New York Times bestselling author of On the Island, Tracey Garvis Graves, presents the compelling, hopelessly romantic novel of unconditional love.
Annika (rhymes with Monica) Rose is an English major at the University of Illinois. Anxious in social situations where she finds most people's behavior confusing, she'd rather be surrounded by the order and discipline of books or the quiet solitude of playing chess.
Jonathan Hoffman joined the chess club and lost his first game—and his heart—to the shy and awkward, yet brilliant and beautiful Annika. He admires her ability to be true to herself, quirks and all, and accepts the challenges involved in pursuing a relationship with her. Jonathan and Annika bring out the best in each other, finding the confidence and courage within themselves to plan a future together. What follows is a tumultuous yet tender love affair that withstands everything except the unforeseen tragedy that forces them apart, shattering their connection and leaving them to navigate their lives alone.
Now, a decade later, fate reunites Annika and Jonathan in Chicago. She's living the life she wanted as a librarian. He's a Wall Street whiz, recovering from a divorce and seeking a fresh start. The attraction and strong feelings they once shared are instantly rekindled, but until they confront the fears and anxieties that drove them apart, their second chance will end before it truly begins.
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My Favorite Book of the Year
I loved this book so much! Annika was such a wonderful, and unique character. Jonathan and Annika were both well written, fully flushed out characters. I loved how the relationship unfolded. A must read!!
Got this book for free in the mail for being a member of Goodreads and I loved it!!! A definite buy!!!
One of the best reads of 2019 so far for me!
For anyone that has followed my reviews for even a short while, it’s no surprise that I have a short list of favorite authors that I automatically buy new releases from because I adore their writing styles. But as much as I love them, sometimes that puts me in a book funk. Sometimes it means the book doesn’t feel fresh or new. Even if I love them. And I’ve learned something fairly recently. As much as I love romance, I really, really love when an author reaches beyond the “normal” romance story. So when I get into that book funk, I usually scour book sites for new (or new-to-me) authors. Most of the time, I’m REALLY glad I did. And this time? I’m really, REALLY glad I did!
The Girl He Used to Know is written from a very unique perspective. And maybe because it ‘s because it hit so close to my heart, that’s why I loved this story so much. And I did love it. From the unique perspective of both the heroine and hero, to the timeframe from which it was written, this book hooked me. I was all in. I was up way too late reading, too, which is a sure sign a book will be a four or five star read for me. It’s a second chance romance, but there’s such a depth to the characters, and to their stories, that it felt outside the box of “normal” second chance romance books that have hit the shelves recently. I would tell you more about the story, but it’s just too good of a book to post anything that could be a spoiler, and I certainly wouldn’t want to deprive you of the opportunity to fully enjoy this novel!
So while this author is new to me, I’m now going to be scouring her backlist to see if she’ll fall into my “auto-purchase” category.
NICUnurse’s Rating: I wholeheartedly give The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves 5 stars!