REVIEW ~~ Like a Memory by Abbi Glines
Stephanie’s 4 Blush Review
I have many mixed emotions about this book. I am a huge Abbi Glines fan! Her books are my go-to when I want a pick me up. I enjoy her style of storytelling. This is the author that redeemed Nan!!!! So when Sea Breeze merged with Rosemary Beach, I was excited! A whole new generation of characters to get to know and love!
Like A Memory features Nate Finlay, son of Rush & Blaire and Bliss York, daughter of Cage & Eva.
Nate travels to Sea Breeze, Alabama to spend the summer with Blair’s dad. I feel the blurb best describes the story…..
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.
As I said I have a lot of mixed emotions about the book. The beginning was a bit choppy. We are introduced to A LOT of new characters with very unique names. It was a bit confusing. Honestly, I would have loved to have seen a family tree diagram in the beginning because it would have made it easier. I sincerely mean that. Once the story developed, the wrinkles came out, and the classic Abbi Glines story telling took over.
I was surprised at how cynical Nate was. I mean, he is the son of Rush & Blaire, one of the most romantic and loving couples in Rosemary Beach! But then again I am reminded of the famous scene in Fallen Too Far when Rush discovers that Blaire is eating peanut butter sandwiches and he makes her eat bacon…. *sighs* It did take Rush a minute to come around. Like father like son?
There are many things that I LOVED about the story. First off, Nate is a dirty, dirty talker (again, like father, like son). It was HOT! Although he seems cynical he really does love his family and that comes shining through.
“I learned from my father that apologizing to a woman was easier than arguing with one.”
I loved Bliss. She had such a great attitude. She was loyal, kind and loving. She knew how precious life was and she never wanted to forget that. She always looked for the good in people.
“I was facing the scariest thing imaginable. What else do you need to know? I wasn’t in the frame of mind to keep up with my childhood crush.”
I would have enjoyed a little bit more of interaction between Nate & Bliss and their families but I’m sure in books to come we will have a gathering that will mix everyone together. There was a twist at the end that was unexpected and I will say I was very surprised at a certain outcome.
As I said before, I am a huge Abbi Glines fan. I enjoy her books and storytelling style. I look forward to getting to know the new names and faces that we were introduced to! It is going to be a great series!
“Bliss was happy. Not because she hadn’t known struggle or fear, but because she faced them head on, and won. Shit, I was in deep.”