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Almost Perfect

Almost Perfect

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by Julie Ortolon

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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


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

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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Pearl Island Books
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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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Almost Perfect 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 285 reviews.
passionreader More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
612 pages.....and a great story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Fehrman4 More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed reading this book. Would definitely recommend. I am looking forward to continuing reading the other books in the series.
Pebbles92 More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it but i just wish that a few more interesting drop everything and sit down books were free
pennyf62 More than 1 year ago
Really surprised at some of the comments. It was not 619 pages as my nook indicated. After you take out the table of contents, epilogue, excerpts you wind up with 516 nook pages. I do have a couple of negatives (spelling mistakes & everytime Joe and Maddy needed to discuss an obstacle they would start making out.  In my opinion - this would have been a better two part book. Some of the time frames were bam not handled well. (ie: On one page Maddy and Joe were talking about Derrick coming to visit in a couple of weeks and BAM the next page Joe was walking in the door with Derrick). Kinda choppy throughout different parts with the same "time frame" issues. Just think some of the story line could have been written a little better. Then it just ended without the storyline being brought to a good close. I know the writer was leaving some of the 'story' to our imagination....but really left out some good parts of the story. Overall, good characters (love Mama) and I will purchase the other two in this trilogy.    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Modern day romance. I enjoyed. Characters were interesting
neenaw More than 1 year ago
funny, fast paced. strong characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
enjoyed it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters are well created and believeable. Description of the places tbe story takes place in makes me want to visit
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never read this author but can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Story line moves at good pace about a womans struggle to win the affections of an old flme.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!Had to read it twice.Then got the rest of the trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable book. A good balance in all the different sections of the book. A must read for anyone who enjoys a good romance novel. Well written and does not have overly done sex that would embarras most readers. I will reccomend this book to my family and friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting story although predictable. But this would be a great beach read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's like you're reading two books in one! some parts of the other book the characters talk about in front of each chapter and the great topics and details, all make it a great novel that worth to be read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I so loved reading this one and hope that the next two are as good as this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a very interesting book and I loved it. It had love and friendship and can't wait to read other books of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book tremendously. Just a Clean ordinary life for 3 women that are close like family & the Dares they choose for themselves to face long heart-felt fears that have crippled their lives in some way! I liked the book so much that I will be ordering the 2nd & 3rd book in this trilogy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful! This was the 2nd book I read by this author and she is truly amazing. Please read and enjoy her books. They are good, clean, wondetful reading.
IMnurse More than 1 year ago
What a great story! Loved the characters. The first chapter drew me in and after that I couldn't put it down! Can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy! You won't be disappointed.