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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  189 ratings  ·  39 reviews
If she tries very hard, Ami can remember when she used to have a dynamic and exciting career and a husband who she loved more than life itself, and who was equally smitten with her...

Now she has two children, a terrifyingly large mortgage, and no idea who she has become - or why she and her husband can't even be in the same room anymore.

With life as she knew it in tatters
ebook, 302 pages
Published July 14th 2018 by Aria
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Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-first-reads
Ami was living in a shabby apartment with her best friend Liv when she first saw Lars. The two of them hit it off immediately. They began to date, all the while working towards their grown up dreams.
Fast-forward ten years. Ami and Liv's relationship is still as strong as ever. Ami and Lars- not so much. They are now married with two small children. Their goals no longer seem to mesh. He's never there, and when he is, all they do is fight. He decides maybe they should get divorced. Ami's not sur
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this book not knowing what to expect, and this book had its moments. It had both warm and sweet parts along with the realities of life. It showed the rocky road of marriage and responsibilities between Ami and Lars. This debut from Fiona Perrins showed the strength of a woman, and though a relationship and being a couple was good, Ami could still find herself and become independent. The writing was humorous with a huge dose of reality. It kept my interest going. Overall an enjoyable read! ...more
Lucy J Jeynes
What if the fairytale ending was not the last page, but the start of a new story? Turns out it's not that easy to live happily ever after.

Ami has a big heart, and she loves her kids. She also has a big brain and she loves her work. Lars loves the kids too, and is working hard in his new dotcom. But do they still love each other? And will they make it? And if they don't, might that still turn out ok?

So many scenes will strike a chord with modern couples. From the sleazy neighbour trying to woo
Cyndi Becker
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fiona Perrin delivers a wonderful women's fiction story that had me on pins and needles. The story opens with a mother and wife at odds with her increasingly distant husband and the pressures of running a business, one account away from failure. I was equally excited and nervous to read this as I always seem to root second chances and I'm never certain it's the right thing. Ah, the journey of a reader.

The story is told from Amelia or "Ami's" perspective and initially goes bit was very hard to s
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Actually 3.5 stars

I was actually quite looking forward to reading The Story after us because the synopsis spoke to me on so many levels. Especially this sentence made me want to jump straight into the book: “Ami can remember when she used to have a dynamic and exciting career and a husband who she loved more than life itself, and who was equally smitten with her... Now she has two children, a terrifyingly large mortgage, and no idea who she has become” Lucky for me I don’t have a husband who can
Grace J Reviewerlady
Amelia Fitch has worked long and hard to have a successful advertising career, but her world seems to be falling apart and there's nothing she can do about it. Constantly arguing with her husband, worrying about her kids when she's working, worrying about her business when she's with the kids .. welcome to the life of the working mother! What happened to her relationship with the man she fell in love with?

For anyone looking on, Ami and Lars have the perfect life; large house, two offspring - a b
Marcee Feddersen
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it

I seem to be on a breakup/divorce kick in my reading right now. But I'm always up for a debut novel, so I grabbed The Story After Us and went down the road of heartbreak again.

Ami has been unhappy for a while. While she and Lars used to be madly in love, daily life, bills and small children seem to have robbed them of any of the magic they felt in their first years. Lars is a workaholic, chasing financial security that seems to be more important to him tha
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story starts on a high in the lives of Lars and Ami. The author takes us through their marriage with ups and downs. But what will the outcome be? Will they be able to get their lives on track again?

This is a very beautiful and emotional story. I suppose a lot of people will be able to recognize some parts of their own lives or of those of loved ones in it. Is doing the right thing always the right thing to do or might it make you even more miserable? Or is doing the right thing what you have
Elyse Emanuel
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written chick lit with heart, soul and a feminist heroine.

I loved this novel for all its quirky and complex characters: Ami, the feminist protagonist in the throes of divorce, having to deal with her two little ones Tessa and Finn, who for me conjure up my childhood nostalgia of the sheer loveliness and outright silliness of young children. Her husband, soon to be ex, Lars is an offbeat family figure who seeks to make amends throughout the novel. Ben, the charming potential love inte
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Story After Us was a fantastic novel that I quickly found myself engrossed in. I truly disliked the husband Lars, regardless of which phase of himself he was in, but I did like Ami and sympathized with the changes in her reality. Ami was probably one of the most honest characters that I’ve come across in a while, but oh my goodness this woman was as indecisive as they come. I appreciated her commitment to her children and her job, but as her parents guilt-tripped her and Lars was busy provin ...more
Cathy Geha
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
The Story After Us by Fiona Perrin

This book – definitely women’s fiction - may resonate with women that are going through tough times in their marriage. My takeaway from the story is that women must depend on, like and be true to themselves – a man cannot make their lives what it should be – they must do that themselves.

This book tells the love story and falling away from love that Ami and Lars experience. Lars is studying in London when the two meet, they like then love one another, marry and
Kathleen Gray
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Perrin has created complicated complex real characters in Ami and Lars, and in their kids as well. This is really about Ami at a stage in her life where she needs to decide how she wants to go. Lars has left her and she flounders a bit. Work is all over the place and she has to deal with a creepy boss. Slowly, however, she pulls things together. This is not chick lit, there are no easy answers (although there could be). Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. You'll smile more than once in this and nod ...more
Fluff Smut & Murder
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a tough one to get through - it hits way too close to home.. But Ami is strong - Lars is a douchebag, and the kids are just hysterical (funerals - I love it). liv needs her own series... It was a love story without being a ooey-gooey romance and that is what I liked most about it.

Were there parts that drive me crazy? Of course? Every time Ami's parents gave her guilt, every time Ami had guilt of her own over her marriage - it could be like a drinking game but then poor Liv would have al
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Sometimes the end is really the beginning...

I love when I read a debut novel and end up enjoying it! The Story After Us was a very relatable book for me and I imagine will be for many married women especially with kids. Ami and Lars are bogged down by the routine of family life and blooming businesses. Lars seems to have lost sight of his at home obligations to his wife and children while trying to provide for them. We are given flashbacks into the beginning romance of Ami and Lars and the journ
Janice Hallam
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed the book, didn’t want to put it down. Very true to life and funny haha.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

Really enjoyed reading this book to see what unfolded in each chapter. Also liked the style where it took the reader back to where it all began.
Paula Rajaratnam
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Miranda Knight
Jun 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Ami Fitch is wife, mother, and small business owner of Brand New, advertising company. Lately, all she does is argue with her husband, Lars. Lars files for divorce. Ami beggs him to stay but he doesn't. Lar changes his mind when their youngest son is nearly sufficated by their daughter Tessa. Tessa is going through a funeral phase when she re-enacts funerals. Tessa "buried" her brother--nearly sufficating him in cusions and blankets while the au pair left them to shag the footballer two doors do ...more
Sienna Emanuel
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Story After Us
Hysterical from front to back.

Ami shows what it is really like to struggle with divorce, raising children, a busy job and life in general whilst still coming out thinking she can do it all. The book contains brilliantly thought out characters such as the flakey, always tipsy without responsibility best friend; the macabre and death obsessed daughter, Ben the cocky, witty yet sweet love interest and the lechy boss Marty who thinks he can have his cake and eat it.

I see Ami as
Frances Johnstone
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book mostly for its wit, which can be hard to come by in a good romance. I guess I thought it was moving, really funny and a perky tale for the shall-I-shan't-I divorcee. If you're in a similar predicament and trying to weigh things up I'm not saying this book can help you make the right decision but it can really cheer you up while you're making it. Never read a book by Fiona Perrin before but I'm looking forward to her next book if it's as amusing as this one.
Louisa Notley
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Story After Us is heartwarming, funny and believable.

Although people may not be going through the exact same situation we can all certainly identify with Ami on many points.

The characters are all highly realistic and well thought out.

Whilst poignant the Story After Us is also laugh out loud funny.

It is a real page turner and I didn't want to put it down until it was finished.

I can't wait for Fiona Perrin's next book.

Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love British chick-lit...and this is a perfect, well-written example. Ami is faced with a husband, not painted as a villain or cheat, just a man who leaves her and their children because of his commitment to his business.

Left to her own devices and facing multiple issues, including possible job loss, unwelcome advances and the responsibility of caring for her trouble children. It is lovely to watch her, as she triumphs.

The atmosphere of life in the London fashion, advertising world makes for i
Sally Nimmo
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
The plot of this book is limited to marriage woes and job worries. There isn't much variety of input from other than main character. In the last couple of chapters, the author makes the story work out as the reader would hope. Everything was wrapped up in a pretty little bow.

That being said, it kept me interested. Not a bad read. Just not a great one.

Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review.
Jeannie Zelos
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
The Story After Us, A heartwarming tale of life and love for modern women everywhere,  Fiona Perrin

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre: Romance, General Fiction (Adult)

This is one of those books that's well written but which I didn't really enjoy. I wanted to like it, but was expecting a second chance style romance, or at least A romance, when what we get it the disintegration of one and a possibility of another. If the genre was in the Romance section I'd have felt a little less disappo
Jane Hunt
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ami is a fighter, whatever life throws at her she faces it, solves it, and then the next obstacle rears up. I am exhausted after reading this. Lars may be the love of her life, but he is an annoying character and even when he eventually tries to do the right thing I still don't like him much.
Angst and realism underscore this poignant and often amusing story, which moves between the past, Lars and Ami's love story and the present, what happens when it implodes. I enjoyed the real-time story best
Kim Shelley
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've actually had this on my TBR pile for quite some time but never seemed to be able to get around to reading it, I'm quite disappointed I waited as this is an absolutely fantastic and beautiful read about a woman trying to find her place in society again. Not to mention learning to juggle being a single mother to 2 children and trying to make a success of her business.
Amelia (Ami) is happy (kind of). She is trying to run a branding company and get that to land the biggest account of the compa ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the book, it had a good pace, interesting characters and a familiar setting for the chick lit setting. It was a good story, it didn't have an abundance of drama and constant wailing for the entire book and that's a good thing as that trope is getting annoying now. While she did cry Ami did get on with things and I liked how she was able to put her kids before herself and didn't hide away in bed for days at time like a lot of book characters do in this scenario. She's also able to admit h ...more
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
First I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for this arc in return for my honest review.

It was an honest story of a disintegrating marriage and how the actions of one spouse ensured the other would move on making a life for herself and two children. The fighting was caused in the first place by the husbands lack of family commitments, using the excuse to better his business to bring the family forward. But the wife tried to explain what they truly needed was more of his time with the
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This wasn’t all that bad but it wasn’t what I expected. Some of the reviews mentioned this to be another Bridget Jones type story. Love and life in a lighthearted way. This was why I thought it would be a nice book to read. I love Bridget Jones! It’s about a young couple who have been married for ten years, have two young children, and have come to the harsh reality of not getting along anymore for various reasons, so they are getting a divorce. The wife is a complete mess and finds it hard to f ...more
Katherine Hayward Pérez
When Ami meets Lars, his Swedish good looks and charm win her over and they date then marry and have two young kids. A decade passes and things aren't the same between them. They want different things and see each other less. When they do see each other, they fight and it's not a great atmosphere at all. The book is written in Ami's POV with flashbacks to happier times between her and Lars. I liked Ami's character and also that of Liv, her supportive friend. Fiona Perfin's writing is realistic a ...more
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