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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Original edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439154856
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439154854
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,891,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Bestseller Noble's (The Reading Group) new love story arrives slow and unfocused. Juggling past and present, Noble explains how Susannah met her first love, Rob, in secondary school and only separated from him when Rob left for the RAF after university. Today Susannah—approaching 40, childless, a failed marriage under her belt—is stuck in a dull long-term relationship with Doug, a man who hasn't allowed her to get close to his own children. So when Susannah unexpectedly runs into Rob, the old flame flares up. They begin seeing each other, but he's married and she's still committed to Doug, so the hot-and-bothered pair keep things platonic, for now. Meanwhile, Susannah helps a longtime friend through chemotherapy, allowing the author to explore an epic kinship. This lukewarm take on the classic tale of tragic love would have fared better had Noble come out of the gates running instead of leaving her protagonists—and her readers—in the dust of superfluous story lines. (Mar.)
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Review

Elizabeth Noble's new novel, When You Were Mine, combines two of my favorite things: a sexy, heartwrenching love story and a rich and nuanced friendship between two unforgettable women. Every detail is just right; the end result is a book that creates a nearly-impossible-to-achieve cocktail of emotional maturity and pure fun.
-Elin Hilderbrand, bestselling author of The Island

“A poignant meditation on lost chances, the power of female friendship, and the necessity of fully embracing adulthood, When You were Mine delightfully charms and entertains, but at its heart is a novel that tackles profound themes with wit and wisdom.” --Susan Rebecca White, author of A Soft Place to Land

More About the Author

Elizabeth Noble is the internationally bestselling author of The Reading Group, The Friendship Test, Alphabet Weekends, and Things I Want My Daughters to Know. She lives in New York City with her husband and their two daughters.

Customer Reviews

It was a nicely written story that can very well be about yourself or someone you know.
Margaret (Literary Chanteuse)
While not what I would call earth shattering, I think this book is a nice solid read, great beach reading, and it makes me curious to read more by Noble.
Tiffany A. Harkleroad
The story premise had potential, but all of our main characters' priorities seemed incredibly out of whack to me.
J.L. McHale

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brave New Bookshelves on March 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
I won an ARC of this book through Goodreads.com.

[From when I was about halfway through]:
Noble manages to walk a fine line perfectly: this book is neither "silly" chick lit (that's fun, but secretly you feel a little guilty for reading something so shallow), nor is it the kind of book that takes itself too seriously. So far, I feel like someone who just found out that the cubic zirconia earrings she bought at the flea market are actually real diamonds... I intend to savor the rest of this book.

[From when I finished]:
Finished this last night... it was perfect. I wouldn't have changed the ending or, looking back, much of ANYTHING about the book, which is a fairly rare thing for me to say about any book that even comes close to being called "chick lit." I loved every single one of the characters -- they were all flawed, but they were yet sympathetic, and I'd love to have a dinner party and invite them all. The story was complex because of the well-developed and intricate relationships between the characters, not because of not-quite-believable plot twists that are all too common in the genre.

Two words to describe my reaction to this book: pleasantly surprised.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany A. Harkleroad TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
A chance encounter in her home town put Susannah face to face with Rob, her high school sweetheart. Forced to reflect on her failed marriage and her failing long term relationship, Susannah reminisces about her youth. When her best friend is diagnosed with cancer, Susannah has about all she can take, and ends up finding comfort in the familiar arms of her first love. But both their lives are complicated, so, where does that leave their new found love?

I really liked this story. The author plays with the time lines, bouncing from past to present in a way that really tells Susannah's story. And I love Susannah's character a lot. She does not allow her self to play the victim, yet at the same time she does allow her self to feel a wide range of emotions. I like the twists and turns of the plot, and greatly appreciate the fact that not every lose end is tied up. It makes the story so much more realistic, because let's face it, that is how life is.

I also really liked the sub-story that deals with Susannah's friendship with her best friend. Again, not a nice tidy situation. I think this book is really relatable to a lot of female readers. While not what I would call earth shattering, I think this book is a nice solid read, great beach reading, and it makes me curious to read more by Noble.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By April L. Smith on April 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
Haven't read a book in awhile since becoming a new mom and lacking time for myself. So glad this is the book I chose to read! Very engrossing read. Love the romance!
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By Denise on December 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
I kept hoping it would get better but it never did. I didn't care for the characters and there was way too much back and forth between past and present.
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By Kayla Hauser on June 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
I loved this book, it was my first from Elizabeth Noble, but it won't be my last! This book was not what you would expect in a love story!
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By Heather Franks on March 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
completely brilliant. I've read most of Elizabeth Noble's novels and I have to say, I think this is her best. The characters stayed with me for days after I finished it (and I stayed up for hours reading it). I found myself thinking about all the plot details, all the little nuances that made the story play out like it did, and pondering on them quite a bit. I cannot recommend this book enough.
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Don't read this book if you want a lighthearted love story. Definitely a downer. Wish I hadn't wasted my time. Oh well!
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By Lori H on December 7, 2012
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Not a fan. The story didn't grab me and I didn't find any of the characters engaging or relate-able. Not for me!
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