Review and Giveaway: All My Tomorrows

Nov 26, 2012 by

I loved this unique book! I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with two different stories going on simultaneously. When I started reading All My Tomorrows, I thought The Edge of Darkness was the name for the soap opera in the story, but no, it’s the name of the book the main character, Alice, is reading in the story. The cool thing is you get to read the story also!

 

Where to begin first? Since it begins with The Edge of Darkness, I’ll start there. It’s a dark tale about a girl named Lexie who loses her parents in a house fire and she and her brother, Tad, go to live with a friend of the family. Set in the 60s, Tad gets drafted and is sent to Vietnam to fight in the war. In the midst of tragedy Lexie falls in love, only to have it ripped away from her. It’s a gripping tale, one that I was really drawn into!

In All My Tomorrows, we meet Alice who is a writer for the soap opera, All My Tomorrows. When movie star Peter Walsingham wants out of his primetime show, the network would only agree if he finishes out his contract on daytime TV, as a sort of punishment. Coming on set with his entourage, Peter looks down on the cheap furnishings, and right away manages to insult Alice’s writing ability. Hearing his insults, Alice sees him as an arrogant movie star and dislikes him.

The beginning of the book seems to be heavier into The Edge of Darkness, and I was starting to wonder where the connection to Pride and Prejudice was, maybe because the main characters are not called Elizabeth and Darcy. As the story started shifting more towards All My Tomorrows, I began to see the parallel.  I have to admit, I really didn’t know what this story was about before reading it, except that it was a modern day Pride and Prejudice placed in a soap opera setting.

I did have fun trying to place the Pride and Prejudice characters with the characters of this story.  Although not exactly the same, I could place some of them, like I saw Giselle as a combination of Lydia and Jane. It’s not so much just their personalities, but also their story lines, which blended into one. I know that sounds like a crazy combination, but it works in this story!

A problem I had with reading both books is that I would be reading along, deeply engrossed in the storyline when it would switch to the other story. I don’t know if I just wasn’t paying attention to the page breaks, but it would surprise me and my head would have to switch gears.

I really enjoyed this story! Saucier’s sense of humor is sprinkled throughout the story and her apparent dark-side make this a fabulous read!

I was provided a copy of All My Tomorrows for my honest review.

I would give this a mature rating for sexual content and mild language.

5 out of 5 stars.

*****

Colette Saucier has been writing poems, short stories, and novellas since grade school. She devoted fifteen months traveling to Britain and researching Regency England, as well as vampire lore and literature, to complete her first full-length novel ‘Pulse and Prejudice.’

Colette is also the author of ‘All My Tomorrows,’ a modern tale of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ for the twenty-first century, and her other current projects include a sequel to ‘Pulse and Prejudice’ entitled ‘Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth,’ set in Antebellum New Orleans. She lives in South Louisiana with her historian husband and their two dogs.

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  1. I love how this book has a little of everything. Also too I can’t wait to read to place the P&P characters P&P is my fav!!! Thanks

  2. Hi Krista! P&P is my favorite too! I was surprised to find myself so into “The Edge of Darkness”, loved it! Good luck on the giveaway!

  3. Ceri

    I really enjoyed this book; I thought the concept of the story within a story was a good idea but the drawback for me was that I didn’t like Lexie and I found that story a bit depressing to be honest. This meant I would find myself rushing through the book within the book bits as I much preferred Alice and Peter’s story, and I would have liked to have had more of that. I particularly liked all the nods back to Pride and Prejudice, you could see that there was a Netherfield Ball, etc, and I loved the scene where he gives Alice the letter. It’s been a while since I read it but I can remember it, which speaks for itself.

  4. Hi Ceri! I can see how you would feel that way. I don’t usually like stories like that either, but there was something about “The Edge of Darkness” that had me hooked! And of course, I loved Alice and Peter in “All My Tomorrows”

  5. Two stories for the price of one book! I read Searching for Pemberley which has 3 stories so I’m sure it will not be a problem for me. I’ll like to give this book a chance and find out how the characters relate back to P&P.

  6. RedRose15

    I am actually really hoping I get to read this soon. All of Colette Saucier’s books are on my wishlist for Christmas :)

  7. Sophia Rose

    I really enjoyed this story too, Candy.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  8. I love stories that are based on “Pride & Prejudice” or that are retellings of my favorite classic. This sounds like a fun read.

  9. Teresita

    I am really interested in the proposed setting and would love to see what kind of trouble the foot in mouth protagonist can get into; and what kind of responses he gets from the spunky screenwriter.

    Interesting proposal!

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