In the eyes of the wealthy playboys who frequent Kerrington Country Club in Rosemary Beach, Tripp Newark is a hero. Under pressure from his parents to become a lawyer and lead a conservative, upper-class life, Tripp disappeared from town five years ago to travel the world, forfeiting the opportunity to inherit millions. Yet few know what he was really running from…
Bethy Lowry was unraveling long before her boyfriend drowned in a riptide trying to save her after she’d had one too many drinks–again. A trailer park kid working as a cart girl among the wealthy patrons of Kerrington Country Club, Bethy has always been impressionable. But five years ago, before she earned her reputation as a hard-drinking, easy girl, she had spent a single summer with Tripp Newark that changed her life forever…
Paula and Rheeza (that is us, HI, HELLO ;]) are a big fan of the Rosemary Beach series! So we have read it at the same time and doing this review together!
To start of, what can we say… Tripp Newark is our hero too and Abbi Glines is our queen because SHE DID IT AGAIN! How is it possible that after nine books we’re not tired of these characters and stories? Because they are amazing, we feel like they we are part of their family and we’re always so happy to see the kids grow up and be part of the events in their lives… *sighs*
This book is about our dear Bethy, we liked her since book one when she was just Blaire’s outspoken friend from the club, but now after 9 books she finally gets her own story and it breaks my heart that it has to be after such a heartbreaking event. Although Jace, her boyfriend, died a couple of books ago no one has gotten over his death (me included). We remember reading the riptide scene at two am and trying not to cry too loud during it, which proved to be impossible, but what is worst, they keep bringing Jace back! We had hoped we would be able to go through this book without crying but that wasn’t possible.
Although no one knows this, Bethy and Tripp dated during a summer before she left and Bethy never stopped loving him, and vice versa. So when Tripp shows up in Rosemary Beach after eight years when Bethy is dating his cousin Jace, she doesn’t know what to do or how to feel, but then Jace dies saving her and that makes her feel even more guilty for not telling him about what happened.
Everytime they bring him back they always remember him as a great person and influence in everyones life and that makes us cry even harder.
The story takes place more than a year after his death, Bethy is alone and numb to the world surrounding her and Tripp wants to take care of her even though she is completely pissed at him , so he watches her from afar making sure nothing happens to her. But one day everything changes when Bethy actually goes to talk to him, and the wall she has put up around her heart starts to fall. She remembers what was it like to date Tripp, and how he makes her feel and he reminds her that Jace didn’t die for her so she could be sad and lonely for the rest of her life. But being Abbi we know the story can’t be a bed of roses and the drama is never too far (see what I did there?). So the question is, is the lasting love of two teenagers enough to conquer everything?
And damn if Tripp’s effort to do so doesn’t make us fall hard for him. His devotion, patience and determination to get Bethy back is so admiring it causes chest pains.
“I remind her of all she lost with Jace. She needs to hate someone, so she hates me. And i’ll accept that. I’ll be whatever she needs me to be.”
However, don’t be afraid to read this book because it is not that depressing as to what we think you expected it to be. Of course there are some pains and tears shed (It’s an Abbi Glines’ book, what do you expect?), but we’re amazed on how she was able to take the readers to the journey of healing. Throughout the series, we mourned for the loss of Jace and our heart broke to see what it did to the gang especially Bethy. You Were Mine was able to tell a story of loss, heartbreak, moving on and hope. Honestly, finishing it is like taking a deep breathe and letting go. It will fill you with peace and hope.
“Things worth having don’t come easy,” Woods said. “You have to fight for it until you’re tired of fighting, and then you take a breather and fight some more.” He squeezed my shoulder. “Don’t give up. You’ll regret it.”
And what we love the most about this book is that Beth and Tripp’s relationship development was written perfectly. Others might feel a bit indignant because we first fell in love with Beth and Jace and to see her moving on was maybe a little hard, but we are telling you that was not the case in this book. Abbi Glines’ did it with respect that she was able not to discount Jace’s impact just because Beth and Tripp’s reconciled. In fact one of Rheeza’s favorite part is when Bethy went to the beach where Jace died and she “talked” to him. (Paula wants to add that it is her favorite part too). We literally sobbed.
“Thank you, Jace Newark. For loving me, for saving me, for being my hero.”
BONUS parts is seeing Grant with Lila Kate (so cuuuute!!) and also all the beloved characters! So overall, WE LOVE IT!! And hope it’s a bit longer! Can’t wait to read what’s next with the gang of Rosemary beach!