I’ll Be Seeing You by Beth Rinyu: Review of an Uber sweet star crossed lovers story

Synopsis

My mother once said that angels come in many forms: people, animals, insects, flowers or even objects. Some stay with us for just a short time, helping us through difficult times, others stay forever, deep inside our soul, carrying us from one moment to the next. I always wanted to believe it was true, that maybe in a world where there was so much bad, there was still hope for some good. As I grew older and the innocence of childhood waned and tainted my views on life, I was finding that perhaps it was just my mother’s way of feeding my young imagination. That all changed the day I met him.
You know that feeling you get deep inside your gut? The one that tells you something is dangerous, or something is meant to be. The one that sees the bad or good in a person before they even utter a single syllable to you. The one that rattles your very soul, making you question your own sanity because you know you must be completely mad for having such an intense connection to someone you’ve just met. That’s the feeling I had when I first saw him. It was so much more than his good looks, his charming personality and his caring ways. It was something unexplainable and unimaginable.
The first time we met, I felt it, and I was pretty certain he did to. Familiar strangers searching for someone, or something deep inside the other. Maybe I was losing my mind or maybe I was just caught up in a daydream of how I wished my life could be. But from the first moment, I had gotten caught up in his gaze, I knew I had stared into those deep-blue eyes once before…maybe not in this lifetime, but perhaps a lifetime before.

Review

3,5 Uber sweet star crossed lovers stars

 

I read “When Autumn Ends” by Beth Rinyu some months ago and was really enchanted by her writing and that story. It was intense, nostalgic, sweet yet passionate. When I read the synopsis of “I’ll Be Seeing You” I requested the copy and crossed my fingers.

 

I read this book in two days and would have read it in one day if I did not have to work. It was sweet, easy to read and I liked it.

I liked it but did not love it like I hoped.

Is it Beth’s fault? Not at all! This is simply a case of “this is not you, it’s me”.

Let’s focus on who could love this story first!

 

You could really love it if:

you are looking for a very sweet read with a hint of nostalgia. Olivia and August’s love story was cute and even if they had to overcome some ordeals I would not call this read angsty.

you love the idea of “death is not the end of love”. Clearly this is the main topic of the book, people finding each other again. This is THE romantic idea at its best;

you love stories with a hint of mystery and some thrill. We get to discover what all the dreams mean, what mystery and past tragedy they are hiding. You also have some danger as a villain is lurking in the shadow. I must admit that I guessed pretty early on who was the villain in the story. Maybe it’s all the crime and suspense reviews I’ve read from my blogger friends and I get better at guessing “who did it”?

you love a warm and caring heroine. Olivia is really a good and nurturing person. I loved how she interacted with Becky. On a side note Beth Rinyu did a great job writing about Alzheimer and I confess that my favorite scenes are those where Olivia cares for Becky so lovingly.

Olivia is also someone who does not “fit” anywhere. Being of mixed origins, she often felt too black or too white, depending on the circumstances. Lucky for her she was born at a better time than Grace and raised by an adoptive mom who convinced her not to let others trample her. Yet there is often a hint of vulnerability as she did not think she was good enough for August. Don’t worry she came back to her senses and walked chin high as she was no doormat. But I think Beth captured the mixed feelings and insecurities people being “different” than the norm often are plagued with.

you love a male hero who, once he opens his eyes (and I wanted to shake some sense in August in the beginning) will root for his girl and stand by her side. I just did not like is “temporary insanity” and his outburst at some point in the book but, hey, nobody’s perfect and he’d had a hard work day.

you love stories going back and forth between past and present. Past as in WWII past. Usually it does not work really well for me but Beth intertwined short passages about the past in present chapters and it flowed really well. These were not whole past chapters and whole present chapters. It worked best for me.

 

As you can see this story has honestly a lot of qualities and it just was not a good fit for me or at least not at that moment. I love my reads a little bit more angsty, a little bit more intense.

Recommend it? Certainly if you are looking for what I highlighted here above!

Have you read some of her books? Do you like star crossed lovers stories?

Thanks for reading!

Sophie

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8 Replies to “I’ll Be Seeing You by Beth Rinyu: Review of an Uber sweet star crossed lovers story”

  1. Love your approach to your review, Sophie! It’s always hard when you know it’s not for you but can still encourage others. I haven’t read her before, but I also enjoy more angsty and intense reads!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Daisy! And yes I was stressed as I love Jeff and did not want to undermine his book for others!

  2. He had a hard day at work huh?! LOL…I still would’ve smacked him upside the head!! (Just kidding, I’m not a violent person!) Honest review, thanks Sophie! 🙂

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Bwahahaha I love your reaction Trisy!!

  3. Great honest review! I’ve heard great things about Beth Rinyu’s books! I like mystery in my romances and this sounds pretty good. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this book as much as you expected.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Raven! But you know I loved her other one so it won’t be the end 😉

  4. What a great way to review this one as it wasn’t quite your cuppa tea, Sophie!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Laura!

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