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Better To Have Loved by Christy Nicholas – Review by Gail Guerrero

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Better To Have Loved by Christy Nicholas – Review by Gail Guerrero

Four stars

Better to Have Loved was a good read. The story flowed nicely though you do have to get used to the timeframe jumps. I really enjoyed the characters especially Julie. Her adventures and journey through life are interesting. I found the story to be emotional and beautiful. The author really put a lot of thought into this book. The fact that it’s based off her parents makes it even more wonderful. The emotions you will feel will have you sitting up reading all night. The story doesn’t drag on. It’s a very original plot and the author executes it phenomenally. I recommend you pick this up if you’re looking for a smooth read that is beautifully written.

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Better To Have Loved by Christy Nicholas – Review by Katie Kearney

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Better To Have Loved by Christy Nicholas. This story was definitely not what I’ve come to expect from this author and I’ll be honest I loved that! This book is emotional and relatable and so very real. The author captured every single emotion felt in this story. I definitely felt a part of this story, the words just playing out in movie form in my mind. It’s hard to do reviews sometimes because there’s so much I want to say but you don’t want to give anything away or you just can’t find the right words. So I’ll tell you it’s a wonderful story that captured a piece of my heart and you should definitely go add it to you reading list. Four strong stars and highly recommended!

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Better To Have Loved by Christy Nicholas – Review by Dawn Daughenbaugh

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Star
Better To Have Loved by Christy Nicholas is a beautifully written story that once I started reading I couldn’t stop till I finished. This author has an amazing talent and I absolutely loved this book. My emotions were all over the place as I read about these two characters Kirsten and Julie. Julie’s journey starts in the 60’s as she leaves her current life behind and goes on to follow her dream. Kirsten’s is in the 80’s and follow her as she searches for her father. I don’t want to give away to much. This is a absolute must read and its based off a true story. Find out what happens next. I can’t wait to read more from this Author.

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Better To Have Loved by Christy Nicholas – Review by Heather Lovelace

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nicholas is proving to be an author that cannot be pigeonholed into one genre. I’m more familiar with her fantasy works (which I love) but knew from the synopsis of this book that I would enjoy it. And I was so right. I love the way Nicholas weaves her stories together and makes them feel so real and relatable. This is just a fantastic book. If you are a fan of Nicholas and/or just a fan of really well written tales, this book is a must read.

Reviewed by @heatherlovelace
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Better To Have Loved by Christy Nicholas – Review by Michelle Austin

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Better To Have Loved: A True Story by Christy Nicholas was a great 5 star read.
I was pulled in right from the beginning, we do shift past to present as well.

This is the journey of Julie through many life adventures and life lessons. When she ends up pregnant she decides to keep the baby. We also get Kirsten’s story (Julie’s daughter) as she tries to find her birth father.

Overall this story pulls you right in. Each of these ladies journeys tug at your heartstrings as you hope for the best. We get adventure, love, loss, mystery and so much more. The author does a great job of pulling you in with her writing and you feel like you’re right there with them. The author’s note at the end is a must read. Jumping between the two in the story was pretty easy to keep up with. If you’re looking for a great read, 1-click and get started today.

Reviewed by @mab54615
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Better To Have Loved by Christy Nicholas – Review by Sheri Schrader

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Better to Have Loved by Christy Nicholas is a beautiful story based on true stories of love lost and found. Starting in the ’60s, this follows the story of Julie Jensen and her growth in romance and herself. I will not speak further about the story because I do not want to ruin this for anyone. This is a well-written book and I really enjoyed the historical side of the story. I have read some other books by this author and this is very good and hard to compare to the other stories, I enjoy how she is able to write in different styles depending on the story she is telling. I really look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

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Better To Have Loved by Christy Nicholas – Review by Liz Vrchota

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have previously enjoyed Nicholas’s fantasy and sci-fi novels so this was one I was eager to get my hands on and read. I was even more elated when I discovered this was a very real and raw book written as a memoir of sorts on the author’s life and her parents. This book was fun to read with the bouncing back and forth between decades, that is something I don’t often find myself saying because I dislike these types of novels usually because they just get plain confusing. This one was easy to find that flow with and I had no problems following along. I loved the way this read like a fictional story as well, it really drew me in and had me invested in these characters and the struggles and triumphs they enjoy. I would be interested to see more of these types of novels from Christy Nicholas again!

Review by @lizaileen
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Better To Have Loved by Christy Nicholas – Review by Katie Matthews

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

I really enjoyed this story and I think it obvious that the author has personal ties to the story as it’s written with such emotion. It flowed really well and I was completely absorbed in what I was reading. I think at times early on in the story the multiple pov’s and the switching made it a little confusing but once I settled in to the story and got to know the characters I had no problems at all. I really liked all of the characters and following their stories.
I’ve read a few books by this author previously so it was really nice to read something different from her, and I do like real life stories there’s just something extra to them knowing that these things really happened.
Overall a really lovely read and one that I would recommend.

@katiem
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Better To Have Loved by Christy Nicholas – Review by Faith Jackson

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved how sweet this story is for the time it’s set in. The story itself sets you on an emotional rollercoaster with unexpected twists and turns. I’ve been able to relate to Julie in this story in more than just one way. This one is a cozy and special read anyone would enjoy!

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Better To Have Loved by Christy Nicholas – Review by Jennifer Gordon

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Based on the author, Christy Nicholas’s own parents love story and also Christy’s journey to find her father this fictionalised memoir was a touching and heartwarming read. Set in a changing America during the Summer of Love in 1969 this novel has a sixties feel about it and due to the authors wonderfully descriptive narrative the era is bought to life through the sights, sounds, smells and emotions of the time. The storyline centres around Julie Jensen’s escape from her “hide-bound world” and midwestern family as she embarks on her own adventure to find her independence whilst in the background America is full of cultural revolution and new freedoms. Following her dreams of art and travel Julie leaves the charming town in southern England and journeys into the decadent realm of Haight-Ashbury and then on to the exotic Barcelona coast. It is on the coast that Julie finds love but then a phone call one night has the opportunity to change her life forever as she has to make a choice between family duty and her own needs. Ultimately she must decide if the love she has found is worth all those she may loose. “Based on a true stories of love found and love lost, and one woman’s discovery of what matters to her”, this story is full of faith, free love and the freedoms of the 1960’s but also family drama and betrayal.
A wonderfully written novel with family and love at the heart of the storyline, the narrative flows well and the characters are likeable and relatable making this an easy read. I felt immersed in the settings described due to the detailed descriptions of time and place. I was fascinated to discover this was based on a true story and the authors personal investment in the novel does come across in the writing making this an engaging read. An enjoyable romantic love story which is all the more poignant for being based on a real couples romance.

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