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When You Were Mineby Elizabeth Noble
Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Bestseller Noble's (The Reading Group) new love story arrives slow and unfocused. Juggling past and present, Noble explains how Susannah met her first love, Rob, in secondary school and only separated from him when Rob left for the RAF after university. Today Susannah — approaching 40, childless, a failed marriage under her belt — is stuck in a dull long-term relationship with Doug, a man who hasn't allowed her to get close to his own children. So when Susannah unexpectedly runs into Rob, the old flame flares up. They begin seeing each other, but he's married and she's still committed to Doug, so the hot-and-bothered pair keep things platonic, for now. Meanwhile, Susannah helps a longtime friend through chemotherapy, allowing the author to explore an epic kinship. This lukewarm take on the classic tale of tragic love would have fared better had Noble come out of the gates running instead of leaving her protagonists — and her readers — in the dust of superfluous story lines. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
About the Author
Elizabeth Noble is the internationally bestselling author of The Reading Group, The Friendship Test, Alphabet Weekends, and Things I Want My Daughters to Know. She lives in New York City with her husband and their two daughters.
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