Monday, April 2, 2018

Pat's Review: The Birthday List

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The Birthday List by Devney Perry
Publisher: Devney Perry (April 3, 2018)
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Happily married to her college sweetheart, Poppy lived a blessed life with the husband of her dreams. Then everything changed. She is no longer a wife. She is no longer the envy of her single friends. Now, people look at her with pity as they whisper a single word behind her back.


Years after her husband’s tragic death, years of pain and sorrow and wishing for the life she’ll never get back, Poppy decides to finish Jamie’s birthday list. She’ll do the things he wanted to most. Because maybe, just maybe, if she can complete his list, she can start to live again.

Poppy expects going through the birthday list will be hard. She expects it to hurt. But what she doesn’t expect is Cole. Could the man who delivered the news of her husband’s death and shattered her heart be the one to help her put it back together again? 

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This romantic contemporary novel had me in tears just reading the prologue. It grabbed my heart and never let go till the last page, and I didn’t want it to end.

Poppy Maysen met the love of her life, Jamie, in college. Getting ready to celebrate their first anniversary, Jamie is headed to do some last minute shopping and promises to be back shortly. He never makes it home, killed in an armed robbery. She soon wished she was dead also, but life has a way of going on.

After five years she is poised to open her dream come true restaurant, The Maysen Jar. Poppy and her partner/best friend/sister-in-law, Molly, are overjoyed and ready to open. Their shop is unique, as everything is served and cooked in mason jars.

Before his death, Jamie had been working on what he called his Birthday List, something crazy/fun/dangerous to do on each of his birthdays. Poppy decided it was time to try and move on with her life, and accomplishing each item was part of her goodbye. Next on her list was karate, and she had her first lesson that night.

Cole Goodman, police officer and black belt karate instructor is totally shocked when he sees the woman whose life he devastated five years ago, after informing her of her husbands murder. He remembers her quiet grief, and had ended up staying with her till her brother arrived. He has never forgotten her, and is now face to face with her again. Poppy immediately recognizes him and is shocked by the electricity that seems to arc between them during her karate lesson. He wants to see her again, but knows she’s not ready. He will be patient.

The love story grows with the fun time spent together as Cole helps her with the Birthday List. There’s laughter, passion and a love that Poppy never thought possible again. Most of all is the heart and soul Ms. Perry surrounds all her characters with. If you haven’t read any of Ms. Perry’s works, what are you waiting for? The Birthday List is already one of my favorites of 2018!


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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the author/publisher.

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Thanks for the review, Pat! This one does sound like a good, and emotional, read!


Until Next Time,

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