|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
|Publish Date:||Mar 2011|
|Number of Pages:||331|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.65|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.25 x 8.0 x 1.0|
Nearly 40, British lawyer Susannah is unhappy and bored with her long-term relationship with Doug. So when she runs into Rob, her first love, she has to come to terms with her past and her present by facing her long-buried feelings and figuring out what she really wants. Adding to the drama, Susannah's relationship with her loyal but outspoken best friend, Amelia, becomes strained when Amelia has to deal with her own crisis and Susannah starts to keep things from her.
Verdict: Noble (The Reading Group) delivers a too leisurely novel about lost loves, second chances, and long-term friendship. Although it's not a complex story, Noble's frequent use of flashbacks is jarring and may 'cause readers to struggle to figure out who's who, what's what, and which decade they're reading about. While Noble should be credited for not taking the easy "they reconnected at their high school reunion" road and for including some great plot twists and turns, she does the love story a disservice by adding other heavy story lines to the mix and taking too long to get to the novel's selling point. For the author's fans.
-Samantha J. Gust, Niagara Univ. Lib., NY
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IS A SECOND CHANCE AT HAPPINESS WORTH RISKING EVERYTHING.
EVEN A BEST FRIEND?
Susannah has been living with Doug for eight years, acting as stepmother to his three unappreciative children and wondering why she doesn’t mind much when he sometimes sleeps in his study. She’s known her best friend Amelia since they were teenagers. Amelia never minces words, and Susannah doesn’t like hearing what Amelia has to say about her noncommittal relationship.
At her brother’s wedding, Susannah runs into Rob—her first love, the love of her life. There’s no band on his ring finger, and Susannah begins to fantasize. Her fantasies turn to reality when Rob gives her a call. Susannah’s world is rocked by her rekindled feelings for Rob, then totally turned upside down by a revelation from Amelia. Just when Susannah and Amelia need each other the most, they are facing a crisis that threatens to tear their friendship apart. Without her familiar guiding star, Susannah must finally make some hard choices in order to grow up for good, no matter who or what she has to leave behind.
Heartwarming, wise, and sophisticated, When You Were Mine is a story about first loves, best friends, and choices that will resonate with readers everywhere.
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