- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1208 KB
- Print Length: 353 pages
- Publisher: Hot-Lanta Publishing, LLC (5 Jan. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MS2Z73C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,291 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Holly married Eric, the love of her life, at a young age. After two years of marriage Eric tragically loses his life in the line of duty as a firefighter. Six months later and life for Hollyn has stopped. She cannot find her way to stop the pain and grief she's left with after losing her soulmate.
Jace is a young Major League Baseball player that had an amazing first year of professional ball with all of the 'perks'. Until one day when Rebecca (the bartender from Phoenix) shows up on his doorstep about six months pregnant and telling him the baby will be his responsibility once she is born. Jace makes the hardest, most unselfish decision to give his baby girl up for adoption so she would not have to live in the foster care system as he did growing up.
Daisy grew up in a very sheltered home with only her grandmother in her life. She was even homeschooled her whole life so her grandmother is also her only friend.
Carter lost his parents at a very young age to drugs and was left to his Uncle Chuck to raise him. However, Uncle Chuck was not the nurturing type. He was hard on Carter. After lending Carter the money to go to school to become a professional chef he made him work off his school debt in his own kitchen at his Italian restaurant. Feeling extreme anger and acting out on it at work, his uncle added the stipulation that he join the Dear Life program or he would add more time to what he already had to work to pay off the debt.
These four strangers would unknowingly bond in the most profound way. They would learn to face their issues rather than runaway, but will they sink or swim? Can they overcome the obstacles that life has thrown their way?
DEAR LIFE is one of those books that while you're reading it, you're emotionally all over the map cursing the author for making you have this emotional breakdown when their books usually are the type to make you laugh after a rough day. Meghan Quinn's ears had to have been red and burning with as much as I was yelling at her in my head. However, by the end of this book, I was loving her that much MORE for showing a different facet of her writing ability. This book made me open my eyes in so many ways and sing her praises to so many people about this book. I feel everyone should have the privilege of experiencing this book!!
It’s difficult to imagine how four young adults with such different backgrounds find each other on a level that would become second to none. However, the beginning of the book confused me a tad and I found the pace lacking in that something I needed to keep my attention. Saying that, when their stories started to meld together, I was hooked! Personal reasons bring them together in unusual surroundings. Maybe I’m living in a cloud, but I sincerely hope that everyone that needs to vent their fears, feelings and doubts have the opportunity to be able to go to a place-haven as is Dear Life’s project. The character development is really well-thought-out by the author. In fact, I was quite taken aback by their controversial traits and loved their sassy banter, discussions and advice to one another. Now then, whether they listen and take note is another story! Each of them have a task to carry out. It’s not complicated, oh no—it’s far much more than that! If you’ve had the opportunity of seeing any of this book’s teasers, you’ll find them on our blog post and understand how they release their pent-up emotions. And folks, they're so damn original and so freakin’ touching.
I still can’t get Carter Crawford out of my mind. I adored his sarcasm, broodiness and hated his selfishness. He turned me around his little finger with a shameful ease and weaved his way into my heart. Talk about rebellious isn’t in it. He’s the bad boy! The lad who had no wish whatsoever to integrate but needed to for reasons to be divulged. He’s got a huge chip on his shoulder, blames all and sundry for his problems and can’t see further than his nose. Until… her!
“I’m Carter, and life emasculated me in every which way.”
“Care to explain?”
“Nah, I’m good.”
While writing this review, mentioning Daisy brings a huge smile to my face. She makes the sun shine even when the horizon is black. She is my heroine. Never have I experienced such a positively innocent soul like her. Since she’s lived a sheltered life; her social skills are non-existent, her archaic dress sense not to be taken seriously, her dialogue, hindered. Within her obliged group of companions, she gains respect and concern. But her go get it attitude melted my heart! She wants to experience life, takes the bull by the horns regardless of the consequences. And did I cheer her on or what!
“I know how you feel, snowflake, wanting that freedom.”
I grieved alongside Hollyn up to a certain point. Her story is a sad one since she doesn’t want to let go of a devastating past and at such a young age. No-one should have to experience such heartbreak. Nonetheless, my patience with her was at times, thin. I had trouble getting inside her shoes though and had no wish to be in her position. This sounds awfully cruel on my part but her continuous daily sufferance after such a long time, wore me out. Jace’s cajoling gave her no option to open up. Then I began to understand why she ached so much for what couldn’t be.
“Grief is hard, exposing yourself to it and therefore experiencing it even harder.”
Jace is special. He’s the guy next door your mum would love you to bring home. He’s between a rock and a hard place and there doesn’t seem to be a solution to his problem. He only has one… or maybe two, but he’ll try his damnedest to solve them. What I loved about Jace was how he confronted his issues head on and wasn’t scared to do so. He is a player of the best kind. Fair and worthy of being heard.
“We’re honest with each other, if anything. Tell me what’s going on.”
It was a pleasure meeting all of them and observe their journey for a better life. They're in the thick of it whether they like it or not. Four letters, four opinions, four contrasting characters are guided by a gutsy lady and a half which I am sure you will invest in regardless of her bolshie ways.
“Be kind, be courageous, and keep moving forward. Keep proving your existence, day by day Prove it.”
I can’t tell you how hard I fell for Carter. His letters were perfectly him. Daisy! She blinking well blew my socks off! Hollyn and Jace—yes, they’re important to the story’s plot, but they didn’t get under my skin as much as their friends did. Maybe there should have been two books. Reflecting on my dilemma, I really think that Ms Quinn has been very adventurous having four protagonists in one book. And the ending of this story! Meghan’s candid confession hit home in a way that had me grabbing for a man-sized hankie. I had no idea. She hit on that spot that summed up this read even before I could. Bravo ma’am!
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It gutted me and put me back together I cried, laughed and prayed for all 4 of the main characters.Read more