Review: Then and Always

**I received an advanced copy of Then and Always from Penguin Canada in exchange for an honest review and participation in their blog tour.**

 Thank you to Elizabeth Cameron from Penguin Canada!

Then and Always

Author: Dani Atkins
Series: N/A
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Publication Date: May 20th, 2014
Format: ebook
Pages: 320
Source: Penguin Canada / Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Chapters | Kobo

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Absorbing, surprising, and heart-rending, Dani Atkins’s debut novel follows a young woman who, after an accident, gets a second chance at life … just not the one she remembers.

Rachel Wiltshire has everything she’s ever wanted: a close group of friends, a handsome boyfriend, and acceptance to the journalism program at a top-choice college. But one fateful evening, tragedy tears her world apart. Five years later, Rachel returns home for the first time to celebrate her best friend’s wedding. Still coping with grief, she can’t stop thinking about the bright future she almost had, if only that one night had gone differently. But when a sudden fall lands her in the hospital, Rachel wakes to find that her life has completely changed. Now she has her dream job as a writer and a stylish apartment, but the people she loves most are not the way she remembers them. Unable to trust her own recollections, Rachel tries to piece together what really happened, and not even she can predict the astonishing truth.


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What if?

What if is a simple question with a not so simple (endless) list of possibilities.

Everyone has that moment in their life, or maybe even a few, where you sit there thinking “what if?” What if I did this differently? How much would my life and/or perspective have changed? The answer? We’ll never really know. That is unless you’re Rachel Wiltshire.

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When I started Then and Always I truthfully did not know what to expect. You read the synopsis and you understand what the back-story is, but there is no way to prepare yourself for what you’re truly about to experience while reading this.

Then and Always should have been a comfy read for me, and what that means is I should have dressed in comfy clothes; an added bonus would be a pair of fluffy slippers (if only I had a pair), a cup of tea to my left, my cat sleeping to my right, and a box of Kleenex directly in my lap. And if I was really lucky, a tub of ice cream in the freeze and a box of Ferrero Rochers just waiting to be devoured. 

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Instead? I read 87% of this hunched over my laptop, eyes scanning from left to right. If I had a physical copy you would hear nothing but me vigorously flipping the pages waiting to find out what would happen next. From the minute you finish the first chapter YOU ARE HOOKED. Dani knows how to do more than just write a novel, she knows how to captivate you and leave you wanting more but taking away a beautiful and truthful life lesson. She had my emotions trapped on a roller coaster throughout this whole novel; I was basically sitting on the edge of my seat trying to predict what the end result would be. You can try to prepare yourself for the tears that will fall, but you can’t prepare yourself for all the emotions, THE FEELS!

Dani Atkins uses first-person narration through Rachel to tell the story and I couldn’t imagine it being conveyed any other way. Can I also just say that first-person narrative is something you don’t come across often; or when you do it’s not done probably, but she executes this beautifully.

Overall, I’m going to go ahead and boldly say that Then and Always is THE book of the summer. Dani Atkins deserves a huge amount of recognition and praise for this book. I’m still trying to comprehend the fact that she’s a first time author! This is a book you won’t want to miss out on, and an author to keep your eye out for.
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I give this 5 beautiful fluttering butterflies!!!
5 stars

Again, I would like to send a HUGE thank you to Elizabeth Cameron from Penguin Canada for allowing me to take part of this blog tour!

Thanks for stopping by!



3 thoughts on “Review: Then and Always

  1. you are SO RIGHT! I CRIED AND CRIED AND CRIED so so much.. i had the worst headache the next day. Nothing could prepare me for all the feels.. even taking a peek at the ending (i know i know.. really stupid thing to do..) and ugh.. just.. my heart. I do have to say though that i was a bit frustrated with the writing sometimes, but overall, this was a good book.

    – Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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