Published: 5th June 2014
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
One decision + two different paths = how many happy endings? Have you ever wondered ‘What if…?’ What if you’d taken that other job, gone on a date with that sweet guy, moved to a different city? Would an alternative life path have led to a happier ending? Now imagine if you could have taken both paths…When Bea Bishop slips while walking down the aisle on her wedding day, she is momentarily knocked unconscious. And in a flash, her world splits and two separate parallel lives take her on two very different journeys. In one, Bea flees back down the aisle and out of the church. In the other, she glides blissfully towards Adam, her intended. Each path will take her on a very different journey. And each will see her life change for better and for worse. But which story will lead to her happy-ever-after?
Thank you to my lovely friend Sara at Simon and Schuster for kindly surprising me with a signed copy of Ali’s new book.
The narrative begins in April 2014 when Bea has made her decision of who she wants to spend her life with. The trouble is, we don’t know who the groom is and in true Fiction style, the chapter cuts off. Is it Adam, the man of her dreams or someone else? We’re then taken back to the first wedding day (don’t worry, there’s only two!) and she’s walking down to the aisle, about to marry Adam. Please note that this is NOT a spoiler as it’s in the now. But then, she trips over in true clumsy style and blacks out. That’s when the narrative truly begins…
The entire book is split into two subconscious thoughts – she marries Adam in one and in the other, she runs away. The plot screams drama. What I loved the most is that we witness these two subconscious dreams back to back. Amazing technique Mrs Harris. We go along with Bea down the two paths and I actually prefered the one where she doesn’t marry Adam because it focused purely on her career which I loved reading about. As much as I liked Adam’s character, he lacked a little bit of excitement for me.
In both subconscious dreams, the same event happens – AMAZING! I was completely drawn into Ali’s fictional world and had zero idea how what would happen at the end. Soon enough, the two dreams flip completely and they both change dramatically – WOW! Ali has thought of everything that a reader would love happen and she’s put it into her narrative. I can’t stop fangirling over Written In The Stars. It’s my go-to novel now when I’m having a life crisis.
In true book blogger fashion, I won’t spoil the ending but what I will say is expect nothing and you will truly be amazing. With Ali’s beautiful writing style, addictive plot and magnificent characters, you will definitely want to read this over a blissful weekend.