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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read The Never series by this author and was blown away. For some reason I hesitated to dive into ‘The Absence of Olivia’, but the author asked for those interested in reading... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Jeff
I just read this book and thought it was awesome. They story line between Devon,Olivia, Evie and Elliott was great. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. Read morePublished 11 days ago by sandra dupree
This is a very well written book. I loved all of the characters. Evie made me feel it all. The sadness of wanting a love you can't have. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Kindle Customer
Wonderful heartwarming journey to finding yourself and really real true love and making yourself a priority. Adored this book just like every other Anie Michaels creation.Published 1 month ago by Renee Warren
Oh my!!! I don't think I've ever cried so hard reading a book but I absolutely loved this book. I had a hard time putting it down. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paula G
I really liked this book and how it developed forward and delved into the past. Wasn't awkward or confusing.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Quiet possibly one of the best stories I've read. Heart wrenching and honest. Torture and beauty all rolled up in real life. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jessica Gouin
Okay so.. I have mixed feelings about this book. So we have Evie who has a chance run in with Devon at coffee shop. Devon helps her out then goes on his way. Read more
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