Once Upon A Time, There Was You

Once Upon A Time, There Was You

A Novel

Book - 2011
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From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of Home Safe and The Last Time I Saw You comes a beautiful and moving novel about a man and woman, long divorced, who rediscover the power of love and family in the midst of an unthinkable crisis. 

Even on their wedding day, John and Irene sensed that they were about to make a mistake. Years later, divorced, dating other people, and living in different parts of the country, they seem to have nothing in common--nothing except the most important person in each of their lives: Sadie, their spirited eighteen-year-old  daughter. Feeling smothered by Irene and distanced from John, Sadie is growing more and more attached to her new boyfriend, Ron.
When tragedy strikes, Irene and John come together to support the daughter they love so dearly. What takes longer is to remember how they really feel about each other.

Elizabeth Berg has once again created characters who embody the many shades of the human spirit. Reading Berg's fiction allows us to reflect on our deepest emotions, and her gifts as a writer make Once Upon a Time, There Was You a wonderful novel about the power of love, the unshakeable bonds of family, and the beauty of second chances.
ISBN: 9781400068654
9780345517326
Characteristics: xv, 280 pages ;,25 cm.

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DM_kcls
Oct 29, 2019

'Once Upon a Time, There Was You' starts out pretty interesting. You'll be happily reading along then BAM! a weird, out of the blue event happens, with a 'suspension of belief' resolution and the story completely falls apart. It becomes a fictional amateur psychology book, examining and re-examining the most miniscule actions and words.

Never would I have imagined I'd leave a 2 star review for an Elizabeth Berg book, but 'Once Upon a Time, There Was You' is a stinker. A fast read stinker, but still a stinker. I'm now actually glad I missed this one when it was published in 2011. I hate to think I would have missed her wonderful, more recent offerings judging her by 'Once Upon a Time, There Was You'. Very disappointing.

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jfd5
Sep 02, 2019

Disappointing. Story flipped too much for my liking and it was not fluid. I've never read BERG before...not sure I will again.

booklady413 Feb 24, 2015

As usual, Elizabeth Berg does not disappoint. An excellent read about all sorts of relationships.

libnotes Dec 02, 2013

Loved this as I am a fan of Elizabeth Berg in general. I enjoy the way she writes for women of "a certain age" of which I'm one. I would call it grey lit as opposed to chick lit!

She understands her characters and writes for them accordingly.

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pattyloucor67
Oct 02, 2013

Interesting book,mail though I think I recall a similar plot from another author a few years ago. Berg's strength is writing characters, and this one has decent people in it. They seemed to be less developed than other books, however. While I don't think this was one of her best books, it was entertaining.

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lucky38
Mar 23, 2013

This book made we weary. The middle-age mother tended to have a histronic personality. I notice a lot of Berg's books are about middle-age people either divorced or headed that way. And always, always looking for love, most of the time in the wrong places. I guess if I could relate to her books I might enjoy them more.

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elfster14
Aug 18, 2012

Really really good! Made me start to question the kind of relationships people have today.

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pammiedawn
Jun 20, 2012

a real disappointment! Her earlier work was much better...

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sshears
Jan 06, 2012

Slow moving unlike her previous novels.

lfranz Aug 23, 2011

Slow moving - great book for a car ride or beach - not sure why it made the New Yorks Best Seller list

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