Happy Pub Day to When We Were Young! A book that will rip your heart out and then put it back together as if it never happened.
Three different women, three different love stories. Sarah’s love story starts in 1942, Bea is Sarah’s daughter who has more of a twisted love story, and Joey is Bea’s daughter who has the most heartbreaking love story of all.
Joey has always been in love with Leo, the son of a family friend they vacationed with in Corfu, an island in Greece. Their love story started off as one for the books until Leo breaks Joey’s heart out of the blue on their 1 year anniversary. That was 15 years ago. Fast forward to present day, and Joey is getting married even though she never really got over Leo who just happens to be in town days before her wedding. Leo wants to come clean and tell her why he broke her heart. The truth not only affects Joey, but her entire family.
1942 – Sarah falls in love with Milo, a non-Jewish boy, and leaves her parents and little brother in Corfu to be with him. While she is gone the Nazi’s move in and remove all Jewish families. The next time she sees them is through a barbed wire fence. After some time passes Sarah goes back home in hopes that her family has returned, but they are never seen again.
The story alternates chapters between Sarah and Joey past and present, while Bea’s story is told in Joey’s chapters. I have been reading a lot of books this year that mention Auschwitz, and that’s always heartbreaking. The scene where Sarah saw her family, especially her little brother, behind the fences at the camp….well you knew it wasn’t going to end well.
Throughout most of the book I was mad at Leo for breaking things off with Joey for no apparent reason. Even after he explained his actions from that day I thought he should have told her then and let her decide what to do. Now he’s back just days before her wedding to unload his guilt?! Ugg. Even through all of that I still wanted Joey and Leo to end up together. She was marrying the wrong man, and that is proven in a painting towards the end.
Then there is Bea. If I said a lot about her then that would give away a lot of the story. You’ll just have to grab a copy today!
Thank you Forever Pub for my #gifted copy!
Book Rating: 4.5/5
Wine Pairing: St Supéry Sauvignon Blanc
Corfu, 1942: To sixteen-year-old Sarah Batis, the Nazis are a distant danger—of far greater threat is the opposing needs of her heart and her people. Tradition demands that Sarah marry a Jewish man. Only Sarah has fallen in love with a fisherman outside their community. And when the Nazis invade, Sarah must watch from afar as her family is taken away. . .
Corfu, 2004: Sarah’s daughter, Bea, has built a happy life with a steadfast husband and two independent daughters. Their summers on the Greek island with the Winn family appear idyllic, especially the love that blossoms between Bea’s daughter Joey and Leo Winn. But there is a secret threatening their beach paradise.
Florida, 2019: Joey is only days away from marrying the nice Jewish man her family adores. The arrival of Leo, Joey’s first love, sends her reeling. Even after fifteen years, the attraction between them burns bright—but Leo isn’t looking for a happy reunion. He’s there to reveal why he really broke up with her during their last summer together.
Weddings have a way of bringing out the best—and worst—in those you love the most. And as the revelations of her family flood to the surface, what Joey learns will either bring them closer together . . . or tear them apart forever.