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The Life I was Meant to Live: from the internationally bestselling author of The Book of Wonders

Julien Sandrel

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Family & relationships

A funny, moving and inspiring novel about the strength of family bonds, the search for happiness and the courage to reinvent your life from the internationally bestselling author of The Book of Wonders.

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. Yet, her usually uneventful life changes when one of her patients insists that she saw her 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.

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Praise for The Life I was Meant to Live: from the internationally bestselling author of The Book of Wonders

  • This book will make you rethink your priorities in life - Sunday post

  • A sweet and heartfelt read - Heat

  • A hope-against-hope, madcap race against time - Saga

  • Heartwarming and tearjerking - Irish Examiner

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Julien Sandrel

Julien Sandrel was born in 1980 in the south of France, is married and has two children. His first novel, The Book of Wonders, was first published in France by Calmann-Levy in 2018. Rights to the novel sold in twenty-three territories and it was an international bestseller. The Life I Was Meant to Live is his second novel.

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