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It is said that our lives are a sum total of the choices we make, which inevitably leaves us to wonder: what if? What if we had the chance to go back and live what could have been? What We Leave Behind hones in on the fleeting moments and stand-out events that irrevocably change our lives. The book chronicles the life and emotional growth of Jessica Parker as she frees her ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published February 15th 2012 by CreateSpace
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Robyn
At 4:30am after reading right through the acknowledgements, I finally closed What We Leave Behind. To say this book satisfied my heart and soul would be an understatement. It’s very rare that a book grabs my attention in such a way that every time I would attempt to put it down, I would tell myself, “just one more chapter!” But, Rochelle Weinstein did it; telling a poignant story of what was, what is, and what could have been. Not just for Jessica Parker… but in many ways for all of us. This is ...more
Hayley
This book is just beautiful, I feel so privileged to be one of the first people in the world to have read it.
Nothing about this novel disappoints. Weinstein writes with such poetry and ease that your eyes glide across the pages like blades on ice and, before you know it, you're nearing the end of the book.
The characters Weinstein has created in this fantastic debut novel are likable, sympathetic and very, very real. These are people whom you pass in the street every day, who you share the air wi
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Connie
An excellent book about love, loss, and forgiveness. A well-written book that has the reader pulling for young Jessica Parker from the beginning.

Jessica is fifteen at the outset of the story and still trying to recover from her father's death several years before. She falls hard for a twenty-two year old med student who ends up dumping her. Jess pulls her life together and eventually gets married. However, the past threatens to destroy the life she has built. Jessica is a really strong woman wi
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Lisa
Took a little time to get into it but enjoyed the book.
Tangerine

1 ★

I finished it, all 700 pages! I deserve a cookie for this accomplishment. I've dnf'd so many books this year that I couldn't bring myself to do it again. I kept holding out hope that it would somehow get better. It didn't.

I didn't like any of the characters. The storyline was bad. The conversations and inner thoughts were written weird. Too much happens in this book. You name it, it happened. It's like things were thrown in just for shock value and to get you emotional. But what happens when
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Michelle
I received this book as a winner of a Goodreads giveaway two summers ago. Just after I won it, I experienced a loss and I felt I might have a difficult time with the subject matter of the book. It stared at me from its place on my bookshelf and asked me again and again to pay attention. Although I am glad I waited, because this novel has many heartbreaking moments and I probably wasn't prepared for them emotionally until recently, I am truly sorry I didn't read it before now. This is a beautiful ...more
Karla
Here's what I left behind...hours of my time that I'm never getting back. I'll save you that same fate...don't read this book! I can't even tell you how many times I rolled my eyes, laughed at the absurdities that were on every page of this read, and just plain skipped everything but dialogue to finish this tortuous book. Whew, on to something better I hope!
Viviana
This book is a great read. The story touches on many different experiences we have all gone through in our relationship with love. It is funny and sad, you laugh and cry. And that to me is the basis of a great book. The author takes you through a journey of life, which always includes ups and downs, happy moments and sad ones. I recommend this book to everyone who loves to read a great story. Amazing effort for a first time author. I hope all of the future author's books are this compelling.
Beth
5 STARS!!!!


I came across this book the other day and thought, "oh that's a pretty cover." So, I read the sample and then it just sucked me in and I could not put it down.

This is a story that follows the life of Jessica Parker. It's a pretty fast paced book that spans from the time Jessica is "almost 16" to 30. We're talking 15 years. A LOT happens in 15 years!!This book is all about first loves, forbidden love, second chances, loss, true love and lots of growth! I loved watching Jessica grow fro
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June Lorenzo
I truly enjoyed reading this book. I'm anxiously awaiting Rochelle's next book. What I enjoyed the most was the twists in the story -- it's the kind of book you just can't put down --, you just can't wait to see what happens next! I also enjoyed how Rochelle weaves in the unexpected, but quickly fills in to where you immediately realize what's happening. When a book makes you feel like you are part of the story, that for me, is good writing! Thanks for sharing your talent . . . :)
Elisa D'amico
The pages of Ms. Weinstein's novel seem to turn themselves. The words invite the reader to take place in a tango of the deepest love and the most tragic loss. Women, especially, will find part of themselves in Jessica. I am truly impressed with this author and I look forward to meeting these characters again.

I attended one of Ms. Weinstein's book-signings, and I must say that I am even more impressed now. She is a wonderful author, and a wonderful person. I can't wait for the next novel.
Shannon Cassidy
What happens when your past and present loves collide? This book chronicles Jessica's journey through the intensity, passion and tension of her first love at age 16 and her current life with her dynamic, sexy husband and son. An unexpected plot twist throws Jessica's past very much back into the present and she will have to revisit the emotions she struggled to leave behind all those years ago. A page-turner for fans of contemporary women's fiction, this book explores the intricacies and relatio ...more
Renee
I had NO idea where this was going. I feel at one point I was Jessica! From the way she was as a teen to the Mom who had to bury a child I was touched. I read the entire thing in a day! Great story and from a Mom who had to bury a child it was soooo good.
April


Mediocre book over all. Couldn't relate to the main. Character and Found her thoughts, actions, and rationalizations annoying. Writing was average; I've read better.
Rachel
I loved this easy, enjoyable read that reminds us all of our youth and how something never leave us. Definitely worth the time just to enjoy these characters.
Cindy
This book was read without the benefit of reading reviews and proved to be an unexpected surprise. While its early chapters lead me to believe this to be a typical and predictable coming-of-age love story, the author's great writing style propelled me to keep going when I might have otherwise put this book down. What evolved turned out to be a gripping and emotionally captivating story that infused tough emotional decisions including medical ethics, love v. longing, forgiveness, loss, guilt, and ...more
Dara
Just wonderful... beautifully written story about the choices people make and the consequences they have to deal with.
Jessica Nooney
Once of the worst books I've ever read. Crazy premise. Total lack of character development. Just horrible.
Katie  Yaeger Rotramel
I just couldn't fall in love with any of the characters. Additionally, I found the story to drone on a bit.
Minette
What We Leave Behind is a debut and self published novel. Filled with heartache, first loves, lost loves, motherhood, marriage, pining, obligations and wonder. The book chronicles the life and emotional growth of Jessica Parker as she frees herself from the past and moves forward with her future. At sixteen, Jessica is managing the emotional trauma of her father’s death while surrendering to the profound pain of a failed first love. A soapy novel that strains credibility at times but still manag ...more
Sara
I really loved this book. Great story, very engrossing. One of my 2013 faves.
Sordet22
I thoroughly enjoyed the book from start to finish. I could not put it down!
Valerie Mitrani
Couldn't put it down! Such a great story - I loved it.
Lisa


Such a good book-- couldn't put it down!
Irene Marie Dawson
Old love,New dreams

When at sixteen Jessie meets a young man mourning the coming death of his father,and finds herself wrapped up in his family,she grabs hold of what life could be . When he leaves and goes back to his life she is torn apart. Years later, married and a mother,she is thrust back into those feelings when she finds the child of that first love is now dying. How can she walk away if in her heart she finds the love she felt years ago may still exists, and will. saving that child tear
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Sarah Iles
Rochelle Weinstein, americana (Florida), madre, moglie, autrice in autopubblicazione, rilascia la sua prima intervista fuori dagli US a sulleparole.it.

Ha venduto centinaia di libri fin dal suo esordio con "What we leave behind", febbraio 2012.

Il suo stile dolce e deciso è stato paragonato a quello della famosissima Danielle Steele.
Leggete l'intervista... (non me ne vogliate ma a volte la traduzione letterale non è stata rispettata per evidenti motivi di linguaggio) e cercate di cogliere sempre i
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Elyse
This is a fully engaging story. Such subtle greatness! The author is very attund to the depths of our deeper souls. (really great at it --her wisdom comes through her writing).

How do we make sense of loss that make up a life? (this is a theme that runs through this story) ---but by even saying this, won't tell you 'anything' about which you are about to read.
This is a powerful story --(a page-turning great novel)

Here are a few of my favorite lines: (but taken out of context might not have the
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Jill
This book left me speechless. I don't think I could list all the things I loved about it or my favorite parts without writing a book myself. Summarizing it up as short and sweet as I can, I would have to say it's a very emotional read, heartwarming, and full of twists and turns.

Halfway through the book, I had to see if Rochelle had any other books out because I wanted to add them to my reading list. That's how much I loved her writing. She was able to write in such a way that I felt like I was
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Karen
When I started this book, I was positive that I was giving it 2 stars. However, I kept reading. It's an easy read, but it has twists and turns. It's about young love, mature love, secrets and grief. It is not the best written book, but it is the author's first book. It definitely fits in the romantic genre. It's a good light read. I wouldn't use it as a book club book.
L.A. Nicholson
Rochelle Weinstein has created an original teenage character here --
a highly intelligent, flippant, vulnerable 16-year-old cynic who views the world through narrowed eyes while waiting for the other shoe to drop following the death of her father. Although Jessica is subject to the same lovesickness as most teenage girls with their first crush, she has her guard up every minute. Good thing, too -- Jonas is all about his own carefully mapped future.

When we meet Jess again, she is a wife, mother, a
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