I am a little late to the party but I have only just finished this book sometime last month.

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The Versions Of Us by Laura Barnett

“What if you had said yes …? Eva and Jim are nineteen, and students at Cambridge, when their paths first cross in 1958. Jim is walking along a lane when a woman approaching him on a bicycle swerves to avoid a dog. What happens next will determine the rest of their lives. We follow three different versions of their future – together, and apart – as their love story takes on different incarnations and twists and turns to the conclusion in the present day. The Versions of Us is an outstanding debut novel about the choices we make and the different paths that our lives might follow. What if one small decision could change the rest of your life?”

I was intrigued with the beginning, but very soon I got caught in the web of confusion as the story broke out in three different versions. As I progressed into the book, it got harder and harder to keep track of which version I was in, or even how the versions started out. A number of times I got the versions mixed up in my head. I must admit I was frustrated at some points of the book. Only because I couldn’t remember correctly what happened in the last chapter(s).

I didn’t think I’d like this book much because of how difficult it was to read & relate. What I wasn’t aware of was how deep I got sucked in, attaching my soul to the characters in every version of the story. My soul was split into Horcruxes, I’m sure of it.

This book is an emotional rollercoaster ride for me – it made me smiled, it made me angry, it made me throw my hands up out of sheer disgust with the ways of the universe. And these things in the book, they happen in real life. With joy comes sorrow. Happiness that doesn’t last, contentment mistaken for happiness. The amount of betrayal and lies laced in the everybody’s lives hurt me more than I expect. At certain points it became too painful to read. But what surprised me most is how much I actually sobbed (so loud as well) as I completed the book. It surprised me because like I mentioned, these are things that happen, things that you expect. Or maybe I’m this big cry baby so everything makes me cry anyway. And what I think Laura Barnett so wonderfully reminds us at the end is that love will always find you. And once found, love will always stay. Love doesn’t always conquer everything, but love will always stay, until the end of time.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Allow me to share with you a couple of my favourite quotes from the book:

“…he is old enough now to know happiness for what it is: brief and fleeting, not a state to strive for, to seek to live in, but to catch when it comes, and to hold on to for as long as you can.”

“What would my life have been without you?”

And to the last quote, my friends, I will say:

Everything & nothing.

 

 

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Toodles. ♥

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So, I waited (nearly) forever for this book.

 

 

 

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Lovely, lovely book. It was definitely worth the wait.

 

The words resonate deep within me – some I can relate to, the others I can only imagine. Sentimental and beautiful.

 

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Inspiring and young. Makes me feel like picking up my pen and re-attempt my poetry skills. Reminded me of my younger days – I had a pretty pink notebook that I used to write my heart out in lyrical proses. I hope my mom didn’t throw out the book. It’s like my little secret, all the emotions of a growing child scribbled in rhymes.

 

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There is one particular poem that I am VERY proud of – I wrote it when I was 15? While I remember bits and pieces of it, I can’t remember the whole of it. I was extremely shy back then, to want to show it to anyone. Only one person has ever read it, and she loved it. Jeff has been dying to read it ever since I told him about it, but I only said, “Some day, you will.”. Up until today, I have yet to let him read it. Or anyone else (beside that friend) for that matter.

I promise I will share it. 🙂 Once I recover my little pink notebook.

 

In the mean time, I hope you will be entertained by my feeble works that I will post up once in a while. 😀

 

Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav – I highly recommend this book!

Very appropriate for a light bedtime read, or lounge on the couch with a cuppa on a rainy day with some soft music playing in the background. Perfect. ♥

 

I’ve already savoured it twice. Going to devour it again!

 

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<p>izzaa:</p><br />
<p>Of hot tea &amp; poetry.<br /><br />
Highlight of my week is having this book (Love &amp; Misadventure by Lang Leav) arrive at my doorstep on the day I needed it the most. Lang’s poems are A+.</p><br />
<p>Omg A+ thank you so much! xo Lang <br /><br />
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<p>Love &amp; Misadventure now available via Amazon or The Book Depositoryfor FREE worldwide shipping and major bookstores including Barnes &amp; Noble, Kinokuniya, Fully Booked, National Book Store, Books Actually, MPH, Periplus, Waterstones, Borders, Indigo/Chapters + more.<br /><br />

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May I add that it certainly makes a very good gift for Valentine’s (boys, you will melt your ladies’ hearts: try reading it to them).

So what are you waiting for?? Get the book, and enjoy! 🙂

P.S. Personally prefer the paperback vs the E-book. :3 

Toodles. ♥