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Where We Belong

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  132 ratings  ·  27 reviews
An emotional, compelling page-turner from your next romance obsession, Shann McPherson, about the power of friendship and finding love where you least expect it.

When Alice ‘Murph’ Murphy’s beloved mother died, she promised to keep the family bakery in Graceville, Georgia afloat—even if it meant letting her high-school sweetheart, Nash Harris, go. For years, Murph has been
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published February 21st 2020 by HQ Digital
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Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
The book was kinda like the movie My Best Friend’s Wedding, it was a rom-com where Alice Murphy wanted Nash back by pretending to be in relationship with their other best friend Harley. Ah, love was so convoluted, so were the games played.

My first book by author Shann McPherson, the story had fun moments along with confusing ones where all of them didn’t know what they were doing. The story told me past of their lives together along with the present moments.

The writing kept to a fast pace and ga
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I had such a blast reading Where We Belong. Literally, I read it cover to cover (well that part is figurative because digital) in an hour and a half right before bed.

The characterization's a bit iffy. Murph goes from being entirely not over Nash and wanting him back to suddenly having the drunken revelation that it's been Harley all along, and that really wasn't particularly believable. HOWEVER, I was totally on board for these love triangle shenanigans. And, in the end, I was pleased with the
Cara Garner
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I finished this book almost a week ago and I have started a new book- which I think is going to be really good(by the way)but I tell you I CAN NOT stop thinking of this one. The characters, the story, just the whole story! Is still on my mind. I love love love a story where they have been friends since childhood and throw in a love triangle- - - well be still my heart! I mean come on, what’s better than that?!!?

I always like to put a song or songs to a book- it makes it feel more real to me, li
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from Netgalley.

I loved everything about WHERE WE BELONG by Shann McPherson and devoured this captivating romance in one evening without coming up for air.

'It's a truth universally acknowledged that inside every woman is an inner-psycho, just waiting to be unleashed' and Alice Murphy, known as Murph to her two best friends, is living up to this statement. Ever since she was nine it has been Nash, her, and Harley - always there for each other, protecting each othe
This was a cute, heartwarming story set in a small town in GA. Alice Murphy aka Murph is still hung up on her ex when he waltzes back into town from the big city of NYC to tell her he’s getting married. Murph is a bit insecure about herself (I see myself in her thoughts) and when she finds out that Nash has moved on when she thought he was the love of her life she can’t handle it and does some silly things to try to cancel the wedding. Oh and btw the wedding is in a week. Oh and btw she owns a b ...more
Bette Stanek
Jun 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Where We Belong is the first book of Ms McPherson’s that I have read. It looks like this may be only her second book, her first being “Dear Alice.” The storyline of this book is nothing really new. Three kids who have been best friends since the age of nine, two paired off early. The third was never left behind. Well, not physically until the pair goes off to college in NYC. However, tragedy strikes and Murph has to return home. That was five years ago. Nash moved on. Harley and Murph are still ...more
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great read. From start to finish I was obsessed with this page turner.

Funny and sad, but so emotionally charged.

For anyone who wants an easy read that makes you feel in every way, this book is a must.

As an avid reader, it’s not always easy to hand on heart recommend a book for all of my friends, but this one will have everyone spellbound!

I can’t wait to see what this author brings out next!

No dates, no rating — DNF @ 4%

This just read like every work of bad boy fan fiction I read as a teenager. I also spent a long time thinking this was set in the late 40s/early 50s but was cruelly reminded by the existence of Netflix that we were in contemporary America. Fun.
Terri S
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love love love!
This book was hilarious.
This book was heartbreaking.
This book was sexy and swoon-worthy.
So many emotions. So many feels.
Team Harley all the way!
Can’t wait for the movie.
Anne Secher
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

A contemporary that is also a bildungsroman in which I found it impossible not to connect emotionally from page 1.

This book got 4.5 stars from me, which is pretty high.

Page 1 got me into the skin of our main character, Alice Murphy. Chapter 2 had already made me cry twice. 51% of the book meant I was not able to stop at all, despite my continuous tears rolling down my cheeks without previous notice. It was one of these b
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Where we belong is a beautiful novel which richly portraits the aftermath feelings of an intense first love as well as the rough emotions of the components of a love triangle. Miss McPherson's caracteres are real, round and very human. ...more
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Quick, fun read!

Loved this sweet little romance! It was as advertised, unputdownable! Three best friends, the perfect love triangle, when will they figure out who really loves whom? Couldn't wait to read the next page to see how Murph was going to get herself into and out of the next misunderstanding...but "all's well that ends well!
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In her debut novel, Where We Belong, author Shann McPherson weaves a lighthearted romantic tale of friendship, love and second chances.

Set in Graceville, Georgia, the reader is easily drawn into this entertaining story as they follow three best friends as they navigate the trials and tribulations of life and love.

Alice "Murph" Murphy, Nash Harris, and Harley Shaw have been best friends since the age of nine. They've been through thick and thin, but for Murph, Nash has been her everything: first
Jeannie Zelos
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Where We Belong, Shann McPherson

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre: Romance, General Fiction (adult)

Well, I love these small town America stories. I've no idea – being British – whether there really are towns like this, but I love the idea of everyone having friends, being there for each other. Of course its Always Sunshine and Warmth – and here in UK that's often in short supply, so that's a huge bonus. BBQ in the rain, summer dress for night out ruined by downpour, hair carefully coi
Rachel Kennedy
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Alice ‘Murph’ and Harley are in a fake relationship that she set up in a knee-jerk reaction to finding out her ex is getting married. She always thought they would get back together and now there is no chance. But what starts as a fake relationship seems to be turning all to real, but will either of them take a chance and admit how they really feel?

A great read.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a voluntary and honest review
Eva 🌻
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this book, it was so sweet and cute it brought so many smiles and laughs. Murph is a small town girl working at her deceased mothers cake shop in a small town, trying to carry on her legacy. The book starts with Nash, her first everything and former boyfriend coming back to town and announcing his wedding to Anna, his new girlfriend. Murph is shocked and upset, and in an effort to get a reaction from Nash, claims she’s been dating Harley, the last person in their threesome friendship. Ha ...more
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a cute, heartwarming story set in a small town in GA. Alice Murphy aka Murph is still hung up on her ex when he waltzes back into town from the big city of NYC to tell her he’s getting married. Murph is a bit insecure about herself (I see myself in her thoughts) and when she finds out that Nash has moved on when she thought he was the love of her life she can’t handle it and does some silly things to try to cancel the wedding. Oh and btw the wedding is in a week. Oh and btw she owns a b ...more
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it

Alice is on cloud nine to see her love Nash after a long time in her bakery but soon all excitement goes down the drain when he intimates her about his wedding.To add on injury, his would be bride is everything that Alice is not.But instead of giving up, she fakes a relationship with handsome hunk Harley to make Nash jealous.But with time, many secrets spill out of the closet, the fine line seperating love and friendship threatens to blur dangerously.
The narration is engaging since the very fir
Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader

A romcom of basically Sweet Home Alabama meets My Best Friend's Wedding and I LOVED it. Now, you know what, if you're going to get into the details, I wouldn't say the writing style was a literary masterpiece but it was fun and funny, and I think just the perfect sort of book to break up longer heavier reads. I don't usually read romance but I'm really glad I read this one, Harley, Nash, and Murph are really great characters, and I like that Murph is aware
Zoe May
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved the character of Murph - she's down to earth and instantly relatable. Her love interests - Nash and Harley are really well-portrayed and realistic, particularly Nash. I really got a sense of how Nash had changed over the years and the author achieved this in a way that was subtle but powerful. Great read - funny, warm, heartfelt and romantic. Looking forward to Shann's next book. ...more
Ashlee Warbrook
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the most captivating books I have read, in a very long time.

This book transports you, to be right there with Murph, and you feel the story, as it unfolds.

This book is written in a way that makes you feel in ways that books should make you feel.

Not only do you feel the emotions, you also feel as though you are transported, sitting, watching the characters in front of you.

Be prepared to laugh one minute and cry the next.

This book is a page turner, captivating and incredibly moving.

Ana Ramirez
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Think my best friends wedding but better!
I was sucked in from the first chapter. I laughed, cried and held my breath alot reading this book.
I'm team Harley all the way!
Cheryl M-M
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alice is ecstatic to see her first love Nash right there in front of her. Has he finally realised what he left behind? Err, nope. He is there to invite her to his wedding. He has found his Mrs Right and wants Alice to be a part of the celebrations.

She isn't going to just accept the new status quo and starts meddling in the happiness of the wedded couple to be. Her 'pranks' make her look like a tiny psycho and often end up punishing the wrong person, especially when she spontaneously decides to c
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, romance
When I read the book description of ‘Where We Belong’ on Netgalley a little while back, I was immediately fascinated by this read. So I requested it and was super excited when I got approved to read it. Not only did this book sound interesting, did you see that cover? I loved it! And as soon as I could I started reading.

In ‘Where We Belong’ we meet Alice ‘Murph’ Murphy. When Murph found out her mom was dying, she left everything behind to stay with her and to help out in her family’s bakery. Aft
Apr 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Not a great work of literature but perfect for my mood. And it was $0.99. It was light, romantic and predictable. Super quick read.
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this story. Emotional. Sweet. And relatable characters. Very descriptive writing. I’d love to see this made into film with Zoey Deutch as Murph. Shed be great!
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Definitely unputdownable!

You’ll fall in love with the characters in this story so much, you won’t be able to put it down until you find out what happens to them all. Go, read, you’ll enjoy it!
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With big dreams of being a published author since she was an eleven-year-old girl writing Beverly Hills 90210 fan fiction before fan fiction was even a thing, Shann McPherson has been writing angsty, contemporary romances for most of her thirty-something years.
Living in sunny Queensland, Australia, when she’s not writing Shann enjoys making memories with her husband and cheeky toddler son, drinkin

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