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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451419448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451419446
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Katherine Hill, a glamorous, slightly neurotic, and undeniably successful cosmetics executive, has become firmly entrenched in her workaholic ways. Her days, hours, and minutes are tightly scheduled, leaving very little time for personal commitments. When she receives word that Luella Hancock, a beloved old neighbor, has passed away, Katherine’s surprised to find that she and her former best friend, Laney, have both been named in Luella’s will. A trip back to Manchester, Vermont, is long overdue, but Katherine has no idea which old friends, lost loves, and buried memories await her. Liebert’s debut offers a glimpse into the decades-long friendship between two women, sometimes stretched thin by circumstances and tough choices but ultimately enduring. Studding the central narrative with flashbacks into the early days of Katherine and Laney’s friendship allows Liebert to paint the fullest possible portraits of the two central characters. Liebert’s authorial voice is light and airy, and she has a knack for crafting realistic, witty dialogue. An emotionally honest novel, full of nostalgia for old friendships, the struggle of reconciliation, and the everlasting power of female friendship. --Stephanie Turza

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"Liebert's authorial voice is light and airy, and she has a knack for crafting realistic, witty dialogue. An emotionally honest novel, full of nostalgia for old friendships, the struggle of reconciliation, and the everlasting power of female friendship." --Booklist

"A wonderful book for anyone who has ever longed for an old friend or dreamed of returning home after what feels like forever."  --Kerry Kennedy

More About the Author

Emily Liebert is an award-winning author and TV personality. Her first book, Facebook Fairytales, is available across the globe.

Liebert's debut novel, You Knew Me When, and a second novel to follow will publish in Fall 2013 and Fall 2014 with Penguin Group USA!

Liebert has been featured by: NBC's Today Show, The Rachael Ray Show, Anderson, FOX News, Oprah Radio, Martha Stewart Radio, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Woman's Day, The New York Post, The New York Daily News, The Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, and Celebrity Parents Magazine, among many others. She has also served as a spokesperson for Microsoft, appearing on TV and radio stations nationwide.


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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Viviane Crystal VINE VOICE on September 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
Kitty Hill and her father moved to Manchester, Vermont in the 1990s after they lost Kitty's mother. It was just the right thing as Kitty quickly realized when she met a young girl exactly her age, Laney Marten, who lived two doors away from Kitty's new home. In between lived a single woman, Luella Hancock, who also became a wise, loving presence in Kitty's life and who allowed the girls to swim in her pool, eat her food, and just visit. Her home was their home. Kitty and Laney immediately bond as best friends, "sisters" as they quickly realized. Reading of how their friendship forms and deepens is delightful and how seamlessly Luella shares their lives as well. But when Kitty falls in love, that all changes so quickly that it seems their bond is irrevocably broken until years later a second chance is given to them by Luella!
In between the missing years, Kitty has become a high-powered executive at a Manhattan, New York cosmetics company. She's a definite Type A personality who works around the clock, rarely sleeps more than a few hours, and has forgotten all about Laney and Luella in that small New England town. But she is quite shocked to receive a letter with a message that forces her to return to Vermont and interact with Laney. It initially isn't pretty at all as caustic barbs and nasty comments fly, with each trying to either avoid or hurt each other. Little by little, however, they learn to connect again but it's a long, arduous journey at times. As difficult as it seems, Emily Liebert knows exactly where to insert fluctuate scenes that forebode disaster one minute and hope the next. Ironically, it's not unbearable at all to read; in fact, it's mesmerizing and the reader is rooting for a positive outcome, never sure where it will all unwind or mesh together.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Heather Schuck on September 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
Quick, witty, and picture-perfect. Three words I would use to describe the latest novel by Emily Liebert, You Knew Me When. This character-driven, rich and heartfelt novel is perfect for reminiscing over past friends, lovers, heartaches, and betrayals. All those tiny inter-woven strands of the past that weave together to create our present and future are captured here in this modern-day tale of friendship.

The depth of the characters are what draw you in early and Emily keeps you turning the page eager to hear all the sordid details of friendship lost and found. As you read along, you can't help but reminisce on your own tales of friendship. Friends that you've lost touch with, frenemies you contemptuously "like" on Facebook, and perhaps even a sister you've grown apart from. What makes Emily's book so captivating is the authenticity of her characters, both Katherine and Laney are so familiar. If you don't see yourself in them, they undoubtedly remind you of a close friend past or present.

While I'm typically not a big fan of "chic lit", Emily Liebert's storytelling brings to life a gritty innocence that leaves a lasting (and sentimental) impression on the reader. Overall, definitely worth a read!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on March 12, 2014
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After reading all of the stellar reviews, I was eager to read this book. I was engaged from the beginning but kept expected something interesting to happen.. And it never really did. I was able to finish the book and although I was a little disappointed, I can still appreciate it fir what it was. It's a simple, slightly immature, light and easy read. Overall, it was okay, I didn't love it or hate it..
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By PattyLouise VINE VOICE on September 9, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
You Knew Me When
by
Emily Liebert

My "in a nutshell" summary...

Kitty/Katherine have been best friends until they weren't anymore. Katherine moved to NYC...Laney stayed home. They are reunited at the reading of a will.

My thoughts after reading this book...

Katherine is streamlined, chic and the executive of a major cosmetics company. Laney is a wife and mother who works at a small spa. They grew up together but have not seen each other in years. There is a major " issue" that has caused this separation. They are reunited at the reading of the will of a lovely woman...Luella...who was a neighbor and an influential person in their young lives...especially Katherine's!

Katherine is sort of independent and does not spend time with family or friends. Laney seems bitter, frustrated and really angry with Katherine. A huge part of this book involves flashbacks. We learn about what these girls were like when they first met until their entries into colleges.

What I loved about this book...

I truly loved the actual story. It was so interesting. Motherless Katherine and Laney...the girl who seemed to have everything. Katherine's early personality, Luella's insight, Laney's controlling issues and Grant...Laney's brother all played key roles as this book unfolded.

What I did not love about this book...

Katherine seemed so hard to like when we first met her...New York brittle through and through...lol...Laney...for me...was unlike able from the start. I never truly liked her but that just made the book that much more fun.

Final thoughts...

I found this book to be thoroughly enjoyable.

Thank you Edelweiss and Amazon for providing me with this book!
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