When We Were Young by Karen Kingsbury
Published by Howard Books on October 23, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 416
Also by this author: Love Story, To the Moon and Back, Two Weeks
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My Rating: five-stars

About this Book

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a classic story about second chances, featuring the beloved Baxter family and a young father who finds his whole world turned upside down on the eve of his divorce.
From their first meeting, to their stunning engagement and lavish wedding, to their happily-ever-after, Noah and Emily Carter were meant to be together. Theirs is a special kind of love and they want the world to know. They’ve been letting more than a million adoring fans follow their lives @When_We_Were_Young since the day Noah proposed to Emily on bended knee. But behind the carefully-staged photos and entertaining posts, their life is anything but a fairy tale and Noah’s obsession has ruined everything.
Distraught, Emily reaches out to her friend Kari Baxter Taylor and tells her the truth: Noah and Emily have decided to call it quits and Noah is leaving in the morning. Kari prays for a miracle. But deep inside, Kari knows she needs a miracle herself. She and her husband, Ryan are facing their own crisis—one that is guaranteed to change their marriage forever.
Meanwhile, Noah Carter is ready for his new life to begin, ready to start over without Emily. Tomorrow. But when he wakes up in the morning, everything is different. Emily and the kids have changed and things are not what they seem. Desperate, he tries undo his mistake, but it’s too late. It would take a miracle to return to yesterday.
The miracle Kari Baxter Taylor prayed for...
Whether you’re meeting the Baxter family for the first time, or finding them all over again, When We Were Young will restore your faith in true love, and the power of a miracle to overcome all obstacles.


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Get ready for an emotional story as Karen Kingsbury introduces readers to Noah and Emily Carter in When We Were Young. In what seems to be a happily ever after with a life living the dream, we realize that there is a lot more to happiness than a million adoring fans and a social media kind of love.

As Noah begins to become more and more obsessed with their online presence and the adoring fans wanting his attention, his relationship at home becomes strained to the point that he and Emily decide to call it quits. Emily reaches out to her friend Kari Baxter Taylor. I was happy to see Kari in this story as Kingsbury gave me the chance to know her a little more.

While the expanse of time this book covers isn't very much, a lot happens that had me glued to the pages until the very end. I found this story to be extremely unique in the way Kingsbury approached the pending breakup/divorce with a Charles Dicken's Scrooge sort of way.

Noah is set to leave in the morning, but when he wakes up things are entirely different. Not in an everything is perfect way, but strange things happen, he has aged and so have his kids!

When We Were Young was a relevant story that had depth and weight to the story, which I appreciated. My heart broke with the characters as I was transported into the story. Kingsbury is a master storyteller, and this book just goes to show it!

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