Always Something There to Remind Me by Beth Harbison
Just like a catchy song title, Always Something There to Remind Me will stay with you long after you close the pages of the book. Young love, the pangs of love and enduring love are the themes here and there’s absolutely nothing new about those themes. The deft way Harbison deals with them, however, makes this a fun reading experience.
Erin Edwards is a middle-age mom raising a teen daughter by herself. She has a successful career and is in a long-term relationship with a great guy. Her daughter and his daughter are best friends. What’s not to be happy about? Yet, when he asks her to marry him, her thoughts immediately fly back to her first love: Nate Lawson.
When she was a teenager, Erin fell head over heels in love with Nate and had a long-term love affair with him. It was as intense as a first love can be. When she was 17, a misunderstanding led to a breakup and Erin was devastated. It took her a long time to get her life back on track and forget Nate. She finally hooks up with another guy and becomes pregnant. However, it was an affair that would go nowhere and the two fall into a routine of co-parenting that is affable and good for the child. When he is killed in an accident, Erin is left to raise her young daughter alone.
Erin puts Nate far out of her mind and moves on. She doesn’t start to obsess over him again until her boyfriend asks her to marry him. Why doesn’t she feel the same degree of love for him that she did for Nate? Was Nate her one true love? Should she settle for second best?
When Erin unexpectedly runs into Nate, she gets the chance to have her questions answered. I must admit I did something I almost never do. I peeked at the ending about mid-way through the novel. I just had to know how it all ended! I’m betting you’ll want to know too.
For an entertaining read, this book is a no-brainer. The author’s form and humor make it an enjoyable read from beginning to end.