The Story After Us #BookReview #FionaPerrin #Aria

Written by Fiona Perrin

 

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Sometimes the end is just the beginning…

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 around her, Ami is heartbroken, and in no way pulling off ‘consciously uncoupling’ like a celeb. But she’s starting to wonder if she just might come out the other side and be… happier?

As funny as Helen Fielding, as poignantly touching as Marian Keyes, Fiona Perrin’s dazzling debut is a story that is as much about finding out who you really are again, as it is about the exhausting balancing act of motherhood.

Unmissable for women everywhere.

 

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Fabulous Read for a Debut Novel!!   4 stars

 

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 boy and a girl – and both running successful businesses.  However, Ami and Lars haven’t worked as a team for a long time, but when a major shock gives them a wake up call, things may be on the up – but is that enough? As we follow their struggle to do the very best for their children, we also get glimpses into the people they were when they met.

Yet again, I find myself in awe that this is a debut novel – it has a much assured touch of a far more experienced writer. As someone who has found herself divorced with young children, it’s no picnic and the only thing to focus on is putting their needs above your own. Along with this main part of the story, we also meet friends and colleagues of Ami’s, and there are plenty of lighter moments to make the reader grin and giggle. Such an enjoyable – and well thought out read – deserves high praise indeed. So true to life, and an excellent example that there is no right or wrong way to go about things; we all just do our very best and hope it’s enough. Definitely worth reading!

My thanks to author Fiona Perrin for bringing her novel to my attention. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.

 

Tags: family life, women’s fiction
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1207 KB
  • Print Length: 431 pages
  • Publisher: Aria
  • Publication Date: 14 July 2018
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                                 Amazon US

 

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Meet the Author

 

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Fiona Perrin was a journalist and copywriter before building a career as a sales and marketing director in industry. Having always written, she completed the Curtis Brown Creative Writing course before writing The Story After Us.

As a mother and stepmother to four teenagers while holding down a fairly full-on job, she wanted to write grown-up commercial fiction about messy, modern love and families – with all their heartbreak, humour and hope.

Fiona grew up in Cornwall, hung out for a long time in London and then Hertfordshire, and now writes as often as possible from her study overlooking the sea at the end of The Lizard peninsula.

She is currently writing her second novel for Aria.

 

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