From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Sweet Thing and Nowhere But Here comes a love story about a Craigslist “missed connection” post that gives two people a second chance at love fifteen years after they were separated in New York City.
To the Green-eyed Lovebird:
We met fifteen 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…
I didn’t see you again until a month ago. It was a Wednesday. You were rocking back on your heels, balancing on that thick yellow line that runs along the subway platform, waiting for the F train. I didn’t know it was you until it was too late, and then you were gone. Again. You said my name; I saw it on your lips. I tried to will the train to stop, just so I could say hello.
After seeing you, all of the youthful feelings and memories came flooding back to me, and now I’ve spent the better part of a month wondering what your life is like. I might be totally out of my mind, but would you like to get a drink with me and catch up on the last decade and a half?
Missed Connections. The wonder of what might have happened. Second Chances. How do we change over time?
Before We Were Strangers was a living, breathing story. From the book description, there is the anticipation of the second chance. Intriguing because the reader doesn’t know who is posting the search for that reconnection.
This story takes you from present day and that brief moment of seeing someone from your past and the uncertainty of where their life has led them.
We are eased from that present day moment to the first day Matt and Grace met. We journey through their story as they discover each other and we experience the missing 15 years from both their views so that we see and feel what has happened during their time apart. The way we are woven through the past and the time Matt and Grace were apart was seamless. The words and time floated perfectly across the page. Every intricate detail was purposeful. Each word made me feel the details and I fell in love slowly with these characters as their relationship built and burned deliberately and believably.
Author Renee Carlino also captured New York as more than a location, but an integral part of the story. One that lived. Being able to capture time and location with words was artfully rendered and was as much of an experience as the book in its entirety. Emotional, beautiful, artful and surprising. Grab some tissue and get ready for a stunningly beautiful read filled with all the feelings! 5.0 Stars