Dani was born and brought up in Cockfosters, whose chief claim to fame is that it’s at the end of the Piccadilly Line. This served her well for commuting into London, where from the age of 18 she worked in a succession of secretarial positions in companies as diverse as a BMW car dealership and the BBC. Dani spent her two-hour commute avidly reading and dreamed that one day she would become an author herself.
When her two children grew up and left home, Dani set about turning this dream into reality and devoted her time to writing. She now lives in a rural Hertfordshire cottage with her husband, a crazy border collie dog and two geriatric cats.
While I Was Sleeping
I don’t remember what happened or what has changed.
I can still hear your voices but you can’t seem to hear me.
I was about to be married and had everything to look forward to.
Now I have to find a way back – to you, to our family, to us.
‘Dani Atkins is the undisputed queen of fiction that packs a huge emotional punch, and this captivating story is another outstanding example.’
‘This book is filled with the utmost compassion and it has stayed with me long after the final page … An absolute triumph of storytelling’
— Penny Parkes
‘A touching story about love, loss, survival and an unconventional friendship. Dani writes with heart and soul. Prepare to be moved’
— Alice Peterson
Sophie stopped believing in happy endings a long time ago, but could this love change all of that?
Sophie Winter lives in a self-imposed cocoon – she’s a single, 31-year-old translator who works from home in her one-bedroom flat. This isn’t really the life she dreamed of, but then Sophie stopped believing in dreams when she was a teenager and tragedy struck her family.
So, to be safe, she keeps everyone at arm’s length. Sophie understands she has a problem, but recognising it and knowing how to fix it are two entirely different things.
One night a serious fire breaks out in the flat below hers. Sophie is trapped in the burning building until a passer-by, Ben, sees her and rescues her.
Suddenly her cocoon is shattered – what will be the consequences of this second life-changing event?
‘A beautiful romance with a twist’
Hannah Truman is 27 years old. She is an ordinary girl with an extraordinary memory. One thing she certainly can’t forget is her boyfriend William’s betrayal, which was why she fled to Canada to stay with her sister.
Now, on her way home to England, Hannah finds herself in a queue behind Logan Carter at the airport terminal. He’s checking into Business Class on her flight and although their paths keep crossing, fate prevents them meeting. An almost shared cup of coffee never takes place when Logan is suddenly called away.
But once in the air the unthinkable happens: the plane needs to make an emergency landing. Hannah is alone and terrified, until suddenly Logan slips into the seat beside her …
‘Atkins is a brilliant writer who creates wonderful characters.’
— Daily Mail
This is the story of Ally and Charlotte, whose paths have intersected over the years though they’ve never really been close friends. Charlotte married Ally’s ex and first true love, David. Fate is about to bring them together one last, dramatic time and change their lives forever.
Full of Dani’s signature warmth and emotion, this is a gripping and emotional family drama. With breath-taking plot twists, Dani explores themes of serendipity, friendship and love. She fully engages the reader in the dilemmas faced by her characters. What would you do if your husband was the love of somebody else’s life? And when faced with an agonising decision, could you put the past behind you and do the right thing?
‘For those of you who have ever wondered about you first love or thought about the one that got away, this story will speak to your heart. I read it in one sitting – and it’s heartbreakingly brilliant.’
‘This breathtakingly brilliant novel left us sobbing our hearts out.’
‘This hugely accomplished novel is amazing, but oh-so emotional.’
‘With a spellbinding insight into friendship, family and the fragility of life, this real tear-jerker of a novel is captivating from start to finish.’
— The Lady
‘An emotionally intelligent, absorbing rich read…Atkins is a brilliant writer who has created wonderful characters.’
— Daily Mail
The Story of Us
A gripping love story from the bestselling author of Fractured.
Emma Marshall can’t wait to marry her childhood sweetheart, Richard. But then a tragic accident changes everything, and introduces a stranger, Jack, into her life. Gorgeous and mysterious, Jack is like no-one Emma has met before. But Richard is the man she loves…
Two different men.
Two different destinies.
How will Emma end her story?
‘Genuinely moving… every character is immaculately thought out. Once you start reading it, you won’t stop.’
‘Wow, incredible, heart wrenching… Atkins has done it again!’
— Love of a Good Book
‘Atkins has an astonishing talent for making readers instantly care about the characters she writes about, making this once more an emotionally gripping read from start to finish.’
— Page to Stage Reviews
‘Brilliant and breath-taking – tragic, full of grief and sadness but passionate, encouraging and romantic.’
— Cosmo Chick Lit
What would you do if life gave you a second chance?
Rachel’s life was perfect. She had a handsome boyfriend, wonderful friends and a place at university. But the night of the accident changed everything. She was left badly scarred, and consumed by guilt. In a single heartbeat, her world fell apart forever.
Now, five years later, Rachel wakes up after a sudden fall to discover that everything is different. Reality has shifted. The tragedy never happened – and the people she thought she’d lost are alive and well. Unable to trust her memories, Rachel is drawn into a new world full of happiness, love and second chances. Can it really be possible that the perfect life she once dreamed about was hers all along?
Gripping, romantic and heart-breaking, Fractured is a magical love story that asks: Can two different stories lead to the same happy ending?
‘This debut novel was a massive eBook hit, snapped up by a top publisher. I’m expecting great things in the future from this author’
‘Definitely makes the list of my top reads of 2013’
— Cosmo Chick Lit