While I Was Sleeping by Dani Atkins #BookReview

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What if someone else was living your happy ever after?

When Maddie wakes up in a hospital bed, she can’t remember anything about what happened to her or what has changed.

She just remembers she was about to be married and had everything to look forward to.

But it seems life has become a lot more complicated while she has been asleep …

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While I Was Sleeping is an incredibly moving and emotionally loaded novel. It’s the second novel I read by Dani Atkins (do read my review of her YA/NA novel This Love if you want) and well she did it again.. for the longest time I was quite ok keeping my emotions under control but then in the end I unraveled completely. How could she do that to me?

The novel is about Maddie who fell into a coma, Ryan the man she was about to get married to and Chloé, a librarian and volunteer at the hospital where she reads to geriatric patients mainly. It’s plain to see that their paths will cross and I thought I knew how this story was going to go… woman wakes up, sees her fiancée with a new woman, will do anything she can to get him back.. a classic version really of good and bad but I could not be more wrong, this story had quite a few surprises in store that changed this whole idea. Maddies life did change completely while she was sleeping, nothing is as it was and yes at first sight Chloé did slip into her role but this triangle is actually more than a little fascinating.

I thought I’d be either team Maddie or team Chloé (and team Maddie seemed the obvious choice) but the thing is, as I got to know Chloé and read her story too, I didn’t feel forced to choose between them at all, I loved them both so much. Neither has a bad bone in their body and I’m not sure this rosy picture is something that would happen in real life but even without the women’s rivalry for a man being the major topic (which made the story even better if you want my honest opinion), there are plenty of other events that give this story a few dramatic spins. While I Was Sleeping is for me most of all about – as it is mentioned somewhere in the novel itself – the fragility of life, but also motherhood, the bond between a child and their parents, and there’s plenty of love to go round in this novel in many different forms

Alas, just when I thought everything was going to be ok in the end, I was forewarned by the author that something bad was going to happen. For the longest time I didn’t know for which woman though, who was going to lose? I held on to my dear heart… I wouldn’t have been happy if it had been the other woman either but I seriously had to swallow a few times when reading the ending, it’s truly heartbreaking

And now I’m immediately going to order some more of this author’s books because I definitely want to read all of them!

I bought a copy of this novel from Bookdepository. This is my honest opinion.

14 thoughts on “While I Was Sleeping by Dani Atkins #BookReview

  1. Have you seen the film “While you were Sleeping”? There are a few similarities to the plot, although it’s the other way around. And the characters don’t know each other in advance. Hmmm. So not really similar at all. 😉 Anyway, it sounds like a interesting and heartbreaking story and it’s well done by the author, that you felt sympathy towards both the women.

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    • I looked it up but I can’t remember if I saw the movie a long time ago or not.. I think the movie has a very different feeling though but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to watch it… with the summer programming on tv you never know. The plot has more to it but I didn’t want to say too much so I actually didn’t say enough in my review :-).

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  2. Oh! I remember seeing this on your insta and being really intrigued. Your review is grea t and enthusiasm for this novel is infectious. I love it when you think you have a straightforward story but it gives you a few surprises. This sounds very emotionally charged but also rewarding, the sort of story which stays with you after you’ve finished reading. I wasn’t previously familiar with this author so thank you for sharing!

    Sabina xx (from rosegoldreports.com)

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    • It is a touching story in the bestest of ways, lots of positive vibes too so definitely an author I have no problem recommending to everyone. Thank you so much Sabina for reading all of my posts!! Still want you as my BFF you know and I consider you one unofficially ;-)!

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