Title: The Book of Us

Author: Andrea Michael

Publishers: One More Chapter

Format: Ebook

Pages: 368

Genres: Women’s Fiction, Friendship, Contemporary

Rating: 5/5


Release Date: June 11th 2020

Where To Buy: Amazon UK, Amazon USA, Book Depository

Summary: She had to be able to look back at this as a time that was sacred, magical. There would be pain enough later.

Cass and Loll used to be inseparable. They met at university and they made sense, like two halves of a whole. They had planned their lives around each other, writing down their dreams in The Big Book of Our Life – the things they wanted to achieve, the places they’d go after they finished university. But then one night changed everything.

Seven years later, Loll receives a letter from her old friend. The coming year will be the year they both turn 30, but Loll might be making it to 30 alone. Cass has cancer. She wants to know if Loll still has The Big Book as her dying wish is to do everything they had planned. Little does Loll know that there is one big difference: Veronica, Cass’s six-year-old daughter, will be coming with them.

Time is ticking for Cass, who is desperate to make lasting memories for her young daughter and ensure that she’s leaving her in good hands. But how do you say goodbye to those you love most in the world?

An emotional and uplifting novel of friendship, love and the family you choose. Perfect for fans of Gill Childs, Amanda Prowse and Jojo Moyes.

Thank you so much to author Andrea Michael for giving me an ebook copy to read and review through NetGalley.

Review: Heart Wrenching and Beautifully Written.

The story will grip you from the very start where we are introduced to Cass and Loll in a letter, from that letter you already get an idea what is to come in the story but honestly you don’t even know half of what will come.

The characters in this story were incredible, so real and so raw. There were moments you utterly hate a character but then you stop and love them or feel for them or want to hug them, times you want to yell at them. Honestly these characters take you on a rollercoaster of emotion as they go through so much.

Loll or Lauren who is an anxiety ridden women who feels wronged but realised her wasted life and all she could have had and done, she is transported thanks to Cass and Vee back to a form of her self she’d lost and became so much more.

Cass who had gone through a lot in her life and going through even more now with her cancer, she knows what she wants and manipulates to get it. She is infuriating and wonderful at the exact same time. She’s a bitch and a caring and loving person at the same time. She knew what was coming in her life, she did let it get in her way she chose to live it anyway.

Vee the most precious angel ever, you will honestly adore her and your heart will melt and break. Filled with so much personality, sass, kindness and charm for someone so young. She’s just like Cass in so many ways. She’s adorable and smart and caring, she will tug away at you as you read the book.

The adventure is amazing they escape from their everyday lives to visit dream destinations and find themselves dealing with all the crap they’ve been dealt with, things they’ve ignored or done. They find themselves and they find each other as they were always meant too. They get to have the most fun crossing off things they’d only ever dreamt of doing and living in the moment.

The story itself my goodness it was a whirlwind of pain, relief, anger, love and adventure. It was both incredibly fun and gut wrenching. Not one page goes by where you don’t know the inevitable is coming but it will still kick you, it will still cause you to cry hard. This whole beautiful story is a lesson, in life, in love, in things that could or should have been, in friendship and so much more.

This book was phenomenal and I highly recommend it, it’s such a well made and well thought out story, you will connect so quickly and deeply to the characters and the story and feel everything as they do. The ending is also perfect and was much needed closure.

(One thing I wish was written in somewhere was Darren getting a good old punch in the face he fully deserved it.)

About Author: Andrea Michael writes books to explore complicated relationships and might be aiming to make you cry … just a little. You may know her from her previous romantic comedies, written under the name ‘A L Michael’. She works in marketing, runs writing for wellbeing workshops, and lives in Watford with her fiancée and their crazy cat.

Twitter: @almichael

Instagram: @andreamichaelwrites

Official Site: www.andreamichaelwrites.com


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