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She could be the girl dancing on tables one night, and the next she'd be hiding in the shadows.

Just when I thought I understood her, she would melt away and become a completely new person, and I'd have to start all over again.

That's how it was with Anna.

Nick and Anna work the same summer job at their local cinema. Anna is mysterious, beautiful and from a very different world to Nick.

She's grown up preparing for the end of days, in a tightly controlled existence where Christmas, getting drunk and sex before marriage are all off-limits.

So when Nick comes into her life, Anna falls passionately in love. Their shared world burns with poetry and music, cigarettes and conversation - hints of the people they hope to become.

But Anna, on the cusp of adulthood, is afraid to give up everything she's ever believed in and everyone she's ever loved. She walks away and Nick doesn't stop her.

Years later, a tragedy draws Anna back into Nick's life.

But rekindling their relationship leaves Anna and Nick facing a terrible choice between a love that's endured decades and the promises they've made to others along the way.

©2021 Jodie Chapman (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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A beautifully written book - definitely not just a love story

I loved this book, a story where you aren’t disappointed by the outcome but you feel the pain of and reality of life and how it rarely goes the way you expect.

Can’t wait to read Jodie’s next book!

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STUNNING

A beautifully written love story of hope, loss, and belonging. I adored it from start to finish.

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Disappointing

Two annoying characters who take twenty years to get together. Supposed to be a study of someone torn by their religion but actually just an irritating, short sighted, girl toying with the emotions of a very dull young man. Yes I was disappointed.

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Superb

I absolutely loved this book from start to finish. Well written, original and well thought through.

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Wonderful narrator and very interesting story dealing with a difficult subject. Plus a refreshing outlook on love

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Beautiful

Wonderful book, such a pleasure to listen to and to follow the bitter, sweet love story of Nick and Anna, through their complex, and completely different lives. Loved the way the story moved backwards and forwards through time in-order to explore the emotional difficulties both Nick and Hannah faced in their early lives and how it impacted on their relationship. One of those books you don't want to finish, but are desperate to know what happens in the end.

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highly recommend

I really enjoyed this- getting more and more gripped as the story went on. I found the narrators pronunciation of the word 'rifling' infuriating though!

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A wonderful tale of love.

This was a slow burn for me but worth persevering with. Nick is not always admirable but I loved his honest story telling. I totally engaged with the characters and found the story very thought provoking.

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Loved it

Loved this book. The characters are thoughtfully portrayed and feel real. As i read on I became more and more hooked.

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A story about love and loss

Absolutely beautiful and insightful. A wonderful read/listen. I enjoyed every minute of the three main character’s journey through life and love.

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