#NewRelease ~ The Story After Us by Fiona Perrin ~ #4StarReview @fionaperrin @Aria_Fiction

Posted July 16, 2018 by Cyndi Becker 0 Comments

#NewRelease ~ The Story After Us by Fiona Perrin ~ #4StarReview @fionaperrin @Aria_Fiction

#NewRelease ~ The Story After Us by Fiona Perrin ~ #4StarReview @fionaperrin @Aria_FictionThe Story After Us by Fiona Perrin
Published by Aria on July 14th 2018
Genres: Women's Fiction
Pages: 302
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four-stars

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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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 stop myself from feeling hopeful about their future but while Lars was worthy in their early years, he’s ice cold and not at all sympathetic. Perrin pairs Ami with an amazing best friend, Liv, who not only provides support and also inadvertently helps her on her career path.

Perrins’ writing is exquisite, descriptive and heartfelt: “I was like a thundercloud, plump with rain, which had yet to burst again, but where every so often a fat drop escaped.” As my eyes teared up I could can FEEL the tears escaping hers. The road is rocky for Ami and Lars, and frankly he’s quiet frustrating. But the story is all about their marriage, it’s really about Ami finding her voice and coming into her self again. She’s challenged by far more than Lars, and she rises to the occasion.

Fiona Perrins’ debut is real and heartfelt. Everything about this story had me thinking, wondering what she should do, and changing my mind – I simply wanted Ami to find happiness, and clearly that meant something had to change. 4 Stars and recommendation!

 

~Review By Cyndi

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About Fiona Perrin

I was a journalist and copywriter before building a career as a sales and marketing director in industry. Having always written, I 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, I wanted to write grown-up commercial fiction about messy, modern love and families - with all their heartbreak, humour and hope.

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

I'm probably there at the moment writing my second novel for Aria.

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