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Dear Emily (Forever Family Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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 :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a good story between two points of view from the main female leads, a good sweet storyPublished 1 month ago by Emma F
Pulled on every heart string. I cried with anger, grief, happiness & pride for the characters. What a story & well written.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Read it read it read it......brilliant bookx, you just want the best for the characters you want it to work out. Brilliant just brilliant xxxPublished 2 months ago by Ethan & Oliver
Very well written story. I was eager to read it all and look forward to reading the next two books in the series.Published 2 months ago by Mrs D
This book was easy to read, put down and turn back to and is suitable for young adults and older due to the sexual references. Read morePublished 2 months ago by janie-beth
What a good book, How a young persons life can be turned upside down with a lot more going on in the bookPublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer