The Story of Our Lives
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Title...The Story Of Our Lives
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 ...more
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 ...more
The novel is set up in time periods based on the friends' weekend get-aways. Each section starts ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
'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 ...more
I loved the concept of this book, even though we only see the four friends come together once a year, you feel a permanent ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more