About the Book:
Zoe knows that it wasn’t really her fault. Of course it wasn’t. But if she’d just grasped harder, run faster, lunged quicker, she might have saved him. And Edward doesn’t really blame her, though his bitter words at the time still haunt her, and he can no more take them back than she can halt the car that killed their son.
Two years on, every day is a tragedy. Edward knows they should take healing steps together, but he’s tired of being shut out. For Zoe, it just seems easier to let grief lead the way.
A weekend in Paris might be their last hope for reconciliation, but mischance sees them separated before they’ve even left Gare du Nord. Lost and alone, Edward and Zoe must try to find their way back to each other—and find their way back to the people they were before. But is that even possible?
I found this novel to be a really quick read and I read it in one afternoon. The story was a mixed bag for me though, some parts I thought were really well done and other parts just weren’t for me.
I’ll start by saying that I found the descriptions of grief after losing a child were done well and these parts of the book got to me and made me feel quite emotional at times. Unfortunately, I did find the other elements of the relationship between Zoe and Edward a bit too cliche for my taste. The way they grieved in different ways seemed very true to life and I can understand how losing a child can pull even the strongest relationship apart but there were things that each of them did that just didn’t feel believable to me.
I knew this was a contemporary novel going into it but I’d expected, from the synopsis and cover design, that there might be more psychological elements to it and I didn’t expect it to be so much of a romance novel, so it’s very possible that the fault lies with my not realising what the novel was rather than with the novel per se.
I would still recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys romance novels that have serious themes running through them.
I received this book from Lake Union Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
13 thoughts on “#BookReview: Who We Were Before by Leah Mercer”
Given there were aspects of this one that didn’t necessarily suit your tastes, I think you’ve given a really fair, balanced review here, Hayley.
Thank you, I really appreciate you saying that. I try to be fair when I review books, even if they weren’t for me, so I’m glad I got the balance right.
And you did a very good job of giving a balanced view.
I agree with you Hayley that the cover rather implies a bit of psychological suspense!
Thank you. It’s disappointing when a cover or synopsis is a little misleading but I hope this novel will find it’s reader base.
Thanks for posting this review! I’ve been trying to decide how much I wanted to read this one and you definitely helped make my decision! Great review!
Thank you so much, I’m glad my review helped you make your decision about whether the book was for you or not. I try to be fair in my reviews, even if a book wasn’t for me, in the hope it helps a book find the readers who will enjoy it.
That’s always a good way to go about a review! I definitely enjoyed reading this one and I’ll be on the lookout for more of your reviews!
Thank you so much.
The jacket and title makes it sound more profound than it seems to be. A fair review, though I think I’d be looking for something a bit more complex. Thanks!
Thank you. I’m pleased that my review helped you. I try to always have balance in my reviews in the hope it will help a book find the readers who will enjoy it, and to help others decide if it’s a book that maybe isn’t for them.
The same thing has happened to me at times. I assume the genre or what I will find in a book based on the blurb and I end up with a complete different story. I must admit that the blurb fooled me to but thanks to your review I now know what lies within the pages. I am not a big fan of romance, it bores me very quickly, I guess I always need something more going on. This is a great review 🙂
Thank you so much. I always feel nervous when posting reviews of books that weren’t for me. I want to post reviews of all books on here though because I hope it will help a book find the readers who will enjoy it and that it might help others decide whether a book maybe isn’t for them. It’s disappointing when a book isn’t what it seemed it was going to be, isn’t it?