In New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer Ryan S Bold New Novel, Evangeline Austen Returns To Her Family S Sprawling Napa Valley Ranch, Determined To Rebuild Her Life And Expose The Shocking Truth About The Past.She S Not The Na Ve Girl She Used To Be After Serving Time For A Crime She Didn T Commit, Evangeline Returns Home To A Cold Welcome Her Mother Blames Her For Her Father S Death, And Her Brothers Want Her Out Of Their Way When Evangeline Learns She S Solely Responsible For Their Failing Ranch Putting Her Family S Future Squarely On Her Shoulders She Ll Have To Find A Creative Way To Save Their Home Before They Lose It All.She Ll Have Her ReckoningHer Only Ally The Cop Who Sent Her Away Chris Chambers Is Positive She Went To Prison To Protect Someone Else He Strikes A Deal Help Him Track Down The Real Criminals In Exchange For Clearing Her Name But The Closer Evangeline And Chris Get To Exposing The Truth And To Each Other The Deeper Evangeline Is Drawn Into A Dangerous Sting That Could Finally Bring Her Justice Or Put Her Dreams On Hold Permanently.She Ll Fight For The Life She Always Wanted Everyone S Lives Moved On While Evangeline S Stood Still Now She Has A Chance To Rebuild Her Family Ranch, Her Life, And Expose The People Who Put Her Away, So She Can Become The Woman She Was Always Meant To Be. I really enjoyed this book I read this in one sitting because I could not put this down There are a couple storylines woven into this story and it fits nicely The story begins with Evangeline facing a parole board after serving 4 years in prison for a crime she did not commit She is released but is escorted out by the officer who arrested her, Chris Chris makes her a deal to expunge her prison record and she agrees He escorts her home to her family ranch where she faces her family who is so bitter and angry at her because they blame her for her fauther s death who recently passed away She is filled with guilt and because she has no place to go, she is forced to stay with her family Chris s deal involves the reason for Evangeline s time in prison..he believes she is innocent and wants to solve this crime He believes she also went to prison to protect someone that she cares for Evangeline wants to move on with her life and will agree to Chris s risky plan to catch the real criminals While she is managing this plan, she is also trying to reconnect with her mother, who is so angry at her, and her two brothers who have distanced themselves from their sister while she was gone This changes as her father s will requires her to be the decision maker of how the family ranch must be managed One brother wants to sell, while the other wants to keep the ranch Her father trusted her to use her to make the best decision and the pressure to find the best choice is weighing heavily with her.This author adds a love story that is not forced and feels like someting that the main character deserves I really liked the layers of storytelling as you felt ineganged immediately Alot of healing, forgiveness and feels, many feels Evangeline s character is very strong and you are cheering her on as she embraces her independence and elevating the me she used to be. NOW LIVE US UK The Me I Used to Be was a crazy intriguing story with a lot of heartfelt moments The book follows Evangeline after she s released from prison where she served 4 years for a crime she didn t commit There s no going back to her life from before she was in prison, so now she ll have to figure out how she s going to navigate this new life post jail time But with one major obstacle in the way catching the real criminals I have to say, there was a lot of frustration from seeing how Evangeline s family treated her, and many moments where I just wanted to reach into the book and slap them But I liked that the book had me reacting that strongly to the characters It had me fully captivated by everything going on that much Especially the mystery surrounding Evangeline s arrest and her crime I loved the suspense that it added and how the mystery was the thing pushing Evangeline and Chris together.Honestly there wasn t anything major that I didn t like about the book but as an overall story I felt like it lacked a little something It kept me intrigued, but also had me searching for depth from the characters Sometimes things were maybe just a little too easy to fall into place and that s what had me feeling as if the story was lacking Bottom line, this was a easy and quick read that I found enjoyable I liked Evangeline as our main character and I was definitely cheering her on as the book progressed It gets a recommend from me and I think anyone that picks this book up will get sucked into it just like I did and hopefully enjoy it as much also ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 I REALLY wanted to like this book, I did The concept was interesting and the setting was relatable But I just couldn t get my head around it Evangeline spends 4 years in prison pretty much getting the crap kicked out of her then the cop who helped put her away shows up She makes a point of saying she s afraid of him and the power he has over her life, then BAM she can t get enough of him, can t stop thinking about him, and gives him MORE power over her life with her parole deal On top of that, is the behavior of Evangeline s family, who treats her like absolute crap Their behavior only softens a little when she proves she s worthy by saving be her nephew Then all is instantly forgiven once they realize she was innocent and protecting her dad.Her mother wouldn t talk to her and accused her of being the cause of her dad s death But all the verbal abuse is forgiven and forgotten in moments once her mother realizes she wasn t responsible, thus worthy of being treated like a human being again. Captivating Enjoyable Satisfyingtl dr Post conviction daugther returns to family farm to fix things This book is like a Romance writer scripted the afterlife for the character from Orange is the New Black The story has so many expected tropes jealous siblings, insta tropes, heart of gold lawman Yet, Ryan seems to turn the expected into something surprising This fast read is incredibly satisfying The main characters are appealing, certainly, but Ryan s strength might be her pacing The mystery at the center of the main characters convinction unfolds in an enjoyable pace I didn t expect to enjoy this one as much as I did Great summer read Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.Seema Rao Write Instagram Blog Twitter Release Date July 2, 2019 Genre Women s Fiction Romantic Suspense Actual Rating 4 starsJennifer Ryan can write sexy romances and intriguing mysteries as proved by The Me I Used to Be I found this book to be intriguing, original, frustrating at times, and intense When I say frustrating, I mean I HATE how Evangeline was treated I also don t like the fact that she served time in prison after being wrongfully accused, but that IS the point of the story and I loved her essential fight for her life in the aftermath.That being said, this book is a very good read It s also pretty intense as you are going to be rooting for the characters but also feeling all the built up tension from everything going on That my friends is how an author should write books like this, btw I love the feelings it brought out of me and I truly enjoyed Evangeline as a character If you are looking for something different, I would HIGHLY recommend reading The Me I Used to Be by Jennifer Ryan I don t typically read fluffy romance, most of my romance involves demons, dragons, aliens, vampires, or werewolves But I received a copy of this book from a Goodreads contest and was than happy to try it out The book was cute and told a very simple and straight forward story I think I disliked two major things first, the author over explained tremendously She would take paragraphs talking about how a character felt, but I think that by the action and conversation in a book we should be able to tell She consistently went back over facts again and again, re stating what had happened in a previous chapter or what someone was thinking It was torture The other problem is the spoiler here everything is great she falls in love, her brother gets his house, the ranch is saved, the bad guy is caught, everyone forgives everyone, and every single possible plot line in the story is resolved It was rather absurd It was fun to read about people falling in love albeit quickly and I was rooting for the good guys , but overall the story was simplistic and formulaic I did appreciate trying a new genre and the goodreads win to be able to review But, this is a generous three star book. Initially I liked the family drama but it kind of fizzled out in the end, and the ending was too perfect and unrealistic for my liking The heroine was far too nice and forgiving to her family I feel like she should of held bitterness and resentment towards them They all acted like she s a mass murderer when all she did was steal some wine, personally I don t think that s reason enough to abandon and hate your family, call them stupid Sure Also I ve got to say for an ex convict she was very well adjusted with a life plan and everything There didn t seem to be an adjustment period she knew what she was doing and seemed to do it without any hiccups or obstacles view spoiler I found her family s reaction to when they found out the truth to be anti climactic, they didn t seem to care how they mistreated the heroine or truly apologise When they found out it was her dads fault for stealing the wine they all justified his actions as providing for the family , but when the heroine was accused she was the devil incarnate The mum annoyed me the most she never really seemed to acknowledge that her husband was a shit dad, maybe because she was a shit mum I just think parents should always put their children first but that never happened here hide spoiler From start to finish, The Me I Used to Be drew me in and kept me riveted until the last word This is a story of deception, fractured family issues, forgiveness, and embracing the future The Me I Used to Be is a quick read with a compelling storyline and characters you ll fall in love with You ll find yourself at the edge of your seat as Evangeline works through the secrets and lies that put her in prison in the first place You ll find yourself wanting to step into your kindle to help Evangeline confront her family and her past You ll find yourself smiling like crazy when good defeats evil You ll find yourself cheering Evangeline on as she re establishes her life and finds love with Chris A wonderful book with a terrific ending Missy, 5 stars This was ok for me I like most of Jennifer Ryan s books, but there s not much romance here.the big secret is revealed a bit too soon and the effects of her time in prison are not delved into much, just scattered about the surface. So many emotions going throught me right now This is the best book I have read in a while.
- 384 pages
- The Me I Used to Be
- Jennifer Ryan
- 16 February 2018 Jennifer Ryan