Pieces of Us
Author: Hannah Downing
Pages: 220 pgs
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 5th 2011
Review Source: Omnific Publishing
In Hannah’s debut novel she deals with a rather controversial subject, adding twists and unexpected situations that leave the reader wondering just what happened. Pieces of Us is a story that I think everyone could relate to.
Charlotte and Cameron fell in love young and seemed to have the perfect marriage. That is until Charlotte found a text message from her supposed best friend. Refusing to hear his excuses, she leaves their home and tries to start over.
But you can’t always run from your past. Charlotte returns years later with her fiancee, Owen, to face her past. And though it is a struggle, Charlotte goes face-to-face with things she couldn’t handle before. The things she thought were true turned out not to be; the feelings she thought were broken were resurfacing. Just who can’t she live without?
One of the things that I really enjoyed about this story was the real emotions that Hannah was able to invoke in her characters. Not only did my heart hurt for Charlotte, but I also found myself crying for Cameron in the beginning as well. At the time you only know what Charlotte is seeing, but as she’s struggling you can also figure out that Cameron really wanted to try and fix things between them. I loved that I was able to feel for both of them and not just view one as the victim, you know.
Charlotte’s hubby-to-be, Owen, was a wonderful character. He obviously loved her enough to want the best for her and encourage her to do what she could to let go of the past. In most situations like this in a story you just want to be able to hate this kind of character because he isn’t who the main girl should be with. But I just couldn’t. Owen was a sweetheart and I admittedly wanted a little piece of him for myself.
Hannah did a wonderful job of slowly revealing what had happened that lead to the end of their marriage. She took us on a journey of betrayal and misunderstandings, love and heartache; a story that seemed to end at the beginning, but really had so much more.