Can you ever really know if love is true? And if it is, should you stop at anything to get it?
Two decades ago, Erin Edwards was sure she'd already found the love of her life: Nate Lawson. Her first love. The one with whom she shared everything--dreams of the future, of children, plans for forever. The one she thought she would spend the rest of her life with. Until one terrible night when Erin made a mistake Nate could not forgive and left her to mourn the relationship she could never forget or get over.
Today, Erin is contentedly involved with a phenomenal guy, maneuvering a successful and exciting career, and raising a great daughter all on her own. So why would the name "Nate Lawson" be the first thing to enter her mind when her boyfriend asks her to marry him?
In the wake of the proposal, Erin finds herself coming unraveled over the past, and the love she never forgot. The more she tries to ignore it and move on, the more it haunts her.
Always Something There to Remind Me is a story that will resonate with any woman who has ever thought of that one first love and wondered, "Where is he?" and "What if…?" Filled with Beth Harbison's trademark nostalgia humor and heart, it will transport you, and inspire you to believe in the power of first love.
Harbison (Shoe Addicts Anonymous) serves up a deliciously light blend of 1980s nostalgia and women's fiction. Parallel story lines pair teenage Erin Edwards, suffering the intense and melodramatic throes of first love with Nate Lawson, and contemporary 30-something Erin, an event planner and single mom. When contemporary Erin's good-looking if otherwise bland beau proposes, Erin's first thought is of Nate, and she finds herself waffling in the present as she dwells in the mysteries of the past: what happened to the perfect love she shared with Nate, and why can't she forget him now? Harbison packs the teenage flashbacks with age-appropriate miscommunications and emotional indecision, and cleverly uses an otherwise thin present-day story line involving the sweet 16 party of a spoiled teen to bring Erin to a point of understanding. Unsurprisingly, the adult Erin and Nate have a chance reunion, but a nice twist leads to some uncharacteristically unpleasant complications that are nonetheless neatly resolved. Harbison raises the emotional stakes and gives this story a little more bite than readers may expect without losing her fun, breezy style.
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I couldn't put it down. Anyone who reads this will have a different perspective on the power of true love, and never again underestimate the impact of young love.
One of the worst books I have ever read
The main character is a self-absorbed whining teenager who becomes a self-absorbed whining adult. She treats the men in her life so badly that it is unbelievable that any man would stay with her or want to be with her. I only finished the book by skimming the last few chapters to see if she ever matured. Do not waste your time or money on this one. So disappointing.
Cute story. Very predictable but worth the read. Made me think of 'the one that got away'.