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.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400068654
9780345517326
Branch Call Number: BERG
Characteristics: xv, 280 p. ; 25 cm

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booklady413 Feb 24, 2015

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

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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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greenmount
Jun 25, 2011

Another disappointing novel from Berg. Too light & fluffy. Her earlier novels were much better, ie Open House and Joy School.

rlbecker Jun 06, 2011

This is a well-written book about a family's journey through life. The characters are all flawed people, as is the case in most of Berg's books. A terrifying event spurs the main protagonists, a young woman and her divorced parents, to make decisions that they may not have made otherwise. The character are all true to themselves and the decisions make a sort of sense when you consider each person and their motivations. The power of love among the characters is evident as well. The story is a great one for discussion groups, as there are many issues involved.

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