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I've Loved These Days

(Abigail Phelps #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  29 reviews
"The very first time you met me you knew that he would never be the same again, didn't you? For the record, I was never the same again either. And while times have changed and opportunities have been lost, I still know in my heart of hearts that I never will be. But we can't go back, and we can't undo. What's more, I don't really want to. While my life is not perfect, it ...more
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Published July 14th 2014 (first published July 14th 2013)
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Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, romance
I read this book via Readers Review Room. This is my honest review.

Abigail Phelps is a delusional woman. She is encouraged by her psychologist to write down her delusions so that they can be discussed in their sessions. Abigail goes one better and actually writes her memoirs, as she see's them, and has a book deal. Her psychologist reads the book and adds some comments of his own.

Abigail is a beautiful young woman, she knows up and coming film stars, travels the world, meets politicians, sports
Harmony Kent
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Abigail Phelps undergoes a long process of therapy to combat her mental illness. She seems to suffer from delusions of grandeur, and a little paranoia about a certain Teddy Kennedy. Her therapist suggests that she write down her delusions, to help her see them for what they are. What results is a set of memoirs. And, as the blurb says, the reader has to "Put aside all you think you know and jump into the greatest love story the world has never known." I loved this book. It held me in thrall from ...more
Linda Zagon
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Review of “I’ve Loved These Days” by Bethany Turner

Review by Linda Zagon

"I've Loved These Days" by Bethany Turner is a charming enjoyable novel with complex and complicated characters.

The genres of this novel are Fiction,Women’s Fiction and Chick Literature with a touch of romance.

I find that Bethany Turner has written a unique, witty, atypical novel with complex and complicated characters. I enjoyed the descriptions of most of the characters and I appreciate the originality of this story.

Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I saw this book on twitter then the screen changed and I couldn't find it again. For two days it bugged me. I knew it had Ice skates on the cover and was about a figure skater and JFK jr. For two days, not straight, I would peck out a search combination to help me find it. I finally found it. Glad I did.

I'm an Author so maybe I read it different than other people but it was an incredibly far fetched unbelievable story that sucked me right in. That was the point. I would get into the story then
Kenneth Kerr
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant fictional memoir

Bethany Turner has written an outstanding story narrated by a fictional character, Abigail Phelps, who describes a life of delusions involving close personal relationships with a series of famous real people. In addition to Abigail, the main characters are Christopher Dean, Olympic gold medalist in ice dancing, George Clooney, and John F. Kennedy, Jr. Other supporting characters are Robert Redford and Tom Hanks.

Bethany Turner introduces Abigail Phelps by having her
Andrea Hatter
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It was so hard to put down so that I could sleep! The book kept me wondering what was going to happen next or what new thing Abby was going to insert herself into. I was pulled emotionally into each relationship that Abby had! I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves ice skating, complicated relationships, mystery, and love. Also, prepare to hate Ted Kennedy ;).
Larry Hyatt
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I smiled throughout this book and with each character introduced I thought, what a funny tale. Real or not, ignorance is bliss, and as long as I’m in on the joke more power to Abigail and Bethany Turner.
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
If you want to read fiction this is the perfect kind of book to read. Your wildest fantasy will be realized. And Bethany tells it in such a believable fashion. Blending all the stars that we know about into the story is pure genius because Bethany made sure the facts were all in place and correct. That’s what made the read so enjoyable and incredibly real. Abby wrote the script to “When Harry Met Sally?” REALLY?
So is it fantasy or is it reality?
Abigail was so good and perfect
Robyn Koshel
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to be honest, when I first started reading this book, I didn’t know what to make of it. From the start it is clear Abbi is very troubled. Despite the fact she can not separate fantasy from reality – she is still charming and endearing. Bethany Turner paints such an innovative story, that at times I even believed Abigail’s stories. She throws so much heart and soul into her fantasy relationships, you kind of wish they were real for her sake. I thought “I’ve loved all these days” is a ...more
Traci Sanders
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This review is from: I've Loved These Days: Abigail Phelps, Book One (Kindle Edition)

I loved everything about this book - from the way the author chose to present the story (very unique - but I won't spoil it) to the tragic love story--or should I say 'stories'? She definitely knows how to write a love scene--with or without the sex. The passion was nearly tangible. I can't wait to read the other two books in this series. I'm hoping I read the right one first
Elizabeth Horton-Newton
I read this book on the recommendation of a friend. When I first started I’ve Loved These Days by Bethany Turner I was a little skeptical. The book begins with a letter to Jacqueline Onassis. That was enough to grab my attention. The following pages are notes from Dr. Alec Redmond. Dr. Redmond is the psychiatrist who is treating Abigail Phelps, the strange protagonist of the story. I thought here was another book about a mentally ill person and her psychiatrist. What I didn’t expect was a well ...more
Robin Chambers
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though some human experiences are undoubtedly stark or sensational, sad or joyous on any scale, it has always been true that any given set of circumstances may be handled by different people in different ways; and that therefore at that level, any person’s ‘reality’ is largely a figment of her or his own imagination. It is also true that the vast majority of ‘ordinary’ people envy the ‘glitterati’ – the rich, talented and famous who seem to “have it all.” In ‘I have Loved These Days’ Bethany ...more
Jena Henry
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book cover to cover and all I can say is “Wow!” Ok I will add, “What an amazing and creative story!”

That is about all I can say as a reviewer. There is no easy way to describe this book. I don’t want to tell you the plot, because it is so surprising and amazing, and a bit troubling, but also uplifting and thoughtful. You have to experience it for yourself- and please do. You will have a wonderful time reading about the unusual protagonist, Abigail, “Abby” Phelps.

Abby tells the story
Kimberly Blackadar
Bethany Turner’s I Loved These Days offers a unique storyline since the author weaves famous people and events into the plot of a captivating romance novel. Similar to how Forrest Gump matriculates through pivotal moments in history, Abigail Phelps, the book’s delusional main character, catapults herself into high-profile relationships. Comprised of two main components, the novel presents the main character’s memoirs as well as her psychologist’s notes, and since a note from her psychologist ...more
Joy Lo-Bamijoko
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book really surprised me - in a good way! As usual, I went into this book without really knowing what the premise was, but was immediately hooked!

The story starts out with a psychiatrist's first assessment and ongoing evaluation of Abigail's mental problems, stating she has delusions. In procuring her return to good mental health, Abigail writes a story about her delusions... and those delusions are the actual story. The story of Abigail Phelps is basically a fantasy story where she inserts
S.M. Spencer
Apr 27, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was definitely different, and full credit to the author for coming up with the concept. I also give full credit for the fact that it was very cleanly written - if there were typos, grammar or punctuation errors they were very infrequent and barely noticeable.

However, I've only given it 3 stars (really I would say 3.5 but have rounded down, not up) because of two things:

Firstly, I found the use of the celebrities in the "memoirs" of a delusional, bi-polar psychiatric patient a bit too
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would be hard-pressed to classify this work of fiction into a category. What a unique and original story. Abby Phelps is a patient suffering "delusions of grandeur" who is seeing a psychologist. He suggests that Abby write down these delusions so they can discuss them. The remainder of the book is the result, Abby's memoir. She fancies herself an internationally-known figure skater, having won several Olympic gold medals. Her best friend is George Clooney, one of her love interests is JFK, Jr. ...more
Kim Cox
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining and Emotional

What a fun and emotional read! I thoroughly enjoyed "I've Loved These Days." The author took a huge risk using such famous name for her characters that made up the delusions of Abigail Phelps. However, I think that using the rich and famous made it extra special to me as I grew up with these people and knew of them. I also wondered if Abigail's last name was based on no other than the famous Olympic gold metal swimmer.

Besides that, the story flowed well from beginning
Debbie White
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every now and then, you read a book that exemplifies what a good book is all about. I’ve loved these days is one of them. From the very first page, this book captured me and I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. Ms. Turner did an excellent job in captivating my interest and not just with theme and plot, but also with words. Yes, words. I think I enjoyed the story so much because I could relate to her characters. Although fictional, everyone in my generation knows George Clooney, and J.F.K. ...more
Tamie Dearen
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know Abigail is a fictional character--a delusional fictional character, writing a delusional fiction story of her life in the company various famous people. But for some reason, I kept thinking, "What if the psychiatrist is wrong? What if some of this stuff really happened?" Ha! The author got me. I started thinking of Abigail as a real person, only wondering about the truth of her story. Now that's quite an accomplishment, and the sign of a talented author.
But even if you remember that
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I didn't know what to make of this book because of all the celebrities who were named - especially Christopher Dean - because, coincidentally, he is on UK TV weekly at the moment. A very deluded girl believes she is involved with various celebrities and, I must admit, I had to keep reading to see who she thinks she is going to be connected with next - from actors, skaters, film stars, etc. - there is no end to the number of well known names. I did enjoy it - it was very easy to read and ...more
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an entertaining read, something light-hearted and fun, where one didn't have to think you deeply. Bethany was able to maintain the character of Abby so well, that it was a little jarring when the doctor's notes were thrown into the mix.

I laughed with Abby, and I cried with Abby, and felt sorry for her that she thought she was trapped between such difficult choices.

There were a few grammatical errors, however they did not detract from the story. It was definitely an imaginative
Sarah Stuart
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear Mrs Onassis… even to me, English to the core, those three words screamed “Jacqueline Kennedy”. Bethany Turner has found the all-time brilliant hook, and she doesn’t disappoint. If you want to relax and forget reality “I’ve Loved These Days” is the book for you; you don’t even have to daydream. Abby Phelps, with the occasional input from Dr Redmond, a psychiatrist from Colorado, does it for you. George Clooney… John Kennedy Jr… Christopher Dean… and so many others, closer than you’ll ever ...more
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nothing is as it seems. Abby lives a fantastic life -- you will be amazed by her adventures and the people she meets! Her psychiatrist is not really sure that everything Abby tells him is true, beginning with her assertion that Ted Kennedy is behind her being committed to a psych hospital. As her story unfolds, and as her doctor learns all the ins and outs of Abby World, you'll find yourself completely drawn in. And you'll never look at particular historic events in the same way again.
Bette Stevens
"A Growing-up Fairy Tale"
Abigail Phelps, daytime dreamer and ice dancing deva, takes readers on a twirl through her incredible journey of hobnobbing with well-known celebrity hunks--those guys we all adore. Turner puts a new twist on reality and romance in this contemporary fairy tale--one that kept me turning pages. I simply loved "I've Love Those Days," and look forward to reading more in author Bethany Turner's Abigail Phelps series. ~ Bette A. Stevens, Maine author
Rebecca Reilly
Bethany Turner gives the reader a fun twist on "fan" fiction as she delves into the imagined lives of celebrities. I enjoyed every minute of Abigail Phelps' journey through her delusions of love and success with movers and shakers of our culture. Well-written and well-edited, "I've Loved These Days" is a perfect addition to your summer reading list.
Karen Ingalls
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A delightfully entertaining book that kept my attention throughout. I fell in love with Abigail. I cried with her, cheered her on, and prayed that she would find the love and happiness for which she searched. Very creative plot and well written. I highly recommend this book and have now started the second book in the series.
Kristi Ross
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Congratulations Bethany Turner! What a great first book! I love Abigail and the other characters, your writing style, descriptions, character development, and "the story". I like how you told it from Abby's perspective, but with the therapist's "notes". I can't wait to read the next one and see where "the story" leads us. I'm on my way to buy Scenes From Highland Falls first thing in the morning. And yes, I want the book, not just the Kindle version!
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Bethany Turner is the director of administration for Rock Springs Church in Southwest Colorado. A former VP/operations manager of a commercial bank and a three-time cancer survivor (all before she turned 35), Bethany knows that when God has plans for your life, it doesn't matter what anyone else has to say. Because of that, she's chosen to follow his call to write. She lives with her husband and ...more

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