Like a Memory by Abbi Glines

Like A Memory
Abbi Glines
Genre: Romance
Publication Date: February 14, 2017

One memory.
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.

Review:

Like a Memory is quintessentially Abbi Glines at her best. Here, we started to get a glimpse of the characters that we loved best from the Rosemary Beach and Sea Breeze Series. The book together with the characters within it have given just a right amount of nostalgia to capture readers like me who has been waiting for this story since the epilogue of Until the End.

It was interesting to see how the characters have grown up and lived their happily ever afters. Their life wasn’t romanticized and each family had their own tribulations. What’s even more interesting to note is the upbringing that each of the families had. To see how our beloved characters had grown up and raised their children gave us a glimpse of how stable millenial families are starting to grow up and create a family on their own.

What captured my attention, however, is the special kind of love story that Nate and Bliss had. As cliche as it may sound, first love really never dies. Even after all this time, reconnecting with your first love and rekindling your romance is nothing short of magical in this book.

I love how Bliss and Eli’s friendship is a parallel to the very own friendship of their parents (Cage and Harlow). I think their special kind of devotion to each other transcends beyond friendship. They’re like soulmates in a purely platonic matter. Bliss was a lucky girl to find a pseudo knight-in-shining-armor like Eli when she was battling cancer during her teenage years.

I can’t wait for the next installment of Sea Breeze x Rosemary Beach series! We still have a lot of characters we need to catch up on as they unravel their own HEA.

Rating: 4/5

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