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The Life I Was Meant To Live

Julien Sandrel

Published: 12th November 2020 FICTION The uplifting novel of second chances, family secrets and the pursuit of happiness from the bestselling author of The Book of Wonders. Thirty-nine-year-old Romane is a doctor and hypochondriac. Her usually uneventful life changes when one of her patients insists that she saw Romane coming out of a hospital in Marseille, looking very ill. But Romane is perfectly healthy and has never stepped foot in Marseille. So who did her patient see? Romane sets off for the south of France, determined to uncover the mystery of her lookalike. Her investigation leads her to Juliette, a bookseller in Avignon. When the two women meet it soon becomes clear they are twins. But how is it possible that neither of them knew of each other's existence? What secrets have their families been keeping? On their search for the truth the two sisters embark on an astonishing journey filled with both pain and joy... Sandrel's first novel, The Book of Wonders, was a global bestseller. It has been translated into 26 languages and will be adapted for the big screen. His second novel is a deeply moving and inspiring story about the quest for happiness and a second chance at life. HARDBACK Publisher: Hachette ISBN: 9781529406467
LoveMyRead price: £16.99

Our Curators said...

This is a witty, beautiful and moving read and a novel that is absolutely bursting with love. Julien Sandrel masterfully handles the relationships in this story to the point where they feel like long-lost family to the reader. This is one of those beautiful books which skips along and could be devoured in an afternoon or savoured over a month. Heady, gorgeous and romantic.

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What the Critics are Saying

A sweet and heartfelt read.

Heat Magazine

A hope-against-hope, madcap race against time.


This book will make you rethink your priorities in life.

The Sunday Post

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