The Me I Used to Be

The Me I Used to Be

In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Ryan’s bold new novel, Evangeline Austen returns to her family’s sprawling Napa Valley ranch, determined to rebuild her life and expose the shocking truth about the past.She’s not the naïve girl she used to be… After serving time for a crime she didn’t commit, Evangeline returns home to a cold welcome. Her mother blames her for...

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Title:The Me I Used to Be
Author:Jennifer Ryan
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The Me I Used to Be Reviews

  • Sheila Samuelson

    This was my first time reading a book by Jennifer Ryan and I absolutely loved it!! It was mainly a Contemporary with a lil bit of YA and Romance thrown into to. I felt bad for Evangeline through the whole book. What she endured was horrible but I see her dad did it for all the right reasons even tho it cost his daughter 4 years of her life that she can't get back.

    I will definitely be reading more book by Jennifer in the future!!!

  • Sharon Grow

    As soon as I read the summary of this book, I knew it would be special and that I needed to read it. I was so right, very special and a pleasure to read! Evangeline Austen is being released from prison, due to the death of her father, after serving four years for a crime she did not commit. While in prison, she was attacked several times and is now a very different Evangeline, tougher, smarter and determined to get justice. Lt. Chris Chambers, the cop who arrested her, is the only one trying to

    As soon as I read the summary of this book, I knew it would be special and that I needed to read it. I was so right, very special and a pleasure to read! Evangeline Austen is being released from prison, due to the death of her father, after serving four years for a crime she did not commit. While in prison, she was attacked several times and is now a very different Evangeline, tougher, smarter and determined to get justice. Lt. Chris Chambers, the cop who arrested her, is the only one trying to make the return to her former life easier. He has always been attracted to her and knows that there was more to her arrest, but she would not talk. He will have her record expunged if she helps him catch the guilty parties. Her families ranch is in financial trouble, her brothers do not agree on how to save the ranch and her mother blames her for her father’s death. Evangeline does everything that you want the heroine of a story to do…make smart decisions and attack the problem head on. I so thoroughly enjoyed this story, the characters, the emotion, the suspense, the beautiful love scenes and justice served. I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)

  • Sandy Nikolas

    This was ok for me. I like most of Jennifer Ryan’s books, but there’s not much romance here.the big secret is revealed a bit too soon and the effects of her time in prison are not delved into much, just scattered about the surface.

  • Seema Rao

    Captivating ~ Enjoyable ~ Satisfying

    tl;dr: Post-conviction daugther returns to family farm to fix things.

    This book is like a Romance writer scripted the afterlife for the character from Orange is the New Black. The story has so many expected tropes: jealous siblings, insta-tropes, heart-of-gold lawman. Yet, Ryan seems to turn the expected into something surprising. This fast read is incredibly satisfying. The main characters are appealing, certainly, but Ryan's strength might be her pacing. The

    Captivating ~ Enjoyable ~ Satisfying

    tl;dr: Post-conviction daugther returns to family farm to fix things.

    This book is like a Romance writer scripted the afterlife for the character from Orange is the New Black. The story has so many expected tropes: jealous siblings, insta-tropes, heart-of-gold lawman. Yet, Ryan seems to turn the expected into something surprising. This fast read is incredibly satisfying. The main characters are appealing, certainly, but Ryan's strength might be her pacing. The mystery at the center of the main characters convinction unfolds in an enjoyable pace. I didn't expect to enjoy this one as much as I did. Great summer read.

    Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Debbie Oliphant

    I really enjoyed this book!!!

    I read this in one sitting because I could not put this down. There are a couple storylines woven into this story and it fits nicely.

    The story begins with Evangeline facing a parole board after serving 4 years in prison for a crime she did not commit. She is released but is escorted out by the officer who arrested her, Chris. Chris makes her a deal to expunge her prison record and she agrees. He escorts her home to her family ranch where she faces her family who is

    I really enjoyed this book!!!

    I read this in one sitting because I could not put this down. There are a couple storylines woven into this story and it fits nicely.

    The story begins with Evangeline facing a parole board after serving 4 years in prison for a crime she did not commit. She is released but is escorted out by the officer who arrested her, Chris. Chris makes her a deal to expunge her prison record and she agrees. He escorts her home to her family ranch where she faces her family who is so bitter and angry at her because they blame her for her fauther's death who recently passed away. She is filled with guilt and because she has no place to go, she is forced to stay with her family.

    Chris's deal involves the reason for Evangeline's time in prison........he believes she is innocent and wants to solve this crime. He believes she also went to prison to protect someone that she cares for. Evangeline wants to move on with her life and will agree to Chris's risky plan to catch the real criminals. While she is managing this plan, she is also trying to reconnect with her mother, who is so angry at her, and her two brothers who have distanced themselves from their sister while she was gone. This changes as her father's will requires her to be the decision maker of how the family ranch must be managed. One brother wants to sell, while the other wants to keep the ranch. Her father trusted her to use her to make the best decision and the pressure to find the best choice is weighing heavily with her.

    This author adds a love story that is not forced and feels like someting that the main character deserves. I really liked the layers of storytelling as you felt ineganged immediately. Alot of healing, forgiveness and feels, many feels. Evangeline's character is very strong and you are cheering her on as she embraces her independence and elevating the "me she used to be".

  • Erika

    I don't typically read fluffy romance, most of my romance involves demons, dragons, aliens, vampires, or werewolves. But I received a copy of this book from a Goodreads contest and was more than happy to try it out. The book was cute and told a very simple and straight-forward story. I think I disliked two major things--first, the author over-explained tremendously. She would take paragraphs talking about how a character felt, but I think that by the action and conversation in a book we should b

    I don't typically read fluffy romance, most of my romance involves demons, dragons, aliens, vampires, or werewolves. But I received a copy of this book from a Goodreads contest and was more than happy to try it out. The book was cute and told a very simple and straight-forward story. I think I disliked two major things--first, the author over-explained tremendously. She would take paragraphs talking about how a character felt, but I think that by the action and conversation in a book we should be able to tell. She consistently went back over facts again and again, re-stating what had happened in a previous chapter or what someone was thinking. It was torture. The other problem is the spoiler here--everything is great--she falls in love, her brother gets his house, the ranch is saved, the bad guy is caught, everyone forgives everyone, and every single possible plot line in the story is resolved. It was rather absurd. It was fun to read about people falling in love (albeit quickly) and I was rooting for the "good guys", but overall the story was simplistic and formulaic. I did appreciate trying a new genre and the goodreads win to be able to review. But, this is a generous three star book.

  • Sabrina

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    was a crazy intriguing story with a lot of heartfelt moments. The book follows Evangeline after she's released from prison where she served 4 years for a crime she didn't commit. There's no going back to her life from before she was in prison, so now she'll have to figure out how she's going to navigate this new life post-jail time. But with one major obstacle in the way - catching the real criminals.

    I have to say, there was a lot of frustratio

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    was a crazy intriguing story with a lot of heartfelt moments. The book follows Evangeline after she's released from prison where she served 4 years for a crime she didn't commit. There's no going back to her life from before she was in prison, so now she'll have to figure out how she's going to navigate this new life post-jail time. But with one major obstacle in the way - catching the real criminals.

    I have to say, there was a lot of frustration from seeing how Evangeline's family treated her, and many moments where I just wanted to reach into the book and slap them. But I liked that the book had me reacting that strongly to the characters. It had me fully captivated by everything going on that much. Especially the mystery surrounding Evangeline's arrest and her crime. I loved the suspense that it added and how the mystery was the thing pushing Evangeline and Chris together.

    Honestly there wasn't anything major that I didn't like about the book but as an overall story I felt like it lacked a little something. It kept me intrigued, but also had me searching for more depth from the characters. Sometimes things were maybe just a little too easy to fall into place and that's what had me feeling as if the story was lacking.

    Bottom line, this was a easy and quick read that I found enjoyable. I liked Evangeline as our main character and I was definitely cheering her on as the book progressed. It gets a recommend from me and I think anyone that picks this book up will get sucked into it just like I did and hopefully enjoy it as much also.

  • Rajababoo

    Initially I liked the family drama but it kind of fizzled out in the end, and the ending was too perfect and unrealistic for my liking. The heroine was far too nice and forgiving to her family; I feel like she should of held more bitterness and resentment towards them. They all acted like she's a mass murderer when all she did was steal some wine, personally I don't think that's reason enough to abandon and hate your family, call them stupid? Sure. Also I've got to say for an ex-convict she was

    Initially I liked the family drama but it kind of fizzled out in the end, and the ending was too perfect and unrealistic for my liking. The heroine was far too nice and forgiving to her family; I feel like she should of held more bitterness and resentment towards them. They all acted like she's a mass murderer when all she did was steal some wine, personally I don't think that's reason enough to abandon and hate your family, call them stupid? Sure. Also I've got to say for an ex-convict she was very well adjusted with a life plan and everything. There didn't seem to be an adjustment period; she knew what she was doing and seemed to do it without any hiccups or obstacles.

    Thoughout the book it felt like the heroin was always trying to repent or earn back her family's love. Personaly I think it should have been the other way around.

    I didn't particularly like the romance it didn't feel like they got to know each other, it all felt rather random and not explored enough. They didn't have enough screen time to see any development in their relationship.

    Everything I've mention does seem to be overly negative but I didn't hate this book. I found it rather consumming, I just wanted to nitpick everything that kind of annoyed me in the book. You should probably read it if you like a bit of family drama.

  • Skippypeanuts

    2.5. I REALLY wanted to like this book, I did. The concept was interesting and the setting was relatable.

    But I just couldn't get my head around it. Evangeline spends 4 years in prison pretty much getting the crap kicked out of her then the cop who helped put her away shows up. She makes a point of saying she's afraid of him and the power he has over her life, then BAM she can't get enough of him, can't stop thinking about him, and gives him MORE power over her life with her parole deal.

    On top

    2.5. I REALLY wanted to like this book, I did. The concept was interesting and the setting was relatable.

    But I just couldn't get my head around it. Evangeline spends 4 years in prison pretty much getting the crap kicked out of her then the cop who helped put her away shows up. She makes a point of saying she's afraid of him and the power he has over her life, then BAM she can't get enough of him, can't stop thinking about him, and gives him MORE power over her life with her parole deal.

    On top of that, is the behavior of Evangeline's family, who treats her like absolute crap. Their behavior only softens a little when she "proves she's worthy" by saving be her nephew. Then all is instantly forgiven once they realize she was innocent and protecting her dad.

    Her mother wouldn't talk to her and accused her of being the cause of her dad's death. But all the verbal abuse is forgiven and forgotten in moments once her mother realizes she wasn't responsible, thus "worthy" of being treated like a human being again.

  • Dorine

    Loved the final chapters and the sweet note from the author. All tied up in a pretty sweet bow. Full review coming soon at TheZestQuest.com and reposted here.

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