A mesmerising and stunning debut novel of lost love and the journey you take in life!
Thanks to Michael Joseph publishers for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour and kindly gifting me a copy of the book.
Another Life by Jodie Chapman
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.
I’ll be honest, after reading the synopsis I was expecting your usual love story of ‘will they, won’t they’ but this is so so much more than that. Another Life is a beautifully woven story about life, religion, love, tragedy, grief and loss – it’s stunning and will break you emotionally from the very first chapter.
The author developed these characters amazingly well that both Nick and Sal felt like my very own brothers. Whilst the book is centered around Nick and Anna I think the stand out character to me is Sal. My heart broke for him and I wanted nothing more than for him to find a way to be happy.
The story is broken down into six parts and is told from different periods in Nick’s life. The timeline isn’t linear but surprisingly I found it really easy to keep up with. Each chapter reveals something else about Nick and what has happened in his life. Each part was needed and just helped to create this character that I think we can all relate to at points. Nick is raw, he’s not your typical character in a romance novel, he’s real, he’s how most people would act when it comes to declaring their feelings. At times I just wanted to shake him but even despite all this I loved his character.
Religion is mentioned as the reason why Anna can’t be with Nick but it’s not overly heavy on the religious message and just gives small hints as to what she can and can’t do which I thought was done really well. You get a strong idea as to what religion she belongs to and it was fascinating to see how she dealt with the turmoil of wanting to stick to her religion but also being madly in love with Nick.
Another Life is an exceptional debut novel that will take you on an emotional roller coaster which you won’t want to get off!