Mar 29, 2017
Author: Abbi Glines
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Format: eBookPublication Date: February 14, 2017
Overall: 3 out of 5 stars
One special summer.
The one thing Bliss had lost herself in when the fear and sickness were too much, moments never to be damaged by the harsh reality that followed… until now.
Bliss York didn’t live a normal teenage life. She didn’t go to Friday night football games, walk the halls with her friends every day, go to her prom or even walk to receive her diploma. It had all been taken from her the fall that she was fifteen years old and she was given the diagnosis no one ever wants to hear.
She had leukemia.
Seven years after spending a summer with a girl who he knew would always be his first love and the one who got away, Nate Finlay returns to Sea Breeze to help his fiancé open her new boutique clothing store. When the new employee walks in Nate is taken back seven years to the girl he thought he’d love forever. The one who never answered his calls or returned his text. The one who shut him out completely with not even a goodbye and broke his heart.
They’ve each become someone different. No longer the young teens with stars in their eyes. But does that matter when your heart still says that’s the one.
It’s been awhile since I’ve reviewed one of Abbi Glines’s books here. That’s because after the amazingness of the first several, they became pretty repetitive. They were still enjoyable but there wasn’t much new ground to cover. For the most part I still feel this way, but I figured since Like A Memory is party of a new series featuring the children of both the Sea Breeze and Rosemary Beach characters it would be interesting to see how it works.
I will admit that I like that neither Bliss or Nate is completely and utterly damaged. They had loving parents who supported and guided them. I also enjoyed that the thing that broke them up was something mostly realistic, but Nate still had plenty of drama that should never have been. In this case I would have liked the book to focus mostly on their relationship and how they get to know each other than on Nate’s insecurities. Also there were times where he was a total douche-bag, and I would have liked to see Bliss to kick him to the curb. Of course we always get that twinkle of hidden depths to him, so that draws both Bliss and the reader back in. If she had been strong enough though, this would have been an awesome kind of ‘I don’t need no man’ book. Bliss kind of deserved that after going through so much. I also really disliked the final thing that tore them apart, it just felt like that was the moment to be bound together, not leave. I’d also like just once, for one of these books to NOT end in a Happily Ever After. As much as I love the author’s writing, and I did like this book, it just feels all so formulaic after so many books.
The other thing that really bugged me was the constant name-dropping of the author’s other characters, yes some of those characters are required but I couldn’t keep all the kids straight. I need a dang family tree in the front so I can reference who the heck Ophelia is supposed to be (No really, who is she? Where did she come from?). This wasn’t a bad book, but it’s just more of the same from this author. I would give Like A Memory 2 out of 5 stars, because it is definitely below my normal romance standard. I would definitely recommend it for romance readers and Abbi Glines fans though.
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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“Octavia would never be my center. I was safe from that kind of heartbreak. I could continue on breathing and living if something happened to her. Sure I’d be sad, but I wouldn’t die from it, which was healthy and normal. That was all I wanted in life. Shallow? Yes. But shallow is safe. I’d convinced myself of that.” -Nate Finlay
-Abbi Glines, Like A Memory