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Dear Emily (Forever Family Book 1) by [Stiles, Trudy]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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Trudy Stiles is a New Adult author, 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 in 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. Email: authortrudystiles@gmail.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/authortrudystiles Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/trudy_stiles Twitter: @trudystiles

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2966 KB
  • Print Length: 265 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0991105419
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H4HHQM2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
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A really emotional but heartstrings story of two girl's traumatic lives who come together with a common denominator of wanting a family to love. In Tabitha' s case of not having a family full stop, as her mother abandons her by leaving her as a new baby at a Philladelphia hospital and grew up to be abused by a club owner with no scruples and used women in the worst ways possible. Then there is Carley who was raped once and an attempted rape and murder, so they were both healing from their traumas. Ironically coming together through an adoption agency when Tabitha gave her unborn child up for adoption to Carley and Kyle her husband, as Carley couldn't' conceive a child due to her past trauma. Both girls suffered these terrible traumas, but the only difference being that where Carley had a loving family and her adoring husband. Tabitha had people had no one except Seth who she loved as a friend not a lover and the one she was in love with walked away and broke her heart. Sometimes these things have a way of working themselves out and love will always find it's way back home. A great read.
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Book Review: Dear Emily (Forever Family, #1) by Trudy Stiles

Dear Emily is a compelling and deeply profound story of innocence, love, loss, survival and hope. A journey of two women who couldn't be more polar opposite, only for fate to throw them together in the most exceptional of circumstances. The writing flows with perfect synchronisation between its past and present scene structures making for a full-embodied read that will captivate and hold your heart within its written pages, until the very end.

Trudy Stiles has entered the Indie writers world with an impressive boom - get ready for the shockwaves to hit, because this is one debut you do not want to miss! - Kelly, Perusing Princesses.

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Carly is one of four siblings from a loving and nurturing family home. A bright, beautiful, carefree college student with a solid friend support network, as she follows her dream to become a teacher.

Tabitha is an orphan. Fostered from birth by the hospital nurse that found her abandoned in the Ambulance bay, life seemed comfortable until the age of seven, when her only nurturing hand was ripped away in a tragic accident. After being subjected to many a foster home, she finally spread her wings and fled at 17, only to capture the attentions of an abusive bar owner.

Carly's life takes a tragic turn when she is brutally attacked after a Halloween Party. This comes with its own set of repercussions as it strips her not only of her innocence but the chances of bearing a child of her own.

Tabitha has lost everything, she is a broken shell of the young girl she once was. Escaping from the confines of the man who made her life a misery, she heads back to her birthplace of Philadelphia in the hope of finding a fresh start.
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This is an excellent debut novel and the start of a series that I will without a doubt be continuing with. Trudy Stiles has covered a number of sensitive subjects with compassion and emotion and it was a book that I very much struggled to pry myself away from.

Carly and Tabitha are polar opposites but equally wonderful characters and my heart went out to them both. In fact my heart went out to the men of the book also. Told from both ladies perspectives, it covers past and present so we really get to know them and those closest to them. I have read books in the past where multi-character shifts in time don't work, but I can honestly say it works perfectly and flows very well.

I won't give any of the story away, but what I will say is that my emotions were touched and my feelings were a little torn on more than one occasion. These ladies have dealt with some of the worst things that can happen to someone, the difference being one has a support system, the other doesn't. But amongst it all is hope. I can't wait to see how Tabitha's story will unfold and is a book I highly recommend.
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The way that that this book is written is so different and so overwhelming it will draw you in from the start. The depth f feeling and emotion is so graphically described that you would need a heart of stone not to be able to feel what the author is trying to get you to understand. Cannot wait for Tabitha's story and hope that for all her tragedy and sacrifices that she gets her HEA. I would highly recommend this book and defy you not to shed a tear during reading it.
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Every now and again you read a book that will make you laugh and also cry. This book for me, has one of the most powerful written story line's that will stay in my mind. For a very long time. It is not something I have read about in such depth, and I have read a great selection of books. It was so emotionally charged, I had tears running down my face, so I was unable to go on without a break.
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Dear Emily is built on a fantastic storyline that, even from the very beginning, has strong possibilities and you do find yourself wondering where it will lead - particularly to the point of where will Emily end up - I think, for most readers, by chapter three or so, you will be questioning this ; wanting the best for her ; but the moral arguement of what is "best" for a child (material items over a birth mother's love) etc will keep churning in your mind as you're reading.

I was excited buying this - it touches on very difficult topics such as domestic abuse, rape, bullying, lost/broken love, fear, homelessness, adoption and so on - the list is actually neverending. But, unfortunately, for me at least - the writing just doesn't live up to the promise of the storyline, and if I'm honest, I'm not sure that I'm going to finish reading the book.

As is the case with many Kindle-edition books that are first novels, or from writers who don't necessarily have the hard copies published (I don't know if that is true in this case), it is clear when books haven't been proofed to the standards of others - for examples, reading words repeatedly like "snot" when someone is crying, "smelly" when it's musty / unclean / unhygenic, and so on isn't at all appealing to the eye or the mind when picturing the scene. Repetitions of "a cute dimple I'd like to lick" and such, for the first time yes are descriptive but over repeatedly whenever this guy is brought into a scene, is uneeded and banal. And so on.

But kudos for coming up with the storyline, and the letters to Emily certainly are well thought out from both sides! Perhaps I'll read a bit more tomorrow and see does it impress further. As for the review - read the synopsis, read the reviews, try a teaser if you can get one before committing to buy. At the very least it certainly doesn't break the bank, if like me, you buy and then think perhaps not :)
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