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Ten years later my father was diagnosed with cancer. As he lay dying at age 53, he often requested that I play for him. On a bitter, dark day in February, my father died. This Page MP3. Text Settings. Show Hide. And I disliked Charlotte. I don't know, there was something in her that was off - putting, and I wouldn't like to have her as a friend. Of course there are also aspects that I liked in this book.

It is amazing that everything there happens actually during only 24 hours - in this time we get to know the characters and their background, and we keep our fingers crossed for them in the present. Thanks to the flashbacks to the past the author deeply describes the characters and gives us a chance to really get to know them. The jumping between past and present is seamless and flaws effortlessly, and often we are presented with the same situation seen through different perspectives, through different points of view, through the eyes of Ally, Charlotte, David or Joe.

Dani Atkins' writing style is beautiful and she can wonderfully describe the most difficult scenes and feelings. But for me the book, and especially the passages in the past, dragged on much too long - there was actually only one decision to be made, everything led to this decision and it was obvious it is going to happen, and for me it was just too much - the whole story, with all the flashbacks, characters' stories, a very long book. There is so much hype about this book and it was really one of my most anticipated reads this year, and I am really sad that it wasn't for me.

I do realise it is a special novel. It is intense and full of important messages and some very difficult decisions to be made. It is a very moving love story that already tugs at the readers' heartstrings, a story that can make you think about fate, destiny and how you never know what can happen, but a story that just wasn't for me. I am sure it's going to be a very acclaimed book, judging by the wonderful reviews, it is going to be a big hit, and I am happy for this book, really happy, and you can say that I am wrong in my feelings - that's okay.

I enjoyed this book, but not as much as I'd hoped. Copy provided by publisher in exchange for a review. View 2 comments. Jan 18, Salma Mattar rated it it was amazing Shelves: faves. One of the greatest novels of all time.. I'll treasure this book and keep it in a dear place in both my heart and my library. I cant describe how I'm feeling after I finished it..

My heart is shuttered because even when I predicted the most important 3 things.. I still couldn't get over what happened and the way the Author delivered this book to us.. When I was One of the greatest novels of all time.. When I was reading the early chapters I spoil the ending on myself by reading the last pages.. If this novel turned to a movie-keeping the author as script writer - I'm sure as the sun it will be an Oscar winning one that people will never forget. If I live to be a hundred years or more, I swear I will die with the memory of that look burned into my heart. This was a good Story, nice Plot and very well written.

But the thing is - it didn't had something special in it. The beginning and all of the switching between past and present and the perspectives; it got me hooked. Still, even before I was half through, I could predict everything, and I was always right, even at the End. So at the End, I always got a little bored But that something wasn't something that This was a good Story, nice Plot and very well written. But that something wasn't something that stands out and makes this book unique In conclusion: It's still a really gripping, emotional and sweet but predictable Lovestory Jan 16, Sarah rated it it was ok Shelves: tear-jerker , romantic.

Good page turner, and would have given it 3 stars, but I found the ending both predictable and emotionally manipulative. This was not a perfect book, but it was an example of a book that kept my interest the whole way through, and finished with a satisfying resolution. My main complaint is that the book opens with these two guys who are both absolutely the most perfect husbands ever. These guys are irritatingly wonderful, their every thought stuck on how magnificent their wives were, and how much they wanted to get back to them. Yeah, yeah, okay This was not a perfect book, but it was an example of a book that kept my interest the whole way through, and finished with a satisfying resolution.

Yeah, yeah, okay, we get it. Anyway, so poor Joe finds himself trying to help some kids rescue their dog from the ice. Yet, the book spends much more time focussing on the amazing David, and how he and Ally were soulmates once.

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How dare she? Clearly Ally lost him in an unfair fight. Her consolation prize was obviously Joe. Poor thing. Now maybe Joe can drop off the perch and she and David can be together again when his own health emergency is managed? If so, I did think it was a bit much, that it would be quite the distasteful turn of events. However, instead we get the chance to learn more about their relationships and how it came to this point. In the end, I guess the necessary plot twists had to be done to finish it neatly. I think it may actually have worked better to simply acknowledge what was going to happen between the two main men, very early in the book.

Then we could continue to learn about them, and how they came to this point. Someone ends up heartbroken. In fact, whatever happened, one of these people was always going to end up heartbroken. So, deal with that straight off, so we can understand why.


I think it could have done with some tweaking, but it was extremely enjoyable to read. Sep 13, Areebaflaunts rated it it was amazing. Drenched in emotions. This book was the finest drama and romance that I've read so far. One night and a day that sums up thousand stories of the surprising past and the unplanned future of two couples, two best friends who have long lost connections and two pair of lovers - one of whom have found love as a missing piece lying close in her house Ally and Joe , and the other who never planned to be together but She took the chance and made him hers David and Charlotte.

But there is one lost love Drenched in emotions. But there is one lost love story of the past that is also hanging in the air David and Ally. When fate brings them together and unveils the past, they fall back together and feel new emotions. There are soo many sides of the story that are told so effortlessly that I couldn't put it down and finished pages all in a flow. Never did it happen once throughout the storyline that I lost my interest.

From the first page to the last, I was drenched in several emotions, just like the storyline. It will make you cry and laugh and aww struck you so hard. Every scene is explained with such a beauty that made the book to flow like a movie in my brain. Although the storyline flows in past and present narratives side by side but it's been elaborated so well that not once did I miss the beat or not understand the story.

All in all, a book I will definitely come back to Mar 21, Steph Hayward-bailey rated it it was amazing. I love Atkins books so much but they distort me every time I read one. They are so emotional and the way they are written makes you connect with the characters so deeply. Another tear jerking ending, but I loved it. Apr 07, Ann rated it liked it.

I loved Dani Atkins other books particularly Fractured but I struggled with this one. It was so long and at times rather boring. Also didn't much like any of the main characters. Dec 28, Rebecca rated it it was amazing. Originally reviewed on Becca's Books. Our Song is the first novel that I've read by Dani Atkins, and after falling beneath this phenomenal storyteller's spell, it will not be the last.

This tale was so seamlessly told, unravelled ribbon by ribbon, only to deliver a sumptuously emotional middle, that broke my heart over and over again. It was powerful and real, and one that will remain with me for a very long time to come. I'm sure that I've mentioned this before, in reviews when the author has cho Originally reviewed on Becca's Books. I'm sure that I've mentioned this before, in reviews when the author has chosen to tell their story in this way, but throughout Our Song, Dani Atkins takes her readers backwards and forwards in time to really deliver the full blow.

Taking us right back to the very beginning, and then somehow, taking us all the way to the very end, everything in-between was just superb. Dani has a beautiful way with words, her style classy and elegant, yet it's entirely warm and comforting. As I progressed through the chapters, it became clear to me that Dani knew her characters inside out. I could see each of them, Ally, Charlotte, David and Joe, in brilliant 3D, standing there on the page right in front of me. Their characteristics, unique behaviours and thoughts, only pulled me closer towards them, and this added so much emotion to every blow the characters received throughout their separate journeys.

Having me feel this close to the characters, I felt as if I were beside them every single step of the way towards their future. Dani spilled her characters' hearts open to me.

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I knew their wishes, their hopes and dreams, and I only hoped that life would be good to them. The switching between the past and present allowed me an insight into the back-story that decided the road to the present day, and despite a desperate urge to skip forward to find out what happened, throughout the time I spent reading this novel, I knew I had to hold back so as not to ruin the full, final effect for myself. I was tempted though. Snippets of memories, conversations and incidents that would always be remembered, I felt that a whole life-time passed between the pages.

Poignant and stunningly portrayed, Dani explored the deepest depths of her characters and it moved me immeasurably. I watched them grow and change as time passed by, felt sadness and happiness as they did, and hoped that they'd reach a satisfying end when the time came for their entwined story to come to an end. I'm not ashamed to say that I shed more than a few tears while reading Our Song.

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While incredibly enjoyable to read, Dani Atkins ensured that she included all of the normal aspects of life too, which for me, only made it all the more heartbreaking. Those special moments of falling in love for the very first time, that heartbreaking torture of waiting to hear good or bad news My heart was completely invested in this book, in these characters, and their eventual outcome.

This is a story that will make you think about your own future and past, and perhaps even of where you'll end up in the years to come. It summons up all sorts of thoughts and feelings about life and the choices we make, and how those choices affect the future. Our Song was simply stunning storytelling and I'll be sure to keep an eye out for future releases from Dani Atkins. Special thanks to Books and the City for providing me with a review copy of Our Song by Dani Atkins in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Jan 09, Simona added it Shelves: author-publisher-request. Two women, two lives, two husbands, one child, one hospital. Ally and Charlotte meet again after many years. Both their husbands had an accident and their lives are in danger, the night counts. Both women face a lot already, without the other one being there, but meeting one another takes everything to a whole new level. Ally is surprised by the police at home, telling her that her husband Joe fell into ice on a lake. She first has to take care of her son Jake, before going to the hospital and she calls her best friend Max.

Charlotte is very happy with David, but seeing Ally again makes her feel weird. Somehow Ally seems to have everything Charlotte wants with David. When they meet both women look back at their lives. SO we get to read about David and Ally being a couple. How Charlotte came into their lives, why they broke up and when Ally met Joe. Her son Jake plays an important role here as well. Both women got to share their story as well, which made me warm up to both of them and their situations. Their feelings came across so beautifully and it Dani found a great way to lead us through their journeys.

Both women changed, went through a range of emotions and a hard time. The night is long and Ally and Charlotte are a mess. Decisions have to be made… A lot of secrets are revealed, the storyline is really brilliant and make this a page turner, I got so hooked. This story touches your heart and goes under your skin. The writing, the characters, the emotions, the plot — just perfect. This is a touching, clever, heart-breaking and beautiful book. Our Song is the first book by Dani Atkins I've read, I think I have them all, so it's finally time to pick up the others and read them, I can't wait.

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Oct 13, Vicki Bowles rated it it was amazing. I was very lucky to receive a proof copy of this and I'm so glad I did. I was hooked from the start by Dani's beautiful writing, the plot weaving seamlessly between the present - just one night - and the past, slowly reveals ng the back story. Without hopefully giving anything away, I can honestly say I have never cried so much reading a book. Andy Jones's The Two of Us made me sob too but this ripped my heart out, chewed it up and spat it out again. In a good way, of course.

Oh my God, did it I was very lucky to receive a proof copy of this and I'm so glad I did. Oh my God, did it This will be THE book to read in Feb 09, Sky rated it it was amazing. This book completely broke me. I don't think I have ever cried so much reading the ending of a book.

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Such a beautiful heart wrenching story that will leave you wanting to hug your own loved ones tightly. Nov 29, Melissa rated it really liked it. Weak, obvious writing style and predictable ending but nice idea. Readers also enjoyed. About Dani Atkins. Dani Atkins. Dani was born and brought up in Cockfosters- a small London suburb at the end of the Piccadilly Tube Line. This served her well for commuting into the city, where from the age of 18 she worked in a succession of secretarial positions in companies as diverse as a BMW car dealership to the BBC.

Dani spent her two hour commute avidly reading and dreamed that one day she would become an author herself Dani was born and brought up in Cockfosters- a small London suburb at the end of the Piccadilly Tube Line. Dani spent her two hour commute avidly reading and dreamed that one day she would become an author herself. Retrieved January 26, Rovi Corporation. Retrieved June 26, Retrieved July 7, Alfred Publishing. The Washington Post Company. Retrieved June 21, The Observer. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved May 21, Alpha Media Group.

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