Thursday, 29 September 2016

Who We Were Before by Leah Mercer

It really wasn't her fault. Of course it wasn’t. But if she’d just grasped harder, run faster, lunged quicker, she might have saved him. And Edward doesn’t really blame her, though his bitter words at the time still haunt her, and he can no more take them back than she can halt the car that killed their son.

Two years on, every day is a tragedy. Edward knows they should take healing steps together, but he’s tired of being shut out. For Zoe, it just seems easier to let grief lead the way.

A weekend in Paris might be their last hope for reconciliation, but mischance sees them separated before they’ve even left Gare du Nord. Lost and alone, Edward and Zoe must try to find their way back to each other—and find their way back to the people they were before. But is that even possible?

 It's been nearly two years since Zoe and Edward's son Milo died in a tragic accident. Zoe blames herself and Edward blames her too. They don't know how to grieve together so they lose each other and a trip to Paris gifted by Zoe's parents seems like their last chance.

Nothing goes smoothly in Paris and Zoe finds herself lost with no money and no phone and no idea what hotel they are staying at. Edward thinks Zoe has abandoned him and returned home to London so he decides to move his life forward without her.

At first I wasn't sure about reading this book as it's about the death of a child. Although the book is sad we are taken on a journey back to when Zoe and Edward first meet and learn the story of their love. This gives us hope that things will be okay for them,surely if they were so in love they can be again?

I think this book would make a lovely film. I can visualise Zoe and Edward on the streets of Paris trying to find each other.

This is a debut novel published today by Leah Mercer who also writes as Talli Roland. I usually don't understand why authors have different pen names but this time I can see the difference between this book and the Talli Roland ones. 

Leah has taken a seriously subject and handled it well. I could definitely understand why Zoe acted as she did and why Edward did the same in his own way. 

It's a love story, it's sad, it's happy and you won't want to put it down.


  1. I love the cover of this, Anne. It would attract me to it immediately, but that apart, it sounds like a great book!

  2. Yes Val and very different from her Tali Roland books.


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