If You Were Mine

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay writes fascinating, realistic contemporary romances. Her specialty is troubled teenagers. A teacher in a public school for years, she knows kids and the men and women who teach them, as evidenced by this new book in the Bayview Heights series! More

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About Kathryn Shay

A NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author, Kathryn Shay has been a lifelong writer and teacher. She has written dozens of self-published original romance titles, print books with the Berkley Publishing Group and Harlequin Enterprises and mainstream women’s fiction with Bold Strokes Books. She has won five RT Book Reviews awards, four Golden Quills, four Holt Medallions, the Bookseller’s Best Award, Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year and several “Starred Reviews.” Her novels have been serialized in COSMOPOLITAN magazine and featured in USA TODAY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL and PEOPLE magazine. There are over five million copies of her books in print, along with hundreds of thousands downloaded online. Reviewers have call her work “emotional and heart-wrenching.”

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Review by: Ssjones2010 on Feb. 17, 2016 : (no rating)
I liked this book a lot. You get to read about intimacy in a different light. I appreciated how the author dealt with the domestic violence issues and grief. It was great to see that these characters were trying hard to not cross the boundaries with each other. I would read more from this author. This is a great story of love, hope, forgiveness and letting go.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
Review by: Terri Chlapek on Feb. 16, 2016 : (no rating)
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. This is fourth book I've read by Ms. Shay and the best of those four.
If You Were Mine is the story of Juliet, a teacher who is returning to the classroom after taking five years off after having a baby. She has also spent those five years supporting her politician husband in his elections and his political positions. It's also the story of Joe. Joe left journalism after his wife died. He now teaches at the high school Juliet has just returned to. The two of them hit it off from the beginning and struggle to ignore their growing feelings for each other.
Ms. Shay's teaching experience shows in this book, complete with the efforts to help "at risk students". Juliet is able to help a student in the book who is in an unhealthy relationship and in doing so is confronted with her own troubled relationship with her husband. I loved that the women in the book were eventually strong enough to stand up for themselves and that the relationship between Juliet and Joe was kept honorable. Kudos, Ms. Shay! Job well done!
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
Review by: Sassy71co on Feb. 15, 2016 :
Kathryn Shay has another success in her story of Juliet and Joe. Her characters are well developed and her stories hold life lessons that can help each of us. The story talks about abusive relationships and shows perseverance by Juliet to recognize she needs to end her unhealthy marriage for herself and Hannah after witnessing a similar situation of a student at the school where she teaches. The story also shows integrity on the part of both Juliet and Joe that there relationship can only be platonic until she heals from her marriage by receiving counseling. You cannot go wrong in reading any books written by Kathryn. Enjoy!
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
Review by: jrtarnosky on Feb. 15, 2016 :
I was so excited to see another book in this series by Kathryn Shay! It did not disappoint! As always, the subject matter was very true to life and she hit the nail head on! Kathryn's books are so much more than just romance novels! They capture the heart of the romance reader but offer an experience unlike other romance authors by portraying characters dealing with the life struggles not necessarily known to us all. She delivers insight without dragging her reader down in the process. You can gain knowledge, enjoyment and still feel great about the book that you read! Great going, Kathryn.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Review by: Dawn Byers on Feb. 8, 2016 : (no rating)
What a beautiful story of life after abuse.
Juliet, a teacher, is married to a senator and has a child - Hannah.
At school and events she meets Joe and his son Brady.
Hannah and Brady are inseparable so often Joe and Juliet are together.
A situation occurs at school with two students that seems similar to Juliet's life- a life she kept hidden
In helping the student, Juliet seeks help herself and thus evolves the love between Joe and Juliet.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
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