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When You Were Mine: A feel good, heart-warming novel about first loves and second chances Kindle Edition
Life is a love song when you find the right notes
Maggie and Ibby make up a happy – if unconventional – family. After meeting at university, they now live in the village of Applecroft on the beautiful West Country coast.
Okay, so Ibby’s gay and prone to disastrous dates, while couples’ counsellor Maggie spends her days helping people with their relationship problems despite having no sex life of her own. Nevertheless, they’re devoted to bringing up teenage daughter Amelia – the result of a drunken one-night stand when they were students – in a stable and loving family.
Until a face from the past – in the form of hard-partying rock star Jordan Nash – disrupts their quiet lives. As Jordan struggles with his personal demons and old secrets are revealed, can Maggie and Ibby stay strong? Or will bringing back the past threaten all that they’ve built in the present?
A feel good, heart-warming novel about about first loves and second chances. Fans of Holly Martin, Dani Atkins and Heidi Swain will be captivated.
Lisa Swift is the pseudonym for bestselling women's fiction novelist, Mary Jayne Baker.
Praise for When You Were Mine:
‘Packed full of family, love, laughs and second chances, I would highly recommend this book!... one of the loveliest books I’ve read in a long time! Fab, fab, fab…!!!’ (5 stars) Stardust Book Reviews
‘A beautiful story of life, love and second chances… this book made me happy, warm, and joyful. I think people should read it. Read it lots.’ Sunny Buzzy Blogs
‘It’s been a while since I read a book in a day…a really wonderful book about best friends, family, lovers and everything in between…I laughed, I cried and I whooped for joy.’ (5 stars) Netgalley reviewer
‘Loved loved loved this book…You can really feel the love between the characters and I honestly wanted the story to go on for longer just so I could read about them a little more.’ (5 stars) Netgalley reviewer
‘I can honestly say that this is a truly wonderful and heartwarming read. There’s love, laughs and drama which will keep you desperate to know what is coming next... five stars really doesn’t show how fantastic a book this is.’ (5 stars) Netgalley reviewer
‘I really adored this story, it was so well written. The characters were a warm bunch who took me to their hearts.’ (5 stars) Netgalley reviewer
‘Absolutely fantastic, had me gripped!!! Loved it! Can't wait for more from this author.’ Netgalley reviewer
‘A beautiful, moving and touching book. Full of love, warmth and amazing characters. This book will draw you in and not let you go until the very last page. A fantastic book.’ (5 stars) Netgalley reviewer
About the Author
- ASIN : B07V57BL71
- Publisher : Hera (14 August 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 839 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 370 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 686,349 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top review from Australia
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I think I got almost half-way through the book before I figured out how the rock star disrupts their lives. Once the reveal happened, I felt silly for not realising sooner. All the signs pointed that way, but it wasn’t quite clear enough for little ‘ol me to figure out.
However, once the reveal happened my brain started ticking and guessed the surprise twist right at the end!
Given how bad my guesses have been recently I didn’t put a lot of stock in it. But it sat there. Even when Maggie made a comment that should’ve blown my guess out of the water. I kept on wondering if I’d be proven right. And my patience was rewarded!
Outside of that long drawn out process this was a surprisingly clean romance. The closest you get to anything raunchy happening is some kisses (in PG rated areas) and a hand that slips up the back of a top.
Given how many of the romances I’ve been reading lately get quite descriptive, this was a nice change. Especially because the time otherwise taken up with describing said sex scenes was better spent unpacking and exploring the emotional reactions to our four main characters.
You’ve got Ibby who’s gay and struggles to date, Maggie who’s a relationship counsellor with no romantic life to speak of, Jordan who seems to be emotionally lost and poor Amelia who’s only 13 (she turns 14 by the end of the book) and struggling to come to terms with teenage hormones and a changing family dynamic. This spoke to me on so many levels. As I’m sure anyone who’s gone through a “broken” family situation could.
The raw emotions felt like they really reflected what people would feel like in the real world if they were in those situations really made this book. I loved reading this and I hope all the subtle social messages come across to anyone who reads it. Which I urge you to do! And share with any kids you have in your social circles!
Top reviews from other countries
Oh my goodness. It’s been a while since I read a book in a day. I kept carrying my kindle with me into the kitchen to put the kettle on and prepare food. I had so many thoughts and theories while I was reading. I kept thinking “Is he?” “She’s...” “No”. I couldn’t stop reading I needed to know all the things.
I just completely loved this book and how these seemly completely different peoples lives were all connected and woven together.
I think I must be mellowing as I get older. I’ve just turned 31 because a year ago, even a few months ago the revelation that was revealed early on and remained a feature throughout would have sent me running but it only strengthened my love for this book.
Lisa is such a talented writer. She kept feeding us information and facts throughout the whole book. I had questions and she kept answering them.
I loved the main characters but I also really loved the supporting characters especially one because I have a thing for paramedics!
This was a really wonderful book about best friends, family, lovers and everything in between. There was love, there was drama and there was heartache. I loved every single word and every single emotion this book evoked. I laughed, I cried and I whooped for joy. I can’t wait to read more from Lisa!
This book reminded me of tv show Nashville, film A Star is Born and book One Day in December all of which are some of my very favourites.
Yup, we’ve all been there!
Then there are our first loves. Do you ever wonder where they are now? Are they happy? Do they think about you? (In my case, I very much doubt it.)
Dare I even say it... is it possible to recapture what once was if the stars align correctly? Second chances are a gift.
Well, peeps, you are in for a stonking great treat of a read. If I could squeeze this author right now, I would.
This story just enveloped me in a great big hug. The characters became friends to me (I know I have issues before you start!).
I laughed – Couples’ Counsellor, Maggie, had some of the BEST lines in the book. Especially when it came to *whistles*, you know what I mean, a wee bit of the horizontal mamba (other positions are available) *winks*:
“Strong on theory, weak on practical.”
I don’t know how many times I’ve said this about myself to friends. *blushes* Sorry, was I TMI-ing again?
I got angry on their behalf – I was feeling a tad stabby. *shakes head* Nope, I refuse to give details.
My jaw ached from smiling so much at my e-reader. Especially with the teenage Amelia. She was a scene-stealer for me. Everything was life or death as a teenager, wasn’t it? I’m showing my age now, but there was one scene that was reminiscent of ‘The Geek and The Panties’ from the John Hughes 80’s classic, Sixteen Candles.
Plain and simple, WYWM was a stunning read and I can’t wait for the author’s next release under this pen name.
‘When’ you pick up with book...
‘You’ won’t be able to put it down...
‘We’re’ (artistic licence!) in this together, so hit me up when you’re done.
I’m sure this book will be on your favourite reads of 2019 list just like ‘Mine’!