The Versions Of Us by Laura Barnett. Recommended by Denise (A Bury Library customer and readers group member).
” A story for romantics, however, realism plays a big part in this book of ‘what ifs?’. The reader views three different scenarios of Eva and Jim. In the first they meet at University and fall in love; in the second they just miss one another and in the third it all goes pear shaped! Initially I had to keep flicking back to remind myself who’s story I was in. Also there were times I felt the need to fast forward to see what was happening! Expect pots of twists and turns. I liked Eva but wasnt always sure about Jim or a character called David but I kept reading as the story is rewarding.
A read that left me considering the ‘whatevers’ of life, of missed opportunities and of good and bad timing!” Denise
Here is what the library catalogue says:
A man is walking down a country lane. A woman, cycling towards him, swerves to avoid a dog. On that moment, their future hinges. There are three possible outcomes, three small decisions that could determine the rest of their life. Eva and Jim are 19 and students at Cambridge when their paths first cross in 1958. And then there is David, Eva’s then-lover, an ambitious actor who loves Eva deeply. ‘The Versions of Us’ follows the three different courses their lives could take following this first meeting. Lives filled with love, betrayal, ambition but through it all is a deep connection that endures whatever fate might throw at them.