“Three seconds doesn’t seem like a long time, but when you’re
gazing into someone’s eyes, it’s long enough to make a silent promise.”
It’s no secret on this blog how much I adore Renée Carlino’s books. One of my favorite things about Before We Were Strangers is how quickly I connected with the characters. This author has such a gift for writing stories and characters that are so unique yet at the same time feel as cozy and familiar as my favorite blanket. I immediately felt for Matt and, through his eyes, fell in love with Grace. By the time I officially “met” Grace in her POV, I was already 100% invested in their history as well as their future.
How many times do we see an old friend out of the blue and maybe exchange hellos but carry on, keeping the past firmly behind us? When Matt unexpectedly sees Grace an instant before her train leaves the platform, he wants nothing more than to reconnect with the woman who, even 15 years later, still owns his heart.
“It was like the universe was teasing us; we saw each other just a second too late.”
A post in the “missed connections” section of Craigslist brings the two of them face to face once more. But will everything that’s happened in the last decade be too much to accept, ending their story once and for all… or could this be a second chance at a new beginning?
The past and present flawlessly intertwine in this wonderful story; and though Matt and Grace’s story brought me to tears at times, it was worth every one I shed. Captivating secondary characters, the exciting NYC backdrop, and – my most favorite – the music that flows through the pages with the parts being branded as ‘movements’ all make this a marvelous addition to my bookshelf. The final POV was brilliant, and Ms. Carlino has stolen my heart once again. Reading Before We Were Strangers is like finding a new favorite song. You want to put it on repeat until you know all the words by heart.
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
A huge thank-you to the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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