Like a Memory by Abbi Glines
One special summer.
The one thing Bliss had lost herself in when the fear and sickness were too much, moments never to be damaged by the harsh reality that followed… until now.
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.
They’ve each become someone different. No longer the young teens with stars in their eyes. But does that matter when your heart still says that’s the one.
It seems like just yesterday that Nate and Bliss were babies! How time flies! I love it!
I was so disappointed to see how far Nate had fallen from everything he’d been raised to believe. For a man who had been raised in a loving family with devoted parents, he was so cold I almost thought Bliss was better off without him. Anyone who thought Octavia was the person to build a future with had gone seriously off track at some point.
But I had faith that Glines could bring me around…I mean she converted the serious Nan hater in me, so anything could happen.
Bliss was definitely someone you wanted to find happiness. This girl has been through the ringer and I felt like I understood why she never contacted Nate after their summer together. Along with just being preoccupied with surviving, her self confidence had to have taken a hit after starting chemo. Her life was put on hold. And while that kept her sweet and made her into someone who truly appreciated the life she had it also left her completely unprepared to deal with Nate, who appeared to have forgotten everything about her.
Nate put nothing on hold. After losing contact with Bliss he just turned off. He was cold and overly practical. There was no love between Nate and Octavia but he also didn’t see any reason to rock that boat. I kind of lost some love for Nate when he continued his relationship with Octavia just because it was easy. It’s not that I hated Octavia. I didn’t really have any feelings towards her, she was just there. She was too self absorbed to really elicit any feelings in anyone.
I spent most of the book wanting to kick Nate in the ass and tell him to open his eyes to what he was signing up for with Octavia. Or maybe get Eli to do it for me…
I am thrilled that we’ve moved on to the kids from Rosemary Beach and Sea Breeze. Their parents have reproduced often and well. They’re a close knit group of family and friends. And this is one family I can’t wait to visit with again.