Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Always Something There To Remind Me by Beth Harbison

Always Something There To Remind Me on Goodreads
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.

Thirty-seven year old Erin Edwards is seemingly content with her life as a hotel party planner. She has a wonderful, intelligent daughter, Camilla, with whom she has a fantastic relationship. She's been dating Cam's best friend's dad, Rick, for the past year. One night, unexpectedly, Rick pulls out a ring and asks Erin to be his wife. Shocked, the first thing that comes to Erin's mind is Nate.

Nate. Nate what Erin's first in every single way, and he's the one man she's never truly gotten over. Through flashbacks, we learn about Erin and Nate's passionate, albeit often times tumultuous, relationship. These flashbacks intersect with chapters from the present in which Rick continues to await Erin's answer to the proposal.

Days go by and Erin still cannot get Nate off of her mind as she considers Rick's proposal. Can she really marry another man when she still hasn't gotten over her first love? Eventually, she finds herself walking outside Nate's mother's house. Suddenly, after almost two decades, she's face to face with the man she still loves. The man she's never gotten over, the man who broke her heart so terribly that she's never been able to fully put it back together again.

So what does this mean? Will she finally get the closure she deserves, or will she find herself falling for him all over again?

The premise of this book and the use of the flashbacks is an intriguing idea, but it didn't really work for me. Erin and Nate's relationship, while passionate, was plagued with immaturity issues, no doubt due to their high school ages. I never truly felt this amazing, once in a lifetime kind of love that we're supposed to believe they possess. The reasons for their breakup in the past were just silly to me, and if they'd had this larger than life love, it never should have happened.

That being said, I did find myself rooting for them in the end. This was a good one time read for me, and I'll probably check out the author's other works.

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