Author: Julie Farley
Release date: May 8th, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tour: Irresistible Reads Book Tours
Heather Meadows lost the only love she’s ever known. Her perfect, yet ordinary life was turned upside down the day her 38-year-old husband died. Her happily ever after was gone in the blink of an eye. Heather’s life becomes the subject of scrutiny and pity as she tries to pick up the pieces of her shattered world and raise her three children on her own. In the midst of suburbia and gossipy neighbors, Heather tries to re-build a normal life. Little does she know she’s about to trip into a new adventure. An adventure she could never have imagined. Where will her misstep take her and how will Heather handle the prying eyes of those around her?
Julie Farley was born and raised on Long Island. Even though she now lives in Virginia, a piece of her heart still lives in New York. And there's one in Chicago and South Bend, IN home of her alma mater Notre Dame. When Julie's not writing she's teaching preschool or taking care of her own four children. Julie grew up with her nose in a book and her love of books turned into a love of writing as well. Julie published her first book, Tripped Up Love, in May of 2013. The sequel, The New Ever After, will be released in July of 2013.
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4 Stunning Stars
Let me start by saying I LOVED THIS BOOK! It was so beautifully written and so very touching.
The opening to this novel was, to put it bluntly, very harsh. It was to the point and designed to be a kill strike:
'Heather stood at the altar and read the eulogy. The eulogy for her dead husband.'
This introduction was completely necessary to show us just how hurt Heather was, she was aching for the love her life, the father of her 3 beautiful children and her best friend who was so cruelly taken so early in life.
In the first two pages, we are introduced to our lead female Heather, Hank her dead husband, and Heyes, Gracie and Henry their three children. Heather is vulnerable, broken and struggling to hold it together. The book goes quickly from the funeral to 18 months later and we are introduced to Peter.
PHEW! Hot, sweet, masculine, sexy, caring... HOLYSWEETBOOKBOYFRIEND! He is just perfect.
The book covers Heathers inner turmoil of meeting another man and the 'stigma' of young-widow-meets-new-man. Think Suburbia/Desperate Housewives!
Whilst reading, as I knew I was reviewing this for a blog tour, I was taking notes. It started like this:
Funny comment - see note 6
Funny comment - see notes 6 & 7
Funny comment - see notes 6 & 7 & 8
And so on, and so on until it was just getting ridiculous! (I stopped taking 'funny' highlights at no 22). The one liners and sarcastic comments were hilarious.
This book seems very predictable until chapters 26 & 27. WOW, huge jump!! Such a fantastic twist.
I only have one negative comment - the writing style of flipping from PoV's with no rhyme nor reason took a long time to get used to. I think I was 20% + of the way in before I got it.
I would definitely recommend this book, it is touching, heartfelt and very funny. Will definitely read more Julie Farley works again.