Author: Dani Atkins

Publication Date: February 17, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Description

Alex crossed to the bed, where the only woman he had ever loved lay immobile. There was an ugly dark bruise along her jaw, but far more shocking was the plastic breathing tube protruding from between the lips he’d kissed only hours earlier. Despair and fear rose in Alex’s throat. ‘We have a little boy. His name is Connor. He still needs his mother… We both do.’

When Lisa married Alex, she gave his life meaning. She was a professional astronomer: a stargazer. And when she gazed at Alex, she saw that behind his tough exterior was a man she could love.

Alex, Lisa and their young son Connor made a happy little universe. But then Lisa dies in a train crash, and their perfect world is destroyed. Alex is shattered by loss, and overwhelmed by the difficulties of being a single father to a six-year-old. How can he and Connor carry on without Lisa lighting up their lives?

But throughout her life Lisa touched the hearts of more people than just her family. And as those people whose fates were changed come forward after her tragic death, Alex hears their stories and begins to realise the world may not be as cruel and senseless as it seems. If you can find the strength to start over, there are new beginnings in even our most heartbreaking moments…

Million-copy bestselling author Dani Atkins returns for this gripping, powerful and emotional page turner that fans of Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain and Kate Hewitt will find completely unputdownable.

Book Review

Gone Too Soon by Dani Atkins is an excellent, emotional novel about a widowed husband becoming friends with the organ donor recipients from his late wife.

Gone Too Soon starts out with Lisa dying in a train accident. She donates her organs to four people. Molly, a teacher in her thirties, receives Lisa’s heart. Mac, an architect that had to give up his job and lost the life he knew when going blind, received Lisa’s corneas. Jamie, a young man that fabricates stories, receives Lisa’s lungs. Barbara, a lonely woman that loves her cats, receives Lisa’s kidney. Alex, Lisa’s husband, keeps in contact with all of the organ recipients. Alex is also trying to figure out how to raise his son, Connor.

I really enjoyed Gone Too Soon. I was instantly invested in all of the characters. This made it very emotional when Lisa passes away. Gone Too Soon is an interesting and unique story. I thought I wanted something to happen in the book, but Atkins had other plans that I liked much better. Alex develops a friendship with the organ recipients. This is unusual and difficult for everyone at times. Alex is looking for characteristics from his wife but has to figure out how to seem the recipients as their own people. All of the characters are very unique, so I really enjoyed reading about their interactions and how they fit into each other’s lives. The book takes place over the year after Lisa’s death. All of the characters had a difficult year and have to figure out how to move on with their changed life. The book is told from Alex and Molly’s perspectives which makes this great story even more interesting. Molly receives Lisa’s heart and Alex feels the biggest connection to Molly.

Thank you Bookouture and NetGalley for Gone Too Soon.

About the Author

Dani Atkins is an award-winning novelist. Her 2013 debut THEN AND ALWAYS (published as FRACTURED in the UK) has been translated into seventeen languages and has sold more than half a million copies globally.
Dani is the author of five other bestselling novels (THE STORY OF US, OUR SONG, THIS LOVE, WHILE I WAS SLEEPING and A MILLION DREAMS) and PERFECT STRANGERS, a standalone eBook novella. In 2018, THIS LOVE won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award at the RNA awards in London. Dani lives in a small village in the English countryside, in a 300 year old cottage, with her husband, one Siamese cat and a very soppy Border Collie.

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