Review: Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino

Posted August 17, 2015 by Holly in Blog Tour, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino

Review: Before We Were Strangers by Renee CarlinoBefore We Were Strangers by Renée Carlino
on August 18, 2015
Published by Atria Books Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Format: eARC
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From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Sweet Thing and Nowhere But Here comes a love story about a Craigslist “missed connection” post that gives two people a second chance at love fifteen years after they were separated in New York City.

I received this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


My Review

The first time I read the synopsis to Before We Were Strangers, I knew I NEEDED to read it as soon as I could. At 4%, I could already feel Matt and Grace’s story in my chest. Hard. I can’t explain it; I just knew this would end up being a story that owned me. By 58%, I couldn’t see through my chest-heaving, gut-wrenching sobs, which lasted until about 62%. I swear I could feel all the heartbreak in my damn chest. I sobbed for the fifteen years they were apart (because never were two people more perfect for each other) because miscommunication can be a real bi*ch sometimes, and some people you meet along the way are just manipulative wenches who need throat punches. I sobbed from being happy and despite my red puffy eyes, I’m ready to start over from the beginning and experience this story all over again. Renee’s writing pulled me in quickly, and it pulled me in deeply. I loved how she started out their story in the present with Matt seeing Grace on the subway and then she took us back in time to see how they met and fell in love. I promise you, Before We Were Strangers is an extraordinarily superb second chance, friends-to-lovers combination that you won’t be able to put down, or forget. It’s also one that needs to be owned in multiple formats … I’ll be at B&N getting my paperback tomorrow …  and waiting on an audio version…




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About Renée Carlino

Renée Carlino lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog, June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next book, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. To learn more, visit


About Holly

I'm a born and raised Jersey girl (not as seen on TV) who loves escaping in books. I Google everything and I hate rain. I have a deep love for Starbucks, shopping, and HEAs. Stay as long as you'd like. Stalking is highly encouraged :-)

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