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Posted August 9, 2014
What an amazing follow up to Dear Emily, showing you that everyo
What an amazing follow up to Dear Emily, showing you that everyone is deserving of second chances even if they don't believe they are worthy of them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Tabitha really shines in this book, she has grown so much and has learned to move on from her past. I just love, love, loved Alex too. He really is Tabitha's soul mate. I love how these two damaged souls found their way back to each other. Thank goodness because I was Team Alex all the way (sorry Seth).
Just a gorgeous way to wrap up this story of loss, love, life, sacrifice, second chances and family. Everyone wanting, needing or missing their Forever family needs to read this series.
Posted March 30, 2014
***Dear Tabitha is BOOK TWO in the Forever Family Series. Dear E
***Dear Tabitha is BOOK TWO in the Forever Family Series. Dear Emily should be read FIRST as this is NOT a standalone book.***Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Tabitha was a character who I very much was pulling for in Dear Emily. She had faced so much pain in her life and was once again being forced into a decision that was truly heartbreaking. I was so happy to feel as though she was in a better place by the end, It really seemed as if she had found peace with her past and decisions that were made. But then she opens her door to the one person she never expected to see again.
It has been over 2 years since he walked out on her. She had accepted the fact that things were truly over for them. But seeing him again, brings back all those feelings she had worked so hard to bury. As a reader, I was SO conflicted on how I felt about his return. I didn't really get to know Alex in the first book, since he was gone. So, my alliance was to Tabitha and I didn't want him to cause her to have a set back when she had come so far.
At the same time, I felt like it might be therapeutic for her, if only to give her the closure she never really got in their relationship. And then of course there is the matter of Emily. How will he react when he finds out about her and the choices Tabitha made regrading her future? There were so many questions I had at the start!! Thankfully the author answers them all and them some by the end.
Dear Tabitha will take you on the journey of not only her and Alex finding a way to move past decisions that were made and finding a way for each of them to move on, but also a look into their past. You get a better understanding of the lives they lived and how that shaped them into who they are now. It is a emotional roller-coaster to say the least.
A beautiful conclusion to this series! I can't wait to read more from Ms. Stiles, as she has a wonderful gift of creating a story and characters that are so easy for the readers to feel connected to!!
Posted March 30, 2014
4.5 Stars I¿m going to start this review by letting you know tha
4.5 StarsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I’m going to start this review by letting you know that when I read Dear Emily, it wasn’t a 5 star for me. I know, I know! A LOT of people really connected with it so I know it resonated with many readers. When I gave my feedback to Trudy Stiles on Dear Emily, she was the most professional person and completely open to my thoughts. Because of her graciousness, when she approached me to read Dear Tabitha, I was more than happy to give it a go. Do note: you will need to read Dear Emily before Dear Tabitha.
And am I ever glad I gave Dear Tabitha a chance! I fell in love with Tabitha’s and Alex’s story! I was completely vested in their potential relationship and the steps needed to get there. One of the aspects that I enjoyed was Trudy’s continued use of the transition between past and present. She managed that process very well, weaving aspects from the past that melded with what was currently happening in the present. Also, I thought the dual POV was well-done and helped me connect with Tabitha and Alex. In Dear Emily, I struggled connecting with the characters, which I did not find was the case here. When Alex was angry, so was I. When Tabs’ heart was breaking over the horrors she faced while in Portland, I was sick for her.
This story is one of redemption, love, forgiveness, finding peace, and family. I applaud Trudy for continuing Tabitha’s and Alex’s story, while at times was beyond painful but had so much potential for finding exactly what they both needed in this life to be whole. I also loved the small glimpse into Emily’s life. It added so much to the story and enhanced my emotional connection even further.
Overall, Dear Tabitha had me completely caught up in Tabs and Alex, their friends and family. I’m really pleased I took the chance to read it and enjoy it. My heart still throbs with feeling for this one, even a couple of days later. And what a great reminder that even if one book by an author doesn’t hit the 5 mark for you that you should give their other work a chance.