Friday, 23 May 2014

Love Me For Me - by Jenny Hale

Original Cover
My own copy

The blurb:

Libby Potter has just lost the perfect job, the perfect apartment and the perfect boyfriend. Moving back to the same home town that she couldn’t wait to escape when she was younger was definitely not on her todo list. Especially as it means running into the man whose heart she broke when she left.

Pete Bennett can still walk into a room and make Libby’s world stop with just the sound of his voice – even ten years on. Only now, she is the last person in the world that he wants to see.

As everyone else welcomes Libby home with open arms, she realizes she’s missed that special closeness that comes from lifelong friendship. And, as Libby tries to make
amends with Pete, she begins to wonder whether she made the right choice in leaving all those years ago.

When an amazing career opportunity gives her the chance to leave again, Libby will have to decide what her version of perfect is… and where she really belongs.

My opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher and author in exchange for an honest review*

Thank you Kim for sending me Jenny’s new novel, I was over the moon, when it landed in my inbox. Jenny is such a sweetheart and an excellent writer.

The cover of Love Me for me is absolutely stunning and beautiful. I love the couple with the balloons and the colours fit together perfectly. A romantic, girly and catchy cover, I love it 

On to this beautiful, emotional and sweet story now.

Libby left her hometown White Stone just after high school, to have a successful life in New York. She also left behind her high school sweetheart Pete. He wanted to stay and she wanted to get away. So they weren’t right for each other, weren’t they?

Then 12 years later she returns. She lost her job and her fiancé breaks up with her. Back in White Stone all the memories come back. She renovates a cottage that was part of her childhood and wants to sell it and she wants to get back to New York as soon as possible.

Of course Pete is there as well and it’s weird seeing him again. He is still hurt and talking about everything not only brings back her feelings for him, but she also seems to realise that she can’t have him. Their scenes for so adorable, emotional and real and their chemistry was there all the time. I loved reading about small gestures that happened and that they got closer again, having fun and being reminded of their past.

Pete is great. He’s caring for his grandfather like a star, has his own business and can be a real sweetheart if he wants. It seems to be hard for him to be around Libby again and sometimes he’s cold and distant, but then again he is just perfect. Libby realises more and more that what she has in White Stone isn’t bad. Firstly, Pete the love of her life is here and her mother and friends.
She is on a journey to discover what is really important in life for her and all these people in White Stone are a significant part of it. I enjoyed being part of her journey every step of the way and I didn’t like Pete being so stubborn, but I understood why he acted like that.

Pete being distant and then also rejecting her, makes it so hard and she finds herself back in new York. But can she really be happy there? She misses Pete like crazy and not only him. What will happen when she returns?

This story is a wonderful, emotional roller-coaster for Libby and Pete and Jenny found a great way to include us readers in it. I felt like being there and the scenes were so real and vivid.

Libby figuring out who she is and what she wants in life surrounded by family, friends and love. All the characters were so lovely and brought so much spark into the story. Libby is such a sweet “girl” and Pete, oh wow, let’s say I found another book boyfriend.

The ending is almost unbearable with decisions, which have to be made and then again sweet, adorable and touching. White Stone sounds like a lovely and peaceful place, I could definitely imagine living there. The beach is an amazing addition ;)

Love Me for me is the perfect and sweet story of a woman finding her way in life in such a emotional and wonderful way. A Must read, I loved it 


My possible cast:

Libby: Danneel Harris Ackles

Pete: Jensen Ackles

Jenny on Twitter: @jhaleauthor


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