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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Contemporary Romantic Novel Award 2018 with the Romantic Novelists' Association

A poignant, surprising love story told backwards over five decades, with a devastating secret at its heart.

Robbie and Emily they have been together for decades. Now, their joints are creaking and their eyesight is failing - but their love for each other is as fresh and fierce as the day they first met. They have had children and grandchildren, lived full and happy and intimate lives.

But they have been keeping a secret since the day they met, when their lives changed forever. Over the years, the sacrifices and choices they made have sealed their fates together. 

Did they do the right thing? Read their story, and you decide.

Perfect for fans of Ruth Hogan, Gail Honeyman and Sarah Winman and anyone looking for a thought-provoking listen.

©2017 Julie Cohen (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"Julie Cohen's writing is powerful, moving and truly beautiful." (Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep)

"This big, clever, tender and twisty love story reminded me of One Day and The Time Traveler's Wife." (Erin Kelly, author of He Said, She Said)

"A bold, breathtaking and truly compelling love story, one that will stay with me for a long time." (Lisa Jewell, author of Then She Was Gone)

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  • Amanda
  • Sydney Australia
  • 21-09-2017

Surprising twist

What a find. Loved this book, it made me laugh and cry.
Best book I have indulged in for a while.

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  • Leonilde Van Munster
  • 02-09-2017

Beautiful and unpredictable

A lovely listen. Gemma Whelan brought this book to life. The story is written beautifully, a real page turner.

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  • Mrs B
  • 06-12-2017

This story is amazeballs!!!

it was a slow start but that home run was absolutely worth it. You'll love it

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  • Grace
  • 21-09-2017

Such a glorious journey

Thank you for penning this glorious story.. I never wanted it to end and have such a true resonance with the clasped hands ring in gold.. Shalom

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  • Patreesha
  • 18-09-2017

No Spoilers

I really don't like it much when I know the answer to a puzzle and this one was way too easy to figure out very early in the book. But it was still sort of enjoyable nevertheless.

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  • Kaggy
  • 23-11-2017

Bittersweet and very moving love story


This is very clever love story which has at its core a moral dilemma which will set your mind racing. This is constructed so we go backwards in time looking at a couple who seem to be cheerfully and almost chillingly oblivious to the collateral damage their relationship has caused over the years. In this the author has dared to make them almost dislikeable, but not quite enough, and gradually as the story unfolds we begin to understand what actually makes them tick, and it all makes perfect sense. This is beautifully narrated by Gemma Whelan who tackles the various accents with great skill. I found this a very riveting listen and recommend it highly.



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  • Sandi
  • 16-06-2018

Highly recommend this book

What an interesting book and story, the narrator was superb. I did go back to the beginning to listen to the first few chapters again when I finished so I understood it better. Well worth it.

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  • Fiona Keates
  • 10-05-2018

I went straight back and listened to it again!

this is so good and artfully written it prompted me to go straight back to the start and listen to it again!

this book is written in a way that is like watching someone else put a puzzle together or doing a card trick, with the end of the book showing the full picture leaving you wanting to do it yourself - I had to go back and knowing the finished picture, work out how the pieces go together.

EXCELLENT :+)

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  • Mclawz
  • 09-03-2018

Heartily enjoyable.

I did enjoy this, I listened to it in one go as I was I’ll, the narrator is very good although I felt lacked a little differentiation at times. Plot was interesting and the reverse storytelling didn’t feel too onerous. I guessed the twist quite early on but it didn’t stop me enjoying it although like some have said I didn’t love Emily and Robbie massively, as characters but I enjoyed non the less. Well worth a listen for a rainy day.

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  • Mrs Hannah
  • 24-01-2018

A beautifuly written poetic style book

I loved this book. So well written and well read. Very moving story that makes you think. I fell in love with the characters from this book.
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  • Kindle Customer. Jeanetteg
  • 17-01-2018

Perfection

Loved every aspect of this book. A wonderful story, heart rendering, full of love and tears and surprises. Julie Cohen is a beautiful author and Gemma Whelan is the perfect Narrator giving this story the spectacular performance it deserves. I highly recommend both the book and audio book to fellow reader/listeners. A full 5* for both book and audio. This is on my annual to read again list.