Book Review: When Then Becomes Now by Sara Madderson #WhenThenBecomesNow @saramadderson @RandomTTours


You’re seventeen, and you’re hopelessly, crazily in love.
One night, everything goes tragically wrong, and you won’t see him for twenty-one long years.
When your paths cross again, you’re married. And he’s famous.
How can you be together?
How can you not?

“Twenty-one years of no contact and no answers and no way to heal from the fact that she fell off a figurative cliff, that day in 1998, and she’s been stumbling along ever since, putting one foot in front of the other, trying to exist.”

My Review

Clara and Alex were very much in love when they were 17. The events of that night had a tragic impact on their lives and the paths they would both take. After that night Clara and Alex never saw each other again. Fast forward 21 years and Clara is helping out at Sorrel Farm as a photographer when she is asked to cover the upcoming wellness conference which is being headlined by Alex. They say that you never forget your first love so how will Clara and Alex feel to seeing each other again.

Having just reading the second book in the Sorrel Farm series, Heaven On Earth, I very quickly picked up this book, which I can honestly say my heart was not ready for. I am a very big fan of this author, her writing style and the world building is just on point. From the moment I picked up this book I felt invested not only in the story but also the characters. It was so hard not to become part of the story.

As a character I loved Clara. She is so down to earth and such a likeable character. As for Alex, he sounded loving and adorable. 21 years may have passed but there were still glimpses into the 17 year old versions of Clara and Alex hidden in the bodies of their adult selves, whether that was in the names they called each other or their gestures. I can honestly say that this book totally broke my heart especially reading about the characters past and how they’d got to where they were today. Clara is definitely faced with a choice that I wouldn’t know what to do with. They’re both at a crossroads and there are tough choices to make. In that first meeting between Clara and Alex after 21 years my heart jumped in my throat because clearly there was still something between them that could never be erased and a longing that remained unresolved. There is what I would say an indescribable soulmate connection between them that the author has put so perfectly in words.

This storyline was full of so much heart and angst. There’s something about a ‘what if’ story that has so many possibilities for the characters. If you haven’t read this series I would highly recommend this and all of the other author’s books.

A story about never ending love, soulmates, ‘what ifs’ that will make you laugh, cry and reminisce.

Author Bio

Sara Madderson is an author, entrepreneur, wifeand mother. She was born in Ireland and moved to the UK with her family when she was ten years old. She lives in London with her husband Chris, their two children, Paddy and Tilly, and their cocker spaniel Charlie.

Before turning to writing, Sara worked in finance for a decade and then ran her own fashion brand, Madderson London, for eight years. She earned her MPhil in Early Modern History from the University of Birmingham.

Metamorphosis is Sara’s first book. Given that she spent most of her childhood writing and designing clothes, she’s now seen both of her childhood career dreams come true! She’s enjoyed the adventure of publishing independently as much as she’s enjoyed the writing process itself. She’s now completely hooked on writing!

Twitter @saramadderson

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