Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Review and Giveaway!: You Knew Me When by Emily Liebert

Women’s Fiction

E-Book (available in paperback)

Penguin USA

Release Date:
September 2013

After the tragic death of her mother, Kitty Hill’s father moves them to Manchester, Vermont in the hopes of starting a new life for themselves. Waiting for her is Laney Marten. A young girl looking for a best friend and Kitty fits the bill perfectly. That was great for Kitty since she never had a best friend before.

The girls became closer than any sisters. Helping them is an older neighbor, Luella Hancock, who resides in a huge Victorian mansion. She became a mother figure for Kitty.

Life takes the girls in separate directions, especially when Kitty becomes involved with Laney’s brother Grant. Many years later, Laney winds up working at a local spa, married with a teenage daughter. Kitty is now known as Katherine and living in New York City in a high-powered job with a huge cosmetics company. Each woman still holds onto old resentments and feelings, but when Luella leaves an inheritance to be shared by both women, Katherine returns home.

Circumstances throw Laney and Katherine together, but it’s not that easy. They have many old issues to get through. For two women who used to be like sisters, they can’t be any further apart now.

This is a story of friendship, betrayal, love, regrets…every emotion you can think of rolled into one big novel. The author goes back and forth between the past and present. Sometimes that bothers me in a book, but not this time. It worked very well in giving the reader a taste of both time periods. It worked very well in this book. There was also some back and forth between Laney and Katherine, which I also thought worked very well in this book.

Sometimes the characters would annoy me – especially Laney, who I thought could be a bit too selfish at times - but overall, I fell in love with them. The characters came to life on each page and they felt like real people. I couldn’t put this book down. I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next. A great story, great characters. What more could I ask for?

FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

For reading challenges:
A-Z Reading Challenge 2013
Where are you reading? challenge (Vermont)

Author Bio

Emily Liebert was born and raised in New York City, attended the Horace Mann School and Smith College, where she graduated with a B.A. in English Language & Literature.
After college, Emily landed her first job as an Executive Assistant at ABC News, where she honed her organizational skills and helped produce television specials for Peter Jennings Reporting. To this day, she is a whiz with “To Do” lists.

Since childhood, Emily’s had a passion for writing, so when the opportunity to become Editor-in-Chief of The WAG—a luxury lifestyle magazine covering Westchester and Fairfield Counties—presented itself, she jumped at the chance. During Emily’s five-year tenure, she wrote hundreds of articles, including celebrity profiles, travel, fashion, and beauty.

Ready for her next adventure, Emily became a full-time freelance writer, penning lifestyle pieces for media outlets such as, The Huffington Post, Oprah.com, Elite Traveler, Robb Report, Gotham, and Cottages & Gardens.

In 2009, Emily edited Kerry Kennedy’s New York Times bestseller Being Catholic Now: Prominent Americans Talk About Change in the Church and the Quest for Meaning.

The following year, Emily published her first book, Facebook Fairytales, which was featured at the 2010 Frankfurt Book Fair, and Emily was one of 20 guests of honor—among Elizabeth Kostova, Russell Banks, and Lisa See—at the renowned Literary Feast 2010, a privilege reserved for best-selling and buzz-worthy authors.

Shortly thereafter, Emily was hired by Microsoft as the spokesperson for Bing’s partnership with Facebook and appeared in 30+ television and radio spots for the brand, which garnered exceptional ratings.

In 2012, Emily wrote her debut novel, You Knew Me When, which will publish on September 3, 2013. Her second novel will publish in September 2014, both with Penguin Group USA.

Emily is featured often in the press, by outlets such as: NBC’s Today Show, The Rachael Ray Show, Anderson, FOX News, NBC’s LXTV, Oprah Radio, Martha Stewart Radio, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Woman’s Day, The New York Post, The New York Daily News, The Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, and Celebrity Parents Magazine.

When Emily’s not writing, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and cozying up with a good book. She’s been known to ride on a Harley Davidson. And she does a mean Running Man. Emily lives with her husband, Lewis, and their two delicious little boys, Jaxsyn and Hugo, in the suburbs of New York City, where she moved kicking and screaming for fear that there would be no Chinese food delivery at 3 a.m.


How would you like to win a paperback copy of this wonderful book for your very own? Thanks to Julie at Sarah Hall Productions, Inc., I have one copy of You Knew Me When to giveaway. 

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  1. If liked it even when they were selfish then it must be good

  2. This sounds like a great read. I don't mind the setting going from past to present if it's written well like this one.
    Great review!

  3. A captivating and special novel that is memorable and lovely. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. Yvonne,

    The book sounds really interesting. Thank you for letting me know about it.

  5. I like the premise of the book and look forward to reading it.

  6. It will be interesting to see how these two women resolve their problems and return to their friendship. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  7. Love books about women and friendships. Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. I love emotional stories. It can sometimes be an outlet of pent up emotions.
    I love stories about people even of they are fictional.

  9. I love emotional stories. It can sometimes be an outlet of pent up emotions.
    I love stories about people even of they are fictional.

  10. This book sounds so good. I read these emotional stories between my cozies!


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