Susannah is nearing 40 years old. She's been in a relationship with Doug for the past nine years, acting stepmother to his three ungrateful children. After an argument with Doug, she dis-invites him to her brother's wedding. Even though his absence will be questioned, she doesn't care. At the wedding, she runs into her first boyfriend Rob. Old feelings surface. Susie's feelings increase when fantasies of rekindling that first love become reality.
Through flashbacks, we learn about Rob and Susie's history, their current commitments, and willingness to be together. Meanwhile, Susie's best friend has cancer. Now the main character is faced with making difficult decisions while trying to balance life.
Upon first glance at the cover, When You Were Mine seemed like the average chick lit novel. About 60 pages in, I knew it was much more. The characters are well developed and the story is more complex than the average fluff. Although the story was a good read perfect for a rainy weekend, I couldn't connect with Doug and Susie. Perhaps because there wasn't an element of surprise. Their decisions (and the ending) was predictable.
Overall, it will spark a conversation about morals, loss, decision-making and friendship in a book club.
Title: When You Were Mine: A Novel
Author: Elizabeth Noble
Published: March 2011