The You I Never Knew
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The You I Never Knew

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Michelle is going back to the town where she grew up. She's just learned that she's the only one who can save the father she barely knew. What she doesn't know is that this journey will be her last chance to save herself as well.
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Published January 1st 2001 by Grand Central Publishing
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
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I expected a story about a woman who's had to brave single motherhood alone, who lost her first love, who feels abandoned.

What I didn't expect was a story about a spoiled, selfish brat who assumes the worst, refuses to communicate, and throws tantrums when she doesn't get her way. That's what this story is. It's the story of a spoiled little rich girl who feels she's getting the short end of the stick so she storms off in a huff. With the exception of her father, she keeps the paternity of her...more
This book was an okay read,all the issues taken were handled really well except for the main characters Sam-Michelle,its a second chance at love story but i have my doubts about Sam-Michelle's HEA

Sam was a boy from wrong side of the track and Michelle is a movie actor's daughter,both meet sparks fly and they fall for each other but due to manupalations from others and Michelle's father Gavin they are seperated,Sam leaves town and Michelle leaves after Sam alone and pregnant

Michelle moves to Seat...more
Overall I liked this book...Just a few problems with it:

Yes, I know it was first printed 10 years ago but for the reprint I got (just one month ago) why didn't they fix some easily fixed replacing Discman with mp3 or headphones(which could have been used in the first place)and taking the no speed limit in Montana (which by the time the novel was first published was obsolete anyway)out.

Second problem with the book...the author's obvious lack of knowledge of small town life in genera...more
Well, this is what you get when you put up walls in order to protect your feelings. I wanted to shake every single one of the main characters in this story because each one of them seemed to make the same mistake over and over again. While the book dragged on for a bit and was somewhat predictable, one by one everyone finally seemed to learn what they needed to learn, and it all fell into place at the end. Still, there was nothing remarkably likable about any of these characters - they were all...more
A touching story of love lost and reclaimed, forgiveness and the pain of misunderstanding.

Michelle is returning to her home town with her son in tow after 17 years to be with her estranged father when he is diagnosed with kidney failure.

When Michelle returns and runs into Sam McPhee, she is forced to dredge up the past and save herself from making the same mistakes twice.

Wiggs is an exceptional author who builds such real and nuanced characters complete with real problems. Very few authors can w...more
This book is perfectly titled; and I could add a subtitle..."I Don't Care To Know You Either". I wouldn't be so harsh if this dribble didn't go on for over 500 pages. There could be a wonderful story in this book about a woman getting in touch with the father that she didn't know; or the first love that she lost contact with; or connecting with her rebellious teenage son. But this story wonders all over the place and I lost interest in any of the story lines. Wondering if I want to read any of h...more
Kris Wood
Unbelievably surprise! I picked it up on an impulse at Target - hadn't heard of it or it's author. And after sooo many books that I didn't enjoy, I found myself thoroughly engrossed in this one and appreciating it fully! About 3/4 of the way through, I check to see what genre it is and...holy smokes, it is ROMANCE!!!! Evidently, a no-brainer with loveable characters, some fairly predictable drama and a happy ending were just what I needed! Truly a pleasant surprise!
Jaime Atkins
This was a wonderful story. I found myself connected on a very personal level to Michelle and Cody. It was more real sometimes than was comfortable. I felt every doubt and fear and then the joy that eventually rose above it. This was the first book I've read of Susan Wiggs, but I fully intend on reading more of her writing.
Another Susan Wiggs that I wanted to never end. You get so wrapped up in her characters that you can hardly believe that the end has come and you no longer get to know what happens next. At least she leaves you full of hope. Plus it makes you want to move to Montana tomorrow. What a gifted writer she is!
I just finished this one and really liked it. I couldn't put it down!!

This author seems to be very graphic about describing scenery (inside and out), but not too graphic in other areas.
I loved this book... one of my all time favorites. Susan knows how to draw you in and get you involved in the story.
Marianne Jay
Susan Wiggs does it again. This woman can write!!!!!!!!!!!!
A book filled with second chances; something we all need sometimes.
I enjoyed the first half of the book very much and I was ready to give this book a 4 star rating at that point. I was extremely entertained and swept away by the story’s plot and charismatic characters. I couldn’t wait to hear what happened next. The four protagonists meeting for the first time in seventeen years was an attractive outline and created great dynamics.On one side, Michelle, the lost daughter; Cody, her somewhat rebellious sixteen-year old son; on the other side Gavin, her “famous a...more
Rhonda Rae Baker
I love the realism in Susan Wiggs stories...she is an amazing author that can weave a story so deep there is no way to put it down. As the story developed, and because it is a romance novel, I could tell where it might go...but with Susan Wiggs, one can never tell for sure.

Suspense in what the characters are going to do as each circumstance came up, kept me turning the pages. The difficulties with family loss and estrangement were the most important. Healing only comes when we can open our heart...more
Michelle is thrown for a curve when she gets some papers from her father, after further investigating them she realized he is dying from kidney failure, being the good daughter she quickly sees if she is a match to donate a kidney. It turns out she is, so after a 17 year estrangement she goes back to his house to save his life. The reason for the estrangement was her unexpected pregnancy and his reaction to it. Michelle pulls into town, and quickly sees the man who got her pregnant, throwing her...more
Ann Miller
A heartwarming, mostly clean romance populated with complex characters and family relationships. Wiggs' knack for getting into the head of a troubled teen so enriched the story. She made me want to visit Montana, too. 3.8 Stars
Line Ancher
I loved it - as I do most of Susan Wiggs' books. Couldn't put it down. Cowboys and romance - what's not to like!
Rather entertaining. Not completely hackneyed.
This is a good, old-fashioned story about the view that romantic love can conquer all. Girl has high school sweetheart, makes some mistakes, gets a second chance, and in the end she is drawn out of her shell by the man that helped put her into it. Sidestory drama involves a surgical procedure to help a close relative, who also has some fences to mend. Overall, this was a fun read, something for the summer, on the beach, and to recapture our dreams of the "one" who will ride in and complete our l...more
romantic enjoyable
Little far fetched for a travel around rodeo guy with an alcoholic mother to end up becoming a doctor but I did like Sam and his attitudes about life. The son, Cody was truly believable as a spoiled punk. Loved the friend, Natalie with her positive ways. Liked how Michelle was raised as a rich kid but maintained a realistic work and do-it-myself manner. Story moved along at a good pace with enough plot development to keep it interesting.
Nancy H
This is a very good romance - I rarely give five stars to a romance novel, but this one was quite good. Of course, it was predictable in some ways, but there was just enough edge that the reader wasn't exactly sure what was going to happen in some of the plot lines. It was more of a 'people' story than a straight romance, but that complexity is what made it so good, in my opinion. I will definitely be reading more by this author.
Susan Dalley
I usually adore Susan Wiggs, but this one didn't do it for me. I didn't hate it, but it's probably my least favorite. I really felt like the character arcs were unconvincing. Also, some things felt like they were more done for convenience than realism. For example, after the organ transplant, it felt like it was not moving the story quickly anymore, so Michelle and (especially) Gavin made "record-setting" recoveries.
The more of Susan Wiggs I read, the more I love her writing... very good book with wonderful characters and storyline... didn't want it to end and loved every minute of it... it is never to late to do the right thing or make up for lost time and bad choices... One of my favorites from her so far... recommend highly to one and all... may want some kleenex handy for some parts and be prepared to laugh loudly at other parts....
A story I could easily love--a little romance,horses and medicine (end stage renal disease, no less--I've been a dialysis nurse!) I thought this was a well-written book with good character development. It was well-paced and kept me interested. My only complaint was the amount of strong language, though it was "in character." Had I known how much swearing was in it beforehand I probably wouldn't have read it.
From the moment the connection between Sam and Michelle is established, you know where the story is going to end up; it is just a matter of getting there. That given, I willingly went along for the ride. The You I Never Knew kept me entertained. The thing I like about Susan Wiggs’ books is that she makes you care about her characters. It is a good light read.
My grade: B+. I vacillated between an A- and a B+. I enjoyed this book a lot. Enjoyed the son, Cody and his teenage angst. I loved Sam, who is still struggling with his weaknesses and is just a strong, quiet, good man. I liked the introspection, and the way the characters questioned themselves. And I liked the resolution. All in all, I recommend it.
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