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    Best book I've read in a LONG time!

    Love this story, love this author, love the writing style. OMG this was such a great book. I thought the back cover write up was interesting and sounded like it was a good story but again OMG it was so much better. Best love story since the 'Outlander' series.
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    First Loves and Second Chances

    Actual Rating 4.5 stars Before We Were Strangers is a novel about the importance of timing, first loves, and second chances. The dual POV and weaving of past and present really made this a captivating and entertaining read. I loved Matt and Grace, both individually and together. Their relationship felt natural and I really enjoyed watching it grow and unfold. The chapters in the past were definitely my favorite, but I also liked how the present chapters showed how each character had grown and been shaped by their experiences. They each had never truly let the other go and that made the story both heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. I did feel that the present chapters felt a little rushed, but that's probably because I was dying for them to just get back together already! *SPOILER* The only reason this isn't a 5 star read for me is that the break-up, miscommunications, and just plain giving up didn't sit right with me. I understand that the relationship was relatively new and that this could lead to insecurities about the future, but I felt that the past chapters showed so clearly how much these 2 loved each other that it seemed very out of character to have them be OK with ending things so poorly. It was a different time, without the conveniences of social media, but both had the ability to find the other through friends, family, or even their place of work. Even after the interference of Elizabeth, I still was surprised that Grace did not push harder to find Matt. Yes, she felt rejected and was heartbroken, but she needed to get in touch with Matt for others, not just for herself. Again, on the one hand I understand why the story unfolded this way, but on the other it really was infuriating! This is the first Renee Carlino book I have read, but I fell in love with her writing style immediately. Her characters were perfectly flawed and the interactions were raw and real. Ultimately, the story for me boiled down to timing. Matt and Grace were victims to it the first time around, but sometimes space and time are needed to show us that what was true, was there all along. Overall, Before We Were Strangers was an excellent read filled with emotion and heart.
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    Before We Were Strangers

    Great story! It was very romantic and the arrangement of the scenes was awesome. I felt happy, sad and excited a lot more times in this story.
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