem Heimweg von ihrem Junggesellinnenabschied, an den Tod ihrer besten Freundin Amy, an ihren Retter Jack, an Richards liebevolle Reaktion, als sie ihn gebeten hat, die Hochzeit zu verschieben. Und an alles, was danach kam. Schlielich klopft es an der Tur. Jemand ist gekommen, um Emma nach unten zu fuhren. Wer? Lassen Sie sich uberraschen!

Story of Us

Story of Us

Author: Dani Atkins Format: Ebook Release Date: 09/06/2015

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 whereand with whomher 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 relationshipsand her engagement. Making matters more complicated is the emotional connection she feels withJack,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 Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader's Circle for author chats and more.From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Story Of Us

The Story Of Us

Author: Dani Atkins Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/08/2014

A gripping love story from the bestselling author of Fractured. Two different men. Emma Marshall can't wait to marry her childhood sweetheart, Richard. But then a tragic accident changes everything, and introduces a stranger, Jack, into her life. Two different destinies. Gorgeous and mysterious, Jack is like no-one Emma has met before. But Richard is the man she loves... How will Emma end her story? Reviews for Dani Atkins: 'A captivating story which packs an emotional punch' Heidi Swain. 'A true love story, written by a mother's heart' Milly Johnson. 'Emotionally intelligent, absorbingly rich... Atkins is a brilliant writer who has created wonderful characters' Daily Mail. 'Powerful. Ruthlessly honest. Hauntingly moving. The characters ripped my heart wide open in this beautiful story about love and loss and heart-rending choices. Dani Atkins does not shy away from asking tough questions, and her answers are ones that will make you weep. Intense and emotional, I loved every moment of it' Kate Furnivall. 'A stunning, heartfelt story of fierce maternal love, sacrifice and second chances' Alice Peterson. 'A beautifully told story about a careless mistake that changes the lives of everyone involved... Deeply moving' Ella Harper. 'A gorgeous story with a perfect ending... Heart-breaking' Faith Hogan. 'A breathless read of hope and resilience... You'll never forget it' Penny Parkes.

Die Achse meiner Welt

Die Achse meiner Welt

Author: Dani Atkins Format: Ebook Release Date: 28/07/2014

Rachel ist jung, beliebt, verliebt und wird in wenigen Wochen ihr Traumstudium beginnen. Perfekt. Doch dann geschieht ein schrecklicher Unfall, der ihr alles nimmt. Sie verliert den besten Freund, ihre Zuversicht und die Balance. Jahre spater wird ihre Welt zum zweiten Mal auf den Kopf gestellt. Denn als sie nach einem schweren Sturz im Krankenhaus erwacht, ist ihr Leben plotzlich so, wie sie es sich immer erhofft hat. Die damalige Tragodie hat es anscheinend nie gegeben. Ihr bester Freund lebt und ist an ihrer Seite. Wie kann das sein? Und wie fuhlt sich Rachel in ihrem neuen Leben - mit dem Wissen uber all das, was zuvor geschah? Lassen Sie sich von einer Liebesgeschichte verwirren, die mit nichts vergleichbar ist. "e;Die Achse meiner Welt"e;, das Romandebut der britischen Autorin Dani Atkins, wurde bereits in 13 Lander verkauft, hat in England fur Furore gesorgt und wird ab August den deutschen Markt erobern.

Then and Always

Then and Always

Author: Dani Atkins Format: Ebook Release Date: 20/05/2014

For fans of One Day, What Alice Forgot, and the hit film Sliding Doors, comes an absorbing and surprising debut novel about a young woman who, after an accident, gets a second chance at life . . . just not in one she remembers. Rachel Wiltshire has everything she's ever wanted: a close group of friends, a handsome boyfriend, and acceptance to the journalism program at her top-choice college. But one fateful evening, tragedy tears her world apart. Five years later, Rachel returns home for the first time to celebrate her best friend's wedding. Still coping with her grief, she can't stop thinking about the bright future she almost had, if only that one night had gone differently. But when a sudden fall lands her in the hospital, Rachel wakes to find that her life has completely changed. Now the people she loves most are not the way she remembers them. Unable to trust her own recollections, Rachel tries to piece together what really happened, and not even she can predict the astonishing truth.Praise for Then and Always ';Readers who enjoyed Liane Moriarty'sWhat Alice Forgotand Sophie Kinsella'sRemember Me?will like [Then and Always].'Booklist';Clear your schedule for an addicting read. Then and Always is a twisty, romantic, keep-you-guessing story about the kind of love you never forget.'National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti, author of He's Gone';Heartfelt, gorgeous and completely believable . . . Atkins' latest novel unfolds beautifully and will touch readers deeply.'RT Book ReviewsLook for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader's Circle for author chats and more.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Fractured

Fractured

Author: Dani Atkins Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/11/2013

What would you do if life gave you a second chance? The night of the accident changed everything... Now, five years on, Rachel's life is crumbling. She lives alone in a tiny flat, working in a dead-end job, desperate with guilt over her best friend's death. She would give anything to turn back the clock. But life doesn't work like that... Does it? The night of the accident was a lucky escape... Now, five years on, Rachel's life is perfect. She has a wonderful fiance, loving family and friends around her, and the career she always wanted. But why can't Rachel shake the memory of a very different life? Gripping, romantic and heartbreaking, Fractured is a magical love story that asks: can two different stories lead to the same happy ending?