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    A fabulous book which I didn't want to end

    I really adored this story, it was so well written. The characters were a warm bunch who took me to their hearts. This is my first book by this author and I feel it won't be my last. I liked the cover too, a proper summer read
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    Four Stars

    Oh how that cover pulled me in and I loved the inside too! I loved the characters, setting, and plot. Also, it was very well written. I usually don’t read a lot of romance books or LGBT for that matter but I’m sooo glad I read this one. It is always nice to expand your reading preferences, especially when you are pleasantly surprised to find you loved it. I ended up reading it one day because I couldn’t stop. When You Were Mine is a delightful and heartfelt novel about finding love and what it means to be a family. The narrative is easy to get lost in, the voice of the characters are believable and heartfelt. All that they went through, it’s like I was there. Lisa Swift did such a marvelous job telling this story. Even with a simple, romantic story-line the plot was still original and very enjoyable. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I savored the book, and how the unique situation managed to still be relevant and to convey such genuine emotions. All the characters grow on you, even with limited appearances – all endearing in their own eccentric ways, and it was only natural for me to root for everyone and their happy endings. With plenty of humor, endearing characters and unbelievably raw moments – I definitely recommend When You Were Mine for anyone who’s looking for a great read. Such a lovely story and so worth your time. Would definitely read more from this author. ❤️
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    A sweet read

    This was a cute read, though a slow and confusing one to start with. A book on family and relationships where friendship and love mattered. A different family of sorts where Ibby and Maggie brought up their daughter together even when they were not a couple. Ibby was gay. Entered Jordan, a blast from the past, who changed the equation. A rockstar who wrote a song and brought the paparazzi to their doorstep. Secrets were revealed and past came crashing down. Would they survive it all? My first book by author Lisa Swift was delightful both in its unconventional family setup and their acceptance of each other. At all times, their daughter took priority in all their life decisions. The author’s conceptualization of characters was mature and developed. Their strength grew over the period of time. Each were quirky and lovable too. Lisa’s portrayal of first love and second chances had me smiling through the pages. There was a genuineness in the prose where social themes were dealt with, but with a lighter hand. The twist in the end was a good, unexpected surprise. Relationships and family made this book a light and warm breakfast read.
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    Delightful Story

    I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. When You Were Mine is the first book British author Mary Jane Baker has written under the pen name Lisa Swift. Magdalena Nightingale (Maggie) a couples counsellor and Aaron Ibbotson (Ibby) a journalist and bookseller and their daughter Amelia are a family, an unconventional family because Maggie and Ibby are not a couple in that Ibby is gay but they are raising their daughter Amelia together and to them family comes first making it difficult to find romantic partners. Maggie has basically given up on the idea and Ibby always hopeful that someone will pass the Harrison test (which Harrison Ford role is the best) as well as understand about his family and how it works is still actively looking. Their placid existence is upended when Maggie’s college boy friend Max Jordan aka rockstar Jordan Nash writes a song while in rehab called Magdalena and the paparazzi come calling. Max crashes back into their lives and nothing will ever be the same as secrets are revealed and bonds are tested. I really enjoyed this story that explores love in all its permutations, second chances and friendship. Sweet not steamy. Publishing Date August 14, 2019 #NetGalley #LisaSwift #HeraBooks #Bookstagram
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    Charming, Unexpected, and Fun

    When You Were Mine is one of those Netgalley books that have been rotting on my Kindle shelf, so finally I decided to pick it up. This story talks about the story of four main characters. Maggie coparents her daughter Amelia with her gay bestfriend Ibby after a drunken one night stand when they were younger. Then, there’s Jordan Nash, UK’s most famous rockstar, and an important part of Maggie and Ibby’s past. I have to admit that I picked this book up before and stopped reading it. The story does take a while to keep up and some details can be confusing especially with the switching POVs. I guess there’s also that cultural divide that I normally experience with British books. Some jokes get lost in translation and some pop culture references mean nothing to me. However, those things did not matter at the end, because this book was a definitely a beauty. This is a lovely story of how family works and what it means. There’s parent relationships with each other, parent-child relationship, friendship, your one great love, change, fame, growing up, heartache, identity, and many other themes discussed here. I loved every bit of it. When You Were Mine just made me realize that you should never really judge a book by the first few pages. Sometimes, they take a while to pick up, but when they do, they can bring you to an amazing learning experience and a journey that will stay with you for a long time.
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