Before We Were Strangers

Before We Were Strangers : A Love Story

4.25 (19,756 ratings by Goodreads)
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For fans of Jojo Moyes, a sweeping love story inspired by Craigslist missed connections posts about a guy who sees "the girl who got away 10 years ago" on a crowded NYC subway car just before it pulls away, and everything he must do to find her.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 135 x 210 x 23mm | 288g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1st Edition
  • 1501105779
  • 9781501105777
  • 65,689

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"[B]eautiful and heartbreaking... Before We Were Strangers was a book I'm thoroughly happy that I picked up; it spans a one of a kind, beautiful relationship that readers won't want to miss out on." -- The Reader's Den "Before We Were Strangers is easily one of my favorite books of 2015... Renee Carlino's writing is effortless, and the story is engrossing and intensely poignant... This book is so skillfully crafted it can be considered both a New Adult and an Adult Contemporary novel. It's a friends-to-lovers story as well as a second chance romance... This is the first book I've read by Renee Carlino, but it certainly won't be my last." -- The Book Geek "I read this pretty much in one sitting. This book was equal parts beautiful and heartbreaking... This will be on my top books of the year. It was just so damn beautiful." -- A Book Whore's Obsession "I've read and really enjoyed all of Renee Carlino's previous books. Before We Were Strangers is her best work yet! I loved everything about this book-the unique storyline, the writing style, the characters, the emotion. It is absolutely of my favorite books of the year!" -- My Little Library Book Blog "With Renee Carlino's highly anticipated fifth release, I'd say she has finally found her writer's groove: she knows what's up and how to bring it... What sets Carlino and Before We Were Strangers apart from all the other romance novels, in this incredibly fast-moving market, is her ability to set the tone and bring the stage to life... No doubt, Before We Were Strangers will satisfy any voracious romance reader. This novel is writing at its best, and then some." -- Read This Hear That "This book blew me away... I was so enthralled with this touching heartwrenching story, and the incredibly well developed characters... This was my first read by Renee Carlino. Now I can't wait to go back and explore some of her backlist titles!" -- The Romance Reviews "Before We Were Strangers is no doubt the best contemporary romance book I've read this year... What I loved? EVERYTHING... [E]very component of this book is perfect." -- The Book Enthusiast "This lady knows how to write pure romance and infinite love. She writes about seemingly real people with realistic plots. No fluff, no bull! Before We Were Strangers was sheer perfection! It is a timeless and epic love story... This book has it all. DO NOT MISS THIS ONE! Fabulous job Renee. You are one of the great ones! Keep going..." -- Blushing Babes are Up All Night "Heartbreakingly beautiful and wistfully poetic, Before We Were Strangers is the type of book that will immediately capture your attention and won't relinquish its hold until the very end... [R]efreshingly real, hopelessly romantic, and uplifting in a way that had me smiling nonstop throughout the final chapters. It's rare for a book to have such a deep emotional effect on me that 6 stars is the only possible rating to give Before We Were Strangers." -- Nose Stuck in a Book "Before We Were Strangers was a stunningly beautiful story. I would go so far as to say that it is in my top favorite second chance at romance stories... 5 Serendipitous, Sweet Passionate Love, Soulmates Forever Filled Stars!" -- A Bookish Escape "It's truly unputdownable once you start it. Renee Carlino gave us a story we won't forget. We loved everything about it. Incredible, heart pounding, beautiful-pure perfection." -- Schmexy Girl Book Blog "Mesmerizing. Intoxicating. Heartbreaking. Before We Were Strangers was everything I love about reading. I was completely enthralled by Grace and Matt's story that I was unaware of everything that was going on around me... This story will stay with me forever... This is one I could reread every year." -- Eclectic Bookworms "A dazzling and heartbreaking story of missed connections and the possibility of a second chance at love. Epic, emotional, and stunningly beautiful... It's easily my favorite book this year and one of my all-time favorites." -- Nestled in a Book "This book is sweet, emotional, sad, heartbreaking, at times overwhelming, but most importantly it is an uplifting love story! ...I not only highly recommend this book, but can't wait to dive into other books by Renee." -- Three Girls & A Book Obsession "[T]his is an author to watch... This book was the perfect combination of a swoony romance filled with laughs, touching heartfelt moments, and even a few tears. Such an emotional read that gave me the warm and fuzzy feelings I was hoping for. A perfect summer romance that you will fall into headfirst and come out grinning from ear to ear, and possibly even wiping away a few tears." -- Lost in Literature "Before We Were Strangers is an extraordinarily superb second chance, friends-to-lovers combination that you won't be able to put down, or forget. It's also one that needs to be owned in multiple formats." -- Holly's Red Hot Reviews "This is Renee Carlino's BEST. WORK. YET. This book broke my heart and built it up all over again and is complete and utter perfection. Just read it.... My words won't do it justice. This is most definitely one of my favorites of 2015 and a book that I will never ever forget
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About Renee Carlino

Renee Carlino is a screenwriter and the bestselling author of Sweet Thing, Nowhere But Here, After the Rain, Before We Were Strangers, Swear on This Life, and Wish You Were Here. She grew up in Southern California and lives in the San Diego area with her husband and two sons. To learn more, visit
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Rating details

19,756 ratings
4.25 out of 5 stars
5 48% (9,538)
4 34% (6,781)
3 13% (2,583)
2 3% (608)
1 1% (246)
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