Published by Hot Tree Publishing on February 25th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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ÔÇ£I guess thatÔÇÖs the thing about high school reunions, though. They make you snap a little.ÔÇØ
In the ten years since high school graduation, MayleeÔÇÖs career, living arrangements, family, and especially her love life are at a standstill. When her twin brother, Mitch, falls for her high school enemy at their ten-year reunion, MayleeÔÇÖs life is catapulted into chaos.
MayleeÔÇÖs hatred for the blonde-haired Josephine isnÔÇÖt the only thing she discovers at her reunion. Benson Drake, the introvert from high school, has matured into a sexy intellect. Now a writer and bartender, BensonÔÇÖs grown into a man with a perfect balance of quirky wit and sex appeal. After a wardrobe malfunction, a spy mission gone wrong, and a dangerous cup of coffee, Maylee and Benson explore something they never even thought about during senior year. Along the way, they find out that reconnecting with the past can change youÔÇª or maybe just help you find your true self.
Lindsay Detwilers’ latest book is a reminder of all the things you may have loved and hated from those formative years in high school. It speaks to learning how to let go and how to forgive past transgressions.
Who We Were is a highly enjoyable read on many fronts; it’s funny and yet it really tugs at the heartstrings. Maylee has an old score to settle, but fate has other things in mind. What starts as a slightly neurotic attempt at showing “just how far she’s come” turns into a reckoning. We learn about the bad blood between Maylee and Jospehine through various reflections and I was completely on her side. Detwiller clearly hit the mark because I had no love for Josephine and felt just as worried as Maylee is for her twin brother Mitch as gets involved with Josephine
I enjoyed how the story unfolds as Josephine’s past transgressions show a pattern with Maylee that would be hard to forgive. It makes sense that Maylee remains suspicious of her intentions with Mitch. It feels very much like maybe it’s just another way to get at Maylee and I could actually feel my stomach drop when she reveals the big one. But the story isn’t just about Jospehine. Maylee is clearly at a point where she needs to make her own way and learn to trust again. She gets that chance and for the most part handles it beautifully and moves towards her own happiness.
Who We Were is a heartfelt read about the importance of learning how to move on. The story is a quick read that flows well and is one I recommend.
~Review by Cyndi
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