I have been an avid fan of Shari’s for some time so when I get the opportunity to review her next book, I simply cannot refuse.
With or Without You is a reflection on our decision-making process. I know many of us live with a lot of “what ifs” and question ourselves as to whether the decisions we made could potentially have worked out differently. I live pretty much on gut feeling and to my knowledge, this has worked out okay.
We follow the story of Liv and Nate, who are married however, things change and we follow one story where they remain together and another where they do not. The stories run in parallel to see what changes happen, friendships made or broken, lifestyle changes and just a different direction for the future. What With or Without You makes you do is reflect on the changes you could potentially make in your life, and the potential ripple effect this may have not just on your life, your partners, your family and your friends. Despite you not realizing, it has an impact whether small or insignificant to bigger changes others have to make too. Friendships change and have to adapt; which people are not always happy to do as people in general find change difficult.
Throughout With or Without You, you will find yourself going on your own personal reflection journey. You may not want to make any initial changes to your life, but what you will find is that when you do make changes, you will suddenly be reminded of this book and consider the potential impact your decision making has on others and whether you want to take this into consideration, or just make the changes.
I found both Liv and Nate relatable with their decisions and choices and how they both tried to move on with their lives. I actually adored them both as characters as I felt we all have a Liv and Nate in our lives and they felt a familiar character, almost like they pulled you into their circle of friends. There were times when I wished Nate was a little more challenging and decisive about his decision making, but upon reflection, this would make him a completely different character and one that I may end up not liking as much. Everything about the story and the novel you could find to be relatable from the friendships to love to work it was just “real” life.
Shari has not let me down, her writing was perfect for me during a big transition time as it allowed me a period of reflection but also made me realise that change is okay and people may initially find it difficult, however, it is okay.
Big thanks to Shari, I cannot wait to read your next book………
About the Book
What if one decision could change the rest of your life?
When Liv and Nate walked up the aisle, Liv was sure she was marrying The One. But six years later, the excitement has gone and their love beings to fade.
In the closing moments of 1999, Liv and Nate decide to go their separate ways, but at the last-minute Liv wavers.
Over the next twenty-years, these two stories play out in parallel, will Liv’s life, heart and future be better with Nate or without him?
“When I was on the edge of losing it, I’d learnt to channel my thoughts elsewhere, sometimes to a moment that I was planning for the future, sometimes to the past.”