While You Were Gone

While You Were Gone

by Kate Moretti

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A Companion Novella to the NYT Bestseller Thought I Knew You

Despite Karen Caughee's intense focus on her music, her life is drifting out of its lane. Her alcoholic mother keeps calling from bars for early-morning rides, her boyfriend doesn't think she gets him, and that Toronto Symphony Orchestra position she applied for ends up going to her friend, Amy. By chance, she meets American Greg Randolf just before she's in a car accident. He pulls her from the wreckage, but after major surgery, her recovery is slow. Without her music, her life's pursuit, Karen is pushed further adrift.

Greg stays by her side while she heals, and he sees her every time he's in Toronto for work. Without any other support or friendship in her life, Karen craves his enthusiastic attention, and their friendship deepens to love. Though she's fallen hard for him, he doesn't share everything with her. In one heartrending moment, Karen's life comes to a crossroads, and she must face the full truth about who Greg is, and about who she has become.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150831582
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Publication date: 08/29/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 130
Sales rank: 463,324
File size: 861 KB

About the Author

New York Times Bestselling Author Kate Moretti lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and a dog. She’s worked in the pharmaceutical industry for ten years as a scientist, and has been an avid fiction reader her entire life. She enjoys traveling and cooking, although with two kids, a day job, and writing, she doesn’t get to do those things as much as she’d like. Her lifelong dream is to buy an old house with a secret passageway.

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While You Were Gone 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
While You Were Gone is billed as a companion novella to Moretti's NYT bestseller, While You Were Out and has a brief note at the beginning that explains the connection. The extremely short version of that is one of the characters in the first novel disappears and this story adds some perspective to what happened. I read the note and immediately forgot it. It's been a few years since I read the first book and I didn't go back and refresh my memory until I was done reading. It turns out that you don't need to remember the first to enjoy the second. As for the story itself, it's a good one. It explores themes of family, love, and loss. It also delves into how we often start down a path in life, not always through a conscious decision, and can become committed to that path for no good reason. There's a lesson in there for some of us. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Tig calls Karen to come get her mom Paula at the bar yet again. Karen played the violin and was auditioning for concert mistress. She had almost 20 years of training and the audition the next morning. Her boyfriend is Scott but only makes half-hearted attempts to see her lately after four years of being together. While at the bar, she meets a stranger and her life is about to change. I loved the way Karen changed and grew and found happiness in many ways. All of the characters were well done. The plot and overall story were good. I highly recommend. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review**
AimieKRunyan More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Kate Moretti's since her first book, and was thrilled when I learned she was writing a novella to tell us Greg's story from Thought I Knew You. This novella is taut and engrossing, as is typical for Moretti's work, but it also gives us some background that allows us to see the story from the point of view of "the other woman". Karen is not a home-wrecking shrew, but rather a hard-working musician in need of love and support. Greg swoops in on the worst two days of her life and gives her her a taste of the affection she's been craving, but nothing is what it seems. I read the novella in one sitting. My only complaint is that I wished it were longer so I could swim in it for awhile more. Fans of TIKY should NOT miss this well-crafted work from a talented author!
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
While You Were Gone by Kate Moretti is an engaging story that I enjoyed very much. It is about professional violinist Karen Caughee, and Greg Randolf, a trainer/lecturer that travels a lot for his company. While working in Toronto, Greg and Karen meet at a bar, where Karen is doing a nice job of drowning her sorrows. They leave together and Karen gets into a cab alone. A few moments later, there is an accident which puts her in the hospital. For the short-term, Karen's violin career with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is on hold, due to her broken arm, ankle, and other serious injuries. Greg actually saved Karen, by pulling her from the burning wreckage. As as result, they spend time together when Greg is in town and fall in love. Ms. Moretti opens the story with a bang, and around the fourth chapter, I could not control the sadness and empathy I felt for Karen. Her disinterested mother and brother do not care enough to lend a helping hand, leaving her to fend for herself after being discharged from the hospital. How is she supposed to get groceries with a broken arm and ankle? Greg, a virtual stranger at the time, steps up to the plate and his constant kindness kept me smiling from ear to ear. Even when Karen discovers Greg's secret, I continued to like him. Ms. Moretti truly captures the emotion of Greg's deception, and the couple's final words to each other are quite impassioned. All the characters are well-defined, realistic and compelling. Although the author wrapped up the story in the last chapter, the ending felt incomplete and abrupt. In a nutshell, this is an intriguing novella, with twists and turns that I felt deep into my soul. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Holly More than 1 year ago
I received this book through NetGalley.com in exchange for a honest review. This is a excellent novella to Thought I Knew You from Kate Moretti! It's the untold story of Karen's point of view of how she and Greg's love affair began. Karen is a violinist in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra until fate would throw her for a loop and a 48 hour time period where everything goes wrong. She meets Greg during this time and he makes her want everything with him, I'm not gonna give too much away but at the end, she is truly happy with what she has and a future she never saw coming!! I have never read any of Kate Moretti's books but I have them on my TBR list and I'm blown away with the quality of her writing style and looking forward to reading more from Kate!! Thank You to Kate Moretti for writing such a excellent novella that was hard to stop reading!