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Corfu, 1942: To sixteen-year-old Sarah Batis, the Nazis are a distant danger—of far greater threat is the opposing needs of her heart and her people. Tradition demands that Sarah marry a Jewish man. Only Sarah has fallen in love with a fisherman outside their community. And when the Nazis invade, Sarah must watch from afar as her family is taken away. . .
Corfu, 2004: Sarah's daughter, Bea, has built a happy life with a steadfast husband and two independent daughters. Their summers on the Greek island with the Winn family appear idyllic, especially the love that blossoms between Bea's daughter Joey and Leo Winn. But there is a secret threatening their beach paradise.
Florida, 2019:Joey is only days away from marrying the nice Jewish man her family adores. The arrival of Leo, Joey's first love, sends her reeling. Even after fifteen years, the attraction between them burns bright—but Leo isn't looking for a happy reunion. He's there to reveal why he really broke up with her during their last summer together.
Weddings have a way of bringing out the best—and worst—in those you love the most. And as the revelations of her family flood to the surface, what Joey learns will either bring them closer together . . . or tear them apart forever.
“This illuminating contemporary novel celebrates love and family with three generations of women tested by secrets from the past.”Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lost Names
"A multi-generational story of secrets, old and new, and the lingering effects of love, loss, and lies. When We Were Young transports the reader from WW2-era Greece to modern-day Florida in a gripping and entertaining story that will tug at the heart. A layered and lovely debut."Yvette Manessis Corporon, international bestselling author of When The Cypress Whispers
"Few characters and stories pull me in and hold on as deeply as those in this stunning debut. Through a tale spanning eighty years, the author made me long to leap inside the pages, as I was transported by lives that still haunt me in the best of ways.”Linda Sivertsen, bestselling author & host of the Beautiful Writers Podcast
- On Sale
- Feb 16, 2021
- Page Count
- 416 pages