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Always Something There to Remind Me
Always Something There to Remind Me
Always Something There to Remind Me
Аудиокнига9 часов

Always Something There to Remind Me

Написано Beth Harbison

Озвучено Orlagh Cassidy

Рейтинг: 3 из 5 звезд



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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.

A Macmillan Audio production.

ИздательMacmillan Audio
Дата выпуска19 июл. 2011 г.
Always Something There to Remind Me

Beth Harbison

Beth Harbison is the New York Times bestselling author of "Shoe Addicts Anonymous", "Hope in a Jar", and more. She grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. and still splits her time between the capital city and a small quiet town on Maryland's Eastern Shore. She has two children, one of whom is Harlequin teen author, Paige Harbison.

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  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    Harbison's BEST novel to date. Harbison captures the truth about true love found early and deftly masters the past-present narrative that culminates in a blow-out finish that will leave readers deeply satisfied.

    Surprisingly the best read I've had this summer!
  • Рейтинг: 2 из 5 звезд
    Very disappointed in this one, and I had really enjoyed her Shoe Addicts series. It started out well, with the back-and-forth stories about teenaged Erin and grown up Erin dealing with their day-to-day lives. Grown up Erin's absolutely-perfect-in-every-way boyfriend (gorgeous, successful, widowed father to a daughter who is best friends with Erin's fifteen-year-old daughter, etc., etc.) asks her to marry him. Erin, completely blindsided (why is not exactly clear--where did she honestly imagine this relationship was going?) finds she can't give him an answer--indeed, she is suddenly in a complete and total panic--because all she can think about is her boyfriend of two years whom she broke up with twenty-three years ago. Yep, twenty-three years ago. She hasn't thought of him in ages (by her own admission), but suddenly there he is, a giant roadblock in the way of her giving perfect Rick his answer. Okay, Nate was her first in every sense of the world...but seriously?

    Then the agony begins. We hear all about Erin and Nate's relationship--they had a three year age difference, met when she was fifteen, and pretty much instantly started an intense relationship which wouldn't have been appropriate even for two people in their late teens/ early twenties. Erin lived and breathed her relationship with this guy. They declared their love. They talked of forever and marriage. They spent not only every day, but many nights together. That wasn't enough for Erin, though, because she wanted to spend more time with just Nate on "real" dates and less time out with him and his friends. She wanted to have a "normal" teenage experience, which for her meant crushing on and even going out with other guys (which she did, with his okay) but at the same time having Nate do grand gestures for her a la John Cusak's famous Say Anything boombox scene. She was amazingly selfish and immature, not surprising for a fifteen/sixteen-year-old, but that self-absorption continued into her older self as well. She admits as an adult that she had not treated Nate well back then, but turns around and doesn't act any better in the present time either. It's always what Nate did to her and how she suffered, with no real remorse for what she has done to him and is doing to Rick. Oh, she says she's sorry, but her actions and completely self-indulgent, obsessive, and inappropriate inner monologue tell another story. It was very frustrating to read, and ultimately, just not believable. Her best friend's advice throughout (as an adult she's a psychologist) just doesn't seem like that of a trained professional. Erin's relationship with her daughter Cam doesn't read like that of a real mother and daughter. For much of the novel, Erin doesn't "read" as someone capable of seeing to her own emotional and developmental needs, let alone be responsible for someone else's...just which one of them is in charge in that household? Setting a good example? Holding a realistic view of love and relationships? It is unclear. All in all, it was a frustrating read. It got two stars because it did have its moments and I did enjoy hearing the interview with the author at the end, but I really don't know that I'll be in a hurry to read anything new from this author in the future.

  • Рейтинг: 2 из 5 звезд
    I was bored the whole book. I like a flash back, but to me, there was too much of the same stuff involved every time we saw what the eighties were like. There was never anything *new* about the scenes until maybe the last one or two. Also, I found their "reunion" to be completely unbelievable. I honestly can not fathom how two people, after 25 years of not seeing each other, simply kiss and fall into bed without saying so much as "Hi."
  • Рейтинг: 3 из 5 звезд
    So, I started listening to this because I wanted something in the background when I sorted through a lot of boxes in the attic. Teenage love, teenage angst on breaking up, teenage love as an adult. And then ironically, my high school sweetheart happened to contact me on Facebook. He was a sweet boy and a sweet memory, but it's totally clear to me that I married the man of my heart and my dreams. I know some people have been together since grade school or high school, or that others separated but then found each other in their twilight years, but for me, that would be a disaster. No way would I give up what I have, but good for those that have that or find it again.Pure chick lit, complete with teenage angst and sex. Lots of old songs referred to which became earworms, but frankly, I missed out on the mournful, over-dramatic, lost first loves, so am probably not the most sympathetic of readers. One thing that always bugs me in this kind of book is the totally decent, nice guy that gets shunted aside while our heroine gets her panties out of a twist.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    This is the story of Erin, a woman who never got over her high school love and runs into him unexpectedly years later. I did enjoy this book, but gave it three and a half stars instead of four because I found the resolution unrealistic.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    It is usually a bad sign when someone asks to marry you and the first thing that pops into your mind is the name of your first boyfriend. Erin Edwards has found the perfect guy after being alone since her daughter's father passed away and surviving alone as a single mother. Rick is the total package, but Erin finds there is some spark missing, so when he asks her to marry him, she doesn't say yes. She doesn't say no either.The story flips back and forth between present time and the 1980's, when she was young and in love with Nate, her first boyfriend. I found my emotions flipping back and forth as well. Is Nate really the right guy for her or is Rick a better match? So when fate throws Nate back into her life, she remembers what had transpired between them and that magical time of her first love. The chemistry that happens when Erin and Nate reconnect is just spectacular. Of course there is a wrench in the mix, Nate is married to one of her BFFs from high school, Theresa, who seems to be a total perfect package herself. It was really wonderful to see the two of them work through their individual issues and with the help of Cam, Erin's daughter, comes to the perfect conclusion.I love Beth Harbison's writing and was a fan from the start when I first read the Shoe Addicts Anonymous in my Chick Lit book group. The minor details of Erin's job as an event coordinator at a hotel really add dimension to the story and provides a great deal of humor. As Erin puts together a MTV type Sweet Sixteen party for Roxanne, the surly and spoiled teen is pitch perfect and even helps Erin get some perspective on her own life. I read this book straight through and it is something you need to take with you to the beach and just get away from everything.