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Memories of the Past

(Willow Valley #1)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Thomas was the love of my life, or he was supposed to be. Instead, he became the guy who broke my heart, crushed my spirit, the last guy I ever dated, and the reason I never wanted to date again.

All this, I decided at seventeen, right after we graduated, which coincided with the day he left. He had his truck packed. We'd talked about running off together, eloping. Instead
Published October 22nd 2022
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Lu Bielefeld
3 ⭐⭐⭐ - OK, or decent reads.
Oct 20, 2022 rated it really liked it
Love these kinds of romance, small town and second chances. This is Trinity and Thomas story, so in love at one point that was replaced with heartache and pain.

This story was emotional, filled with heartache and pain and regrets. Once the trust is broken, how do you ever get it back? For this couple they need to trust one another again in order to move forward to see if it is still possible to find what was long ago is still there but, for Thomas, he already knows that he never stopped loving Tr
Nov 06, 2022 rated it did not like it
Not romantic
Sad, really sad
Live your life women!!! Always, no matter what!
And don’t welcome someone who treated you wrong
Suzanne Normandeau
Oct 05, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This is a small town romance, the kind that gets to you every time. You’ll need your caffeine dose and warm blanket to add to the mix 🥰. Loved it all the way, read it in one setting. It’s my first reading with this author, received an ARC copy and it won’t be my last. This romance takes place in Willow Valley where hearts are broken, long lost loves are found and reunited and small town folks that you never forget. This is Thomas’s and Trinity’s journey. They’re both born and raised in Willow Va ...more
Marni Ortiz
Oct 11, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Another home run right outta the ballpark by the very talented S.L Sterling …Memories Of The Past is the first installment in the Willow Valley Book Series and trust me when I say it’s not only a emotional rollercoaster in every sense of the word but it’s also the perfect blend of everything a great romance should entail !!! Small town , second chance , heartbreaking, heartfelt, wonderfully written characters that are so unique , so likable, so relatable and extremely multi layered , a storyline ...more
Sep 29, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully written second chances book. Funny how history repeats itself. So heartfelt and realistic. This book had me hooked from the start. Trinity and Thomas were High School sweethearts who had big plans. Thomas left town instead. Over a decade later he shows back up in town and immediately searches for Trinity. Trinity does her best to push him away. After some missteps and miscommunication thes two give it another go only to hit another hurdle. Love Aunt Vi and her wisdom. These ...more
Nicole Potter
Oct 11, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Has Thomas finally returned to Willow Valley or just passing through?

5 stars. Excellent from start to finish. The storyline and plot for Thomas & Trinity held my attention as the author did a great job of blending the past & the present. Thomas shattered Trinity's heart years ago when he left her behind to go join the rodeo circuit. He's back in town for his dad's funeral & he wants to catch up.
Is Trinity willing to risk her heart again & give Thomas a second chance?
Will Thomas leave her again?
Jeanne Richardson
Oct 13, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I've read several books written by S.L. Sterling; she is becoming one of my favorite authors. I can’t wait to read more of her books.

This is the first book in the Willow Valley Series; it is a stand-alone book. The story is about Trinity & Thomas; they were together in high school but right after graduation he just up and leaves her heartbroken to join the rodeo. Now years later he comes back to town because his father just passed away.

I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m v
Jacqueline Johnston Cotton
Oct 12, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This is an adorable small town, second chance romance. The book is a well written, sweet story with heartwarming and charming characters. I enjoyed the realistic storyline of high school sweethearts finding each other again. Sometimes you can go home. You won't be able to put it down once you start reading. ...more
Oct 11, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Received an ARC for honest review.

This is a cute story of second chances. Pain and miscommunication is apart of everyday life. Things that seem so small and you forget about it but the person was so imprinted by your words it changed their life forever. Reminds you communication is key to life.
Brenda Moser
Oct 07, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This is a well written second chance romance between high school sweethearts Trinity and Thomas. The author brings strong characters and does a beautiful job painting her scenes. She brings drama, misunderstandings and a ton of emotions as she reunites them through all of their ups and downs. The story moves fluidly and is a great read.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book. All opinions in this review are my own and freely given.
Becky Ballenger
Oct 11, 2022 rated it it was amazing
What an AMAZING READ!!!! I am OBSESSED WITH THESE BOOKS!!! You rocked this series OUT OF THE PARK!!!!!
Oct 08, 2022 rated it really liked it
“Trinity was the love of my life, and there was nothing that I wouldn’t do for her.”

Hmmm… maybe you need to reword that Thomas, because what you said above is not true.

Burnt once and it’s not gonna happen again. Trinity learned that lesson years ago when Thomas left her. Oh yeah, he invited her to go with him but he made it clear that with or without her, he was leaving. He and his dad weren’t getting along and he’d had enough.

Trinity only was 17 and lived with her Aunt Vi. It was impossible
Deeply Love Reading Blog
“The only thing I do know is that you never left my heart, not for one single second.”
I had a hard time connecting with the characters in this book. The Heroine was so closed off that even when she did open up, it felt forced. She felt very selfish, she could not see past herself and took on assumptions based only on her thoughts. I did not feel the chemistry between Thomas and Trinity at all. Trinity’s personality took away from a great story line. 3.0 stars.

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Thomas was the love
Oct 16, 2022 rated it really liked it
The ending is what counts
This book is about Thomas and Trinity. They were high school sweethearts, and were planning on travelling together before returning home to get married. But Thomas’s relationship with his father was strained, and it got inside his head a lot of the time. That’s the only way I can describe the brain-snap decision he made without consulting Trinity. He was going to join the rodeo life and travel with them abit, and he told Trinity she could join him if she wanted to. She w
Canadian Girl Book Blog (Menotah)
"𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙢𝙖𝙮 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙗𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙚𝙫𝙚 𝙢𝙚, 𝙏𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙮, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙙. 𝙁𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙢𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙄 𝙬𝙖𝙡𝙠𝙚𝙙 𝙗𝙖𝙘𝙠 𝙞𝙣 𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚, 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙖𝙬 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚, 𝙄 𝙠𝙣𝙚𝙬 𝙢𝙮 𝙝𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙩 𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙗𝙚𝙡𝙤𝙣𝙜𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙮𝙤𝙪."

Memories of the Past by S.L. Sterling is Thomas and Trinity’s story and the first book in the Willow Valley series.

Thomas and Trinity, childhood sweethearts planning on getting married when she turned eighteen. Thomas' life falls apart and he joins the rodeo, leaving everything behind. Years later, Thomas is back and
Oct 11, 2022 rated it really liked it
I quite enjoyed this second chance love story and the start of a brand-new series. Trinity and Thomas thought they had it all as teens, ready to take off together and see the world. But as things didn't work out as planned, they went their separate ways and are now reunited 13 years later.
While Thomas went on to live his best life, I guess, Trinity stayed in town and really aged herself far past her years. That heartache she suffered at 17 really did a number on her and froze her heart. I get it
Sarah Dale
This is the first book in this new series and a great start.

Thomas and Trinity were childhood sweethearts with their lives planned out until Thomas broke her heart to become a rodeo rider. Trinity was left to pick the pieces of her life up and ends up running her Aunts book shop.

A few years later Thomas is back in town and surprises Trinity when he turns up in her bookstore to fins something to read. Understandably she is not too happy to see him and literally throws a book at him. The next day
Oct 11, 2022 rated it it was amazing
The author SL Sterling has written a great story and book about second chances. Thomas and Trinity had a relationship years ago and even had wedding plans, but things turned out differently and Thomas leaves and asks if she wants to come, but the way Trinity doesn't feel like he really means it.
When Thomas is back after years because his dream has fallen apart, he wants to pick up where they left off when he left her years ago.
But Trinity doesn't take it lightly because she has suffered a lot an
Beth Booklover
Oct 23, 2022 rated it it was amazing
4.6⭐️ Slow burn with great character development

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The characters were well developed and the storyline was written in a way that made you invested in everyone in the town. It was angsty and frustrating, but sweet and believable at the same time. There was a little bit of spice, but the book was more about the relationship between the characters in the past and how it develops after they’ve been apart for so many years. I was happy with the HEA ending. I look forwar
Wendy Livingstone
This is the 1st in a new series, and this is Thomas and Trinity’s journey. These two were sweethearts in high school, until he broke her heart to follow his dream of becoming a rodeo rider, while Trinity starting learning about her aunt’s book shop, which she takes over when her aunt retires. Thomas wonders into the book story looking for something to read, and Trinity throws a book at him which he returns that next day, with a not telling her to read her aunts diary. This is a well written smal ...more
Marichus Real
Nov 16, 2022 rated it really liked it
Trinity has been hurt deeply when her boyfriend left her to follow the rodeo. And now he is back in town and her feelings for him are still there.
Thomas made a mistake the day he left Trinity, but he never forgot her. Now that he is back home and when he sees her again, he knows he will do anything for having her back forever.
A story about being young and silly and about stubbornness. Sometimes being stubborn and staying in the past doesn’t leave us to see what is just before us, but love has a
Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
Oct 09, 2022 rated it really liked it
They were high school sweethearts until Thomas packed up to join the rodeo leaving Trinity behind. Ten years later he returns and tries to pick up with their relationship, but Trinity isn't giving in so easy. When she gives him a book to read it just so happens to be her aunt's diary. Will these two resolve their issues and open up the communication lines? This story had me all caught up in it to see how their story ends!

I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review
Nicole ReadingBetweenTheSheets
Trinity and Thomas’ second chance romance is the perfect small town romance quicker-read. The characters and the backstory work really well. Trinity and Thomas are both very likeable characters! I liked that Thomas left town to follow his rodeo career dreams and that Trinity didn’t just fall into his arms once he returns and that she followed her own dreams in a way as well.

Memories of the Past is a very lovely read, written by romance author SL Sterling. I would certainly recommend this one.
Jenn Allen
Wow! This is a great read that was pulling on my emotions from the start, wiping tears and flipping pages. Trinity and Thomas are so connected throughout the read, I could feel it. I loved these characters, the ups and downs, along with the sweet moments that tugged on those heart strings even more. I enjoyed the growth of the characters, the flow and how it had me hooked! Trinity is stubborn and Thomas is determined, both things work well for the story. A must read!

I received a copy of this boo
Oct 15, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Thomas and Trinity's story is one that will take you on an emotional ride full of lost, misunderstanding, pain of the past, assumptions, indecisions, and a second chance that tore my heart as I became frustrated at Trinity jumping to conclusions, pushing Thomas away. Thomas's tongue tide adds to the wanting to shake him. But this is a wonderful story that breaks my heart for the time that past and what could have shared.

I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Oct 16, 2022 rated it really liked it
This book was a pleasant surprise as it was a fairly easy read with a nice story and interesting characters.
Where I think the book could have done better was giving a little more insight into the diary with both couples and how it affected them (past/present) and personally I would have liked more of an explanation from Thomas why he left.
If you are looking for a book with long lost loves reuniting, a few tame sex scenes and a HEA then this would be the book for you.

I received a free copy of t
Dec 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Very emotional read. Rodeo star Thomas returns to Willow Valley for his father's funeral and reconnects with Trinity who has taken over running her aunt's bookstore. Years earlier he left town to join the rodeo circuit and although he suggested that Trinity to go with him, he didn't understand when she said she couldn't. But the chemistry is still there but there are challenges for both of them as they try and find a way forward. A lovely smaller second chance story hidden within this one too. R ...more
Trinity and Thomas are 2 young lovers with wedding plans in sight. But Thomas has a very bad relationship with his father and dreams of living adventures and seeing the world and wants Trinity with him. But when he asks, Trinity tells him no and he leaves.
It's not for a few years that Thomas doesn't come home and try to reconnect with her, but to no avail. But a book will change everything and prevent past history from repeating itself.

Oct 11, 2022 rated it really liked it
Trinity and Thomas had plans for their future when in the late teens. A loving couple.
Plans changed, encouraged and influenced by others and the hurt has never been forgotten. Misunderstandings still leads to upset. Stubbornness on her side and poor communication on his creates tensions that neither are prepared to yield to.
Love gone wrong finally turns out as love gone right.

I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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USA Today Bestselling Author S.L. Sterling was born and raised in southern Ontario. She now lives in Northern Ontario Canada and is married to her best friend and soul mate and their two dogs.

An avid reader all her life, S.L. Sterling dreamt of becoming an author. She decided to give writing a try after one of her favorite authors launched a course on how to write your novel. This course gave her

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