This Nearly Was Mine

A Novel

Fiction - Urban
264 Pages
Reviewed on 11/20/2014
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Author Biography

Nancy Farkas, a student of psychology and linguistics, used her real life experiences as a social worker, wife, mother, and passionate world traveler to bring life and depth to the cast of characters in This Nearly Was Mine.

After receiving both undergraduate and graduate degrees from New York University, Nancy moved to Westchester County where she now resides with her family.

In addition to teaching English to speakers of other languages, Nancy loves hearing from her readers and speaking at book clubs throughout the New York metropolitan area.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite

This Nearly Was Mine by Nancy Farkas relates the life of Annie, a social worker who goes to Spain in 1980 after a broken engagement. She meets Francisco, a handsome local musician, and the two have a brief relationship. Annie returns to the United States, marries Mathew and has children. She speaks fondly of Francisco and her time in Spain, and twenty-six years later, her daughter Marielle locates him. This stirs Annie’s feelings as she remembers her naivety, and a past filled with bittersweet memories. Annie is still insecure about her life and often feels unappreciated by Mathew. Her renewed friendship with an old flame opens emotional scars with some regrets. She compares her relationship with Mathew and Francisco as both men show their love and support in different ways.

This Nearly Was Mine is an intense and nostalgic drama by Nancy Farkas. It is narrated by Annie who still displays a bit of naivety, but she retains a sense of humour, while struggling with her complex emotions. Nancy Farkas writes very nicely and with compassion. She approaches the story in a straightforward, unpretentious writing format. This is so evident from the first page and continued to the conclusion. Her characters are very interesting, and it appears that a few are based on the author’s own family and friends. There are several characters who have realistic issues which are amusing, sad and painful at times. This Nearly Was Mine is a novel that both men and women will appreciate reading.