The Me I Used To Be

The Me I Used To Be

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by Jennifer Archer

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Me, Allyson Cole. Age sixteen. Living in the world of endless summers, of going wherever you wanted. And yes, my parents may have worried that I was riding into trouble—but I was young and in love and growing up was something I had to do….

Me, again. Allyson Cole. This time, age


Me, Allyson Cole. Age sixteen. Living in the world of endless summers, of going wherever you wanted. And yes, my parents may have worried that I was riding into trouble—but I was young and in love and growing up was something I had to do….

Me, again. Allyson Cole. This time, age fifty-one. I have everything I always wanted—almost. I don't have him…and I don't have me. Now's the time to find what I lost. To do that, I have to hit the road, and find the father of my child. And start a journey I never could have anticipated….

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Jennifer Archer “captures the voices and vulnerabilites of her characters with precision.” (Publisher's Weekly) She has been a RWA Rita finalist and a Romantic Times Bookclub Reviewer’s Choice Award nominee.  Jennifer holds a Business Degree from West Texas A&M University. She can be contacted through her Web site 

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Me I Used To Be (Harlequin Next #14) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At sixteen, Allyson Cole was forced to give up her baby daughter for adoption, an excruciating situation made even more so by her not knowing, or understanding, why Sonny McGraw, the baby¿s father and her first love, had simply taken off without a word of explanation before he knew Allyson was pregnant. Yes, he was only eighteen, himself, but in the six months they¿d been together, they¿d been each others¿ worlds, and Allyson had trusted Sonny more than she¿d ever trusted another human being. // Now Allyson¿s in her early fifties, a successful restaurateur in Portland, in a solid, long-term relationship with a terrific guy who wants to marry her more than anything in the world. But Allyson ¿ who sees the baby she gave up in every redheaded woman who crosses her path ¿ is still saddled with too much guilt, and too haunted by too many unanswered questions from her past, to fully embrace her future. // Then, her previously-unknown sixteen-year-old grandson shows up on her doorstep, with the shattering news that his mother, Allyson¿s daughter, has died three weeks previously. With that, Allyson¿s tenuous hold on the present is shaken as well, leading her to the decision to embark on an extended roadtrip to Texas with the equally shattered, and wary, teenager to meet his grandfather. . .and possibly find the answers to at least some of the questions that have plagued her for more than three decades. // THE ME I USED TO BE is a warm, witty and poignant exploration of some of the most realistically complex, and appealing, characters I¿ve encountered in a long time. Jennifer Archer¿s prose is lovely without a hint of pretension, never getting in the way of Allyson¿s narration of her own story. Characters are vulnerable, screwed up and courageous all at the same time, and I loved them for it. Fans of both women¿s fiction and romance will find a lot to make them happy here. I see a very bright future for this extremely talented new author.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Allyson Cole knows why she suffers from a commitment phobia, but never reveals her reason to her persistent boyfriend Warren Noble, who periodically proposes, but she has always turned him down. However, the thirty-six years old health food restaurant owner shocks herself more than her stunned lover when she finally gives in and says yes though her fears rip her stomach into overdrive................. Perhaps her agreeing to marry Warren is because deep down she had a premonition that something from her past will return that very night the teenage grandson she never met arrives at her door. Nick Pearson is the son of the daughter that Allyson gave up for adoption twenty years ago. He insists he has no one to turn to as his mom just died. Stunned and wanting to help him as she could never do with her daughter, Allyson and Nick go on a journey to find his grandfather, a person she has not seen since she was a small child, but inside she knows she is seeking to make amends with those she cherishes including her Nick................... . Nick is the catalyst, but Allyson is the focus of this fine tale of a woman facing middle age forced to face bitter memories that she buried in the back of her mind. Allyson matures rapidly partially because she knows Nick needs her, but mostly because she encounters the emotional baggage that she has avoided for years. Jennifer Archer hits a bulls-eye with this fine portrayal of a woman having somewhat a second chance to right her mistakes............ Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sucks on your wet
Guest More than 1 year ago
I judged this book by its cover and the title The Me I Used to Be... Catchy right? I started to read and found out that it wasn't exactly the book i intended on reading. It did definantly hook me to continue reading it but ii don't think i was that attached to reading it. It was kind of read because you got as a gift type of book. I Would definantly try to find another book from this author. I feel she really came across with some details and feelings that alot of us readers can relate to while reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book = amazing im in love with it and i love the character nick. allysons feelings were well described as well
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book explores the consequences of choices made at a very fragile time in the life of the main character. I was faced with similair choices and have often wondered what whould have happened.This author hits those emotions with incredible accuracy and pulls you thorugh the turmoil of dealing with the fallout thirty years later. This is a fabulous read.