From #1 “New York Times” bestselling author Abbi Glines comes a brand-new Rosemary Beach novel about Tripp Newark and his hidden romantic past with Bethy Lowry.
In the eyes of the wealthy playboys who frequent Kerrington Country Club in Rosemary Beach, Tripp Newark is a hero. Under pressure from his parents to become a lawyer and lead a conservative, upper-class life, Tripp disappeared from town five years ago to travel the world, forfeiting the opportunity to inherit millions. Yet few know what he was really running from…
Bethy Lowry was unraveling long before her boyfriend drowned in a riptide trying to save her after she’d had one too many drinks–again. A trailer park kid working as a cart girl among the wealthy patrons of Kerrington Country Club, Bethy has always been impressionable. But five years ago, before she earned her reputation as a hard-drinking, easy girl, she had spent a single summer with Tripp Newark that changed her life forever…
4 Stars for Tripp & Bethy.
I’m a big Abbi Glines fan. Fallen Too Far is one of my faves and I’ve gone on to love Woods, Della, Grant and Harlow, too.
And after the events of Woods and Della’s book, that set us up for Bethy and Tripp’s story, I was really fascinated to see how this played out.
“Our story wasn’t over. It would never be over.”
This book wasn’t as all consuming as the rest of the books in the series, but it was a pretty quick, easy read and I still really enjoyed it. I almost felt like it was an enjoyable side-note, rather than a full story in it’s own right.
You’re always guaranteed to get a delicious dose of all of the surrounding characters with these Rosemary Beach books, and You Were Mine was no exception. I just have to mention, my heart pretty much melted into a puddle of goo when it came to reading about Grant with Lila-Kate! Serious swoon!!
I really enjoy the way that each of these characters features in one another’s lives and how their stories are all interwoven and flow simultaneously and seamlessly. It works so well.
“Things worth having don’t come easy,” Woods said. “You have to fight for it until you’re tired of fighting, and then you take a breather and fight some more.” He squeezed my shoulder. “Don’t give up. You’ll regret it.”
I wasn’t sure I was going to like Bethy. Afterall, it might sound harsh, but I pretty much was blaming her for the exact tragedy that she was struggling to cope with. However, I do think she redeemed herself throughout this book. Having access to her inner-thoughts kind of makes you understand.
And then there is Tripp. I love Tripp! He was so determined to make up for his past wrongs and I really loved the flash backs to when he and Bethy were teenagers. Their love was so innocent and pure and I felt so sorry for Tripp with the way it had to end.
“Tonight, for the first time in eight very long years, she let me hold her. She didn’t yell at me. She didn’t push me away.”
I have to say, if I have a complaint, it was that it was a little rushed, which I think lead to me feeling that it was a side-note. I wanted more of Bethy and Tripp and I kind of felt like Abbi Glines wrote this when she didn’t have time to dedicate to it. I have no idea whether that’s the case or not, but that’s what it felt like. As if she was like ‘ok, let’s just get Bethy and Tripp’s story bashed out while I have a minute.’
But nevertheless, I enjoyed this book and I still adore this series. I won’t be readingKiro’s Emily (Rosemary Beach, #10) because we all know how that turns out and I can’t deal with that kind of tragedy. But I can’t wait for When I’m Gone (Rosemary Beach #11), which I believe is Mase’s (Nan’s half brother) story! Yay!
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