book review, books

Before We Were Strangers

When Matt sees Grace on the F train in New York City after 15 years, his past comes rushing back. He sees her a minute too late, though! He writes a letter to her in the missed connections section of Craigslist in hopes that she will find it.

This book changes POV between Matt and Grace in different chapters and was easy to follow because at the start of each chapter, it literally had the name of whose point of view it was. I really enjoyed getting both of their perspectives of everything. After the book sets up the current day seen, it jumps back to Matt and Grace’s stint their senior year of college. It shows you how they met and how their relationship develops. The book then jumps back to current day.

This is a book about second chance romance that seemed so real and raw. I was hooked from the first chapter and I loved how it wasn’t always perfect. You get to see a silly college friendship build in to something deeper. I feel like Gracie and Matt could have been people I hung out with in school. I loved the other characters in the book as well, like their friends Tatiana and Brandon and I instantly fell in love with Matt’s mom too. Grace is a cellist and Matt is a photographer, so you get some music and art talk which was lovely.

I haven’t read anything by Renee Carlino before, but I am seriously going to have to check out more of her work now. This book should most definitely get added to your to-read list! It gave me all the feels and I was left smiling and wishing it wasn’t over so soon! You can add it to your Goodread’s list here!

I was provided a copy of this book (Before We Were Strangers) by the publisher and author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I also wanted to join in with Pamela on the Share the Love link up! Today I want you to meet Lindsay! She blogs over at Bourbon, Lipstick and Stilettos. If the blog name alone doesn’t get you….but who are we kidding, you know it does…her content will!!! Not only does Lindsay posts great reviews and thoughts on different beauty products, she talks about real life stuff. You will also find some posts on stuff that some people would be afraid to hit publish on. I love how genuine she is and the variety of things that she shares!

Share the Love A Little Glitter

Don’t forget to link up tomorrow with Laura and I for What’s Your Sign!!!! Any zodiac talk goes. I cannot wait to read all of your posts!!!!!!

What's Your Sign Link Up Button

Sweet Little Ones


Previous Post Next Post

You Might Also Like


  • Reply Ashley August 18, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Oh I am putting this on my list of books to read! Thank you!!

  • Reply Kelli August 18, 2015 at 9:00 am

    So glad for the what’s your sign reminder!

  • Reply Biana @blovedboston August 18, 2015 at 9:00 am

    100% my kind of book – adding it to my list right now! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Katie @Running With Wine August 18, 2015 at 9:53 am

    I love books that change point of view every chapter, it keeps me more engaged and interested. I’m a sucker for second chance love stories, I’ll have to check this book out.

  • Reply Mattie August 18, 2015 at 10:04 am

    I know I would love this book! I need to go add it to my list!

  • Reply Laura August 18, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Actually sounds like a really good book!! And hooray for our link-up tomorrow!!

  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine August 18, 2015 at 10:51 am

    I love POV Books!! Hope you are feeling no pain today after your big birthday night! Ha! Have a terrific Tuesday girl!!!

  • Reply Julia @ Grace Makes New August 18, 2015 at 11:06 am

    This sounds like a really good one! Will definitely have to put it on my list!

  • Reply Heather H August 18, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Just added this one to my list! It seems like a cool concept for a novel and your review sealed the deal!

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer August 18, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Oh my gosh… you just made my week with this post! Thank you so much for mentioning me. I am so glad to have “met” a kindred spirit like you! Thank you again- it means so much to me! And I need to check out this book… it seems like something I’d really love!

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista August 18, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    This definitely sounds like a read I would enjoy 😀

  • Reply Amanda Elizabeth August 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Oh missed connections one of my favorite pastime reads! That reminds me of an ancient post I wrote forever ago about missed connections. I’ll have to add this one to my Summer reading list, I’m actually starting to check some off of the list!

  • Reply kathy @ more coffee, less talky August 18, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    will def check out that book. i’m going to the cottage in a couple of weeks so i’m hunting for books to read on the dock!

  • Reply kristen August 19, 2015 at 9:20 am

    so glad you enjoyed this book, i just started it (like barely) yesterday.
    also, sorry i missed your sign link up, i shall participate tomorrow? if that’s okay! off to check out Lindsay’s blog.

  • Reply Kay R. August 19, 2015 at 10:08 am

    I plan to read this soon so Im glad you loved it.

  • Reply Michael August 19, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    That actually sounds like a great read. Plus, I love books that are based in my back yard. Will have to try to find it.

  • Reply Kerry August 21, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Sounds like an interesting read going to add it to my list.

  • Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.