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She could be the girl dancing on tables one night, and the next she'd be hiding in the shadows.
Just when I thought I understood her, she would melt away and become a completely new person, and I'd have to start all over again.
That's how it was with Anna.
Nick and Anna work the same summer job at their local cinema. Anna is mysterious, beautiful, and from a very different world to Nick.
She's grown up preparing for the end of days, in a tightly-controlled existence where Christmas, getting drunk and sex before marriage are all off-limits.
So when Nick comes into her life, Anna falls passionately in love. Their shared world burns with poetry and music, cigarettes and conversation - hints of the people they hope to become.
But Anna, on the cusp of adulthood, is afraid to give up everything she's ever believed in, and everyone she's ever loved. She walks away, and Nick doesn't stop her.
Years later, a tragedy draws Anna back into Nick's life.
But rekindling their relationship leaves Anna and Nick facing a terrible choice between a love that's endured decades, and the promises they've made to others along the way.
© Jodie Chapman 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021
A modern day Atonement meets David Nicholls. Beautifully written - I couldn't put it down
A stunning one-that-got-away romance, this is an intricate story of love entwined with loss that will tug on your heartstrings . . . A beautiful piece of writing
Deep, rich, thoughtful. It reminded me of how I felt when I first read David Nicholls and Jodi Picoult. It's the Romeo and Juliet of our generation
Prepare for all the feels in this heart-breaking must-read
This love (in every sense of the word) story will speak to anyone who has felt an enduring, painful, yet wonderfully beautiful love. From first loves that never really leave you to difficult family dynamics we can spend our whole lives trying to cope with, Another Life is astounding
It broke my heart to close the book on this romance . . . Chapman is a master at bringing her story to life on the page
Stunning. Written with such poignancy, full of nostalgia, unspoken longing and the agony of wrong turns
Fans of David Nicholls will adore this complex love story
A complex, beautiful, multilayered debut exploring love in all its forms
If you love sweet, sorrowful coming-of-age tales, you'll love this beautifully written debut