Everything Happens for a Reason

Katie Allen (Author)
Pre-Order   Ships 10 June 2021


When Rachel's baby is stillborn, she becomes obsessed with the idea that saving a stranger's life months earlier is to blame. An unforgettable, heart-wrenching, warm and funny debut...

'A stunning debut ... a wise, moving, and thought-provoking novel' Susan Elliot Wright

'A triumph ... a book of hope and ambition and making sense of the world, a tale of acting spontaneously, living in the moment and throwing caution to the wind' Isabella May

'So affecting. Profoundly sad. Funny. I just loved it' Louise Beech


Mum-to-be Rachel did everything right, but it all went wrong. Her son, Luke, was stillborn and she finds herself on maternity leave without a baby, trying to make sense of her loss.

When a misguided well-wisher tells her that "everything happens for a reason", she becomes obsessed with finding that reason, driven by grief and convinced that she is somehow to blame. She remembers that on the day she discovered her pregnancy, she'd stopped a man from jumping in front of a train, and she's now certain that saving his life cost her the life of her son.

Desperate to find him, she enlists an unlikely ally in Lola, an Underground worker, and Lola's seven-year-old daughter, Josephine, and eventually tracks him down, with completely unexpected results...

Both a heart-wrenchingly poignant portrait of grief and a gloriously uplifting and disarmingly funny story of a young woman's determination, Everything Happens for a Reason is a bittersweet, life- affirming read and, quite simply, unforgettable.


'A heart-wrenching, soul-lifting read about loss and redemption in unlikely places' Eve Smith

'Read it and weep but also, incredibly, find moments to laugh and to know there is life after death' Julia Hobsbawm

'Beautiful ... sad, quirky and at times very funny' Madeleine Black

'Simultaneously devastating and hilarious' Clare Allan

'Quirky yet insightful, bright yet wistful, amusing yet emotional ... full of contradictions that fuse into the most surprising, moving, and beautiful novel' Liz Robinson, LoveReading

Product Details

£8.99  £8.36
Orenda Books
Publish Date
10 June 2021

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