Review: The Story of Our Lives by Helen Warner

About the Book

They think nothing can tear their bond apart, until a long-buried secret threatens to destroy everything.

Every year they have met up for a vacation, but their time away is much more than just a bit of fun. Over time, it has become a lifesaver, as each of them struggles with life’s triumphs and tragedies.

Sophie, Emily, Amy and Melissa have been best friends since they were girls. They have seen each other through everything—from Sophie’s private fear that she doesn’t actually want to be a mother despite having two kids, to Amy’s perfect-on-the-outside marriage that starts to reveal troubling warning signs, to Melissa’s spiraling alcoholism, to questions that are suddenly bubbling up around the paternity of Emily’s son. But could a lie that spans just as long as their friendship be the thing that tears them apart?


I knew after the first chapter that this was going to be a good one. I love books like this because it reminds me of that sisterhood feeling like with the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Not so much the story but that female connection to the characters that will on some level resonate or you find comfort of a sense of belonging. This is one that women will definitely feel something for. You might see yourself in one of the girls or it maybe one of your friends. You forget you're reading the book. You feel like you are one of the girls and trust me they will stay with you. They will make you will laugh, cry, get mad but you will feel the love they have for each other no matter what happens to them at anytime during their life.

What I loved about the characters is that no one is perfect and when you think you know someone you don't. We all would like to think that we know each other well but like these gals, there's always something in our lives that we just are embarrassed, ashamed or insecure but if you open up and trust your friends, they can really bring you out of your darkest despair. What was great about this is how the book really brought home that female friendship/relationship and how important it is to have good friends in your life. Yes, we all eventually live our own lives but it takes a good friend to be there for you no matter what. These women went through it all: infidelity, a miscarriage, domestic violence, insecurities and so much more but the tests of their friendships that happened over again, didn't break that bond that was meant to be. 

Overall, this book was a really good read that you can dive into and really take in. The Story of Our Lives is probably my favorite read this year so far. Their individual experiences as well at their collective ones really make you want to keep reading. I really think the author brought something fresh to the story and told it in a way that really stands on its own. I loved how their experiences are chronicled by year so we can see them change and grow. There is so much to love about this book and I hope you add this to your TBR!