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The past will always be between them   He swore he'd never return home. Then a flat tire lands Dean Presley back in Grass Lake, Tennessee, and he's forced to confront the woman he left behind. Faith Stratton was once the love of his life. Now her gifted brother could be the rising Nashville star Dean needs for his struggling music label. But it means taking Sawyer away The past will always be between them   He swore he'd never return home. Then a flat tire lands Dean Presley back in Grass Lake, Tennessee, and he's forced to confront the woman he left behind. Faith Stratton was once the love of his life. Now her gifted brother could be the rising Nashville star Dean needs for his struggling music label. But it means taking Sawyer away from the horse therapy farm that Faith's so proud of. That won't be easy, especially since those old feelings that started all the trouble… Well, let's just say he can't go back there, because he doesn't want to relive the memories of the terrible accident that drove them apart.


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The past will always be between them   He swore he'd never return home. Then a flat tire lands Dean Presley back in Grass Lake, Tennessee, and he's forced to confront the woman he left behind. Faith Stratton was once the love of his life. Now her gifted brother could be the rising Nashville star Dean needs for his struggling music label. But it means taking Sawyer away The past will always be between them   He swore he'd never return home. Then a flat tire lands Dean Presley back in Grass Lake, Tennessee, and he's forced to confront the woman he left behind. Faith Stratton was once the love of his life. Now her gifted brother could be the rising Nashville star Dean needs for his struggling music label. But it means taking Sawyer away from the horse therapy farm that Faith's so proud of. That won't be easy, especially since those old feelings that started all the trouble… Well, let's just say he can't go back there, because he doesn't want to relive the memories of the terrible accident that drove them apart.

30 review for The Girl He Used to Love

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    What a delightful book! Sassy and sweet. Great characters. Tender emotions. Engaging story. The Girl He Used to Love by Amy Vastine has it all! Faith and Dean have fantastic chemistry together, and they also have a lot of baggage between them. Namely, young love that ended twelve years ago with the tragic death of Faith’s best friend, Dean’s sister Addison. Grief and guilt and regret from the past swirl around their present and provide the setup to some very well-written and poignant moments. The What a delightful book! Sassy and sweet. Great characters. Tender emotions. Engaging story. The Girl He Used to Love by Amy Vastine has it all! Faith and Dean have fantastic chemistry together, and they also have a lot of baggage between them. Namely, young love that ended twelve years ago with the tragic death of Faith’s best friend, Dean’s sister Addison. Grief and guilt and regret from the past swirl around their present and provide the setup to some very well-written and poignant moments. The scenes at the cemetery – all of them – were among my favorites for their authenticity and range of emotions. But it isn’t all angst and tenderness between Faith & Dean. There’s also a lot of truly fun banter and delicious romantic tension. The impromptu dance scene is one of my favorites – as is the mud experience. These two will put a grin on your face – guaranteed. They will also steal your heart. And ultimately, the message in The Girl He Used to Love is perhaps the most important element. Especially the examination of how grief and deep-seated guilt can take their toll on every part of our lives – relational, professional, personal – and how forgiveness of ourselves is the first step toward heart-healing. Bottom Line: Many emotions gallop through The Girl He Used to Love – grief, anxiety, guilt, regret, love, joy. Amy Vastine has crafted a story rich in tender moments and compelling characters. Wry humor and southern sass keep the book light in spite of its deep emotions, and the romance is deliciously done. Family and friendships play as important a role in the story as Faith & Dean’s relationship, creating a well-rounded novel that’s a perfect choice to read on your summer vacation! And the setting is truly lovely – the Tennessee hills feel like home to me anyway so I immediately moved in to Grass Lake with my whole heart. I’m looking forward to more in this series and from this author! Read my full review at Reading Is My SuperPower

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Norato

    The Girl He Used To Love is a tender-hearted, emotional and rewarding romance of fate stepping in to give two wounded people who were always meant to be together another chance at love. It’s a lesson about grief and not taking your loved ones for granted. And ultimately, at its heart, this is story of a couple finding the courage to forgive and let go so they can move forward with their lives. Twelve years ago, Dean made a decision to leave Grass Lake for good in the aftershock of his sister’s de The Girl He Used To Love is a tender-hearted, emotional and rewarding romance of fate stepping in to give two wounded people who were always meant to be together another chance at love. It’s a lesson about grief and not taking your loved ones for granted. And ultimately, at its heart, this is story of a couple finding the courage to forgive and let go so they can move forward with their lives. Twelve years ago, Dean made a decision to leave Grass Lake for good in the aftershock of his sister’s death. In a moment of intense grief, he also forsakes a young, budding romance with Faith, his sister’s best friend. Dean and Faith have since lived in different worlds - he as a part of Nashville’s exciting music scene and she back in Grass Lake running a horse therapy farm - until a flat tire on a stormy night brings Dean home again. There’s a lot to recommend this wonderful romance. The characters are heartfelt and well-developed--two likeable people you can’t help but root for to find their happiness. Plenty of emotion is at play, with Faith also mourning the recent death of her father, and Dean’s and Faith’s struggles to keep their businesses and dreams alive. I also enjoyed the flashbacks of the couple as teenagers, exploring their tender feelings, and the small town setting of Tennessee horse country. The ending was a rewarding, lovely surprise.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    Happy release day to The Girl He Used to Love! I'm super excited about this new book from Amy Vastine. She's one of my favorite Harlequin Heartwarming authors and I do believe this is the first of a new series by her. This is a second chance at first love kind of book. Dean and Faith reconnect after years of separation. They parted heartbroken over an accident and the loss of a loved one. Blame and pride make their re-connection a difficult one but an oh, so good one. I really did love the charact Happy release day to The Girl He Used to Love! I'm super excited about this new book from Amy Vastine. She's one of my favorite Harlequin Heartwarming authors and I do believe this is the first of a new series by her. This is a second chance at first love kind of book. Dean and Faith reconnect after years of separation. They parted heartbroken over an accident and the loss of a loved one. Blame and pride make their re-connection a difficult one but an oh, so good one. I really did love the characters in this book as well as all the secondary characters. There was something real and tangible about the relationships and the struggles faced. I was in it from beginning to end. Sawyer (Faith's brother) sort of stole a bit of the show for me and I am really hoping the next book in this series is all about him! Content: Clean I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    One death rocked the whole town leaving two people broken hearted, lost and lonely as they go down different paths trying to deal with the tragic of not only losing the person they love but each other. I know we all have done things we wish we could change if only there was a re-do button to turn back time where we could take something back we said or do things differently. Both Dean and Faith wish they had this button not only to take back things they said but to take back the secret they hid t One death rocked the whole town leaving two people broken hearted, lost and lonely as they go down different paths trying to deal with the tragic of not only losing the person they love but each other. I know we all have done things we wish we could change if only there was a re-do button to turn back time where we could take something back we said or do things differently. Both Dean and Faith wish they had this button not only to take back things they said but to take back the secret they hid that changed their life forever. Guilt is a powerful thing that if you let it, it will run your life taking all the pleasure you have giving you nothing but pain. Dean and Faith both hold the guilt of one night that ended their love for each other neither forgiving nor forgetting their selves and each other. Dean is a wonderful, caring man he makes a wonderful character. You heart goes out to him as he faces his past bring back memories he would rather forget. He carries the weight of the world on his shoulders, works to hard making dreams come true for so many why he outruns his past. They say you can never go home for Dean this is true he hasn’t been home since the accident that changed his life. He should have known better than to take the back road near his home town he just was in a hurry to get back to Nashville. With a flat tire and one heck of a rain storm he walks back to the town he left behind so many years ago. As he walks into the Sundown Bar and Grill who does he see but the one women he could never forget and the one who tore his world apart. Faith is a sweetheart of a lady who is so giving she has her own demons she is dealing with. The guilt has eaten her alive so she works herself to an early grave trying to help everyone giving back to hopefully help to make a wrong a right. Why Dean has run away she has stayed and faced the demons every day for the last 5 years. Every Sunday she goes to the grave, sets flowers on it and has a talk with the one person she hurt the most. With Dean’s return it sets her world in a spin. She has lost so many people in the last few years now it looks like she will be losing her brother as well. Why do all those she loves leave her? This was a very well written powerful story of two people losing so much and getting a second chance. There are so much hurt, pain, and sorrow that have taken so much from these two families. The author gives you a very believable story that could have happen to so many people. It is a very touching read that gets you right in your heart making you wish you could jump right into the pages grabbing each one and holding them why taking away their pain. She gives you wonderful characters you can relate to as she spins a tale of second chances, forgiveness, love, hurt as they learn it is ok to love and be happy. One may never forget but it is ok to laugh, remember the good times, and move on to find happiness that one deserves. But most of all one has to forgive their selves for things they feel they have done wrong. I really loved Dean and Faith’s story. It was a story that made you take a long hard look at one’s life. I promised myself years ago to never say anything wrong or hateful before you walk away you never know when it will be the last time and the last word you will ever say to the person you love. This was a story where the author hooked me from the first page giving me a read I could not put down. One I read at one setting. I had to know the secret but it seems there is more than one which will give these characters a shock of their lives. The author gives you a few twists that make this a very interesting and entertaining read before you know it you are so invested in these characters. I look forward to reading more from this author. I have really enjoyed her writing style and her plot.

  5. 4 out of 5

    J.R.

    Whew. Okay. First of all, Ms. Vastine, the way you began and ended this book. Perfection. When I started tearing up on page 19 of this one, I knew I was in trouble. The emotions Amy has weaved into this story of second chances and new beginnings, I am in awe of her talents. And the threads to the stories going on in here... I need a breather but I'm not taking one. I want to get out all my love for everyone in Grass Lakes. And the pain I felt for their losses throughout the story. Dean is a well wri Whew. Okay. First of all, Ms. Vastine, the way you began and ended this book. Perfection. When I started tearing up on page 19 of this one, I knew I was in trouble. The emotions Amy has weaved into this story of second chances and new beginnings, I am in awe of her talents. And the threads to the stories going on in here... I need a breather but I'm not taking one. I want to get out all my love for everyone in Grass Lakes. And the pain I felt for their losses throughout the story. Dean is a well written, perfectly executed main character who, yes, was a bit of an ass in his younger days to the girl he used to love, but he more than made up for it when he was forced back into her world, 12 years later. And Faith. Good god, I just want to take her in my arms and hug the living daylights out of her. I was so second hand proud of her growth throughout this book. There's so much to say about these two and yet I can't say much because ... spoilers. :) But I will say this: Take your heart on an emotional roller coaster. Visit Grass Lake. Watch two tortured souls who blame themselves for the devastation that hit them both like a wall of bricks when they were young. Watch them heal and fall in love (again) and you will be glad you did it. I'm in such a happy haze right now. Thank you for continuing to give me stories that make my heart full and ache at the same time, Ms. Vastine. Looking forward to the next story you bring us.

  6. 5 out of 5

    JoAnne

    My review originally posted on Romancing-the-Book.com is below: The Girl He Used to Love is truly a heartwarming story that has the past along with loves lost, heartache, blame and forgiveness, front and center. Faith and her brother Sawyer are struggling to keep their family's horse farm and equine therapy center, Helping Hooves, viable after their father's unexpected death six months ago. Faith does it all except for the maintenance on the place which is Sawyer's area. Sawyer also helps with th My review originally posted on Romancing-the-Book.com is below: The Girl He Used to Love is truly a heartwarming story that has the past along with loves lost, heartache, blame and forgiveness, front and center. Faith and her brother Sawyer are struggling to keep their family's horse farm and equine therapy center, Helping Hooves, viable after their father's unexpected death six months ago. Faith does it all except for the maintenance on the place which is Sawyer's area. Sawyer also helps with the horses and the therapy but his real love is music which seems to be only a hobby until an old friend of the family Dean who is a record producer in Nashville, gets stuck in town and gets Sawyer thinking and his hopes up. This doesn't sit well with Faith because she needs Sawyer's help at Helping Hooves and doesn't want him to leave. It also is an issue since she and Dean have a rocky history and haven't seen each other in twelve years when some ugly things were said by Dean after the death of his sister who was also Faith's best friend. The chemistry is still there but they're still too raw to deal with the attraction. Faith also has her hands in many pots in town since she has a hard time saying no to anyone. As they get to know each other again they both begin to put some of their demons to rest especially after they find out new information regarding Addison and the night she died. It also helps that they are having actual conversations and are able to reminisce and talk about their memories. Some of this is a result of conversations Dean has with his parents that he never had before. Dean and Faith spend some time together and discuss their long ago romance and what they're each up to now. When Sawyer comes to his sister's defense and speaks his mind to Dean some of his thinking starts to change. Watching the roller coaster ride they are all on was heartbreaking but as they work through things their lives start to settle down or do they? The characters were multifaceted and had many layers to them and there was a nice flow to the story intertwining the past with the present. My emotions were engaged throughout and I could feel the hurt, anger and loss along with some of the darkness that is carried by all of them. There are family and friends, business problems, heartaches, blame, nightmares, small town neighborliness, secrets, anger, fear, tears, deaths, horses, clients receiving equine therapy, the music industry, forgiveness, dreams, reminisces, loss, denial, romance and love. There is a happily ever after that I didn't see coming on several fronts. There is wonderful closure with hints of what's to come in future books in the series. I for one can't wait for the next book in the series. Vastine is a new to me author and I will be putting her other books on my always growing TBR pile. I will be also adding other Harlequin Heartwarming books to that pile since the books are a feel good read even when there is heartache and trials and tribulations throughout. Favorite Quote: Dean threw his hands up. "Of all the things I've ever said to you, that's what you're going to hag your hat on? Something I said in the middle of an anxiety attack?"

  7. 4 out of 5

    Books and Spoons

    Everyone processes grief in a different way. Faith has lost so much in her young life and is just trying to hold it all together, to survive until next day, clinging on to those dear to her heart and still there for her. She wants to keep everyone happy so that no one else would end up in an accident, and leave too early while angry with her. Dean escaped his grief, sorrow, and loss, and swore he would never return. Life happens, and he suddenly has to not only face Faith again, but his own resp Everyone processes grief in a different way. Faith has lost so much in her young life and is just trying to hold it all together, to survive until next day, clinging on to those dear to her heart and still there for her. She wants to keep everyone happy so that no one else would end up in an accident, and leave too early while angry with her. Dean escaped his grief, sorrow, and loss, and swore he would never return. Life happens, and he suddenly has to not only face Faith again, but his own responsibility with the events in the past, his grief, and his parents. The story focus on the process both Faith and Dean go through, to cope with the past, and to get a handle on the grief still inside and burning from years of guilty feelings and remorse. I had a hard time with Faith, I'll admit that. The codependency she had developed to her brother, her trying to manipulate, influence, and shape her brother's life, the selfish attitude about him succeeding on his own, and 'leaving her behind' all went a little far. I understand she had had tremendous losses in her life, still vulnerable after her father's passing, but to go behind her brother's back, nope. I think she went way too far with her acting up, and I was frustrated with her for the second half of the story. The lack of communication, not sharing some important information with the rest of the family, that would have saved all the characters involved years of pain and sorrow, was another point of chagrin for me. If everything was solved with one conversation, why wasn't that conversation had years ago?! Obviously, I truly got into the tale and got emotionally involved, since the story managed to get such a reaction from me. I like how the ending shaped and the platformed it made for the future series. The journey Dean and Faith had to take to get there wasn't without growing pains and soreness. They both went through a transformation, and through that, they were able to find new chances and a new direction in their lives. A little bit like a phoenix rises from the ashes, they were able to make something beautiful, lasting, and successful out of the turmoil they both had previously been. ~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side

  8. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Guy

    First of all I have to say that the title of this book brings to mind a song that Barbra Streisand did many years back, called Someone I Used To Love. In fact the song stayed in my mind even though it had nothing to do with the plot of this story. I haven't read a "real" harlequin romance in ages. In fact most of the romances I've read have fallen kind of flat with me, even though I've enjoyed them. This story was sweet and perfect. It is a story of second chances and new beginnings. Faith and Dea First of all I have to say that the title of this book brings to mind a song that Barbra Streisand did many years back, called Someone I Used To Love. In fact the song stayed in my mind even though it had nothing to do with the plot of this story. I haven't read a "real" harlequin romance in ages. In fact most of the romances I've read have fallen kind of flat with me, even though I've enjoyed them. This story was sweet and perfect. It is a story of second chances and new beginnings. Faith and Dean are two people that had a chance together in their teen years, but an accident that rocks their worlds and changes their lives forever. When Dean gets stranded near his old hometown he hear's Faith's brother sing. He wants to take him back to Nashville and make him a star. That's a whole different aspect to the story one that could pull him out of the family business that Faith is desperately trying to make succeed. I love the intricacies of the relationships in this story be it Faith and Dean, Faith and Sawyer, Sawyer and Dean and the backstory with Dean's sister Addison. There's so much heartbreak there involving the accident that took Addison's life and old hurts that didn't get closure when they should have. Faith is a strong heroine but one that is riddled with guilt for something that she felt responsible for in the past, much the same as Dean. I liked that she stood up for herself at the end of the story, but I didn't like her selfishness with her brother. This book was filled with emotion on all ends, especially the scene with the horse, Duchess. If you read that and you don't cry, you might not have a heart. This was a beautifully written novel with characters that you really come to love and who you are cheering on because you want them to have their happily ever after.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amanda R

    Thanks to Harlequin and NetGalley for the book in exchange for a honest review. The last person Faith ever expected to see walk in was Dean Presley. He left and swore to never come back and he left angry at her. He blamed her for things that she had no control over but she did accept responsibility. The event in their lives that caused all of that anger and sadness shaped Faith's life, shes a people pleaser and doesn't want people upset. She will put herself out to make sure that something reque Thanks to Harlequin and NetGalley for the book in exchange for a honest review. The last person Faith ever expected to see walk in was Dean Presley. He left and swore to never come back and he left angry at her. He blamed her for things that she had no control over but she did accept responsibility. The event in their lives that caused all of that anger and sadness shaped Faith's life, shes a people pleaser and doesn't want people upset. She will put herself out to make sure that something requested gets done. She also has issues with people leaving her, whether it be from death or just leaving in general. The death of his sister was all Faith's fault. She told her about their secret romance and his sister didn't take it well, and acted out and didn't come home from the party. He left home and never wanted to come back. His parents could visit him in Nashville. When his car breaks down right outside of town and he has no other choice he goes and of course one of the first people he sees is Faith. He avoids his family home because he is running from the past. What he's faced with is that sometimes when you look back you see that things aren't as clear as you thought they were in the moment. That blaming Faith was preemptive. I have read everything this author has written and I'll continue to do so. She writes with heart and I really enjoy the way she tells a story. I also look forward to seeing what else comes from this series! I wonder who's story we'll hear next! Let me know what you think of this book!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dale Rogers

    Basically everyone can identify with the beginning of Amy Vastine's novel, The Girl He Used to Know. Stranded on a country road in Tennessee, Dean Presley trudges through the rain to Sundown Bar and Grill in Grass Lake. He just wants to call his business partner to come take him to Nashville, but he ends up in a whirlwind adventure that will change his life. For one thing, it's not just some random town he wanders into--it's his hometown. But since he hasn't been there in twelve years, he feels l Basically everyone can identify with the beginning of Amy Vastine's novel, The Girl He Used to Know. Stranded on a country road in Tennessee, Dean Presley trudges through the rain to Sundown Bar and Grill in Grass Lake. He just wants to call his business partner to come take him to Nashville, but he ends up in a whirlwind adventure that will change his life. For one thing, it's not just some random town he wanders into--it's his hometown. But since he hasn't been there in twelve years, he feels like a stranger. Even his former sweetheart, Faith Stratton, seems uneasy when she recognizes him--especially considering the way they left things more than a decade ago. But as awkward as the situation is, Dean feels as if he's hit the jackpot when Faith's brother, Sawyer, gets on the stage and sings. He's just what Dean has been looking for. As someone in the music business, Dean wants to make Sawyer a star. It seems simple enough to Dean, but the situation is complicated--especially since Faith depends on her brother to help with the horse farm their father left them. And in addition to that, Faith and Dean blame themselves, and perhaps each other, for the death of Dean's sister, Addison. Ms. Vastine pulls the reader into the story right away, evoking questions concerning Addison. Will Dean and Faith be able to push the past back where it belongs and recapture what they once had? Perhaps a secret they know nothing about will make a difference.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    Also posted on From the TBR Pile The Girl He Used to Love is another offering this summer from Harlequin's Heartwarming collection. It's the first in a new series by this author. Dean is back in his hometown by what he would describe as bad luck. He vowed never to come back after the tragic death of his sister. He left behind everyone he loved, including Faith. For Faith, everyone seems to always leave her. When Dean wants to make her brother Sawyer a star, she struggles with letting go of yet an Also posted on From the TBR Pile The Girl He Used to Love is another offering this summer from Harlequin's Heartwarming collection. It's the first in a new series by this author. Dean is back in his hometown by what he would describe as bad luck. He vowed never to come back after the tragic death of his sister. He left behind everyone he loved, including Faith. For Faith, everyone seems to always leave her. When Dean wants to make her brother Sawyer a star, she struggles with letting go of yet another loved one. While I thought the beginning was a little slow, I ended up enjoying Faith and Dean's story. It's not just another second chance story. It's about learning that home is the place you need to go when it's time to heal. Sometimes the place you want to be the least is the place you need to be the most. It was gut wrenching at times, but I enjoyed watching Dean and Faith move beyond past hurts. I loved the ending. The solution that Dean came up with in the end was absolutely perfect! I definitely want to read the next book, Catch a Fallen Star when is comes out in December! I would definitely recommend this sweet, clean second chance romance. It's a great summertime escape!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Brooks

    4 1/2 STARS! In this first book of a new series "Grace Note Records", Amy Vastine introduces us to the town of Grass Lake, Tennessee. She weaves the townsfolk, culture and traditions into a cozy place that calls to us to grab a rocking chair on the front porch and settle in to enjoy! I really liked Dean and Faith's story and look forward to reading this series again. Dean Presley never intended to return home to Grass Lake, TN. The fear of all the memories living there kept him away for years. It' 4 1/2 STARS! In this first book of a new series "Grace Note Records", Amy Vastine introduces us to the town of Grass Lake, Tennessee. She weaves the townsfolk, culture and traditions into a cozy place that calls to us to grab a rocking chair on the front porch and settle in to enjoy! I really liked Dean and Faith's story and look forward to reading this series again. Dean Presley never intended to return home to Grass Lake, TN. The fear of all the memories living there kept him away for years. It's only the bad luck of traffic leading him off the main highway on his way back to Nashville, combined with a flat tire that has him walking into the local bar & grill looking for help. Faith Stratton never thought she'd see that face again. It's been years since Dean walked out on their young love and left her behind. The shock of seeing him again brings back a flood of memories. Dean is stuck in town for awhile and forced to address the past with Faith. They eventually find some peace, but future trouble brews on the horizon. Dean needs to sign her talented brother to his floundering record label, or he will probably go under ... but at the same time, Faith needs Sawyer to continue helping her run their horse therapy farm. Can they find their way to a happy ending?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    Welcome to Grass Lakes, Tennessee and to the first book in the series "Grace Note Records". (I am looking forward to this series) This is a rewarding novel of truth, forgiveness and love. I must confess that the first half of the book is a moseying pace for the reader. Perhaps the author did that on purpose to set up this small town life. The stage certainly had to be set for some of the background. Regardless of the reason, it is so worth the reader's time to absorb the beginning to receive the Welcome to Grass Lakes, Tennessee and to the first book in the series "Grace Note Records". (I am looking forward to this series) This is a rewarding novel of truth, forgiveness and love. I must confess that the first half of the book is a moseying pace for the reader. Perhaps the author did that on purpose to set up this small town life. The stage certainly had to be set for some of the background. Regardless of the reason, it is so worth the reader's time to absorb the beginning to receive the rich reward the second half of the book was. Let's just say that it's a good thing I have a summer cold and had a box of tissues already near by. Dean and Faith have a shared past love and a common sorrow. It created a believable depth in the story. I liked both of their characters. Honestly I liked all the characters in this novel. I also enjoyed that although it was a sweet romance, I was reminded of some great lessons life has for us. Rating: 4.5 Content: clean, kissing Source: Netgalley

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kate Vale

    The first of a new series, Grace Note Records, features music producer, Dean Presley and Faith Stratton. They'd known each other in high school and been seeing each other privately when Dean's sister was killed in an accident Faith is certain was her fault. Dean, too, thinks it's his fault, and both harbor guilt that prevents them from moving forward in numerous ways. But what serves as a current barrier is Faith's dependence on her younger brother to keep their horse therapy business from going The first of a new series, Grace Note Records, features music producer, Dean Presley and Faith Stratton. They'd known each other in high school and been seeing each other privately when Dean's sister was killed in an accident Faith is certain was her fault. Dean, too, thinks it's his fault, and both harbor guilt that prevents them from moving forward in numerous ways. But what serves as a current barrier is Faith's dependence on her younger brother to keep their horse therapy business from going under and Dean's recognition that Sawyer could be the next big country star. What does Sawyer want? No one really has asked him, nor has he said. And what will happen if Dean convinces Sawyer to come to Nashville? He doesn't want to hurt Faith, but his business needs Sawyer. What to do? Read and find out.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Lanigan

    When Dean Presley's car breaks down outside Grass Lake and he must return to his hometown he left many years ago, I was hooked. I'm a real, true blue fan of reunion romances. The one that got away or the one you always wonder, "what if" I'd said something. What if, I'd told him the truth? Well, that's what Amy Vastine accomplishes in spades with this one. I had tears streaming down my cheeks at one point, but I won't tell you where. The chemistry, the yearning between Dean and Faith broke my hea When Dean Presley's car breaks down outside Grass Lake and he must return to his hometown he left many years ago, I was hooked. I'm a real, true blue fan of reunion romances. The one that got away or the one you always wonder, "what if" I'd said something. What if, I'd told him the truth? Well, that's what Amy Vastine accomplishes in spades with this one. I had tears streaming down my cheeks at one point, but I won't tell you where. The chemistry, the yearning between Dean and Faith broke my heart. Five stars all the way and I'll keep polishing them for this --"can't put it down" romance that kept me up most of the night.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Linda Dunn chilson

    What A Beautiful Story I loved every second of this book, I stayed up until 3:30 am reading it it was that good. If you like books that touch your emotions this is the book for you, I know it was for me. Drew and Faith had so much good and painful memories it touched deep into my heart. Misunderstandings and lies played a big part in their history, one lie I never saw coming. The secondary characters were a big part in this book too, which I really enjoy, it makes for more of a story than just th What A Beautiful Story I loved every second of this book, I stayed up until 3:30 am reading it it was that good. If you like books that touch your emotions this is the book for you, I know it was for me. Drew and Faith had so much good and painful memories it touched deep into my heart. Misunderstandings and lies played a big part in their history, one lie I never saw coming. The secondary characters were a big part in this book too, which I really enjoy, it makes for more of a story than just the romance. Yes I would recommend it to anyone and would love to give it 10 stars instead if just 5.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brooke (i blog 4 books)

    Great story. I wasn't sure where the story was going at first, but once I got to know Dean and Faith a little more, I really liked them. The back and forth nature of this story held my interest and made me really curious as to how things would turn out. The past coming into the present was also a nice aspect to the book. Overall, a great read. (Note: This is a clean romance.) I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. Great story. I wasn't sure where the story was going at first, but once I got to know Dean and Faith a little more, I really liked them. The back and forth nature of this story held my interest and made me really curious as to how things would turn out. The past coming into the present was also a nice aspect to the book. Overall, a great read. (Note: This is a clean romance.) I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Harlequin Books

    received 4 stars @ RT Book Reviews Miniseries: Grace Note Records received 4 stars @ RT Book Reviews Miniseries: Grace Note Records

  19. 5 out of 5

    Romancing the Book

    Reviewed by JoAnne Book provided by NetGalley The Girl He Used to Love is truly a heartwarming story that has the past along with loves lost, heartache, blame and forgiveness, front and center.  Faith and her brother Sawyer are struggling to keep their family's horse farm and equine therapy center, Helping Hooves, viable after their father's unexpected death six months ago.  Faith does it all except for the maintenance on the place which is Sawyer's area.  Sawyer also helps with the horses and Reviewed by JoAnne Book provided by NetGalley The Girl He Used to Love is truly a heartwarming story that has the past along with loves lost, heartache, blame and forgiveness, front and center.  Faith and her brother Sawyer are struggling to keep their family's horse farm and equine therapy center, Helping Hooves, viable after their father's unexpected death six months ago.  Faith does it all except for the maintenance on the place which is Sawyer's area.  Sawyer also helps with the horses and the therapy but his real love is music which seems to be only a hobby until an old friend of the family Dean who is a record producer in Nashville, gets stuck in town and gets Sawyer thinking and his hopes up.  This doesn't sit well with Faith because she needs Sawyer's help at Helping Hooves and doesn't want him to leave.  It also is an issue since she and Dean have a rocky history and haven't seen each other in twelve years when some ugly things were said by Dean after the death of his sister who was also Faith's best friend.  The chemistry is still there but they're still too raw to deal with the attraction.  Faith also has her hands in many pots in town since she has a hard time saying no to anyone. As they get to know each other again they both begin to put some of their demons to rest especially after they find out new information regarding Addison and the night she died.  It also helps that they are having actual conversations and are able to reminisce and talk about their memories.  Some of this is a result of conversations Dean has with his parents that he never had before.  Dean and Faith spend some time together and discuss their long ago romance and what they're each up to now.  When Sawyer comes to his sister's defense and speaks his mind to Dean some of his thinking starts to change.  Watching the roller coaster ride they are all on was heartbreaking but as they work through things their lives start to settle down or do they?  The characters were multifaceted and had many layers to them and there was a nice flow to the story intertwining the past with the present.  My emotions were engaged throughout and I could feel the hurt, anger and loss along with some of the darkness that is carried by all of them. There are family and friends, business problems, heartaches, blame, nightmares, small town neighborliness, secrets, anger, fear, tears, deaths, horses, clients receiving equine therapy, the music industry, forgiveness, dreams, reminisces, loss, denial, romance and love.    There is a happily ever after that I didn't see coming on several fronts.  There is wonderful closure with hints of what's to come in future books in the series.  I for one can't wait for the next book in the series. Vastine is a new to me author and I will be putting her other books on my always growing TBR pile.  I will be also adding other Harlequin Heartwarming books to that pile since the books are a feel good read even when there is heartache and trials and tribulations throughout. Favorite Quote: Dean threw his hands up.  "Of all the things I've ever said to you, that's what you're going to hag your hat on?  Something I said in the middle of an anxiety attack?"

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katie W

    It's so interesting to see how different people process their grief. Dean and Faith reconnect after years apart and a boatload of grief. The road is bumpy and the baggage is heavy for each of them, but the chemistry between them is real, tender, and oh so good! I love a story with good, solid characters and I enjoyed the journey with all of its emotions. This book was one to really settle in with and feel all the feels. I loved the second chance in all its facets. Content: mild romance *I received It's so interesting to see how different people process their grief. Dean and Faith reconnect after years apart and a boatload of grief. The road is bumpy and the baggage is heavy for each of them, but the chemistry between them is real, tender, and oh so good! I love a story with good, solid characters and I enjoyed the journey with all of its emotions. This book was one to really settle in with and feel all the feels. I loved the second chance in all its facets. Content: mild romance *I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.*

  21. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I really enjoyed Amy Vastine's Harlequin Heartwarming book, The Girl He Used to Love. It is a second chance romance for Faith and Dean that takes place in Tennessee. It takes a look at close sibling relationships, past hurts, dealing with grief, following your dreams, and love of animals. It deals with how not having all the facts of a situation can slant how you "see it". This book is the first in the Grace Note Records series which refers to Dean's record company. It will be interesting to see I really enjoyed Amy Vastine's Harlequin Heartwarming book, The Girl He Used to Love. It is a second chance romance for Faith and Dean that takes place in Tennessee. It takes a look at close sibling relationships, past hurts, dealing with grief, following your dreams, and love of animals. It deals with how not having all the facts of a situation can slant how you "see it". This book is the first in the Grace Note Records series which refers to Dean's record company. It will be interesting to see what happens next!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Fritts

    These is my first book I have read by these author. I really enjoyed reading these book and thought it was well written. I look forward to reading more books by Amy Vastine.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Angie

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

  25. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Campbell

  26. 5 out of 5

    angela r williams

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ellen

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bunny

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bec

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carole

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