When I Was Your Girlfriend: Book Review
Author: Nikki Harmon
Mt. Airy Girl Press, 2015
It is better to have loved and lost…
Alfred Lord Tennyson’s quote is pure b.s. in Dee’s world. A talented midwife and sometime-y single, Dee finds herself pushing through the revolving door of relationships or flirting in dark-cornered trysts as the cavernous hole in her heart aches to be filled with a love yet to be discovered and cherished. When a familiar name is mentioned at her office, Dee ponders one of life’s perennial questions, can you relive or recapture the feelings of the past? This is Dee’s dilemma and her soul-searching sojourn in Nikki Harmon’s novel, When I Was Your Girlfriend.
Harmon tells both the coming of age and coming to terms story of Deidre “Dee” Armstrong, a confident, competent, and casually content Philly-based midwife, balancing the delivering of babies with the one and off relationship with the beautiful women she encounters. When she hears the name she hadn’t heard in years, an emotional and torrential flood sweeps her headfirst into the forgotten recesses of her past and the aching desire to find her first love.
Harmon’s writing is crisp, humorous, insightful, and unabashed. Through Dee, she grabs readers by the waist and escorts them into one woman’s jaunt through short-lived romantic relationships and the emotional racking of longing for a love that may not have ever really existed. Readers are challenged to search their hearts and minds to conclude if long-lost loves should remain in the past…or…like the Phoenix, have the opportunity to rise from the ashes of time and distance to live again.
When I Was Your Girlfriend is a clear pick for the summer. A perfect read for the beach, book club, or with a glass of wine after leafing longingly through your high school yearbook.
Expect more insightful, inspiring, and intriguing works from Nikki Harmon in the future.
You can get your copy of When I Was Your Girlfriend here, Amazon, or whereever good books are sold.
Guy A. Sims is the author of the novel, Living Just A Little, and the crime novellas, The Cold Hard Cases of Duke Denim. He is also the head writer of the Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline comic book series and the Brotherman graphic novel, Revelation.