Title: A Life without You
Author: Shari Low
Release Date: April 1st, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Touching, funny, and bittersweet, this is a story that will make you laugh, cry, and call your best friend to tell her you love her.
Dee and Jen have been best friends since their days of teenage crushes, bad 90’s make-up and huge hair.
They’ve passed every milestone of their lives together and now in their thirties own a successful boutique, sharing a bond that is as strong as the closest of sisters.
Until one day everything changes.
Dee is gone, killed by a reckless driver, leaving Jen to face the harsh reality of a world without her.
Jen vows to honour Dee’s dreams and take care of everything and everyone she loved.
Until she realises that sometimes the only way forward is to let go of the past.
Say Hello to author Shari Low!
Shari Low has published eighteen books under her own name and pseudonyms Millie Conway and Ronni Cooper. She is also one half of the writing duo, Shari King, with old friend and TV presenter, Ross King.
Back in the nineties, after living abroad for many years, Shari returned to Scotland, met a guy, got engaged after a week, and twenty-something years later she lives near Glasgow with her husband, two teenagers and a labradoodle.
Shari also writes an opinion column and a literary page for a newspaper and is working on the TV adaptation of one of her books.
For all the latest news, visit her on Facebook, twitter, or at www.sharilow.com
A Little Bit about…
A Life Without You by Shari Low
Sitting down to write A Life Without You, I already knew many things.
I knew that, despite the fact this was my eighteenth novel, I’d spend the first few days in a complete panic of self-doubt and caffeine / chocolate self-medication.
I knew that I wanted to write about how people react differently when the future they’ve visualised is snatched away from them.
And I knew that I wanted to create a world in which the characters were a family, but not one that shared the same DNA.
Many of my books have been about friends that were so close the women were like sisters, the guys were like brothers, the work colleague became the aunt that was missing from a character’s life, the neighbour became a surrogate mum.
This time I wanted to take that a step further and portray connections very similar to the ones in my life, with friendships that cross genders and age groups, and unlikely pairings that develop bonds that last a lifetime.
I also wanted to incorporate the kind of women I adore, women in their fifties and sixties, who have that inner core of steel, and who protect their brood with a deadly combination of fierce love, humour, and therapeutic mugs of tea.
That’s why there are parallel relationships in my story. Dee and Jen, best friends since childhood, now in their thirties, with lives that intertwine in every way. They work together, socialise together, their partners, Pete and Joe, are mates and they know they’ll always be there for each other.
And then there are Josie and Val, Dee’s mum – best friends in their fifties and sixties, who love life and never take it too seriously.
Together, they’re a manufactured family, one that makes the most of every occasion to celebrate life and support each other.
Until, that is, one perfectly unremarkable Sunday morning, when Dee is killed by a reckless driver.
Suddenly, all those relationships have to change and adapt to the new reality.
As hearts are broken, and shocking secrets unfold, they react, lash out, mourn, crumble, rage at the world, while the sands of their lives shift beneath their feet.
One has to deal with revelations that make her question everything she thought was true. Another has to stop herself from drowning, while trying to hold everyone else afloat. And all of them have to find a way to co-exist when a part of the fabric that holds them together is gone.
All of this makes the book sound very dark, but I promise it isn’t.
It’s about friendship, and it’s about loss, and it’s about laughing, even when your heart is breaking, and it’s about new beginnings and hope.
Most of all, it’s about love. In all its weird, non-conventional, surprising, heart-warming, indestructible forms.
Everyone should have a Val, and a Josie, and a Jen in their lives… and when I wrote the last word of this book I didn’t want to let them go.
Hopefully, everyone who reads A Life Without You will feel the same.
Thank you, Shari, for allowing me to feature you and your fabulous book, A Life Without You, on For the Love of Chick Lit. It sounds just great and I can’t wait to read it!