A story of how social media and the internet can be a detriment to our real-life relationships.

From their first meeting, to their stunning engagement and wedding, to their happily-ever-after, Noah and Emily Carter were meant to be together. Theirs is a special kind of love and they want the world to know. Fans have been following their lives since the day Noah proposed to Emily. But behind the carefully-staged photos and posts, their life is anything but a fairy tale and Noah’s obsession with posting to social media has ruined everything.

When We Were Young is Emily and Noah’s story. While Kari Baxter Taylor and her husband Ryan play a part in that story, this book is by no means a focus on the Baxter family and can be read as a stand-alone. If you haven’t read the 20+ Baxter books prior to this one, starting here will not be a problem.

I devoured When We Were Young in less than 24 hours! This book touched me like the most recent Baxter books haven’t. Karen handled the plot wonderfully and it really made me think about the time I spend online. Clara, Emily’s sister, is the character that touched me most, that brought the most smiles to my face and most tears to my eyes. Emily and Noah are struggling and so are Kari and Ryan. I hate saying I enjoyed seeing either couple struggling, but it was real life.

If you read Karen’s most recent release, To the Moon and Back, you’ll remember Brady and Jenna. Wondering how their story continues? Well, you’ll get the briefest of updates about the couple.

This book was simply wonderful and I feel like I haven’t adequately expressed how I feel. But I can’t encourage you enough to read this book. Do it now! It was heartbreaking, powerful, emotional and thought-provoking!

Will we see more of Emily and Noah? I don’t know, but I think the chance of a brief update in Karen’s next book, Two Weeks, is likely and one I’m hopeful for.

My thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the advanced copy of this book.


Rating: 5 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: When We Were Young

Author: Karen Kingsbury

Release Date: October 16, 2018

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