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The Story of Our Lives

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  601 ratings  ·  120 reviews
‘A fascinating exploration of friendship. Compelling, twisty, emotional and believable – I loved it.’ Sarah Morgan Four friends. Twenty years. One powerful secret.

Everyone remembers where they were on 31st August 1997, the day Princess Diana died.

Sophie, Emily, Amy and Melissa certainly do -– a beautiful cottage in Southwold, at the start of an annual tradition to have a

Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published February 8th 2018 by HQ (first published February 1st 2018)
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Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Story of Our Lives is a raw, emotional, and unputdownable book! I have not had the pleasure of reading anything by Helen Warner but this book was truly such a gem.

Emily, Amy, Melissa, and Sophie have been best friends since they were little girls. They have been there for one another through thick and thin. Like the dirtiest of the gunk... lol. I was truly inspired by the friendship that these women have and it made me miss having friends like this of my own!

What I truly enjoyed most about
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

Anton was her tutor and over the course of her first year, Emily had grown increasingly attracted to him. In his late thirties, he was tall, tanned, blond and devastatingly charming. He was also devastatingly married with two young children.

Melissa’s love life was non-existent. Well, that wasn’t strictly true. Melissa’s sex life was excellent. It was just that there wasn’t much love involved in any of her liaisons…

She had so much to apologize for that if she started now, until th
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
I’m sure many of us have read stories about a group of female friends before, but the way this was structured was unique and set it apart from other books based on friendship. Four friends, Sophie, Melissa, Amy and Emily meet up every year for a girls weekend and these trips mean the world to them. This is divided into sections by year and follows the ladies on their weekends away. At the beginning of each part there is a political or pop culture reference relevant to whatever year it is and I l ...more
Sherri Thacker
I really enjoyed this book about 4 best friends who meet every year for a girls weekend away. It’s a story about friendship, love, loss, betrayal, and forgiveness.
Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
2.5 stars

It started out slow and bit all over the place; after I invested a bit of time into it I became more engaged in the story. Boy was there loads of drama. And, the drama kept on coming even when you wanted to cover your eyes and will it to stop. (Why Emily, why?!)

The story follows four college friends that get together once a year- from college graduation throughout their 30's - for a best friends weekend. Marriages, divorces, affairs, children, bombshells, you name it: its all covered h
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
A story of 4 friends, a story of friendship and family, a story haunted by secrets, a story of betrayal, a story of forgiveness, a story of reaffirmation of deep bonds

This book follows the lives of 4 women, best friends since college, the hills and valleys of their lives, their happiness and sadness, their actions and reactions. Cutting the core are the secrets which seems to abound in every chapter. Sophia, Melissa, Emily and Amy meet up for girls' weekend every year and we as readers get to kn
Sandie Bishop
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is an immensely readable book. Well drawn characters as diverse as you are going to get within a friendship group who meet at university, stay close friends yet go their own paths in life.

Sophie: the sensible, grown up one who meets her Mr Right, Steve, at uni, gets a good job, buys a house and has a baby who she struggles to bond with. Always the voice of reason among the group.

Melissa, the party girl who gets an exciting job in the music industry after uni and is forever getting herself i
Rachel Gilbey
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly impressive novel, where we follow the lives of four best friends over a 10 year period of their lives. They tend to meet up for a weekend away every year, so the book is split naturally into sections, with a news headline from the time at the start of the next yearly meet up.

From these weekends away we get to see what the girls are up to current, and then also get told as they tell each other, the highlights or lowlights of the past year. There are always big conversations happening
Cleopatra  Pullen
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
How would we survive without friends for support? The Story of Our Lives follows four women; Sophie, Melissa, Emily and Amy over twenty years in short bursts an unusual structure that gives an insight into the momentous occasions that we all encounter during our lives.

The first time we meet the friends is on their weekend break in Southwold in August 1997 following the death of Princess Diana. Sophie is in a long-term relationship with someone she met at university, wondering perhaps if she sett
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, heavy, meh
Actual rating 2.5

This was a hard one for me to read because if I ever write a novel this is what I would write - A story of me and my friends being hilarious, dealing with issues, helping each other, having amazing times. But this was just too much on the extreme end of things and the "Big Mystery" was completely obvious by page 11 (I actually counted!). The four women face a variety of problems ranging from post-pardem depression, extra-marital affairs, alcoholism and drug addiction, domestic a
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The description made me look forward to complicated, multidimensional, interesting characters but I was disappointed to feel nothing for these characters. There was a wall between this reader and any depth the author may have intended
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
2.5 STARS - The Story of Our Lives is a look at the friendships of four women. Readers get an inside look at their ups and downs when they meet up for their yearly girls' weekends over a period of twenty years.

This was an easy read that was more melodramatic than I had anticipated. The book deals with a lot of issues but maintains a light, soap opera feel to it as the characters are continually pummelled with heartbreak, illness, some happy times and a wallop of good old betrayal thrown in for g
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Four friends go away for a girls’ weekend every year – when they can – to decompress, relax, reaffirm their friendship, share their lives and support each other through good and bad. Each one has a distinctive story and sometimes they overlap and sometimes one friend is the focus. The chapters start with a real life event ie: Princess Diana’s death, the Challenger disaster, 9/11, and so on to place the reader in time and remind them of one of the biggest bits of news of that year. The book then ...more
Katy (Katyslibrary)
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much TLC Book Tours and Graydon House for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and for having me on this book tour.  

Following four best friends over the course of many years, this book explores hard topics such as abuse, miscarriages, and betrayal, but even more importantly tells the story of love, friendship, and family.  I give this genuine story of friendship standing the test of time 4 out of 5 stars!

At first I wasn't too sure about this book, it took
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it

Title...The Story Of Our Lives

Author...Helen Warner

My " in a nutshell" summary...

Four women...who met as young women in college...try to spend at least one weekend a year at a “weekend getaway”. Sophie, Melissa, Emily and Amy each have their own secrets and heartaches. Their time together helps them to see their lives more clearly in a sort of unfiltered way. They each also have various strengths and weaknesses as they live out their very different lives. Their getaway is special but they do liv
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Women's friendships can last through time and problems, through immaturity and growth. Four women struggle with their friendship for twenty years in Helen Warner's intense novel, The Story of Our Lives.

Sophie, Amy, Emily and Melissa were best friends at university in London. Although Sophie moves out after one year to room with Steve, the four remain close. In 1997, at twenty-five, they reunite. Sophie's still with Steve, although she's not sure about their relationship. Amy announces she's foun
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful story about 4 friends during 20 years of their lives. Even though they are best friends, they all live very different lives and only get together for an occasional weekend. More importantly, even though they are best friends who tell each other everything -- they are all keeping secrets from each other. Can their friendship survive when these secrets are brought out into the open?

The novel is set up in time periods based on the friends' weekend get-aways. Each section starts
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Emotional. Raw. A story of heartbreak, love, loss, betrayal, forgiveness, friendship and family. Real life is what you get in the newest release by Helen Warner, The Story of Our Lives. There is a little bit of everything that in some small way makes you feel connected to these women. From the very beginning you are sucked in and time flies. Before you know it, you cannot turn anymore pages because the story is over, you are left with a massive
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Story Of Our Lives by Helen Warner is a fabulous contemporary novel about friendship and life. The action spans from 1997 following a group of friends as they meet annually. There are flashbacks to fill in the action as the timeline moves forwards.
Written in a chatty, engaging style, the reader absorbs the action, being a very willing participant in the book.
Life throws all sorts at us. Our hopes and dreams in our twenties may be vastly different in our forties. Throughout all that life deli
I am a bit of a sucker for good women's friendship stories, especially when they span years or even decades and give you a front-row seat to see how different characters and their relationships grow and evolve. The Story of Our Lives covers the years between 1997 and 2007 in the lives of Sophie, Melissa, Amy and Emily, who became friends during their first year of university. The women gather annually for a 'girls' weekend away, where they reconnect and share (or don't share--there are some big ...more
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
The Story of Us tells the story of four friends over the years. Sophie has a wonderful relationship but struggles with post-partum depression. Amy is in a perfect marriage - from the outside. Emily is a single mother raising her son alone. Melissa struggles with drinking and self esteem that leads her to choose the wrong men.

This book spans the years from 1997 to 2012. Each section begins with a quote about what is happening in the world at that time. Events like Princess Diana's death, the Que
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit, net-galley
I've not read anything by Helen Warner before, but I'll definitely be looking out for more. This book was such an enjoyable and easy read, and I found myself completely invested in all of the characters.

'The Story of Our Lives' concerns four female friends who have been friends since university. They meet up periodically, and with each meeting or weekend away we hear more and more about their stories. There are lots of skeletons in their closets, with everyone having their secrets; every time th
Falguni Kothari
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful story of the bonds between women. This book took me back to my own enduring friendships, and what I would and wouldn't do to keep them.
Fun and crazy funny.
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was such an enjoyable book, I found myself completely engrossed in the lives of Sophie, Melissa, Emily and Amy. We meet up with these four friends once a year when they come together for their annual getaway. Over the course of twenty years we see these ladies fall in and out of love, struggle with work, become mothers, become wives and overcome life-changing troubles.

I loved the concept of this book, even though we only see the four friends come together once a year, you feel a permanent
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It features a group of friends and comes back to them every year. I enjoyed it because I liked seeing how their story developed over the years and seeing how their lives progressed year in year out. I loved that the book featured adult female friendships as I haven't seen enough of that in fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be looking out for more from the author.
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
No woman in this world would be able to survive without the constant support and cheer from her girlfriends who are always present whenever you need a comforting hug or to listen to soothing words or just to unburden yourself. ‘The Story of Our Lives’ by Helen Warner is a tribute to that friendship that is inevitable in our lives. I bet every woman out there can identify with the premise of this novel as who doesn’t have that group of tight knit friends who, though might be far apart in terms of ...more
Cheryl M-M
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sophie, Emily, Amy and Melissa are a close-knit group of friends. The reader follows them through their trials and tribulations over a period of two decades. They meet every year at the same time to celebrate their friendships and all the changes in their lives. Pregnancies, career changes, marriages, affairs, betrayals and life in general.

There is a fair amount of victim blaming when it comes to Amy and her situation. ‘If only she was a little tougher. If she stood up for herself it wouldn’t ha
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Best friends Sophie, Emily, Amy, and Melissa have been thick as thieves since their college days. Now that they're all out on their own, and even though they do see each other occasionally, they've made a tradition of getting together for a girls' weekend each year.

But as the years go by and each of their lives becomes more complicated:

Emily has never come clean about her son's father and being a single parent becomes difficult when she's challenged in a way she never could have imagined.

Amy has
Ricki Treleaven
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reminds me of Sex and the City because it's about four close friends who met when they were young and maintain a close bond as the years pass, but instead of meeting every week for brunch, these women go away together for long weekends to hang out and catch-up with each other's lives.

Helen Warner did a wonderful job crafting each character in the novel. I feel like I know all the friends except Emily, but she's very private about her love life and doesn't share like the other three. I
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
What? Just ok? This through the years book about female friendships which should be right up my alley just ok? Yes. I didn't especially like it although I did finish it. (and by the way no matter what goodreads tells you I did not read the kindle edition. I read the library book edition). The women in this book are so wrapped up in their romances and sex lives that it got on my last nerve. You expect that from the 20 and 30 something years but seriously? Into their 50s they are still weeping and ...more
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