Then and Always
Author: Dani Atkins
Publisher: Ballantine Books, May 20, 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.
I love reading first time authors and Dani Atkins is not an exception. This is a romance unlike
any other romance. I thought I had it figured out, but I didn’t. The ending was a total
surprise. Atkins characters are wonderfully molded. You’ll hate Cathy and root for Michael to
get some character. Jimmy is that small town boy who always had a crush on you and then there’s Rachel. You will fall in love with her and want everything to work out for her.
This was a sweet romance. No bodice ripping, no foul language, and I loved it that way. Part of the book was predictable but I don’t think that spoiled the surprise ending. Then and Always was written with profuse passion and you will find parts of it heartbreaking so have a box of tissues ready.
This is a book that I’m not going to forget for a long time.
I received a copy of this book from Ballentine Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
About the author (from Goodreads)
Dani was born and brought up in Cockfosters, London, whose chief claim to fame is that it’s 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.
When her two children grew up and left home, Dani set about turning this dream into reality and devoted her time to writing. She now lives in a rural Hertfordshire cottage with her husband, a crazy border collie dog and two geriatric cats.