What I Had Before I Had You

What I Had Before I Had You

A Novel

Book - 2014
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Returning home to Ocean Vista on the Jersey Shore with her teenage daughter and her nine-year-old son Daniel, who has bipolar disorder, Olivia must finally embrace the birthright inherited from her mother, Myla, a beautiful and erratic psychic, when Daniel disappears.
ISBN: 9780062237842
0062237845
Characteristics: 278 pages ;,22 cm

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Michael Colford Jul 13, 2014

Olivia returns to her childhood home of Ocean Vista on the Jersey shore for the first time since her rebellious adolescence. Now she has a teen-aged daughter of her own, as well as a son who struggles with bi-polar disorder. When a split second moment separates Olivia from her son and he can't be found, Olivia finds her memories spiraling back to her last summer in Ocean Vista; when she left her mother and discovered the truth about her family.

Sarah Cornwell is a talented writer. Her prose is eloquent and well-structured, as is her plot and pacing. Yet there was something missing from What I Had Before I Had You that kept me slightly emotionally distant. Something kept it from being a great book rather than a good book. My rating is a little harsh -- if half stars were allowed, this would be a 3 1/2 star book. As a story about family secrets and struggling with mental illness, Cornwell demonstrates that she knows her stuff.

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Apr 09, 2014

As always, a good story and strong characters. Read the series in order for a better understanding of Kate.

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