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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A thrilling romcom debut on the remarkable limits of love, Lisa Swift’s When You Were Mine explores tough topics with care for a truly captivating read. Best friends and co-parents to teen Amelia—Maggie and Ibby have a platonic relationship that stretches back to their uni days. Except they’ve never been romantically involved. Their unique family setup is eventually, however, faced with a vital figure from the past who threatens their carefully constructed lives. Filled with witty lines and characters of great depth, lovers of fun, pacy reads will devour this unconventional friendship story.
Best book ever
Fantastic book! I never write reviews but this is an enchanting story about friendship, love, understanding, healing and tolerance…what more could you wish for? Be sure to start it when you need quality time with yourself and don’t want to be bothered by others. Absolutely lovely reading, well done and thanks for it!
Touched my heart!
I loved this story of a family that may not be seen as “normal” from the outside but with all the drama and grief they go through they come out the other side making their own definition of a “normal” family reminds me of my life and how my little family may not be perfect to other people but to me it is. Great read.
Loved the characters and story. Fab read, could not put it down