The Versions Of Us by Laura Barnett

It’s 1958 when Eva and Jim first meet. She swerves her bike to miss a dog but punctures her tyre and Jim is there to help. That’s where it starts for version one. The book follows their lives through three versions that all start in the same place but with slight variations. It shows how their lives diverge and converge as they are together and apart in different ways.

It may seem a bit daunting trying to keep track of three similar stories running concurrently over nearly 60 years. I have to admit I struggled at times, but as the stories developed the characters grew on me.
Eva, Jim and their close friends and family experience success and failure, love and heartache, new beginnings and death. No one version of the story is perfect, and it reminds us that no matter how much we might wonder “what if…” It probably would never be as perfect as we imagine.
A great book for fans of One Day by David Nicholls.
Laura has previously published short stories but this is her debut novel. It is going to be adapted for TV and I look forward to seeing what they do with it. Laura is also writing her second novel.
Get the book here The Versions of Us And here The Versions of Us (US site)
The UK release date for this book is the 28th of May.
I received this book from NetGalley.

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