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Three generations of women come together in this page-turning debut full of family secrets, heart-wrenching drama, and the promise of second chances. Corfu, 1942: To sixteen-year-old Sarah Batis, the Nazis are a distant danger—of far greater threat is the opposing needs of her heart and her people. Tradition demands that Sarah marry a Jewish man. Only Sarah has fallen in lo Three generations of women come together in this page-turning debut full of family secrets, heart-wrenching drama, and the promise of second chances. Corfu, 1942: To sixteen-year-old Sarah Batis, the Nazis are a distant danger—of far greater threat is the opposing needs of her heart and her people. Tradition demands that Sarah marry a Jewish man. Only Sarah has fallen in love with a fisherman outside their community. And when the Nazis invade, Sarah must watch from afar as her family is taken away. . . Corfu, 2004: Sarah's daughter, Bea, has built a happy life with a steadfast husband and two independent daughters. Their summers on the Greek island with the Winn family appear idyllic, especially the love that blossoms between Bea's daughter Joey and Leo Winn. But there is a secret threatening their beach paradise. Florida, 2019: Joey is only days away from marrying the nice Jewish man her family adores. The arrival of Leo, Joey's first love, sends her reeling. Even after fifteen years, the attraction between them burns bright—but Leo isn't looking for a happy reunion. He's there to reveal why he really broke up with her during their last summer together. Weddings have a way of bringing out the best—and worst—in those you love the most. And as the revelations of her family flood to the surface, what Joey learns will either bring them closer together . . . or tear them apart forever.


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Three generations of women come together in this page-turning debut full of family secrets, heart-wrenching drama, and the promise of second chances. Corfu, 1942: To sixteen-year-old Sarah Batis, the Nazis are a distant danger—of far greater threat is the opposing needs of her heart and her people. Tradition demands that Sarah marry a Jewish man. Only Sarah has fallen in lo Three generations of women come together in this page-turning debut full of family secrets, heart-wrenching drama, and the promise of second chances. Corfu, 1942: To sixteen-year-old Sarah Batis, the Nazis are a distant danger—of far greater threat is the opposing needs of her heart and her people. Tradition demands that Sarah marry a Jewish man. Only Sarah has fallen in love with a fisherman outside their community. And when the Nazis invade, Sarah must watch from afar as her family is taken away. . . Corfu, 2004: Sarah's daughter, Bea, has built a happy life with a steadfast husband and two independent daughters. Their summers on the Greek island with the Winn family appear idyllic, especially the love that blossoms between Bea's daughter Joey and Leo Winn. But there is a secret threatening their beach paradise. Florida, 2019: Joey is only days away from marrying the nice Jewish man her family adores. The arrival of Leo, Joey's first love, sends her reeling. Even after fifteen years, the attraction between them burns bright—but Leo isn't looking for a happy reunion. He's there to reveal why he really broke up with her during their last summer together. Weddings have a way of bringing out the best—and worst—in those you love the most. And as the revelations of her family flood to the surface, what Joey learns will either bring them closer together . . . or tear them apart forever.

30 review for When We Were Young

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a historical fiction/women's Fiction that jumps between three time points (1942, 2004, and 2019). I found the writing a little to much, and I did not really connect to any of the characters. I feel that the storyline drove this book and not the characters. I loved the cover of this book, and that is what made me want to read this book. I do not feel this was a bad book, but it was just not a book for me. I love a character drove book. This book does have some twists and turns that are go This is a historical fiction/women's Fiction that jumps between three time points (1942, 2004, and 2019). I found the writing a little to much, and I did not really connect to any of the characters. I feel that the storyline drove this book and not the characters. I loved the cover of this book, and that is what made me want to read this book. I do not feel this was a bad book, but it was just not a book for me. I love a character drove book. This book does have some twists and turns that are good. Also, I for a historical fiction book most of the book to part in 2004 or 2019, so I think this is more of a women's fiction book with some flash backs to 1942. If you are reading this hoping for more of a historical fiction then this may not be for you. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Forever) or author (Jaclyn Goldis) via NetGalley, so I can give honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. (*)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews

    Beautifully written women's fiction at its finest. I was invested throughout and felt so much for each of the women portrayed. The write up plays like a generational read, but in all honesty When We Were Young POV's feel more like flashbacks that just add to the overall feel. It's love, longing, and courage to go after your heart that drives it all home. A great read for your 2021 summer beach bags! ~Tanja *ARC via ForeverPub/GrandCentralPub Follow me on Instagram✿Twitter✿Facebook✿Pinterest✿ Beautifully written women's fiction at its finest. I was invested throughout and felt so much for each of the women portrayed. The write up plays like a generational read, but in all honesty When We Were Young POV's feel more like flashbacks that just add to the overall feel. It's love, longing, and courage to go after your heart that drives it all home. A great read for your 2021 summer beach bags! ~Tanja *ARC via ForeverPub/GrandCentralPub Follow me on Instagram✿Twitter✿Facebook✿Pinterest✿

  3. 4 out of 5

    Janilyn Kocher

    I love the cover of this book, but most of the characters in it frustrated me with their selfishness. I had a strong visceral reaction when reading this book. There are several layers of relationships which makes the story messy and complicated. Long, buried secrets, and people acting surreptitiously and then feeling justified for their lies. I felt bad for,the characters who were really hurt and thought that the ones who hurt them could have made their decisions much faster. My favorite charact I love the cover of this book, but most of the characters in it frustrated me with their selfishness. I had a strong visceral reaction when reading this book. There are several layers of relationships which makes the story messy and complicated. Long, buried secrets, and people acting surreptitiously and then feeling justified for their lies. I felt bad for,the characters who were really hurt and thought that the ones who hurt them could have made their decisions much faster. My favorite character was Milos. I ached for him during several scenes. I think he was the most honest out of all the personalities. Perhaps I invested too much in reading this book, but it’s a dangerous game when one plays with people’s emotions and I just think some of,the characters could have figured some stuff out before they carried out certain actions. Thanks to Forever (Grand Central Publishing) and NetGalley for the advance read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Lanigan

    This all engrossing, debut page turner had me attached to these characters from page one. The story of three generations of women, finding themselves, find their way to each other, their search for love and the secrets that threaten to tear them all apart. . This book has so many layers and I absolutely loved it. Told in three timelines you truly understood these characters in a way you don’t always get in a book. . Corfu, 1942 is Sarah’s story (Joey’s Grandma). In present time Sarah wants Joey to This all engrossing, debut page turner had me attached to these characters from page one. The story of three generations of women, finding themselves, find their way to each other, their search for love and the secrets that threaten to tear them all apart. . This book has so many layers and I absolutely loved it. Told in three timelines you truly understood these characters in a way you don’t always get in a book. . Corfu, 1942 is Sarah’s story (Joey’s Grandma). In present time Sarah wants Joey to marry a nice, Jewish boy but in her timeline we see why. We see how difficult life is for her when she falls for a boy who is not a Jewish boy. We see how her parents disowned her but in doing so they inadvertently saved her life. She went to go live with the man she loved while her parents, little brother and everyone she knew and loved were sent to Auschwitz. . Corfu, 2004 Sarah’s daughter Bea her husband and two girls spend the summers in Corfu. These summers are a pure dream and for their daughter Joey they are perfect, especially when the boy she loves lives right next door, until her heart is shattered abruptly. . Florida, 2019 Joey is days away from her wedding to a wonderful man when her first love Leo returns with the secrets of that summer in 2004 and why he broke her heart. The tender string that held these secrets together threaten to unravel all of their lives. . I absolutely loved this one. I could not stop reading it. This is a book that will stick with me, especially Sarah’s story. . Check this book out tomorrow!! . Thank you to #NetGalley and #foreverpub for an arc in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Krista Burns

    It's hard to believe this is Goldin's debut novel! When We Were Young highlights three generations of women, the choices they made, the choices that were made for them, and the outcomes that have shaped their lives. The chapters jump between Sarah (the grandmother), Bea (her daughter), and Joey (her granddaughter), as well as between decades. I was worried that this would be confusing, but Goldin's writing talent makes it a seamless read. I was wholeheartedly invested in all three of the women's It's hard to believe this is Goldin's debut novel! When We Were Young highlights three generations of women, the choices they made, the choices that were made for them, and the outcomes that have shaped their lives. The chapters jump between Sarah (the grandmother), Bea (her daughter), and Joey (her granddaughter), as well as between decades. I was worried that this would be confusing, but Goldin's writing talent makes it a seamless read. I was wholeheartedly invested in all three of the women's lives, especially Sarah. I love a WWII love story and this one just might top them all. Goldin's writing is so atmospheric, I felt like I was in Greece, eating baklava, smelling the flowers along the streets of Corfu. While this story tackles some serious topics like infidelity and war, all three women have a fun side that made the story lighter than the average WWII story. Take me away to Greece!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin S. (stacked_shelf)

    When We Were Young by @jaclyngoldis is a poignant, heart wrenching tale about three generations of women who come together to find themselves and the love they have for each other, despite the painful family secrets that threaten to tear them apart. I can’t tell you how much I loved this story! It’s definitely the type of story that stays with you and leaves little marks on your heart. While this story is an emotional rollercoaster, it emanates the power of love, forgiveness, and second chances. When We Were Young by @jaclyngoldis is a poignant, heart wrenching tale about three generations of women who come together to find themselves and the love they have for each other, despite the painful family secrets that threaten to tear them apart. I can’t tell you how much I loved this story! It’s definitely the type of story that stays with you and leaves little marks on your heart. While this story is an emotional rollercoaster, it emanates the power of love, forgiveness, and second chances. If you’re looking for a book with an idyllic setting that’s a perfect blend of women’s fiction and historical fiction, this is the book for you! A huge thank you to @readforeverpub for gifting me a copy of this one in exchange for an honest review!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Addie BookCrazyBlogger

    In Corfu, Greece 1942, Sarah Batis is a young woman whose battling her Jewish heritage with her desire to marry a fisherman named Milos who lives outside of the Jewish faith. Despite the Nazi and Italian rule that is hovering over Greece like a terrifying cloud, Sarah is more focused on love than politics. But when the Nazi’s take her entire family to Auschwitz, Sarah feels she must follow tradition over her heart. Meanwhile in 2004, Sarah’s daughter Bea, had built a delightful life of painting, In Corfu, Greece 1942, Sarah Batis is a young woman whose battling her Jewish heritage with her desire to marry a fisherman named Milos who lives outside of the Jewish faith. Despite the Nazi and Italian rule that is hovering over Greece like a terrifying cloud, Sarah is more focused on love than politics. But when the Nazi’s take her entire family to Auschwitz, Sarah feels she must follow tradition over her heart. Meanwhile in 2004, Sarah’s daughter Bea, had built a delightful life of painting, with a husband and two daughters who love her. As her eldest daughter Joey begins a romance with their fellow American neighbor’s son Leo, secrets are threatening their so-called paradise. Finally in 2019, Joey, all grown up and about to marry an appropriate Jewish man, is confronted with Leo’s return, after he broke her heart 15 years ago. Suddenly the entire family’s secrets are going to come out. Man, I feel like this book had SO much potential and then it just crashed. I was really hoping to learn more about the Holocaust on Greece but it was more of a love story than anything else. Joey couldn’t keep it in her pants, which was high-key obnoxious. She was also such a horrible person when it came to Grant who is CLEARLY better than Leo, hands down. Lilly was this alleged teen influencer who could get a private party at an expensive (and exclusive) beach resort in Florida. Like come on, at least make it somewhat believable and have her be in her early 20’s. She was such a shallow character, despite a HUGE plot point that focused on her. Bea was put in a similar position-just a shallow, selfish awful character. I definitely wouldn’t call this a historical fiction book. More like a romance book full of mostly insufferable characters.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Wilder

    Amazing! Couldn’t put it down.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    What a great read! This was the perfect book for my beachside getaway. The narrative kept me engaged and interested and it was hard to put down. Definitely a worthy interesting read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn Mishal

    I absolutely loved this book. The book jumps through time — and back and forth from Corfu to Florida. I’ve been to Corfu a few years ago and Goldis does a wonderful job at bringing the island to the reader. The book is more of a page turner than I expected and I could really see this book becoming a movie. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend reading it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Some books and their characters stay with you long after you finish them, and this is one of those books for me. I loved the depth to the characters in this book, and how their stories fit together across the years. I was intrigued by the storyline and all the twists and turns, needing to turn the pages to find out what was going to be revealed next. The tales of love and loss throughout the book, both broke my heart and gave me hope. This book made me feel so many things, it was such a beautifu Some books and their characters stay with you long after you finish them, and this is one of those books for me. I loved the depth to the characters in this book, and how their stories fit together across the years. I was intrigued by the storyline and all the twists and turns, needing to turn the pages to find out what was going to be revealed next. The tales of love and loss throughout the book, both broke my heart and gave me hope. This book made me feel so many things, it was such a beautiful story. I received an ARC from netgalley, and this is my honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Susan Goren

    I can't say enough wonderful things about this novel--the twists, surprises, family relationships, gorgeous locales, Greek history... I wasn't able to put it down and had to read well into the night until I finished it. I had that rare feeling where I needed to read quickly to the end to see what would happen but simultaneously was longing for more pages to read. It's the ideal read for someone who loves either women's fiction or historical fiction in that it perfectly blends the genres. So rare I can't say enough wonderful things about this novel--the twists, surprises, family relationships, gorgeous locales, Greek history... I wasn't able to put it down and had to read well into the night until I finished it. I had that rare feeling where I needed to read quickly to the end to see what would happen but simultaneously was longing for more pages to read. It's the ideal read for someone who loves either women's fiction or historical fiction in that it perfectly blends the genres. So rare to find a women's fiction book that weaves in a layered, historical plot. Can't wait to read more by this author, hopefully very soon!

  13. 5 out of 5

    bookishwithwine

    Thoughts Happy Pub Day to When We Were Young! A book that will rip your heart out and then put it back together as if it never happened. Three different women, three different love stories. Sarah's love story starts in 1942, Bea is Sarah's daughter who has more of a twisted love story, and Joey is Bea's daughter who has the most heartbreaking love story of all. Joey has always been in love with Leo, the son of a family friend they vacationed with in Corfu, an island in Greece. Their love story star Thoughts Happy Pub Day to When We Were Young! A book that will rip your heart out and then put it back together as if it never happened. Three different women, three different love stories. Sarah's love story starts in 1942, Bea is Sarah's daughter who has more of a twisted love story, and Joey is Bea's daughter who has the most heartbreaking love story of all. Joey has always been in love with Leo, the son of a family friend they vacationed with in Corfu, an island in Greece. Their love story started off as one for the books until Leo breaks Joey's heart out of the blue on their 1 year anniversary. That was 15 years ago. Fast forward to present day, and Joey is getting married even though she never really got over Leo who just happens to be in town days before her wedding. Leo wants to come clean and tell her why he broke her heart. The truth not only affects Joey, but her entire family. 1942 - Sarah falls in love with Milo, a non-Jewish boy, and leaves her parents and little brother in Corfu to be with him. While she is gone the Nazi's move in and remove all Jewish families. The next time she sees them is through a barbed wire fence. After some time passes Sarah goes back home in hopes that her family has returned, but they are never seen again. The story alternates chapters between Sarah and Joey past and present, while Bea's story is told in Joey's chapters. I have been reading a lot of books this year that mention Auschwitz, and that's always heartbreaking. The scene where Sarah saw her family, especially her little brother, behind the fences at the camp....well you knew it wasn't going to end well. Throughout most of the book I was mad at Leo for breaking things off with Joey for no apparent reason. Even after he explained his actions from that day I thought he should have told her then and let her decide what to do. Now he's back just days before her wedding to unload his guilt?! Ugg. Even through all of that I still wanted Joey and Leo to end up together. She was marrying the wrong man, and that is proven in a painting towards the end. Then there is Bea. If I said a lot about her then that would give away a lot of the story. You'll just have to grab a copy today! Thank you Forever Pub for my #gifted copy! Book Rating: 4.5/5 Wine Pairing: St Supéry Sauvignon Blanc

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chelsie

    Every time I read another WWII novel, I learn something new I did not know. There is so much that happened and it seemed to be happening literally everywhere on the European continent. This was written with three different storylines that all connect. Present Joey getting prepared to marry a good Jewish man, as her family expects and her grandmother Sarah remember her first love during the war. The third storyline is Joey as a child growing up, remembering summers at Corfu and her first love. Joe Every time I read another WWII novel, I learn something new I did not know. There is so much that happened and it seemed to be happening literally everywhere on the European continent. This was written with three different storylines that all connect. Present Joey getting prepared to marry a good Jewish man, as her family expects and her grandmother Sarah remember her first love during the war. The third storyline is Joey as a child growing up, remembering summers at Corfu and her first love. Joey gets a message a few days before her wedding, someone from her past wants to meet up and talk to her. She is torn, is it a betrayal to meet this person and not say anything until after? But she needs to know what they have to say, considering how things were left years ago. She has always had questions about that dinner and what she did to cause him a change of heart. Sarah has often wondered why she was saved, why she was not rounded up like the rest of her family and sent to a camp. She feels guilt over her decisions at that time, and often feels the pain of heartache in that maybe she could have done something. She could have tried harder, she could have pushed harder and maybe they’d still also be alive today. As most people do, Sarah has secrets from her past and often if asked she will not discuss in detail her life across the ocean during the war. She doesn’t like to think about that time. Joey, her mother Bea and grandmother Sarah all have a past, and as the days before the wedding plays out each one takes a look at their past and truths come to light. The good, the bad and the ugly. But in all of this realization, weights have been lifted, truths have been finally brought to light and a lesson to follow ones heart is found to be the most honest truth there is. This was a very good storyline. There were quite a few twists and connections that I did not see coming, but it kept you clouded in a mystery of wanting to know more. I also had no idea about the island that also had a camp for Jews. Another place I had no idea about. Thank you to Read Forever Pub for the free novel. Another to add to your WWII list.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Marie

    Thank you @readforeverpub for this gifted copy in exchange for an honest review! 📚💕 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Follow your heart... it means, you don’t get to know how it turns out. But you have to follow where it leads. You have to trust that wherever and to whomever it takes you, is where you’re supposed to go” (pg. 379). What an equally beautiful and heartbreaking book! Joey and Sarah were both strong and well-developed characters. Both of their stories were heartbreaking, yet they both persevered to become str Thank you @readforeverpub for this gifted copy in exchange for an honest review! 📚💕 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Follow your heart... it means, you don’t get to know how it turns out. But you have to follow where it leads. You have to trust that wherever and to whomever it takes you, is where you’re supposed to go” (pg. 379). What an equally beautiful and heartbreaking book! Joey and Sarah were both strong and well-developed characters. Both of their stories were heartbreaking, yet they both persevered to become strong and self-assured women. I loved how Joey’s and Sarah’s journeys were unexpectedly resolved at the end. I was fully captivated by the strong themes of forbidden love, second chances, family secrets, and pressure to keep family traditions. I thoroughly enjoy historical fiction, specifically women in history, and this was a commendable take on the genre. Goldis mentions that the setting of Corfu, a Greek island, is not a place often associated with the Holocaust, which offered a unique storyline. It also isn’t about what the main characters did to help the war efforts (I do really enjoy those stories!), but rather it is about what Sarah didn’t do and how that impacted the rest of her life. Synopsis: It is 1942 on the Greek island of Corfu. Nazi Germany appears to be far away, but they are closer than it seems. Sarah Batis is 16, and she falls in love. However, Sarah’s family could never accept this love because it breaks from their family tradition of marrying in the same religion, Judaism. Sarah has a decision to make, stay with her family or go off with her lover. Over 75 years later, Sarah tells her story and still questions the decision that she made... In 2019, Sarah’s granddaughter, Joey, is getting ready to marry the perfect Jewish man. Days before the wedding, Joey’s first love, Leo, shows up. Leo brings life-altering information with him. Now Joey finds herself having to make difficult decisions: Should she share a devastating family secret? Which man does she really love? Both Sarah and Joey look back on their journeys as young girls, journeys filled with both fond and tragic memories.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    WHEN WE WERE YOUNG is an intriguing women's fiction that takes the reader into three different time periods: 1942, 2004, and 2019. In 1942, we watch Sarah, a young Jewish woman who is falling in love while also being aware of the war. In 2004, we see her granddaughter, a young Joey, falling in love with the boy who vacations next door, Leo - until he suddenly and unexpectedly breaks her heart. In 2019, we see Joey about to wed when Leo reappears with the answers she had always wanted about why t WHEN WE WERE YOUNG is an intriguing women's fiction that takes the reader into three different time periods: 1942, 2004, and 2019. In 1942, we watch Sarah, a young Jewish woman who is falling in love while also being aware of the war. In 2004, we see her granddaughter, a young Joey, falling in love with the boy who vacations next door, Leo - until he suddenly and unexpectedly breaks her heart. In 2019, we see Joey about to wed when Leo reappears with the answers she had always wanted about why their relationship ended. The book definitely has a story that keeps the reader guessing and looking for more. There are ultimately important coincidences in each generation that connect the plot not just through grandmother and granddaughter, but also through Joey's mother/Sarah's daughter, Bea, whose story is told in between the others. I appreciated the historical context and the mystery of the way things were that really kept the pages turning. However, I did not connect with the characters easily, and I had a really hard time understanding the pull between Leo and Joey, especially given the way things happened. I did really enjoy Sarah's story, even though it takes us into a different time, and I would have been interested in more. Overall, I found this to be an intriguing women's fiction read that kept me turning pages to see where it would all go. Would recommend for people who enjoy historical fiction mixed with the present, second chance romance, and family secrets/drama. Please note that I received a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Urban

    When We Were Young by Jaclyn Goldis is a heartbreaking tale that crosses over three generations. Three women have loved and loss during their lifetime. Life brought them choices and they dealt with them the best they could. A grandma who never forgot her first love. He reached out to her after so many years and she just replied back to him. Only she doesn't get the best news. Her daughter never got over her first love either. She wrote him letters only those never got to him and she thought he d When We Were Young by Jaclyn Goldis is a heartbreaking tale that crosses over three generations. Three women have loved and loss during their lifetime. Life brought them choices and they dealt with them the best they could. A grandma who never forgot her first love. He reached out to her after so many years and she just replied back to him. Only she doesn't get the best news. Her daughter never got over her first love either. She wrote him letters only those never got to him and she thought he didn't love her. Later she learns, her love life was manipulated by another man who loves her. Then, there's her daughter, Joey. Joey is the central figure in this story. It's what happens to her that has a rippled effect on her family and love life. Once again, a first love, was ruined in the past but has the chance to be something, if she's willing. All three women's love lives have affected their family unit. A mom who made poor choices, a grandma who felt pain and reacted the best she could, and a granddaughter, is struggling to find exactly what she wants. Hanging by a thread is how these women feel their lives are going...yet they all support each other and try to remain strong. Yet secrets are released, and the truth is blurted out, all hell breaks loose. I loved this addictive book. The characters had a way of keeping me in their story. I was rooting for Joey and Leo the entire time. The ending was so sad... I received this copy from the publisher. This is my voluntary review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kayleigh 2babesandabookshelf

    📚 𝐁𝐎𝐎𝐊 / 𝐑𝐄𝐕𝐈𝐄𝗪 📚⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Title: #WhenWeWereYoung Author: @jaclyngoldis Publisher: @readforeverpub Pub Date: 2/16/21⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ - *OUT NOW*⁣ Type: #PhysicalBook #ARC Genre: #HistoricalFiction⁣ / #WomensFiction Must Read Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ My thoughts: -Get ready to pack your bags because you'll want to transport to Corfu, a tiny Greek island in the Ionian Sea after reading this book! The first thing that caught my eye was the cover (which does a beautiful job of depicting the scenery in this book) and 📚 𝐁𝐎𝐎𝐊 / 𝐑𝐄𝐕𝐈𝐄𝗪 📚⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Title: #WhenWeWereYoung Author: @jaclyngoldis Publisher: @readforeverpub Pub Date: 2/16/21⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ - *OUT NOW*⁣ Type: #PhysicalBook #ARC Genre: #HistoricalFiction⁣ / #WomensFiction Must Read Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ My thoughts: -Get ready to pack your bags because you'll want to transport to Corfu, a tiny Greek island in the Ionian Sea after reading this book! The first thing that caught my eye was the cover (which does a beautiful job of depicting the scenery in this book) and I felt instantly swept away! -This story is told in 3 separate time periods and 2 main storylines (1942, 2004, and 2019 - Joey and Sarah) and definitely has a mix of historical fiction (WW2) and women's fiction. I found myself wanting more of the historical chapters that featured Sarah's story. Perhaps it was the setting or because I am on a historical fiction kick. I felt very drawn to her character and Milos was such mysterious character that I was hoping for a bit more background on these two. My advice is to slow down while reading this one - the hop between time periods was confusing if you weren't paying attention. -Family secrets run STRONG in this book which made for an interesting plot. If you like highly emotional, complex situations fraught with anger, frustration, lies and bad decisions, you will definitely like this story! There is a lot to unpack in this one, but it keeps your attention!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Three generations of women in a family full of secrets Corfu 1942, we find Sarah Batis, a young girl in love with a young fisherman who her family does not approve of. She runs away with him only to hear that her family has been taken by the Nazis. She must now make a decision that will change the course of her life. Corfu 2004, Sarah’s daughter Bea has a happy life, a wonderful husband and two beautiful daughters. Bea has been living with a long-buried secret that may just destroy her family. Flor Three generations of women in a family full of secrets Corfu 1942, we find Sarah Batis, a young girl in love with a young fisherman who her family does not approve of. She runs away with him only to hear that her family has been taken by the Nazis. She must now make a decision that will change the course of her life. Corfu 2004, Sarah’s daughter Bea has a happy life, a wonderful husband and two beautiful daughters. Bea has been living with a long-buried secret that may just destroy her family. Florida 2019, Bea’s daughter Joey is days away from getting married when her first love from her summers in Corfu comes to see her to explain why he left her so many years ago. This secret that he has been carrying could destroy not only Joey’s family but his own. What a brilliant story by Jaclyn Goldis. The character development was fabulous, and I loved how the story would build and then go back in time to fill in the missing moments. It blended so beautifully. It was joyous, heart breaking, and so tender giving the reader a full range of emotions from these women’s stories. I highly recommend this book and would like to thank the author Jaclyn Goldis, Forever ( Grand Central Publishing) and Netgalley for an advanced copy of the book. All opinions expressed for this review are unbiased and entirely my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Janet | purrfectpages

    When We Were Young is the powerful story of three generations of women from different periods. In Nazi driven Corfu of 1942 we meet sixteen-year-old Sarah Batis. Tradition states that Sarah marry a Jewish man. Only Sarah has fallen in love with a fisherman outside her faith, leaving her family to force her to choose. Then a sudden Nazi invasion leaves Sarah’s family in jeopardy. Can they survive imminent danger? Then in Corfu of 2004 we meet Sarah's daughter, Bea who has a happy life with her husb When We Were Young is the powerful story of three generations of women from different periods. In Nazi driven Corfu of 1942 we meet sixteen-year-old Sarah Batis. Tradition states that Sarah marry a Jewish man. Only Sarah has fallen in love with a fisherman outside her faith, leaving her family to force her to choose. Then a sudden Nazi invasion leaves Sarah’s family in jeopardy. Can they survive imminent danger? Then in Corfu of 2004 we meet Sarah's daughter, Bea who has a happy life with her husband and two daughters. First love blossoms between Bea's daughter Joey and a young man named Leo Winn. But is there a threatening secret on the horizon? Finally in Florida, 2019 we once again follow Joey who is days away from marrying the Jewish man her family adores. But then Leo returns. Why did he break up with her all those years ago and what does he want now? When We Were Young is a fictional account of women who struggle with relatable topics such as family, identity, and secrets. Categorizable as historical fiction, this reads more like women’s fiction with historical fiction touches. Some of the characters overlap which makes the timeline jumps easier to navigate. If you enjoy historical fiction stories with a strong emphasis on women’s journeys of self discovery, then this might be a great addition to your TBR!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    As a reader, it remains entirely exciting to crack open an author’s debut book. The thill of reading an author’s first published novel is not only an honor, but a culmination of their dreams finally being released into the world. Yet, when I began my foray into Sarah, Bea and Joey’s world, I found myself blown away. Author Jaclyn Goldis has given readers an absolutely beautiful, heartbreaking and tender love story. Goldis took a winding road to writing. Graduating from law school and becoming a As a reader, it remains entirely exciting to crack open an author’s debut book. The thill of reading an author’s first published novel is not only an honor, but a culmination of their dreams finally being released into the world. Yet, when I began my foray into Sarah, Bea and Joey’s world, I found myself blown away. Author Jaclyn Goldis has given readers an absolutely beautiful, heartbreaking and tender love story. Goldis took a winding road to writing. Graduating from law school and becoming a lawyer for a big city firm, she eventually quit to travel and write. Using her own journey, Goldis has debuted a protagonist, Joey, who has also left law to pursue her art. By winding Joey’s story into that of her grandmother, Sarah, and mother, Bea, readers are introduced to three generations of women’s paths to love. Spanning the beaches of Florida to the beauty and history of Corfu, the lives and love of three strong women are splayed on the pages for readers to soak in. The heartache, struggle and sacrifices of each generation are felt immensely through an assortment of emotions ranging from anger to relief and back again. Readers will be taken by surprise in this debut masterpiece by Jaclyn Goldis. For lovers of historical WWII fiction, to romance readers alike, Goldis delivers. *Disclaimer: a review copy was provided by the publisher; all opinions are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    Thank you to Forever Publishing, the author, and Netgalley for the gifted copy of When We Were Young. All opinions in this review are my own. When We Were Young follows the love stories of Joey and her grandmother, Sarah. Only a few days before her wedding, Joey’s first love, Leo, reappears with a devastating secret. Fifteen years before, Leo broke up with Joey unexpectedly on their vacation in Corfu. Joey never got an explanation why. Joey’s grandmother, Sarah, is facing her own choices she made Thank you to Forever Publishing, the author, and Netgalley for the gifted copy of When We Were Young. All opinions in this review are my own. When We Were Young follows the love stories of Joey and her grandmother, Sarah. Only a few days before her wedding, Joey’s first love, Leo, reappears with a devastating secret. Fifteen years before, Leo broke up with Joey unexpectedly on their vacation in Corfu. Joey never got an explanation why. Joey’s grandmother, Sarah, is facing her own choices she made back in Corfu in 1942. As the Nazis come closer to her home, Sarah falls in love with a Greek boy. Her family forbids it because he is not Jewish, and Sarah must make a choice that will affect the rest of her life. While I liked both Joey’s and Sarah’s storylines, I feel like they could have tied together more. When We Were Young follows Joey’s storyline much more than Sarah’s. I would have loved to read more about Sarah and her relationships, especially with her husband. However, I always enjoy the second chance trope so I liked reading about how Leo came back into Joey’s life, even if it was slightly disastrous! I recommend When We Were Young if you like second chance love stories and multiple romance storylines in one book!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Reese

    I really wanted to like this, and I am glad that I stuck with it even through the parts that made me feel like not finishing or that I ended up skimming/speed reading through. First, the good: this historical fiction sections were captivating and heartbreaking, and definitely the best part of this book. The description of setting in both South Florida and Corfu was also great, and the family drama and wanting to find out what's been going on was enough to keep me intrigued. The not so good: the I really wanted to like this, and I am glad that I stuck with it even through the parts that made me feel like not finishing or that I ended up skimming/speed reading through. First, the good: this historical fiction sections were captivating and heartbreaking, and definitely the best part of this book. The description of setting in both South Florida and Corfu was also great, and the family drama and wanting to find out what's been going on was enough to keep me intrigued. The not so good: the modern story line was a little challenging to connect with. The characters all felt pretty one dimensional, shallow, and kind of terrible, the love triangles were a little insufferable, and the dialogue as well as the internal monologues were not always very well written or true to how people actually talk and interact. Overall, 3 stars (rounded up) because despite some big issues, there were also parts of this that were really good and parts that did make feel real emotions, and as it it the author's debut novel I think some of these issues make sense and there is a lot of potential for future books. I am glad I found this while browsing my library's new releases online and not just sticking with the best sellers or most anticipated releases.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Thanks to Forever and Netgalley for an advanced copy of When We Were Young by Jaclyn Goldis. With a synopsis of "three generations of women come together in this page-turning debut full of family secrets, heart-wrenching drama, and the promise of second chances" I was drawn into reading this novel told from the viewpoints of a grandmother, mother and daughter. While there is some historical fiction with the grandmother's story taking place on the Greek Island of Corfu in 1942, I really would say Thanks to Forever and Netgalley for an advanced copy of When We Were Young by Jaclyn Goldis. With a synopsis of "three generations of women come together in this page-turning debut full of family secrets, heart-wrenching drama, and the promise of second chances" I was drawn into reading this novel told from the viewpoints of a grandmother, mother and daughter. While there is some historical fiction with the grandmother's story taking place on the Greek Island of Corfu in 1942, I really would say this is more women's fiction. The week before her wedding Joey's ex-boyfriend from 15 years ago pops up in her life and sets off decades of family secrets that come out, what impact will these have on her and her family? I really enjoyed the writing and descriptions of Corfu from 1942 and 2004. The characters were all well written and while I didn't love all of their decisions and some were a litle selfish. But I loved the historical notes about Corfu and World War II at the end. Parts of this were heartbreaking and you could see why the Grandmother made some of her decisions later on.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cortney Walton

    “Rise and shine, my sweet girl. You have the rest of your life to live....And what a life it’s going to be.” “She looked at their hands woven together. If hands could be a home she knew that hers was here.” “He had his love with you, and that was enough for a lifetime.” I fell in love with this story or rather stories as it tells the journey between three women. Each woman so unique and strong. My heart broke for them, but oh, how they picked up their broken pieces. Each journey was beautiful as th “Rise and shine, my sweet girl. You have the rest of your life to live....And what a life it’s going to be.” “She looked at their hands woven together. If hands could be a home she knew that hers was here.” “He had his love with you, and that was enough for a lifetime.” I fell in love with this story or rather stories as it tells the journey between three women. Each woman so unique and strong. My heart broke for them, but oh, how they picked up their broken pieces. Each journey was beautiful as they picked up those broken pieces to make their life their own. I learned so much about Corfu and how Jews were treated so horribly.. Oh, my heart broke for Sarah and every single person who experienced the cruelty and hardship. This book is going down as one my favorites this year. I have so many feelings but I don’t think my words give it justice. Just go pick it up. You won’t regret it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Delaney mybooksandkidsbooks

    When We Were Young by Jaclyn Goldis Corfu is one of my very favourite places on Earth (so far). I have never seen such gorgeous beaches, shockingly blue water or amazing city views. What I wouldn’t give to be at a beach in Corfu right now! This story takes place in Corfu and Florida, through the eyes of 2 women generations apart. This story has amazing historical fiction elements as well as romance and family drama. I did find the various timelines a bit confusing. There were 3 timelines happening When We Were Young by Jaclyn Goldis Corfu is one of my very favourite places on Earth (so far). I have never seen such gorgeous beaches, shockingly blue water or amazing city views. What I wouldn’t give to be at a beach in Corfu right now! This story takes place in Corfu and Florida, through the eyes of 2 women generations apart. This story has amazing historical fiction elements as well as romance and family drama. I did find the various timelines a bit confusing. There were 3 timelines happening with a bunch of memories thrown in to each one. And it also seemed a bit long and then ended abruptly in my opinion. But I still loved the characters and the setting! Bonus points for the main character being named Joey, it gave me huge Dawson’s Creek flashbacks. Thank you to @readforeverpub for my gifted copy!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Vernon Luckert

    Review is of a free copy. I am a big fan of historical fiction; but found this novel to be heavy on the fiction side and somewhat light on history. More of an intergenerational family relations novel interwoven with some bits of a historical backdrop. I know that everyone makes mistakes; but nearly all of the major characters of this story seem to be pretty self-centered selfish people. I particularly did not care at all for Bea. Her statement that, "Maybe sometimes you have to risk hurting peop Review is of a free copy. I am a big fan of historical fiction; but found this novel to be heavy on the fiction side and somewhat light on history. More of an intergenerational family relations novel interwoven with some bits of a historical backdrop. I know that everyone makes mistakes; but nearly all of the major characters of this story seem to be pretty self-centered selfish people. I particularly did not care at all for Bea. Her statement that, "Maybe sometimes you have to risk hurting people you love in order to be happy.", reflects considerable immaturity and selfishness. The only person I really felt sorry for was Grant. But while he was intentionally hurt by Joey; in the long run he was likely better off not being associated with this dis-functional family. This author has talent, but there are just too many unlikable characters in this novel.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    What an incredible debut from this author. I look forward to what comes next from her. This is a historical novel that goes back to Corfu, Greece in 1942 to contemporary times in Florida. Three strong women who love each other, but also have secrets that have brought them to where they are, but could also alert the fabric of their relationships and lives forever. We travel through time to understand what brought them to where they are. I loved the relationship between Sarah and Joey. There is no What an incredible debut from this author. I look forward to what comes next from her. This is a historical novel that goes back to Corfu, Greece in 1942 to contemporary times in Florida. Three strong women who love each other, but also have secrets that have brought them to where they are, but could also alert the fabric of their relationships and lives forever. We travel through time to understand what brought them to where they are. I loved the relationship between Sarah and Joey. There is nothing sweeter and more loving that that of a grandparent. Lots of emotion, twists and turns along the way. A truly wonderful read. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley.com in exchange for a fair and honest review. Thanks to Netgalley and Forever Publishing for the opportunity.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline Bouchard

    Joey's problems are very 2019: Her jeans are outdated, her younger sister is more popular than she is, and she might be marrying the wrong man. But it is her grandmother Sarah's perspective that shows Joey it is a wonderful thing to be surrounded by so much life and love. Sarah's own childhood was as joyful as Joey's until it was torn asunder by a world at war. The life she created afterward was a fierce refusal to succumb to despair. And as Sarah's past comes full circle, she will help Joey fin Joey's problems are very 2019: Her jeans are outdated, her younger sister is more popular than she is, and she might be marrying the wrong man. But it is her grandmother Sarah's perspective that shows Joey it is a wonderful thing to be surrounded by so much life and love. Sarah's own childhood was as joyful as Joey's until it was torn asunder by a world at war. The life she created afterward was a fierce refusal to succumb to despair. And as Sarah's past comes full circle, she will help Joey find a way to love. In a novel that juxtaposes one character's definition of stamina as waiting 4 years for an item on back order while another character has been forced to find the strength to endure the most horrific of wartime tragedies, When We Were Young is a relishing read from start to finish, that rarest of works which is both revelatory historical fiction and a charming beach read, a novel that reminds us that what truly endures is love.

  30. 5 out of 5

    momruncraft

    “Love doesn’t die...love doesn’t even need to be reciprocated. Love just is. It doesn’t get to make a choice.” Three generations of women face the impossible choice of following their hearts or dealing with repercussions that could cost them greatly. Ultimately, they find it easier to betray their hearts and make choices that appease all those around them. As Joey prepares to marry Grant, her mother and grandmother learn life altering secrets that could forever alter the course of Joey’s life? Wi “Love doesn’t die...love doesn’t even need to be reciprocated. Love just is. It doesn’t get to make a choice.” Three generations of women face the impossible choice of following their hearts or dealing with repercussions that could cost them greatly. Ultimately, they find it easier to betray their hearts and make choices that appease all those around them. As Joey prepares to marry Grant, her mother and grandmother learn life altering secrets that could forever alter the course of Joey’s life? Will she break tradition and follow her heart or will she do what she thinks is the right thing even if it hurts?

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