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If We Were Young: A Second Chance Romance (The Second Chance Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B0848MKHRZ
- Publication date : February 24, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 3109 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 306 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #374,443 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Matthew is a man of many layers and he is a contradiction when it comes to Ronnie and their past. When fate conspires and they are required to work together will it also force them to work through the misunderstanding and mistakes of the past?
This is a story about two people who have always belonged together and hopefully with maturity and life experiences will finally have the life they were previously denied.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
Matthew and Ronnie broke me. They met and friend zoned each other on the outside but fell in love with each other on the inside. However neither of them could find the right words. Fifteen years later and separate lives created they still couldn't forget each other or their love. As our special guest says (and OMG I just realized who it was!!!) "If it's a connection, then its a connection. That doesn't go away.."
This book is perfect in its own special way. It's love, fear, hardship, and everything in between. It's learning to live for yourself and not letting other people control your words. It's living without regrets, even if you have plenty. Its finding answers to unanswered questions.
I love Matthew and Ronnie. I love Hannah and all the Carling's. Not a fan of Ange ( I seriously wanted to smack her). And I'm looking forward to where this story goes. I still don't know if I'll ever truly be able to write an accurate review (makes sense since this book was about getting the right words out) but I will say I loved it. Imperfect characters and all. *I voluntarily read an advanced copy of this book for my honest and unbiased review.*
What happens when words are not spoken but your face shows what you wanted to say? How does it feel not to be able to speak your thoughts fluently? The anxiety plus the fear are the worst enemies in those cases. Silence also makes it worst. It is painful and people don’t understand it or choose not to see the struggling, the frustration and the anxiety. If We Were Young captured that and more. Ana Bloom did an excellent work while touching this topic in a sensible and professional way, colouring it with a romance that if you are not careful, it will break your heart.
This book is brilliantly written that my heart was dragged in a whirlwind of emotions. My soul ached every time Ronnie struggled. I wanted to punch Matthew so hard and comfort him at the same time. Both characters are complex, real and very human. Two different souls who didn’t say what they wanted to say to each other, one who struggle to express herself and the other who wasn’t brave enough. Both young. Deep feelings blooming in a forbidden territory. Young love at its finest. Remorse and a lot of what ifs. Past and present colliding. So much happened that make their story a fabulous mixture of regrets, consequences, hope, forgiveness and unrequited love. Two friends who fell in love and never crossed the line of friendship.
Top reviews from other countries
The feelings of regret, the feeling of what if? The feelings of that first true love that we have all had, the tummy churning when you think of them, the heart stopping moment when you see them again after so long. Boy did I recognise everyone of those emotions in the early chapters of this book.
Anna has written a book, that from the very start grabs you from the very beginning, keeps you invested all the way through, then leaves you wanting so much more.
A cast of characters that are as intriguing as they are endearing
A 5 star read
Heartache and regrets have plagued Ronnie since the day her anxiety stopped her saying the words she needed to say to the boy she loved, who didnt know how she felt. He disappeared from her life and broke her heart and she's always wondered what if..... When they meet again 15 years later, needing each other to save their respective businesses, can they learn to forgive the past and move into a future with no more regrets?
I didn't know what to make of Matthew to start with, he was so angry and aloof. We got an impression of how he was from Ronnie's memories, but were they through tinted glasses? How could a man and a friendship that had been so good, go so horribly bad. Matthew was like an onion, the more layers that got peeled away, the softer he seemed and the more we found how much he'd suffered too and why. He certainly won me over, convincingly!
Its a close call because this author has written some truly wonderful heroines, but Ronnie I think is my favourite. I absolutely loved her, she was strong and resilient but so vulnerable. There were so many times I just wanted to hug her and be the friend she really needed. My heart broke for her fears, the anxieties she'd always had and struggled to overcome and be acknowledged, even by her own ma. Sometimes the apple doesn't fall far from the tree and her daughter was a wonderful character and they drew strength from each other.
This book is full of emotion, real and raw. I could truly empathize with some of Ronnie's traits, it was eye opening when you see some of your own personality on the pages.
Since discovering Anna Bloom just over a year ago, I always look forward to her words and again am blown away by them. A truly beautiful read, a HFN ending that surely must lead to more of these wonderful characters.
At first I wasn't too sure about it, but as I read on, I was caught up in the spell Ms Bloom has woven around Ronnie and Matthew.
I felt for Ronnie. Hell, the woman was a wreck. I became anxious reading about her anxieties!
And Matthew, the man that had wrecked her life somehow - I had to find out how that had happened! And best friend, Ange...what a character...
Caught up in the past, life is passing Ronnie by...until the past rears it's head and it's not what it seemed to be at all!
Very good read!
Many readers will relate with Ronnie; debilitating social anxiety has pathed her life and many missed opportunities has meant her life took a different direction to what she had hoped for. Her past regrets have stayed with her and her former best friend, Matthew has never strayed far from her mind.
Their story is accompanied with a stellar supporting cast especially Ronnie’s teenage daughter, Hannah; she was an absolute star! Typical teenage girl who is rebelling and craving all the right attention from her Mum. Their tender heart-wrenching interactions had me shedding a tear.
‘If We Were Young’ has five stars stamped all over it. A story of regret but also of following a new path in life and risking taking a chance.
This was a book so beautifully written that I was immediately dragged into the intricacies of Ronnie's mind and how she felt about her life, past and present, and how she felt about Matthew, past and present. The narrative of her social anxieties and her deep love for the boy she knew fifteen years before, made me desperately sad for her character and I actually felt those gut wrenching moments when she realised 'what if'.
Matthew was someone that some people might not see as your usual H. He wasn't hard and brash, but sensitive and ultimately heartbroken by what had or hadn't happened between them, and personally I found him to be perfect because he was actually imperfect and real. He was the H that Ronnie deserved - the H that Anna Bloom writes so damn well. The dynamic of him and Ronnie later in the book was most definitely spot on. One particular scene showed just how much chemistry they had and not only was it beautiful, but hot too.
I loved all the supporting cast, well maybe not Angela, but particularly Ronnie's daughter Hannah. She was the perfect teenager - moody, grouchy, headstrong and desperate for attention.
Anna gave us clues all the way through, of what life might be like for Ronnie and Matthew if they were young, and by the end each one of those clues slotted together like a perfect crafted jigsaw to create a beautiful ending. When I finished this book, I actually sighed and breathed out the word 'perfect', because that's what this story was to me - you'll notice I've used it a lot in this review. It wasn't always pretty, it wasn't an easy ride for either character but it was real and heartwarming and I only hope that one day we hear from them again.