The Start of Us by Hannah Emery

The Start of Us by Hannah Emery

Hannah Emery comes to the blog with an unusual story: one of time slips and fate with  

The Start of Us  

Since she was a child, Erica has known she was different: able to lose herself in ‘another reality’ for minutes, hours or even days.  It only happens when she is alone and troubled, so she does everything within her power not to visit her past.  But, with the dissolution of her relationship with Mike, she’s in a weird spot.  See, she can see, but never interact with these slices of time from her own personal history, or moments that inform who she has become.  

Then she meets Daniel and feels as if she is able to share “all” of herself with him – and readers are meant to see this as the ‘relationship of the ages’ for the two of them. And being honest with Daniel about the ‘time slips’ also brings her into a crisis point of sorts. Never having been able to ‘interact’ with those moments, she thought they were ‘messages’ of how things should be – when they were more ‘alternates’ to the world she lives in.  Forcing some questions (of course) and several attempts to see if ‘changing’ something in her actual reality is going to affect the alternate – or even which is the ‘real’ reality.  Confused yet? As a premise it is wildly intriguing and interesting – and makes you want to read on through the end despite the issues.  

And yes, there are some issues – the connection between Daniel and Erica feels ‘rushed’ with Erica’s character being wholly formed and palpable, while Daniel was more transparent and felt cobbled together – for the romance to feel substantial and real, he needed to as well – and for me he just didn’t.  Additionally, the pacing and often large gaps of time that left the reader wondering about time lapse – where one paragraph jumps into months and another is simply minutes – the disparity there is jarring and takes far longer than it should to adjust to that. Unique, individual and more challenge than I expected, I would have appreciated some tweaks and tighter editing, but the concept was unlike others I had read before and made up for the construct issues in small ways.  

The Start of Us by Hannah Emery

Title: The Start of Us
Author: Hannah Emery
Genre: Contemporary Elements, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Magical Realism, Romantic Elements, Setting: Britain
Published by: One More Chapter
ISBN: 0008389004
Published on: 31 July, 2020
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 400
Rated: three-stars
Heat: One Flame

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Daniel and Erica

From the moment they meet their worlds are changed forever. They know that fate has led them to each other.
Daniel knows Erica is special, but he doesn’t quite understand how special she is. Because Erica has a unique gift: an ability to slip between worlds and observe a life she’s never lived, made up of all the paths she didn’t take.
But just as their lives seem perfect, tragedy strikes.

Erica’s gift offers them hope – a chance to re-do their lives. But going back comes with risks.
What if Erica can’t find Daniel again? What if their paths were never meant to cross?

What if going back means Erica has to give up all the happiness – and pain – of today?
What if you got the chance to live another life…would you take it?

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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