Almost Perfect

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Almost Perfect

Maddy, Christine, and Amy, friends since college, are thrilled to learn their old suitemate's self help book, How to Have a Perfect Life, has become a smashing bestseller-until they realize she used them as negative examples of how women let fear mess up their lives. The worst part is...it's sort of true. So, the three friends make a pact: They each have one year to face down their fears-and ...

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Almost Perfect

Maddy, Christine, and Amy, friends since college, are thrilled to learn their old suitemate's self help book, How to Have a Perfect Life, has become a smashing bestseller-until they realize she used them as negative examples of how women let fear mess up their lives. The worst part is...it's sort of true. So, the three friends make a pact: They each have one year to face down their fears-and prove Miss Perfect wrong!

A Free Spirited Artist

Maddy was always the artistic one of the group, full of life from her saucy red curls to her vintage hippie skirts. Her challenge, the friends decide, is to get her artwork accepted at a gallery. A job as arts director at a summer camp near Santa Fe-with its thriving art scene-seems like just the thing.

A Reformed Bad Boy

There's just one catch: The camp is run by Maddy's high school flame, Joe, whose heart she smashed when she chose her art over marriage to him. His anger over the breakup hasn't cooled one bit. But neither has their attraction.

A Perfect Match?

Old desires burn hotter than ever as Joe makes it clear there's only one way back into his heart: She has to get serious about the art career she once valued above all else. But will falling in love help or hinder Maddy as she struggles to meet her challenge?

Praise for Julie Ortolon

"Entertaining and touching."--Booklist

"Ms. Ortolon is a gem of a new author."--Romantic Times

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Editorial Reviews

Susan Mobley
A heartwarming, humorous story that touches on the deep grief of loss and the great joy of dreams fulfilled. The characters become like family and the next friend's story is eagerly anticipated."
- Susan Mobley, RT Book Club
Anne Barringer
Ortolon breathes a breath of fresh air into the world of romance... You laugh, you cry, you cringe and laugh some more as her words painted upon paper bring the story to life before your very eyes. I can’t wait to follow Amy and Christine as they journey through worlds of self-discovery.
Detra Fitch
4 STARS! If you have not read a book by this author, then you don't know what you are missing! Julie Ortolon has been blessed with the gift of what I call "Enchanted Writing". Try this title and see for yourself. Resistance will be futile.
Betty Cox
Almost Perfect is a joy to read. The characters are real, likeable people you enjoy being with. It is unusual for the reader to feel the angst and confusion of the hero, and it made me fall in love with Joe; I already adored Maddy and Mama Fraser. Julie Ortolon has an awesome talent, and Almost Perfect is what the name implies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615714721
  • Publisher: Ortolon Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/28/2012
  • Pages: 308
  • Sales rank: 1,482,504
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Meet Julie Ortolon

Reviewers from Publisher's Weekly to Romantic Times have praised Julie Ortolon's contemporary romance for being "sizzling," "fastpaced," and "filled with genuine heart." Numerous awards for her work include two Bookseller's Best Awards. Almost Perfect, book one of her Perfect trilogy was a Rita finalist and was named Best Single Title Contemporary by the readers of Affaire de Coeur magazine.

Julie's road to success as a romance novelist was a bit bumpier than most authors, however. Her struggle with dyslexia left her functionally illiterate until her mid-twenties when she discovered romance novels were worth the effort. To turn her favorite pastime, daydreaming emotionally rich stories, into a career, she taught herself to read, type, and use English as a written language, not just a spoken one. Her struggles made hitting the USA Today list with her first title even more rewarding.

When Julie isn't writing or reading, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and traveling the world. You can learn more about Julie at: JulieOrtolon.com

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A wonderful book!

    If your tired of the really dramatic romantic books then this is a great book to read.Its lay back romance with cute humor,it does have drama but not to the point your going nuts.'Almost perfect'is about Maddy and her friends makeing a bet to face their fears. And on Maddy's path of doing so leads her face to face with her high school sweetheart,which that didn't end well back then.A great light romance!

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Great story

    612 pages.....and a great story!

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2007

    Pleasing read

    I thought this book was a satisfying read. Maddy is a widowed artist, coming to work as an art director at a summer camp. Coincidentally, the summer camp is run by her old flame, Joe. The story was light and fun, very enjoyable. What I didn't like was the history behind Joe and Maddy. The history behind them was obvious, however, the author left most of it unexplained, in my opinion. She offered tempting glimpses, but I don't think she allowed them to truly conquer their pasts. The ending was a bit abrupt, and forced. It wasn't quite in tune with the rest of the other story. However, I did find this book an overall good read. Light and fun, makes a good afternoon read.

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2012

    Really enjoyed reading this book. Would definitely recommend.

    Really enjoyed reading this book. Would definitely recommend. I am looking forward to continuing reading the other books in the series.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Loved this book!!!

    Never read book by this author but think she did fabulous job with this one, plan to read the whole trilogy. I can't believe some of the negative comments on this book, I guess some people are so jaded they enjoy nothing. Get Real.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

    Loved it!!

    I enjoyed this book so much I had to download the other 2. This was the first I read by this author and I will be reading all her other books and eagerly waiting for anything new!!

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    Friend me please

    I loved it but i just wish that a few more interesting drop everything and sit down books were free

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2011

    Boooring

    Cheesy romance...typical...I was so bored I skipped through several pages.

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    Good story

    Modern day romance. I enjoyed. Characters were interesting

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2012

    PRETTY GOOD BOOK

    I liked this book. Good story line and good characters. It was too long though. The author dragged some parts along and i caught myself skimming over alot ofpages.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    funny, fast paced. strong characters.

    funny, fast paced. strong characters.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    lighthearted second chance at love

    Artist Maddy Mills, scientist Christine Ashton, and Amy Baker are elated for former college roommate Jane Redding, a TV anchor tuned motivational speaker, who has written a self-help book ¿How to have the Perfect Life¿. However, they become angry when they realize Jane used the trio as classic examples of how fear can destroy your life. Angry and feeling ridiculed, the threesome detest that Jane is right. Motivated, they vow to prove little Ms. Perfect wrong by regaining the passion they lost when they allowed phobias to paralyze them. Artist Maddy is to get any Santa Fe gallery to display her work. To achieve the objective Maddy obtains work as the Arts & Crafts Coordinator at Mama Fraser¿s Camp Enchantment. Fraser¿s son Joe also works there as director. Years ago Maddy rejected Joe¿s proposal of marriage as she chose art school over being a military spouse. Ultimately she lost both as her fervor for the arts vanished with Joe leaving her life. Though frightened, she is more scared that Joe is there and she still feels her heart beat like crazy for him though he seems to reject her as yesterday¿s news. --- The first of the ¿perfect¿ tales is a fun story with a strong male lead whose heart was once crushed by the more tenuous female counterpart choosing ice cream flavors is difficult for Maddy. However, readers will wonder not just whether Maddy meets the challenge that her two buddies dared her with, but also how will she overcome Joe¿s animosity towards her. Fans will appreciate this lighthearted second chance at love between two high school sweethearts reunited for the first time in a decade. --- Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    I thought the book was just okay.

    This book started out good but went to long over the same things. To much sex not inspirational enough. 200 to 250 pages would have beem quite enough. Just tell each other you Love them already. Jeez

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    A sweet story

    Thiis book is the first in a three part series. Part "buddy movie" part "finding your bliss" it opens with three friends discovering the fourth has used them as "bad examples" of how fears can stop people, in this case women, from getting the most out of life.

    After their intial anger, the three make a pact to conquer their biggest fear within a year. Maddie, a recent widow who set aside her budding art career to care for her husband's work and his life during his last illness, has decided to get out there and BE an artist, setting getting shown in a gallery as her goal.

    She accepts a positon with her former love's adoptive mother's summer camp as Arts and Crafts director, slamming open a door she was sure was closed bolted and locked tight, as it dawns on her that she will be working for her High School Sweetheart. It's one of the bravest things she has ever done,...or the stupidist.

    With the job come a reawakened friendship, and love, for the boy she dumped, now a man returned home to help save his mother's camp. Through him, she also reawakens the artist, and serendipitously finds a gallery/ publisher willing to take her on.

    Is it just for the summer? Will she stay on? Will she and her lover work it out? Will they trust enough to see how "perfect" things are?

    I really liked this book. I cared for Maddie and what was happening, crying and times and laughing so hard at others. I will DEFINATELY read the other two in the trilogy, and possibly others in her repetiore.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2013

    College suite-mates gather together when one of them publishes a

    College suite-mates gather together when one of them publishes a book on How to Have a Perfect Life. Maddy, Christine and Amy are thrilled that Jane has become successful. That is until they find out that Jane has used each of them as examples of what not to do in her book. Using the book as a impetus to do something about each of their lives, they collectively make a bet with each other to do something that they have been afraid of, and according to the book, holding them back from achieving the perfect life.

    Maddy, the free spirited artist gave up the love of her life to pursue her dreams, yet didn't quite make it due to life. Now she has a chance to go back and try it again, but needs to face the love of her life again. Years older and wiser how will they react to each other. You must read the book to find out.


    Almost Perfect by Julie Ortolon is a nice escape into the art world. The fact that this story takes place in New Mexico was attractive to me because I have lived in the Southwest for over a decade. The art world is very fascinating and I think that Ms. Ortolon has done a really great job incorporating this into the storyline and drawing the reader in that world.


    Sometimes with romance trilogies, the stories end up being a little cheeky, but book one of this series is anything but that. I love the fact that there was some antagonism between Maddy and her former flame Joe. Not only does she have to face him again but she has to turn to him in order to fulfill her end of the bet she made with Christine and Amy. Best of all, Joe and Maddy don't immediately fall back into it again. It takes a bit because Joe isn't...well Joe...well, read and find out!

    The book is a "perfect" length to read in a weekend and naturally leads into the next book of the series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    Typical and boring

    Not for me. I found this a long drawn out romance. It is over 500 pages of the same thing over and over. Lots of explicit sex. No mystery, cursing, violence or intrique. I thought it would be about four women and their friendship. Instead it was about one woman, her dreams of becoming an artist and reuniting with her first boyfriend. There were two many excuse and whining in this book. Why do all romance authors think there must be a death and star crossed lovers, one them whiney and selfish, the other full of excuses and must give up everything to make a book? I have read some pretty good romances since I got my nook. It is not my favorite genre. But I like to try new things. I think romance authors buy an outline, put in their own touches and voila, a book appears. Nothing new, tried and true. This book was well edited. For lovers of romance books ages 18 and up, due to sex and length and boring content.

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    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    Wow

    The longest book with no story ever. Had to stop could not vet through it. Same long boring sex scencea but no plot. Save yourself

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Excellent

    I have never read this author but can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Almost perfect

    Good read. Story line moves at good pace about a womans struggle to win the affections of an old flme.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Loved it!

    A truly unexpected delight. Would have been even better without the detailed sex scenes, which always disgust me.
    But the story, the setting and the characters were fabulous.
    I hope the next ones in the series are as well done.

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