The Story of Our Life - Shari Low
Reading Challenge Category: Free from Amazon
So what would you do if your 'happy ever after' was stolen from you? Colm strolled into my life fifteen years ago. If there's ever such a thing as love at first sight, that was it for us both. A few weeks later we married, celebrating with those who cared, ignoring the raised eyebrows of the cynics. We knew better. This was going to be forever. The dream come true. The perfect ending. Until it wasn't. Because a couple of months ago everything changed. We discovered a devastating truth, one that blew away our future and forced us to revisit our past, to test the bonds that were perhaps more fragile than they seemed. So now I ask you again, what would you do if your 'happy ever after' was taken from you? Because this is what I did. I'm Shauna. And this is the Story of Our Life...
It took me ages to get into this book; I’m not sure why! It might have been the jumping of the timeline at the beginning made it hard to follow what was going on and all the different characters that we were expected to know straight away. However, it just seemed not to grip me until it did on a very personal level, and then I couldn’t put it down. When Colm had to go to the doctors with headaches and was fobbed off with migraines, it just resonated so emotionally with me that I was almost in tears as this is what I went through for years with doctors. It is so easy for them to fob you off without really looking at you and the cause of the headache and so easy for them to say it is migraines that the story was so well written and so true to real life. I was fortunate that what was wrong with me wasn’t life-threatening, but I did have the papilledema (along with other things) that Colm is initially diagnosed with that can result in blindness. This was such a beautifully written and moving book. Whether I would have felt the same if it had been something other than headaches I will never know, but I read it at the right time, and it was just lovely! The jumping of timelines once I got into the book helped me be even more hooked as you wanted to get through the chapter on the past back to the present to see what the verdict and diagnosis was. So it made you read even faster in the end. An absolutely heart-wrenching and brilliant book!