How did I get it?:
I bought it.
‘Do you ever wonder if you’ve lived the life you were meant to?’ I ask her.
She sighs, and dips her head. ‘Even if I do, what difference will it make?’
In 1988, two eight-year-old girls with almost identical names and the same love of ballet meet for the first time. They seem destined to be best friends forever and to become professional dancers. Years later, however, they have both been dealt so many cruel blows that they walk away from each other into very different futures – one enters a convent, the other becomes a minor celebrity. Will these new, ‘invisible’ lives be the ones they were meant to live, or will they only find that kind of salvation when they are reunited twenty years later?
Although I have read many of Dorothy Koomson’s books, I have only reviewed two here on my blog. So, if you don’t know already, I’m a massive fan of Dorothy Koomson’s writing. She is an autobuy author for me. I don’t even read the synopsis, I just preorder! I have to be honest and say that I don’t think is Dorothy’s best work. Don’t get me wrong, it’s well written and as touching as I’ve come to expect from Dorothy’s work, I just found it to be quite slow paced and it didn’t capture my attention as much as I wanted it to.
This story follows two ladies with very similar names. Veronica Harper (Roni) and Veronika Harper (Nika) know that they’re going the best of friends when they meet each other. As well as having similar names, they both absolutely adore ballet. Both girls are deetermined to be professional dancers. However, something terrible happens to the girls which tears their friendship and their dreams apart in the process. As a reader, we follow them later in their lives, Roni has been a nun and Nika has been a minor celebrity, she now cleans in a hotel. Roni and Nika are destined to cross paths again and fate brings them back together once more.
I did enjoy this story of love, loss and betrayal, but I feel like the action took some time to pick up the pace. I also didn’t enjoy reading about Roni as much as I did Nika, which gave me an immediate disconnect to the story. However, this shouldn’t put you off as it is still a highly enjoyable read that fans of woman’s fiction should lap up!
Would I recommend it?:
Yes, 3.5 stars!