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The Absence of Olivia by [Michaels, Anie]
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About the Author

Anie Michaels is the author of the Never series. She started writing her first novel in June 2013. When she is not working, reading, writing, or spending time with her family, you can find her spending time with her close friends. Anie lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family.

Product Details

  • File Size: 646 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Publisher: AM Books (October 20, 2015)
  • Publication Date: October 20, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015GAHA1U
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,043 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Anie Michaels has absolutely stunned me with The Absence of Olivia. This is definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year and it has claimed its spot on my list of all-time favorite reads. Evelyn’s story is truly something special. The Absence of Olivia was honest, at times brutally so. Overflowing with emotion, this novel captures so many of life’s experiences in its pages. Anie Michaels’ words breathe life, death, longing, healing, loss, and love into a story that is utterly beautiful and positively unexpected. Through Evelyn and Devon, this book captures love in its most raw form, depicting the imperfections, devastation, and uncertainty that shapes our view on love and defines all of our relationships. I connected with this story immediately, feeling every word as I read it, becoming invested in the characters, and riding the ups and down of this journey. The Absence of Olivia is not a fairytale by any means, its reality and that makes this love story that much sweeter.

Evelyn’s character growth was the best part of this book. The way in which Anie Michaels took her through the stages of grief and forced her to confront her long-held feelings for Devon was heart wrenching. Her emotional turmoil was overwhelming, hitting to the core of me in a way that allowed all of Evelyn’s feelings to move through me as I followed her journey. I related to Evelyn in a significant way, understanding her desperate need to keep her word to Olivia no matter the cost to her own happiness. There were moments where the character wavered, caught up in her grief or confused by the evolution of her relationships with others. These moments of weakness and instances of doubt made Evelyn that much more tangible and gave me a better appreciation for her strength and the entirety of her journey.
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There is no doubt this book is beautifully written. Your heart aches for the people who loved her and you empathize with the void Olivia leaves in their lives. Perhaps my luke warm reaction is the book doesn't end the way I wanted it to. Always a hopeless romantic, I wanted a different HEA. I realize this book was more than just a romance and was also about the struggle for this woman to find herself. I just wish that when she succeeded, the HEA was different. But, perhaps that's the brilliance of the book.
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This book definitely made me emotional. Poor Evie. I felt all her pain. It broke my heart to have read what she went through for 10 years. Pining after someone whom probably doesn't even feel the same back. Sigh.

Any who, I loved Evie. She was true to her character. She was loving, caring and had the biggest heart. She always put everyone before herself. But that was also probably her downfall. Letting everyone take advantage of her. My heart broke for this girl. I'm so glad she got her happy ever after. I'm really surprised to see a lot of reviews talk about how her HEA wasn't what they expected. It's exactly what I wanted and expected. She deserved it. I'm glad she realized she could do better. That there's more in life and she deserved better than the bare minimum.

Devon - this man infuriated me to no end. He was wishy washy. I did not like him one bit. He did not deserve Evie at all. In all honesty, I can say he did not feel the same way Evie did and I'm glad she saw that in the end. She always put him first but she was always his second choice. Even after he tried to put moves on her, she was still his back up choice. I'm really glad the story took a different turn and Evie ended up with the right guy.

Nate - I wish we got to see more of him. He was perfect. Patient, loving, sexy!!!! I wanted more from him. I'm glad he came around. He's exactly what our heroine needed. I'm glad that for once the nice guy did not finish last.

Many times we read books about men whom does all the wrong in the book to the heroine and she still accepts him in the end. I am glad for once that the story went the other way because sometimes the heroine deserves so much more the a-hole she gave her heart to whom can't see her for what she is worth.
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I took a chance on a new to me author and I'm glad I did.
While this wasn't a traditional "romance" or traditional NA book, it was definitely a book where there was growth with the characters.Some of it seemed redundant and like it wouldn't really go on like it does, but it is well paced going from past to present so you get the whole uncomfortable feeling you start to feel even at the beginning.
Olivia, Evelyn and Devon are the 3 past characters and Devon and Evelyn are the present characters. The past tells of a story of meeting someone at the wrong time and they go on to meet their person who happens to be your best friend. What would you do in that case? That's kind of what this story goes on and develops with. It's not easy and it's not always pretty. But when you have a best friend who is more like family, you give up so many things you normally would pursue.
Evelyn is such a sweet character and I'm glad she took us on a journey of her love for 2 friends, their children and then the love of herself. She had always put others before herself and when she finally puts herself first, it's kind of beautiful, but oh so very heartbreaking.
"You really love me that much?"
If you are looking for a pretty HEA or something that is supposed to be neat and all tied up in a bow in the end, this is not it. It's messy, but it's real. People have to make the best decisions for themselves and sometimes they eff it up royally. I saw a lot of that in Evelyn (and even Devon), but to see some people have a heart bigger than their head is pretty beautiful in itself. Even if it's not what you would've done.
I'm still conflicted with some things, but honestly, this story was true and real and I liked seeing Evelyn grow and having such a strong support system of people around her. She deserved that and so much more. GLad to see she got it!
"You deserve to be someone's first, Evelyn." <<<<Seriously, that man.....
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