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?
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When I found out that Abbi was going to write a book about Nate Finlay and Bliss York set twenty or so years into the future after the Rosemary Beach and Sea Breeze series, I was so excited and couldn’t wait to read it.
Nate and Bliss were wonderful characters and I really enjoyed reading their story in Like A Memory. They both had great personalities and I loved the close bond and relationship they had, even after seven years of not seeing each other since they first met as teenagers. I will admit it was harder for me to connect with Nate and Bliss as much as I did with all of the other characters in the RB and SB series, but I still enjoyed reading their book nonetheless. I was very happy that Abbi wrote it from both Bliss and Nate’s POV, and I loved reading the story from both of their perspectives. I was glad to see what each character was thinking and feeling throughout, and it certainly made me enjoy the book a lot more. The secondary characters were great and I liked seeing both new and familiar faces. Like A Memory didn’t have the same feel and vibe as the original two series did, but I still enjoyed reading it.
Bliss and Nate had both gone through so much, and my heart definitely broke for each of them in different ways on more than one occasion, especially towards the end of the book. With that being said, all of the heartbreak was worth it in the end.
Like A Memory wasn’t quite what I had hoped it would be, and although I definitely loved – and will always love – the Rosemary Beach and Sea Breeze series a whole lot more, I was very happy with the conclusion to Bliss and Nate’s story and was glad that I read it.
FOUR “Nate and Bliss” STARS!
About the Author
Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. She has a new YA series coming out in the fall of 2015 titled The Field Party. She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.
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