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The You I Never Knew

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,320 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
Michelle thought she had lost everything at 17. Her father, a Hollywood legend, had summoned her to his Montana ranch. When he had learned of his daughter's affair with a hired hand, he had fired him and destroyed his family. Michelle, pregnant, had fled to Seattle. Years have passed. Her son is lost to her. Her father needs her.

Wiggs's sensitive portrayal of parents and
Paperback, 528 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2001)
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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
Tuba Özkat
3 yıldız verecektim, ama kadın karakter artık öyle sinirimi bozdu ki... Sinir harbi yaşadım. Sanırım bir kitapta gördüğüm en bencil, en kendini düşünen, en 'benbenbeneben' odaklı kitap karakterleri bunda toplanmıştı.

Özet geçeyim diyorum, onu da yapasım yok. En iyisi neden 2 yıldız verdiğimi söyleyeyim. Azıcık özet deneyeyim mi? Dur bakalım.

Michelle diye bir hatun var, babası ünlü bir oyuncu. Yıllar önce annesi ölünce, artık at çiftliği sahibi olan babasının yanında kalmış. O zamanlar 18 yaşında.
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
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
Kate Vale
While this story wraps itself around a love that began in Michelle and Sam's teen years, it so much more than a romance of love found again. It captures with poignant depictions of an angry 16-year-old boy who meets his birth father and his famous actor grandfather when Michelle never expected to make such an introduction. And it teaches Sam both the joys and pains of being a father when he must contend with Cody, his joy at working with the horses and his bad choices in so-called friends and re ...more
Jan 22, 2013 Barbara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, romance, ho-hum
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
Jul 20, 2012 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 27, 2010 Pat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 19, 2011 Kris Wood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jan Mcleod
I expected a well-written story from Ms. Wiggs, but that is not what I got. There are many problems and emotions that are repeatedly restated. That went on for over 500 pages--BORING! None of the characters really had pleasing, rounded personalities, and even at the end of the novel the the character traits seemed forced, unfinished, and unrealistic. The foul language used repeatedly was uncalled for and offensive and certainly detracted from the story.
Michelle is a a distrustful control freak w
Jaime Atkins
Jan 17, 2010 Jaime Atkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 09, 2011 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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!
Jul 14, 2008 Kristi1717 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 03, 2009 Bunny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
Mar 24, 2009 Marianne Jay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Susan Wiggs does it again. This woman can write!!!!!!!!!!!!
Aug 19, 2012 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book filled with second chances; something we all need sometimes.
Mar 28, 2011 Marleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: susan-wiggs
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
Emily Higgins
Oct 12, 2014 Emily Higgins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Michelle Turner is the daughter of a retired movie star. When she finds out that her father needs a kidney transplant, she insists upon being the donor. She and her son, Cody, travel to Montana to prepare for the transplant. Once there, Michelle discovers that Sam, Cody's father, has returned. He had moved away before she had a chance to tell him she was pregnant with his child. Now, she must not only reconcile with her father, but introduce her son to his father. Great story.
Talk about the red VW phenomenon... a friend is considering becoming a kidney donor and I pick this book up randomly, looking for a change of pace after a book about WWII... Lots of different themes touched on in this one - parenthood, single parenthood, addiction, family relations etc etc. An excellent weekend read.Any qualms about the western setting were completely unfounded.
Apr 21, 2015 Kris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book at a "free,take me" table while on vacation. I have never heard of the author and enjoyed the story line, although far-fetched. It was a little graphic for me in a few places, and I felt the language was unnecessarily rough.I just don't get why the f-word needs to be used liberally in a nice story line. It detracts.

Gemma Ross
May 29, 2016 Gemma Ross rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Copyright 2001. What an adventurous book. Wiggs draws you and never lets go. Took me 2 days to finish. Romance, lost loves, renewing love, responsibilities and past mistakes. Definite must read for those romantic souls.
Dec 24, 2010 Darcy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, romance
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
I really like Susan Wiggs. This one was pretty good. I just haven't had a lot of time to read lately, so I couldn't give it the attention that I usually do to books. I think that made the book drag a little for me at the beginning. I really liked the 2nd half of the book better.
Nina Draganova
Sep 07, 2014 Nina Draganova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Сигурно някой ще каже , че тази книга е сладникава, но аз имам нужда от любов и на мен ми харесва да чета за такава любов и да продължавам да мечтая , че е възможна.
May 18, 2016 Kgray64 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the book.

This was a good book but almost knew the ending at the beginning. I would hAve liked more character action.
Ann Miller
Jan 29, 2014 Ann Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 11, 2014 Line Ancher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it - as I do most of Susan Wiggs' books. Couldn't put it down. Cowboys and romance - what's not to like!
May 07, 2016 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just love Susan Wiggs books, I have enjoyed them all so far.
Rather entertaining. Not completely hackneyed.
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Susan Wiggs's life is all about family, friends...and fiction. She lives at the water's edge on an island in Puget Sound, and she commutes to her writers' group in a 17-foot motorboat. She serves as author liaison for Field's End, a literary community on Bainbridge Island, Washington, bringing inspiration and instruction from the world's top authors to her seaside community. (See ...more
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