What We Leave Behind

What We Leave Behind

by Rochelle B. Weinstein


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What We Leave Behind by Rochelle B. Weinstein

*A USA TODAY Bestseller*

It is said that our lives are a sum total of the choices we make, which inevitably leaves us to wonder: what if? What if we had the chance to go back and live what could have been? What We Leave Behind hones in on the fleeting moments and stand-out events that irrevocably change our lives. The book chronicles the life and emotional growth of Jessica Parker as she frees herself from the past and moves forward with her future. At sixteen, Jessica is managing the emotional trauma of her father's death while surrendering to the profound pain of a failed first love. Jonas Levy, a twenty-two-year-old medical student, has abruptly walked out of Jessica's life after an intense summer romance, and the wounds are still raw. Is it possible to ever forget the boy you first gave your heart to? Jessica eventually moves on, and in her twenties, becomes a successful music supervisor in Los Angeles. She marries film producer, Marty Tauber, starts a family, and appears to have it all, until things slowly begin to unravel. The marriage struggles through a miscarriage and becomes harder and harder to sustain. With an unexpected phone call from New York, a secret from Jessica's past comes to light. As the rippling effects of her betrayal emerge, Jessica finds herself caught in the firestorm of long-hidden emotional trauma. Thrust into a modern day moral and ethical dilemma, Jessica must face the pain of her past or lose everything she holds dear. Will she be able to reconcile old feelings in time to salvage her marriage? An honest, tender, and poignant portrayal of love in its many forms, this heart wrenching novel will resonate with any woman who has questioned her past and wondered what could have been.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466236318
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/15/2012
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 218,176
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Rochelle B. Weinstein lives in South Florida with her husband and twin sons. Her books include The Mourning After, Where We Fall, and the Spring 2018 release Somebody's Daughter. Please visit her at www.rochelleweinstein.com.

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What We Leave Behind 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At 4:30am after reading right through the acknowledgements, I finally closed What We Leave Behind. To say this book satisfied my heart and soul would be an understatement. It’s very rare that a book grabs my attention in such a way that every time I would attempt to put it down, I would tell myself, “just one more chapter!” But, Rochelle Weinstein did it; telling a poignant story of what was, what is, and what could have been. Not just for Jessica Parker… but in many ways for all of us. This is a must read. You won’t be able to put it down either!
icedcapgl2610 More than 1 year ago
If you have ever loved, and left your great love behind, this book is an awesome read. Fabulously written with a great storyline. A fantastic "Book Club" read as the majority of women can relate. If you like Nicholas Sparks type books, Rochelle B. Weinstein is a new up and coming author with a similar storyline and writing style. Though I have never read this particular storyline. I was sad when I got to the last page, when the adventure came to an end. I enjoyed it immensely. I keep sharing this as my Facebook status as I know so many other women, no matter what their age, will enjoy this book!
jcaTN More than 1 year ago
I found myself intentionally not rushing through this book....I am a prolific reader and, at any given time, might be reading 2-3 books simultaneously. This book endeared its characters to me to the point that I didn't want to read about anything or anyone else. Only exception is my Bible. It held my attention to until the very end! jcatn
CherishD More than 1 year ago
This was such a wonderfully unique story...loved every twist and turn of it! 
slz52 More than 1 year ago
This is a hard review for me, it may sound like I'm being negative but I'm not, I prefer to call it constructive criticism. First I have a problem with the way the author spent so much time on the beginning of the story, some of it was tedious to say the least, but later on when Jessica and Marty meet they go from not really a date to getting married in one chapter, then it flies by 2 years and then almost another 2 years. I realize the author goes back and revisits some parts that were left out, but I would have rather read about those things then some of the other stuff. All in all Jonas was the one with the biggest problem, I think he was highly confused possibly by his dads situation and what sounds like a neurotic girlfriend, he's the one who made the wrong decisions from the beginning starting with getting involved with Jessica in the first place, but I understand he was in pain. He doesn't really improve much in later life, I'm kind of glad the author portrays him as a bit of a jerk, I just don't now why it took Jessica so long to realize it. And honestly in real life I don't believe a married couple would as long without talking about their relationship as Marty and Jessica did.
cz43 More than 1 year ago
Would love to see a 2nd story about these characters....
nancjean More than 1 year ago
Would highly recommend it! Was sorry to see it end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful book. It was so well written and I would think anyone would love this book as much as I did.
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Loved it!!!
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One of the best books I've read in a long time. I felt it was well written and the characters were wonderful but flawed. I was sad to see the story end.
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