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Regret is a formidable foe.

Eden Kelley is the primary caregiver for her mother who’s in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease, and she’s only twenty-four. Not what she planned to do when she left her husband for a new start with her four-year-old daughter in tow. She’d hoped for free babysitting, but instead she found a mystery. The discovery of an erroneous marriage
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Francene Stanley
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read an earlier version for Kindle.
The plot draws the reader into a situation of facing many traumas at the same time. The debilitating illness of a loved-one and a marriage separation lead Eden to realize she's made a terrible mistake and she needs all her strength to swallow her pride to admit she still loves her husband. I found the symptoms of Alzheimer disease very helpful in regard to understanding someone close to me. The book is worth reading on the strength of that alone along with t
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Mohammad Jalili
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clasic, fiction
I am confused, the characters are not so real, all at the extreme , and with contradicting behaviors.
Beck is a great writer but I did not understand his intention of creating characters with many dimensions .
A person is kind and calm and vicious at the same time and for long time
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
Another fantastic book by Strauss. I really got hooked on the story these characters told. It was sweet and amazing seeing two similar lives from different times playing out on the pages in front of me. I wish we could have gotten a bit more of the lives of Eden’s mother living back in the 40’s. It was so very interesting, and I always thought that Strauss does a fabulous job giving us looks back into the past with her writing. You can tell she does her research and it shows.

I will admit that I
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Carrie
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
DNF. I just couldn't get into this one. Didn't care for the characters at all.
Angie
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
The premise of the story was interesting but I found myself confused by jumps. A scene starts in one location and suddenly we're someplace else with no transition. This may be the result of translation. I also struggled with the dialogue. I wanted to like the story more, but the choppy and unnatural flow of events and dialogue made it awkward to read. As I said, they're is a solid basis as d interesting story to be told, but my personal preference would have been for it to follow more smoothly.
Carol Van
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. The author tackles two emotional life situations: Alzheimer’s and marital problems. She tells a story of how a daughter helps her mother through her last days and how the daughters marriage is reconciled. This is a book that will capture you from the beginning to the end.
Tanya Stewart
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting web of past and present

This is a story about love lost, past and present, and how all of it comes together at once to give Eden a different perspective than the one she's always known...the secrets her parents kept from her but can't address now through the distance of death and Alzheimer's disease...the reality of her marriage, or lack of it, seen only in hindsight after she tossed it away and her husband has moved on. This story is about reconciling the past with the present an
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Veray
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love books that make me think and that I can learn from even while I am being entertained. This is one of those books. This story covers a main couple (Cade and Eden) and their marriage problems, but it also goes back and forth telling the story of Eden's mother and father (Lorraine and Joshua), there is even a bit about Lorraine's mother and father and their life. It was interesting to see the different eras and the thinking and the things going on in the world at that time like wars and such ...more
Veray
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love books that make me think and that I can learn from even while I am being entertained. This is one of those books. This story covers a main couple (Cade and Eden) and their marriage problems, but it also goes back and forth telling the story of Eden's mother and father (Lorraine and Joshua), there is even a bit about Lorraine's mother and father and their life. It was interesting to see the different eras and the thinking and the things going on in the world at that time like wars and such ...more
Maggie Nambot (macarons & paperbacks)
This book was not what I expected it would be...it was much better :)
Eden is a young mother, unhappy and bored with her married life in a small town, so she takes her 4 year old daughter and leaves her husband to live with her mother, thinking this will be a chance for her to start over. Only her mother, unbeknownst to Eden, has developed Alzheimer's disease, and Eden is nearly overwhelmed with taking care of both her and her young daughter. As she tries to make up for lost time with her mother,
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Eliza Jones
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I read this entire book in one sitting, it was that good! I normally read young adult books even though I'm definitely not a teenager anymore, but this book was amazing.

When Eden leaves her husband, the last thing she expects is to find her mother suffering from Alzheimer's. Over time she realizes how deeply she regrets leaving Cade and unravels the mystery of her parent's marriage and life together.

Such an emotional book with wonderful characters who go through very hard things, but never
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Crystal Collier
Mar 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
I am a huge fan of most everything Lee Strauss writes, but this one just didn't quite resonate with me. It's definitely a sweet story about a young woman learning to overcome her selfish tendencies, and you really do suffer through them with her. You will definitely feel with this one: Injustice. Frustration. Hope. Sorrow. Loneliness. The importance of family. The value of good friends and bad.

This is definitely a read for older audiences. Clean language throughout, but also some disturbing situ
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Rachel
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of the best contemporary romances I've read in a long, long time. Will definitely check out more from this author.
Jan
Aug 18, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Joan recommended "East of Eden" but I don't know if it is this author.
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