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Abigail Phelps by Bethany Turner
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it was amazing

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 precedes the memoirs, the author purposely creates an unreliable narrator. The lack of reliability, though, does not make Abigail any less endearing, and the constant wonderment of Abigail Phelps’ true identity intrigues the reader. While the plot revolves around the big three (as Abigail affectionately calls them): George Clooney, Christopher Dean, and JFK Jr., the book takes place during the 80s and 90s. During those decades, Abigail dazzles the world as an Olympic ice dancer/skater and debuts in an Oscar-winning film. Like a little girl creating imaginary friends and dreaming big, Abigail Phelps fashions a life where she has fame, accomplishments, and romance.

Beyond the plot, the author should be praised for her writing style and her command of the English language. She creates realistic dialogue and emotional encounters between characters, offering scenes with humor, passion, and disappointment. This book, the anchor in an already published trilogy, shows Bethany Turner as a promising new novelist, meaning Mrs. Turner, unlike her protagonist, may achieve fame beyond her imaginary musings.
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