The Me I Used to Be by Jennifer Ryan

The Me I Used to Be

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


Details The Me I Used to Be

TitleThe Me I Used to Be
ISBN9780062883919
Author
Release DateJul 2nd, 2019
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
LanguageEnglish
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Adult
Rating

Reviews The Me I Used to Be

  • Debbie Oliphant
    2019-05-28
    I really enjoyed this book!!! I read this in one sitting because I could not put this down. There are a couple storylines woven into this story and it fits nicely. The story begins with Evangeline facing a parole board after serving 4 years in prison for a crime she did not commit. She is released but is escorted out by the officer who arrested her, Chris. Chris makes her a deal to expunge her prison record and she agrees. He escorts her home to ...
  • Sabrina
    2019-07-01
    NOW LIVE!Amazon US * Amazon UK The Me I Used to Be was a crazy intriguing story with a lot of heartfelt moments. The book follows Evangeline after she's released from prison where she served 4 years for a crime she didn't commit. There's no going back to her life from before she was in prison, so now she'll have to figure out how she's going to navigate this new life post-jail time. But with one major obstacle in the way - catching the real crimi...
  • Skippypeanuts
    2019-05-10
    2.5. I REALLY wanted to like this book, I did. The concept was interesting and the setting was relatable. But I just couldn't get my head around it. Evangeline spends 4 years in prison pretty much getting the crap kicked out of her then the cop who helped put her away shows up. She makes a point of saying she's afraid of him and the power he has over her life, then BAM she can't get enough of him, can't stop thinking about him, and gives him MORE...
  • Seema Rao
    2019-02-24
    Captivating ~ Enjoyable ~ Satisfyingtl;dr: Post-conviction daugther returns to family farm to fix things. This book is like a Romance writer scripted the afterlife for the character from Orange is the New Black. The story has so many expected tropes: jealous siblings, insta-tropes, heart-of-gold lawman. Yet, Ryan seems to turn the expected into something surprising. This fast read is incredibly satisfying. The main characters are appealing, certa...
  • Erika
    2019-03-28
    I don't typically read fluffy romance, most of my romance involves demons, dragons, aliens, vampires, or werewolves. But I received a copy of this book from a Goodreads contest and was more than happy to try it out. The book was cute and told a very simple and straight-forward story. I think I disliked two major things--first, the author over-explained tremendously. She would take paragraphs talking about how a character felt, but I think that by...
  • Dorine
    2019-07-12
    Rated 4.5 - THE ME I USED TO BE by Jennifer Ryan is a breath of fresh air for romance readers in need of the unusual mixed with the unexpected.Anyone who follows my reviews understands I’m an eclectic reader, but do you know that my core prefers romance? Not the same-old-same-old we’ve come to expect. There is a formula romance authors follow to give us what we want. Romance readers don’t always like it when an author meanders away from tha...
  • Elle's Book Blog
    2019-07-17
    Release Date: July 2, 2019 Genre: Women's Fiction. Romantic Suspense. Actual Rating: 4 starsJennifer Ryan can write sexy romances and intriguing mysteries as proved by The Me I Used to Be. I found this book to be intriguing, original, frustrating at times, and intense. When I say frustrating, I mean I HATE how Evangeline was treated. I also don't like the fact that she served time in prison after being wrongfully accused, but that IS the poin...
  • Rajababoo
    2019-07-03
    Initially I liked the family drama but it kind of fizzled out in the end, and the ending was too perfect and unrealistic for my liking. The heroine was far too nice and forgiving to her family; I feel like she should of held more bitterness and resentment towards them. They all acted like she's a mass murderer when all she did was steal some wine, personally I don't think that's reason enough to abandon and hate your family, call them stupid? Sur...
  • Bookgasms Book Blog
    2019-07-17
    From start to finish, The Me I Used to Be drew me in and kept me riveted until the last word. This is a story of deception, fractured family issues, forgiveness, and embracing the future. The Me I Used to Be is a quick read with a compelling storyline and characters you’ll fall in love with. You’ll find yourself at the edge of your seat as Evangeline works through the secrets and lies that put her in prison in the first place. You’ll find y...
  • Sandy Nikolas
    2019-07-01
    This was ok for me. I like most of Jennifer Ryan’s books, but there’s not much romance here.the big secret is revealed a bit too soon and the effects of her time in prison are not delved into much, just scattered about the surface.
  • ♡AbbyBooks♡
    2019-07-17
    So many emotions going throught me right now. This is the best book I have read in a while.
  • Sharon Grow
    2019-06-29
    As soon as I read the summary of this book, I knew it would be special and that I needed to read it. I was so right, very special and a pleasure to read! Evangeline Austen is being released from prison, due to the death of her father, after serving four years for a crime she did not commit. While in prison, she was attacked several times and is now a very different Evangeline, tougher, smarter and determined to get justice. Lt. Chris Chambers, th...
  • Sheila Samuelson
    2019-07-18
    This was my first time reading a book by Jennifer Ryan and I absolutely loved it!! It was mainly a Contemporary with a lil bit of YA and Romance thrown into to. I felt bad for Evangeline through the whole book. What she endured was horrible but I see her dad did it for all the right reasons even tho it cost his daughter 4 years of her life that she can't get back. I will definitely be reading more book by Jennifer in the future!!!
  • Beth ~ Panda & Boodle
    2019-06-17
    I wasn’t sure what to expect with Jennifer Ryan’s latest—it appeared to be skewed more toward women’s fiction than romance, had the air of angst about it, and its cover was cowboy-and-abs free. But I should’ve known I’d love it. After all, I have all of Ms. Ryan’s other books. (Side note: I’m not that invested in abs on covers, but it’s noticeably different from the usual style of this author’s titles.) The Me I Used to Be isn...
  • Liz Sergent
    2019-07-30
    This was the best book I have read in a long time. Evangeline was convicted of a crime she didn't commit and spent four years and is up for parole when the officer who sent her to jail comes into her parole hearing with a request she gets released due to a death in the family. The grief that Evangeline felt, the way she was treated was so real, this author did an amazing job conveying that. I wasn't a fan of Chris but this book still was fabulous...
  • Rmsooon
    2019-08-03
    Ive read " the me i used to be " ,, i hoped the romance would be better but the story was nice i enjoyed the spy thing ,,i gave it 3.75 out of 5
  • Leslie
    2019-05-25
    Sit back and enjoy this read (or listen as will be available as an audio book as well). The description gives you a basic overview, but it is so much more. Once you get started be prepared to lose track of time and all else that is going on around you. It is a compelling story that leaves you with so much to think about. Evangeline is a strong, smart, incredibly loyal loving friend, daughter and sister who spent 4 years and 27 days spent in priso...
  • Nate Brightman
    2019-07-23
    I’ve always been a huge Jennifer Ryan fan but it had been some time since I’d last read one of her stories. Mostly I think because I’d already read just about everything she’d written. I read an awful lot, mostly contemporary romances. So I have some basis for making my personal observations. I have a feeling this book is going to stand out above most if not all of the books I’ve read this year and it’s really not as much of a romance...
  • EAM
    2019-06-18
    I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway for my honest review. Admitedly, this is not a book I would have chosen to read on my own - but I approached it with an open mind and hoped that it would be more than the typical romance book (even though the cover wasn't really giving me a lot of 'hope' in that direction). The premise seemed interesting and so for that reason, I was really hoping the book would exceed my initial expecta...
  • Sandra
    2019-06-18
    This book started strong as the reader experiences what Evangeline is going through as she sits in front of her parole board and then faces her family, who is convinced she betrayed them and broke the heart of the family patriarch, sending him to an early grave. There's a powerful buildup as readers recognize that Evangeline is holding some big secrets close to her scarred chest. I was engaged, my heart pounding and hurting for this woman. And th...
  • Miki
    2019-05-25
    After four years in prison, Evangeline is up for parole. Imagine her surprise when her arresting officer enters the hearing room. A whispered conference with the parole board and she is immediately released on compassionate grounds. Immediately. Right now. Hit the road. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200, and do not go through offical channels for release. And don't let the door hit you on the way out.That is just the first of a slew of improbab...
  • Crystal
    2019-08-08
    I became a Jennifer Ryan fan from the very first book I read. She has such a fantastic writing style that truly catches my attention from the very first page and holds me spellbound until the very end. Trust me when I say The Me I Used To Be is certainly not an exception. I enjoyed this book so much. Evangeline Austen has been serving time in prison for a crime she did not commit. She has held on to a secret about what she knows and has not revea...
  • Michelle (Undeniably Book Nerdy)
    2019-08-05
    Originally posted on Undeniably Book Nerdy book blogRating: 4.5/5 starsI was very eager to pick up this book because I don't remember ever reading about an ex-convict heroine--it's usually the heroes who serve a stint in prison. I was very curious how it will play out in the story and I have to say, it did not disappoint! Actually, The Me I Used to Be has a very interesting premise altogether...We have a young woman, Evangeline Austen, who had se...
  • Debra Oehlberg
    2019-07-27
    I received this copy via a Goodreads giveaway. What an utter blessing to me! This book was carefully planned from beginning to end. It had so many layers in the story. Evangeline is unfairly sent to prison by an officer named Chris, who ends up getting her released early, striving to help her get her life back, and becomes her love interest. Evangeline shows her strength in surviving when her whole family unfairly despises her. Evangeline shows h...
  • Laurie
    2019-07-01
    Jennifer Ryan's "The Me I Used to Be" featured an intriguing setup and mostly likeable main characters, although Chris, the male protagonist, almost seemed like too much of a paragon to me by the end of the book. He was clearly a good guy and I liked that he was always looking out for Evangeline, the female protagonist, but for some reason he came across as a little too perfect to me. IMO, I think the author may have gone a little overboard in tr...
  • Melissa Seng
    2019-08-04
    This was my very first Jennifer Ryan book and I can now say that she will become an auto buy author for me. This is the story of family; torn apart by secrets and crime. Family going above and beyond to protect the rest of the family from being hurt. Evangeline is sitting in her parole hearing about to find out if she’ll be released from prison for a crime she didn’t commit. The very officer who placed her under arrest shows up and she thinks...
  • Jane
    2019-07-10
    3.5 starsYou can read all of my reviews at https://www.NerdGirlLovesBooks.com.This was a fun, quick contemporary romance book.I normally don't read romance books, but every once in awhile I like to read a light, fluffy book as a palate cleanser. I don't have anything against them, I just like big epic fantasy series and mystery/thrillers more. Evangeline Austen is a young woman that served time in prison for a crime she didn't commit. It didn't h...
  • Theresa Lorenzo
    2019-06-15
    Evangeline has just served four years in prison for a crime she didn't commit. At her parole hearing, the officer who arrested her, presents a document saying she needs to get out immediately because her dad passed away and the police need her help in bringing the actual perpetrator of the crime to justice.No one else knows at this time that Evangeline did not commit the crime - the theft of some high-priced wine from nearby vineyards - and her f...