If you want to read this book, I recommend you start with It Ends with Us. In that book, you learn how teenage Lily meets and befriends Atlas, who at the time is homeless.
It tells their story and how they get to know each other and physically drift apart, but they still hold on to each other emotionally. Many years later a chance meeting on the street is where It Starts with Us picks up the story.
Atlas now owns two restaurants and is busy making his own way in life, while Lily is a single mother and is working hard to keep her daughter safe. At the same time, she’s trying to rebuild her confidence and strength after splitting with her husband due to his anger issues, and ongoing domestic violence.
This is a story of love and hope, and shows the strength someone needs to be able to take the step to leave a domestic violence relationship. Lily’s desire to make sure that her daughter is safe, and have her understand that DV is not acceptable, is what pushes Lily to stand up to her ex.
Colleen Hoover has a magical way with words. Her books are always ones that I hate to put down and once I reach the last page I am left wanting more. After reading It Ends with Us I so badly wanted more and to see Lily happy after all she had gone through. It Starts with Us has given me that happy ending. This was a weekend well spent.
If there’s someone you know who loves reading and you are hunting for a gift idea for Christmas, then I strongly suggest that you buy both of these books. I know you won’t be sorry.
A selection of our Beauty and Lace Club Members are reading It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover. You can read their comments below, or add your own review.
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Im a Mum of 3 beautiful girls.
An avid reader that loves to travel but lacks the funds to venture far and wide constantly. A perfumeaholic with an addiction to beauty and skincare.
If not found with my head in a book or on a plane I can be found spending hours upon hour in Doctors and Hospital waiting rooms as part of my job as a Carer