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Publisher's Summary

To the Green-Eyed Lovebird: 

We met 15 years ago, almost to the day, when I moved my stuff into the NYU dorm room next to yours at Senior House. 

You called us fast friends. I like to think it was more. 

We lived on nothing but the excitement of finding ourselves through music (you were obsessed with Jeff Buckley), photography (I couldn’t stop taking pictures of you), hanging out in Washington Square Park, and all the weird things we did to make money. I learned more about myself that year than any other. 

Yet, somehow, it all fell apart. We lost touch the summer after graduation when I went to South America to work for National Geographic. When I came back, you were gone. A part of me still wonders if I pushed you too hard after the wedding....

©2019 Renée Carlino (P)2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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So good!!!

Totally pulled me in. I couldn’t stop listening. Especially at the end. I could listen again right away. Such a great love story.

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Good beach book

I really liked this Audible because it was a story about serious people with career choices that complicated their lives. I’ve listened to a few rom/coms lately with the same formulas; boy and girl hate each other but ultimately fall head over heels in love. This one’s different and the actors who read the parts were very good. I recommend it.

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Favorite Book of Quarantine!!

I couldn’t put it down! The narration is amazing and honestly might be one of the main reasons I loved it so much. It switches between a male and female speaker for each chapter from Matt and Grace’s viewpoints.

The characters are so sweet and the story is relatable to any first love story. Great read with some unexpected twists. Highly recommend!

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a great book!!

excellent voices and amazing story line!!

great story of love and relationships and the obstacles life throws.

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Such a great book!

This book was so perfect for Audible! The story line was outstanding and so entertaining!

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Shed tears

Such a sweet story! Highly recommend listening or reading. I’m actually sad it’s over!! I love the twist towards the end of the book, too. That was amazing.

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Good story

I enjoyed this story. Really loved the characters and easy listen. However, female reader was WAY too dramatic! She really needs to tone down her reading style. I would have loved the audio more if she wasn’t so dramatic. I would still recommend.

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PHENOMENAL STORYLINE

The writing of this book was absolutely touching. I fell in love with the character Matt from the way they described him, patient, understanding, caring and charming. Who could not after hearing the story? I loved how the story started in the present, then back to the past and back again to the present. It makes the reader understand the little details from their history together. My absolute favorite character ended up being Dan because of the unconditional care & love he provided for Grace during the difficult period she had to live in. (Trying to not spoil the story) Unfortunately after reading this story I now believe in soulmates more than ever.. haha. In conclusion I really enjoyed everything about this book! However, do keep in mind it’s quite short so don’t rush it :)

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Fantastic love story

This book gave me all the feels, I loved every second of it. I’ll definitely be reading more books from the author.

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Cute story

I loved the story and characters. The ending was a bit frustrating. I don’t want to give it away but they had a fantastic opportunity to be happy but they just wanted to overthink everything. Arrrggghh…

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  • 01-22-21

One for cheesy romance

I can understand the good reviews as it is great within it's setting. I think I wasn't critical about discerning recommendations though as it wasn't for me and my tastes. The performance was good though having the story narrated from both sides helped bring it to life more. Overall I understand the high reviews and if you are looking a book that is easy going and cute romantic grown up fairytale this is an easy day/weekend read/listen.

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  • 05-28-22

Hallelujah

Great story, it taps into all the emotions. I enjoyed hearing the story from different perspectives. So glad Gracie and Matt finally got back together with a bit of help from their daughter and friends. The narrators got the voices just right! I'll definitely look for more of their and tbe authors work

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  • 01-09-21

Very slow

I thought the male character’s voice wasn’t fitting, too slow! For the excellent reviews I had higher hopes for this book