When You Were Mine by Elizabeth Noble
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.
This book took a while to really get going, or at least it took me a while to really get into it. I probably wasn’t fully committed to the story until about halfway through. After the halfway mark, things started to pick up more and I found the story got more interesting. I have read a lot of Young Adult books, which tend not to be as descriptive and are more to the point and faster paced, so often when I read Adult books I tend to get a bit bored with all the filler. However, I do appreciate the development these Adult books provide to the story and the characters; it’s all about what you’re used to.
The main character, Suzanna, is a likable character with flaws. If you read this book, you will be so mad at her at one point and completely hate what she does, but then you will find yourself still rooting for her. Even though she did this awful thing, I found it impossible not to sympathize for her and hope she gets what she wants in the end.
Oh and poor Rob. Though, he makes his fair share of mistakes too. But poor him anyway.
This book is kind of a tragic love story and it will make you swoon and make you cry. Noble sure puts her characters through the ringer. All the characters are flawed (well, maybe not Jonathan) and yet you will root for them all.
Overall, I liked this book. I wish it would have captivated me from the beginning, but it turned out okay in the end. Not sure if I would read more from this author. Her writing is good, but the storytelling wasn’t all that captivating. I love when a book can hook me from the very first page, which I know is asking a lot, but there are some authors who never fail me in this area (ahem – Wendy Higgins).
Best Aspect: Writing
Worst Aspect: Captivity