on November 10, 2015
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“What?” I stared back at him, unblinking.
He moved closer, taking my face in his hands. “I love you, Evie. I look into the future, and the only thing I see clearly is you. Marry me.”
What’s an eighteen-year-old girl who was madly in love with her nineteen-year-old boyfriend say?
Of course, I said yes.
Twenty-four hours later, I married Adam Gunner at a Vegas chapel to the sounds of “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi. Not the best omen. I get that now.
Then, exactly one week later, I left him. I walked out, leaving behind my wedding ring, annulment papers, and my heart, and he never knew why.
I haven’t seen him since. Not in ten long years.
Now, he’s here, standing before me. Looking at me with nothing but hurt and hatred in his eyes, he wants answers.
Answers I can’t give
One of my anticipated books of 2015 and Samantha Towle did not disappoint. As soon as I finished reading I knew I had to include it as one of my top picks of the month. Ms. Towle made me fall in love with her quirky characters, lose myself in her touching story and want to move to her creative world.
The romantic tension between Adam and Evie was INTENSE and I felt the heartbreak they both felt when they fell apart. Samantha wrote their relationship so authentic. SWOON. There’s so much warmth and wisdom in this book, but there’s plenty of sass and sadness tucked inside, too. This quiet book managed to speak so loudly about sacrifice, family bonding, second chances, and the power of true love. It’s a story I won’t forget reading and a character I won’t forget meeting.
While When I Was Yours can be a bit predictable, I still found myself surprised by certain developments and twists. Others may also find the flashbacks a little too overweening but Samantha did a good job by carefully interspersing them with strong present-story-time scenes. Something like a breather before plunging back into the present-day drama.
Ultimately, I absolutely think it’s worth reading. The warmth and depth to it definitely won me over and made this a favorite. It falters a bit at times, but it really didn’t bother me. Everything just clicked for me, and I would absolutely recommend it. If you love second chance romances, you’ve got to check this one out.
Making my way through the hotel, I exchange pleasantries with the staff on duty. When I reach the coffee shop, I push open the door and step straight into the past.
She’s standing behind the counter. Her face is turned slightly to the right, her attention on the TV mounted on the wall, and her hair is pulled back into a ponytail.
But it’s her.
I feel like a speeding train has hit me, and I’m pretty sure my heart has stopped beating.
It’s really her.
“Evie?” I breathe out her name, like I’m taking my first real breath in a very long time.
Her body stiffens at the sound of my voice. And I watch as her face turns my way. Those big whiskey-colored eyes that I fell in love with all those years ago meet mine, and my world stands still.
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