Like A Memory By: Abbi Glines Published: Feb. 14, 2017 Source: Purchased via Amazon Kindle
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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.
I have loved Abbi Glines' Sea Breeze and Rosemary Beach books! These are two of my favorite new adult series. Therefore, I was ecstatic when I heard that Ms. Glines wrote a book where Sea Breeze characters and Rosemary Beach characters would come together.
Like A Memory is about Bliss York (Cage and Eva's daughter from the Sea Breeze series,) and Nate Finlay (Blaire and Rush's son from the Rosemary Beach series.) They meet one summer when Bliss is fifteen. They fell in love, and no other person has ever been able to measure up in either of their lives since.
Nate tried to keep in touch with Bliss, after he returned home to Rosemary Beach, but all of his phone calls and text messages went unanswered. The reason for this was because shortly after Nate left, Bliss found out that she had Leukemia. She was in for the battle of her life, and wanted to preserve the beautiful memories that she had made with Nate over the summer.
Seven years later Bliss and Nate's paths cross. However, Nate is now engaged to none other that Bliss' new boss. They both still harbor feelings for the one that got away. However, now that Nate is taken, Bliss would never act on her feelings; and Nate still harbors hurt feelings and resentment since Bliss never responded to his communication attempts. Besides, Nate wants "simple," or does he?
Like a Memory did not live up to my high expectations. It was not of the same caliber of story telling as Ms. Glines other stories. It was very rushed, felt thrown together, and needed to be edited. The story dragged, and the first half was dull. The reason for this was, I didn't "feel" the connection between Bliss and Nate. There were only a few short flashbacks from the summer that they had spent together. I think that if there had been more of a foundation, the rest of the story would have flowed better.
The good news is that the second half of the story picked up! The romance heated up, and I got to see some of my favorite characters from The Sea Breeze and Rosemary Beach Series. There are many more potential story lines, as I got introduced to the grown up children from many of my favorite characters. I have hope that future stories will be just as amazing as Ms. Glines previous books!
I give, Like A Memory, by Abbi Glines 2.5 First Love, The One That Got Away, New Beginning Filled Stars!
Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Field Party, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted book lover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found at Facebook.com/AbbiGlinesAuthor and AbbiGlines.com.