Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - You Knew Me When

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Book Review - You Knew Me When

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You Knew Me When

About the Book
Best friends forever…until life got in the way.

Katherine Hill left her small New England hometown in pursuit of a dream. Now, twelve years later, she’s a high-powered cosmetics executive in Manhattan and a much glossier version of her former self, unrecognizable to her family and old friends. Not that she would know—she hasn’t been home in over a decade.

Laney Marten always swore she’d never get “stuck” in Manchester, Vermont. No, she was destined to live out her glamorous big-city dreams. Instead, she wound up a young wife and mother. That was when her best friend ran out.

When Katherine receives word of an inheritance from former neighbor Luella Hancock, she reluctantly returns home to the people and places she left behind. Hoping for a second chance, she’s met by an unforgiving Laney, her former best friend. And there’s someone else who’s moved on without her—someone she once loved.

Tethered to their shared inheritance of Luella’s sprawling Victorian mansion, Katherine and Laney are forced to address their long-standing grudges. Through this, they come to understand that while life has taken them in different directions, ultimately the bonds of friendship and sisterhood still bind them together. But are some wounds too old and deep to mend?

My Take on the Book
This was a well written book that draws you in from beginning to end. Not only has the author developed a story/plot that is engaging but even better, she has provided the reader with characters that are complex and ones that you can truly relate to. The story is strewn with emotional baggage and the author takes you along for a ride through the issues that each of the main characters brings to the table as you try and see whether they can work through the past wounds. This was a great book that brings together issues of friendship and loyalty that last the test of time.

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