Together Apart – Natalie Martin

When Adam proposes to Sarah, the last thing he expects is to be single and heartbroken less than forty-eight hours later. But Sarah has a secret – and she’s willing to sacrifice everything to keep it.

Going through a break-up is hard enough but having to live together afterwards is even worse, especially when it’s a break-up neither person wants. For Adam, there are only three ways to deal with it: sex, drugs and alcohol. For Sarah, its keeping her distance and closely guarding the lengths she’s gone to in order to keep her secret safe for the past fifteen years. And she succeeds until Adam finds a box of her teenage diaries.

Against a backdrop of lies, secrecy, passion and teenage rebellion, the delicate threads holding Sarah’s secret begin to unravel and when her first love is brutally murdered, her past and present collide in a way that makes it impossible to keep them apart.

Adam thought he knew everything about Sarah. He was wrong.

Romantic, intense and heart-breaking, Together Apart is a contemporary love story exploring what it really means to love and be loved.

How many people lives their lives concealing secrets and lying in such a way they eventually forget who they really are? How can you be so in love that a marriage proposal shatters your new and inclusive live based of deep secrets and a web of insecurities? How can you loose everything for the sake of hiding the truth? Sarah can. Sarah does.

What is even harder is that once Sarah closed the iron clad fortress around her being she gave no explanation for refusing Adam’s proposal and keeps him completely in the dark distancing herself further away and locking herself deeper into your purpose built cage. Living together through a break up with lack of communication and understanding is not only harrowing heartbreaking and hard work but poor Adam, being in the dark constantly, is full of self doubt, self hatred and disbelief.

Until he finds the box of diaries from Sarah’s teenage years…..

The past is slowly opened up to the reader through the pages of old diaries that Adam reads to hopefully understand so much more.

When we do start to understand the depth of Sarah’s secrets and past life it tugs at the readers heartstrings evoking emotions and feelings of sympathy and justice. I wanted nothing more than a happy ending, a resolution to a dyer situation when two people clearly love each other but are too afraid to open up and face the world together.

This is a story of hardship and working with the good and bad.

About people who don’t believe they deserve a second chance, people who hide and run away for fear of everything catching up and people who love each other enough to sacrifice everything.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful debut from Natalie K Martin, a story realistically told from the perspective of both male and female with emotional subjects. I fell in love with the book cover and the sepia, old worn theme. A book I would most certainly recommend.


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