Carly Sloan’s life was perfect until the night her security and innocence was torn from her. The vast repercussions from that horrific night threaten to destroy her stability and her chances for a happily ever after. Kyle Finnegan comes into Carly’s life at the height of her turmoil. Can he help her find what she desires most?
Tabitha Fletcher, on the other hand, has suffered from a very young age. She has been hiding from her past, which was full of abuse, loss and turmoil. She has been so brutally damaged that she has very little hope of redemption. The revolving door of men only leads her deeper into misery.
What circumstance brings these two women together unexpectedly and can they help each other heal? And will they each find what they need? Redemption. Love. Family.
This book is not suitable for young readers. It is intended for mature adults only (18+). It contains strong language, adult/sexual situations, non-consensual sex and some violence.
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What Jennifer Says...
Words cannot express how amazing this book is. For it being a debut novel, Trudy Stiles hits a grand slam! This book will pull at your emotions and bring tears to your eyes! I know it did for me. It’s a story that everyone should read! We have a tale of two women who life different lives that write letters to the same little girl Emily. One is had to make the decision to put her daughter up for adoption, the other wanting so desperately to have a family that was robbed from her at such an early age. The story goes from past to present for both women. It’s a book with two stories but the author does outstanding job merging them into one.
We start the book off with Carly. She is a young college student who has her whole life in front of her. Until she is brutally attacked and discovers that more was taken from her than just her virginity. She goes into a dark depression and tries to push everyone away. Her friends, who I loved, refuse to let her slip into the dark. She also meets Kyle during this time. He is uber sexy smart teacher’s assistant in one of her classes. I loved seeing their relationship bloom and he helps her with more than just her classes… (wink… wink…) Kyle is the guy we all want to fall in love with.
Then we have Tabitha. It seems like nothing can go right for her. She has been in abusive relationships. She was forced into prostitution and when she got pregnant, she was forced to give her child for adoption and get back to work. When things for from bad to worse, Tabitha is able to escape the hold this man has on her and she starts over. When she finds herself pregnant again, she knows the only thing she can do is also this child up for adoption.
That’s when their stories entwine. Two women who have been through so much both writing letters to the same little girl they both love, Emily. Carly to the hopes that she will be a mother to her and Tabitha, the mother that must give her up to a family that she knows that can give her everything she cannot. It’s heartbreaking to read these letters and to know that both women have suffered so much. I adored this story and cannot wait to read what Ms Stiles has in store for us in the second novel!
What Lesley Says...
This is one of the best debut novels I have read in a long time. I was floored by the depth of emotions in one book. This is a story of a couple who is looking to adopt and a woman who is giving up her baby. You will read all about the past lives of two women who struggle with what life has dealt them. I felt so emotional throughout this entire book. As I was reading it I felt every tear deep within my soul. It was heartbreaking and beautiful. I really can not wait to read the next book in this series. I just know that Trudy Stiles is going to give me equally as wonderful as Dear Emily. If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would but since that's it....definitely a 5 star read!
About the Author:
Trudy Stiles is a New Adult author, avid reader, mom to two beautiful children and married to the love of her life. She just wrote her debut novel, "Dear Emily, and cannot wait to share it with everyone. You'll know that she's writing when you see her plugged into her laptop with her earbuds and she always has a playlist ready for her writing sprints. When she's not writing, she's carting her children to their various activities while avoiding any kind of laundry or housework. She also loves to run along the boardwalk of the beautiful New Jersey shore. She's always been an avid reader and frequently escapes into the fictional worlds of the many characters that she has come to love. Well now there are some fictional characters in her head dying to get out! This first story is called "Dear Emily" and will begin the "Forever Family" series. Facebook: www.facebook.com/authortrudystiles Website: www.trudystiles.com Twitter: @trudystiles Author page on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7255897.Trudy_Stiles
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