Once Upon A Time, There Was You

Once Upon A Time, There Was You

Book - 2011
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Sharing nothing in common except their 16-year-old daughter, divorced parents John and Irene reconnect in the wake of a devastating tragedy and discover things about each other that they had not revealed during their marriage.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2011
ISBN: 9781400068654
Branch Call Number: BERG
Characteristics: xv, 280 p. ; 25 cm

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booklady413 Feb 24, 2015

As usual, Elizabeth Berg does not disappoint. An excellent read about all sorts of relationships.

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libnotes
Dec 02, 2013

Loved this as I am a fan of Elizabeth Berg in general. I enjoy the way she writes for women of "a certain age" of which I'm one. I would call it grey lit as opposed to chick lit!

She understands her characters and writes for them accordingly.

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pattyloucor67
Oct 02, 2013

Interesting book,mail though I think I recall a similar plot from another author a few years ago. Berg's strength is writing characters, and this one has decent people in it. They seemed to be less developed than other books, however. While I don't think this was one of her best books, it was entertaining.

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lucky38
Mar 23, 2013

This book made we weary. The middle-age mother tended to have a histronic personality. I notice a lot of Berg's books are about middle-age people either divorced or headed that way. And always, always looking for love, most of the time in the wrong places. I guess if I could relate to her books I might enjoy them more.

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elfster14
Aug 18, 2012

Really really good! Made me start to question the kind of relationships people have today.

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pammiedawn
Jun 20, 2012

a real disappointment! Her earlier work was much better...

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sshears
Jan 06, 2012

Slow moving unlike her previous novels.

lfranz Aug 23, 2011

Slow moving - great book for a car ride or beach - not sure why it made the New Yorks Best Seller list

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greenmount
Jun 25, 2011

Another disappointing novel from Berg. Too light & fluffy. Her earlier novels were much better, ie Open House and Joy School.

rlbecker Jun 06, 2011

This is a well-written book about a family's journey through life. The characters are all flawed people, as is the case in most of Berg's books. A terrifying event spurs the main protagonists, a young woman and her divorced parents, to make decisions that they may not have made otherwise. The character are all true to themselves and the decisions make a sort of sense when you consider each person and their motivations. The power of love among the characters is evident as well. The story is a great one for discussion groups, as there are many issues involved.

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