Review: Then and Always by Dani Atkins

20140215-153936.jpgWow! I sure didn’t see that coming. Isn’t that just the best feeling in the world as a reader? I am always deeply humbled by authors who can make me feel this way simply by using their words.

Twenty-three-year old Rachel Wiltshire wakes up in the hospital after a nasty fall to find that everything she remembers is no longer. In her new reality, life is much more pleasant than her memories lead her to believe. Her dad is no longer dying from cancer. She and her high school boyfriend are still together and are, in fact , engaged. Her dreams of going to university and becoming a journalist have been realized. And dead friends are now among the living. To be honest, her newly discovered life is much more pleasant than the one left behind in her memories. While everyone around her chalks it up to a simple case of trauma-induced amnesia, Rachel struggles to come to terms with the collision of these two worlds, all the while feeling that everything is not as it seems.

This novel by Dani Atkins evokes feelings of sadness, longing, nostalgia, and oh-my-goodness-I-can’t-believe it. While most of the story is engaging enough and proceeds in a nice, orderly fashion, the last few pages alone are well worth the journey. A five star read from a promising author!

~Thalia

Buy it Now: Then and Always: A Novel

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