A Song in the Daylight



Title: A Song in the Daylight

Author: Paullina Simons

Harper Collins Publishers, 2009



Nothing is what it seems…

Larissa Stark has a wonderful husband, beautiful children and a home she cherishes. Bus sometimes, having it all just isn’t enough. A chance encounter with a stranger changes her idyllic existence forever, leading her to question all the things she once believed were true. Irresistible passion drives her to contemplate the unthinkable. But if she dares to make the impossible leap, what will her life be then? Whatever choice she makes, someone will be betrayed…

A Song in the Daylight is an unforgettable story of the bonds that unite us and the desires that drive us apart.



I read this epic, almost 800 page book by Paullina Simons after reading a few reviews for this book, not many of them particularly good. After finishing it and contemplating things, I realised that I liked the fact that I didn’t love Larissa. Too many books have that ‘perfect’ central character, while all those around her are flawed.

Larissa Stark had the perfect life. 3 children, loving husband, money. Through what you might call a twist of fate (or, you know, the plot) she meets a young man. And she then proceeds to make conscious choices that will change the course of her life and the lives of her family.

As she begins spending more and more time with her young lover, her life falls by the wayside. She loses touch with her lifelong best friend, and her current friendships lose their shine. After a couple of close calls and over a year of hiding what she has become from her family, she leaves.

I liked the ending. I am glad that things ended the way they did. Life isn’t perfect, people aren’t perfect, and tying it all up neatly would have felt fake. I did find this book had some similarities to “Tully”.

As with her previous books, Simons delivers. Her writing is clean, her language is simple, and the story easy to read. She pushes your buttons, ensuring that – love the book or hate it – you have to finish it, and you’ll definitely have an opinion!


Have you read this? Have you read any other books by Paullina Simons? Which are your favourites?


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