I have to admit that the cover of this book made me buy it, so I only have myself to blame! I'd read an Elizabeth Noble book before - Alphabet Weekends - which I'd really enjoyed so I had high hopes for The Way We Were.
Unfortunately, I found this novel hard going. At the beginning I had to re-read a lot of sentences as they didn't flow and some of them, on first reading, made no sense. At first I thought it was me and maybe being tired at the end of the day, but as I read on, the writing did begin to flow more easily.
I didn't like the main characters and felt no empathy with any of them. The reviews stated that readers would be left weeping by the story but that didn't happen for me and I felt a real dislike for Susannah towards the end of the book, although I can't put my finger on exactly why. She seemed to spend a lot of time moping about, fantasising over her lost love rather than getting on with her life and trying to build her relationship with Doug. I couldn't "see" her at all, and had no sense of her as a proper person despite the flashbacks to when she was a teenager.
It was disappointing because Susannah is around the same age as me and was growing up in the same era I did, so I should have had some sort of affinity with her, but I felt nothing towards her for most of the book and then an active dislike at the end. The plot of the book held a lot of promise, after all, I'm sure most of us have wondered what happened to lovers from the past, but sadly for me it just didn't deliver.