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Our Song by Dani Atkins
  

Our Song

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Quite simply stunning. From the moment I turned the first page, right through to the moment I finished and beyond, I have been transfixed by this beautiful yet heartrending novel. The first few pages set events in motion that will transform the lives of the characters forever. I say characters, but they quickly became known, cherished and loved, they are not perfect, but they live on the pages with warmth and vitality. Dani Atkins writes with heartfelt compassion, yet a lightness of touch, all the while, intense emotions sit waiting to make themselves felt. There are parts that shock, that are unexpected, others where an inkling may have been knocking at the door of your consciousness for some time. The story flows between the current day and the past with ease, letting understanding settle, bringing a feeling of inevitability, that this was meant to be. This novel should possibly come with a warning, that it’s best not to read it in public, as the emotions it can evoke are so vibrantly strong. I sobbed, I smiled, and I fell in love with ‘Our Song’. ~ Liz Robinson

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Reader Reviews

In addition to our expert opinion, a small number of our Lovereading reader review panel members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. You can read the full reviews here.

  • Linda Benner - 'A story of love gained and lost, and the power of friendship.'
  • Celeste McCreesh - 'What a beautiful, emotional, thought provoking story, I LOVED it...so grab this book, curl up on the couch with a few tissues and prepare to have a few lump in your throat moments too.'
  • Amanda Keeling - 'What an amazing read.'
  • Nickey Hawryszczuk - 'An emotional rollercoaster of a story. I felt like I really got inside the heads of the characters and felt every emotion. Such wonderful writing. This could be THE book of 2016. I highly recommend it.'
  • Julie Evans - 'What a brilliant book! Definitely a page turner which sends you through a torrent of emotions.'
  • Sarah Smith - 'A real roller-coaster of emotions leaving you knowing this is another great from Dani Atkins.'
  • Nicola Edwards - 'A beautifully written book...I absolutely loved, loved this book and really recommend it! Be warned though, it will make you cry!'
  • Lynne Morgan - 'I loved this book. Be prepared to be totally captivated and genuinely moved to tears.'
  • Maz Tucker - 'The story is compelling from the first page to the last. Lots of funny one liners that had me laughing out loud. The end had me in tears. Great story.'
  • Pauline Braisher - ‘An amazing book which will tug at your heartstrings. This will surely be a best seller.’ 
  • Hannah Ward - ‘I want to say wow what a book, it has every kind of emotion you can think of […] An author I would definitely recommend and read again.’
  • Beryl White - ‘I had to hold myself back from reading the last page because I was desperate to know what would happen to these characters.’
  • Charlotte Teresa Donovan - ‘Absolutely beautifully written, you cry and smile all at different points throughout this rollercoaster book. Dani Atkins is a genius and get your tissues at the ready!’
  • Edel Waugh - ‘A touching and tear-jerker story that is told beautifully. Read with tissues!’ 
  • Jane Brown - ‘Just a wonderful story - a beautiful tear-jerker. Full of twists, intertwining the present just one night and from the past.’
  • Lisa Hall - ‘Our Song is a beautifully written story of four people and how their lives have been interwoven. It's heart-breaking and emotional, and by the end I was RUINED, but in a good way!’
  • Alison Bisping - 'add to your summer holiday reading ...... in fact, just find an excuse. '
  • Laura Ayling - 'If there is one book you want to add to your 2016 wish list, then Our Song has to be it - just be warned that it will break your heart, make you smile but appreciate what you have and how it can all change on one decision.'
  • Gill Williams - 'The back story is cleverly written throughout the book and keeps interest and story going.'

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Synopsis

Our Song by Dani Atkins

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?

Reviews

`The best book I've read for a long time' * Good Housekeeping * 'Moving' * Closer * 'This is an emotionally intelligent, absorbingly rich read and I couldn't put it down. Atkins is a brilliant writer who has created wonderful characters. I loved it' * Daily Mail * `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 * `This hugely accomplished novel is amazing, but oh-so emotional' * Fabulous Magazine * `This breathtakingly brilliant novel left us sobbing our hearts out' * Heat * `For those of you who have ever wondered about your 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 heart-breakingly brilliant' * The Sun *


About the Author

Dani Atkins

Dani Atkins was born in London in 1958, and grew up in North London. She moved to rural Hertfordshire in 1985, where she has lived in a small village ever since with her family. Although Dani has been writing for fun all her life, Fractured was her first novel. She has since written The Story of Us and Our Song.

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.

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Publication date

14th January 2016

Author

Dani Atkins

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Paperback
512 pages

Categories

Family Drama
Literary Fiction
Relationship Stories
Romantic Fiction
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Adult & contemporary romance

ISBN

9781471142246

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