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3.52  ·  Rating details ·  2,680 ratings  ·  188 reviews
Rich, witty and moving, I Remember You is for anyone who likes to dream about a new life – and for anyone who still remembers their first love…

For Tess Tennant, spring brings the promise of a fresh start. She’s moving back to her picture-perfect home town to take up a teaching job. Langford is a place of pretty stone cottages, friendly locals in oak-beamed pubs and of cour
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Hardcover, 512 pages
Published October 29th 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2009)
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Mina
May 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm. How to say this. I gave this book a three star rating because I quickly became absorbed in it, read the over 400 pages in just a couple of days.

That said, there were serious problems in it for me. While I really liked the main character, Tess, I felt like I only discovered how she was behaving, and her transformation when other characters informed her of it. She apparently starts off as intellectual chic, goes through stages of acting old and frumpy (she's 30) and then back to glowing and
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Gretchen
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I was in the middle of writing a delightfully snarky review of this book when something happened and the whole thing got erased. I am so mad right now, but I'll try to remember what I had written...

I really need to stop reading chick lit. Every time I do, I am disappointed and angry.

I Remember You by Harriet Evans is no exception to this rule. And it is about twice as long as most chick lit books I've read. This book clocks in at nearly 450 pages. I am not afraid of long books, by any means, but
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Leah
Aug 30, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-read-2009
Tess Tennant and Adam Smith have known each other since birth. They grew up together as best friends and everyone in Langford expected them to end up together. Until one day, Adam’s mother Philippa drops dead. Tess goes off to London whilst Adam remains in Langford working in a pub. Years later though Tess returns but her friendship with Adam is completely different to how it was. It all comes to a head when Tess takes a class trip to Rome and by the time Tess returns, Adam has gone. What went o ...more
Angela
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's no surprise that this isn't like my usual reading material. This is some serious chick-lit. But I sort of enjoyed A Hopeless Romantic, in an embarrassing, "why am I admitting that?" sort of way. So I picked this one up, hoping for the same thing.

It's definitely not.

Tess is moving back to her hometown after living in London, which is a quaint little English village. Everyone knows everyone else and all that. She takes on a job as a Classics teacher at the local college, and rents out a cute
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Jacqueline
Not a big fan of this one.

It started well and the build up of brooding atmosphere and anticipation was done really well, but in the end it was all a bit of an anticlimax. I was left thinking, 'er, was that it?'

As others have said, I struggled with all the village characters, there were too many of them and they were too similar so much of the dialogue between those characters and Tess was lost on me as I tried to remember who they were.

My main issue with it was the old woman. the very fact that
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Stephanie
Jun 25, 2012 rated it liked it
This book would have received two stars if it wasn't for the ending. When I first started reading it, I thought Evans' writing style was juvenile. Throughout "I Remember You" a lot of pointless conversations take place between the characters. Imagine an interaction that you would have with a person speaking a language you just started studying. It would consist mainly of a friendly greeting, a short sentence about the weather, and a "goodbye" and/or "see you later." Tessa, Evans' main character, ...more
Rosie
Jun 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010
Straight away you want the friends to get together. Well I know I did. The story was very well written and it flowed very well. There was a lot of interesting parts to the plot which maintained my interest. This was the first time I had read one of Harriet Evans books, although there are a couple which have caught my eye. It was a nice story idea and you really felt for the characters at times. You really learn to love the characters (although I wasn't too fond of the Tess' room mate).

Her trip
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Mandy Baggot
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
I don't want to completely slate this novel but if I'm being really honest which you should be in reviews it left me cold. I didn't like any of the main characters, Tess was dull, Adam was not someone fanciable in my opinion, Francesca was a bit pointless and as for Peter, I didn't really see the need for him in the book at all. There were also too many villagers and I never felt I 'knew' any of them, I kept forgetting who was who and the worst thing about that was that it didn't seem to matter. ...more
Shivani
Feb 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
Well.....I couldn't finish it. It's pretty slow and I seriously couldn't wait to know what would happen between Tess and Adam but I just couldn't finish.
Meg
Best friends Tess Tennant and Adam Smith grew up in the tiny English town of Langford, made famous for its connection to author Jane Austen — and for its gorgeous vistas, including the historic water meadows. The meadows have been controlled for years by Leonora Mortmain, the daunting and severe old woman who has taken up permanent residence as an antagonistic old crone in the lives of Langford’s residents.

After many years apart, Tess returns to town from London and finds Adam — handsome, gawky,
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Suze Lavender
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tess Tennant is moving back to Langford, the place she grew up in. She lived in London for a long time, but after being made redundant she needs a new start. Moving back to Langford means living close to her best friend Adam again. He helps her to find a cottage and soon Tess has a new housemate to share it with. Everything is going really well, but Tess is missing something. There's no spark in her life. Adam is dating the lawyer she's living with and even though the three of them get along jus ...more
Kristy Miller
Tess and Adam grew up together. Born within weeks of each other, and raised across the road from each other in a small English village, to everyone else they seemed destined for each other. And then, in true Harriet Evans fashion, everything goes wrong. Right before they are head to university Adam's mother dies. She was his only family, as he never knew his father, and he loses his way, gives up his spot at school and seems to give up on life and just stay in town. Tess can't seem to leave Lang ...more
Laura
Jun 01, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I was shopping for my summer reads, I picked this one up as I loved the jacket and while I hadn't read any books by her before, I had heard good things, in particular about GOING HOME, so I thought I would give her a try. I'll be honest with you, the book didn't grab me. It was enjoyable enough, but I wasn't gribbed to the page, nor did I particularly care about the characters. The plot ambled along, much like the country life in Langford did, with little titbits of information leaking out ...more
Janet
Aug 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I liked this book well enough. For as lenghty as it was though, I still felt like there were a few holes. Don't ask me to explain. I've already forgotten.

Also, I didn't take too kindly to the author's knock on Pittsburgh! Yeah, I'm like that. ;-/ On page 164 when Tess is talking with Peter, Peter says in a not so kind way that he could be writing about the steel industry for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. First, we don't have that important of a steel industry anymore that a writer for the Post-G
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Veronica
Jun 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
While I'm not adverse to the idea of romance in my books, and I definitely read some books that others define as "guilty pleasures," I feel like whatever a book is, it ought to be amusing!

"I Remember You" was a slog for me. I felt like I was reading the same chapter over and over again, with a little bit of variation. The main character (Tess) is living in the small town of her childhood, and the whole books seems to be her feeling stuck/not-stuck/"coming to a realization" about feeling stuck/no
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Candace
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Overall I thought this was a good book. It actually had a pleasing ending, which is so uncommon these days. I would have liked to have had the ending a little meatier, considering there were a lot of things that the author could have expanded on at the end, making things a little more clear that she spent so much time on in the middle of the book. It was a pretty close portrayal of real life relationships. Both the awesome parts and the ugly.
I would agree with the book reviews printed on the co
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Elaine
May 15, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another book of this genre that I gave up on less than half way through! Whist it may simply be me, I do believe this book had its faults:

I found I had absolutely no sympathy for the characters, and when it just started to get good the plot fell flat once again. I tried to enjoy this book I really did. Unfortunately we can't win them all...
Megan
Jul 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
I picked this book up, attracted by its British chick lit nature. However, I just could NOT get into it. The author has written many books, all of which seem to have the same theme (lost loves). Sorry, Ms. Evans, but I will not be seeking out more books you have written, although you seemed so promising.
Helena Wildsmith
I was really disappointed by this book - it took me a long time to get into, the characters all felt quite dull and the plot was too unbelievable. Having said that, it was still an enjoyable book that provides the perfect amount of escapism.
Dreamer Reader
Jan 07, 2018 rated it liked it
3 stars

The book was average, although the description made me assume otherwise. An honest description would be -

Adam and Tess are best friends. Everyone in their small cliché town secretly wants them to be together. They secretly want to be together. But it's a chick-lit, so throw in a multitude of secondary characters that make no sense to the real story , a mysterious old lady , a holiday fling, a casual fling and did I mention the mysterious old lady?


I liked the friendship between Adam and
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Dixielauren
Mar 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, chick-lit, adult
It was just okay. I gave it 3 stars because I was interested enough in it to want to keep reading to find out what happened to the town and a few of the minor plot lines, but I couldn't find myself cheering for Adam or Peter to end up with Tess. I knew who she was going to end up with from the beginning (it is one of those books that you can guess the ending within the first chapter) and the whole time I was hoping she would end up with the other guy, but I chose the wrong side of the triangle. ...more
Tazzie Dee
Tess Tennant returns to her hometown of Langford after many years working in London. She can’t wait to start her new job as a Classics Teacher at the local college & see some familiar faces. However, she soon discovers that things have changed in her absence. The town in embroiled in a bitter feud over a scheme to build on the local water meadow & her best friend Adam is now seeing the beautiful lawyer Francesca.

As part of her classics course, Tess arranges a class trip to Rome. As she chaperon
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Laraine
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars. I really enjoyed this book. Tess had left her home town of Langford for a job in London. After a bad breakup, she comes back home and takes a new job teaching at the local College. She reunites with her old best friend Adam, but things have changed with them, and when he takes up with her new room mate Francesca, things change further. Tess takes her class on a tour to Rome and meets a lovely man Pete, who she has a fling with. But the tour is cut short but the illness of one of her stu ...more
Tracey
This has been a really cute read, slightly slow but not because of the Author’s writing. I really like the characters especially tess and Adam, And I’m really glad pick up the ending that I think they deserve and that I wanted them to have.
The reason I found it slow read it’s because I’ve been working quite a bit this week and tiredness got in the way , but it didn’t Stop me enjoying the book but that’s not a downfall that’s life getting in the way,
Adeline Kam
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Harriet Evans book that I managed to finish after owning it for many years. This book is interesting to read. It is a story of friendship that turns into a love relationship, with some mystery in it. And took place in Rome and a wonderful countryside. A beautiful story with wonderful characters. Maybe the first part of the book is difficult to get into the story but as I read on, i begin to enjoy it very much.
Jane
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this fairly quickly, the characters didn't really work for me and at over 400 hundred pages it took a long time for inevitable of Tess and Adam getting together to happen. I can't say I warmed to them or got the attraction between them.
Judy Spare
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pretty much read it all. Unpredictable, which is a good thing.
Alice
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
The characters in this novel were very unrealistic. Memories last a long time, forgiveness takes time. The actions, behaviour, and results never made sense for me.
Janey
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fc, read-2018
Good story well told. I found it dragged a bit, labouring some points, but enjoyable for all that.
Laura
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy Harriet's novels. Easy to fall into the story as though I'm standing right next to the heroine as she embarks on a journey of loss, love, and self discovery.
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