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Dear Emily was the debut novel for Trudy Stiles. We meet Carly and Kyle in Dear Emily, a couple who desperately want to adopt a child. It’s a story of hope and love for an unborn baby girl named Emily, but this novel is also about a woman named Tabitha who has a background of abuse and finds herself pregnant and scared.
Dear Tabitha is a second-chance romance focusing on Tabitha and Alex, and how the two of them create their own family. It’s an incredibly sweet story of redemption for both characters, and a powerful story of healing, love and family.
Dear Juliet is the final novel of the Forever Family series. It centers on characters Juliet Oliver and Seth Tyson, two friends who started corresponding as pen pals in the fourth grade. Stiles alternates back and forth between each of their points of view, so we are able to read how their friendship evolves over the course of twenty years.
Juliet was adopted by a wonderful couple. She’s been surrounded by love her entire life, but Juliet struggles with knowing she was unwanted by her 16-year-old birth mother. Juliet knows her parents have a letter that was written to her from her birth mother, but she fears what the letter will say. Juliet believes she was a mistake and unwanted, which leads to her becoming emotionally unavailable. She has perfect parents who love her more than anything, but the unread words of her birth mother’s letter hold an incredible amount of power over her.
Seth comes from a wealthy family. It was much better for Seth and his siblings when they were young children, but as the years have passed by, their parents have drifted apart. His father is always gone, and when he does come home, his parents fight. His mother is a heavy drinker. Seth doesn’t feel loved by his parents, and he deals with self-hate for not being able to bring normalcy to his family.
Dear Juliet should not be read as a standalone novel. Stiles ties the Forever Family series together through her characters and their story arcs. A good example of why these novels should be read in order is Seth. His character is introduced in Dear Emily, and he plays an important role in the first two novels of the series. But you should also know that most of Seth’s story in Dear Juliet is new material.
Dear Juliet is about lifelong friendship. Healing. Redemption. It’s a story about best friends who become lovers. It’s an emotional story. There were times the story was very sad, and I really struggled with what Seth and Juliet were experiencing. Please follow these characters through the years, and I promise you will be rewarded. I finished this novel with a huge smile on my face! My rating for Dear Juliet jumped from 4 to 4.5 stars during the last third of the book, and I applaud Trudy Stiles for a very strong ending!
We meet Seth in the first book Dear Emily and then again in Dear Tabitha. My heart just broke from him in the first story and it seems like through the entire series he gets shafted and now finally in Dear Juliet we get Seth’s story! The story gets broken up in two halves and we really get to know Seth and get his full story. In the other two books he was not always the focal point and we didn’t know much about him. The bond he shares with Juliet goes for many years and it’s an amazing story that takes us from when the preteen years all the way to present day. It’s heartbreaking to see how Seth’s story unfold and you want him to find that one true love and it seems like every turn, fate just seems to get in the way of things.
Then there’s Juliet. Her story is truly tragic! She has her future in front of her and in a blink of an eye, everything changes. She struggles to find her own path after a terrific accident. She thought she had her whole life in front of her planned out and now she needs to find herself. The twist and turns that come along will surprise you and I certainly never saw them coming!
This story just goes under the file of MUST READS and READ IT NOW! You do have to read the entire series as they do relate to one another. But you will not be disappointed! Trudy Stiles is just one of those authors that is an automatic one click for me! 5 beautiful stars!
Dear Juliet is the story of Juliet Oliver, who had been adopted by the Olivers when she was a newborn baby. While she has the most loving parents and two wonderful friends, she never really got over the fact that she was unwanted by her birth mother. And as a tragic accident changes her life from one day to the other, Juliet struggles more and more to find her place and purpose in the world.
"I still can't believe I am a gift. And unwanted at the same time."
We know Seth Tyson from the past Forever Family books, and he didn't leave readers with a stellar impression. Dear Juliet sheds some light on his past and helps us better understand who he is - and the unspeakable bond he shares with Juliet, as the two of them share all their ups and downs even though they are miles apart.
"You're my first love, and I never had the courage to tell you. My love for you is pure, ageless."
I do have to warn you: there is a lot of drama involved in this book. I am still wondering if it is not too much, and if Juliet's fixation on being "unwanted" is not a tad over-dramatic given the wonderful parents and support system she has. But I guess it ties in well with the full story-line, and where she comes from.
I won't deny that Dear Juliet brought me to tears at least twice. It had some very powerful moments and that was mostly due to the great writing. The author skilfully ties the past with the present without making it awkward or hard to understand for the reader. It is also done is a way that only reveals little bouts of the story at a time, always keeping the reader fully engaged.
And - oh my god - there is a huge unexpected twist at the book, that I never could have seen coming.
All in all, I won't lie, the book is quite dark. It's the kind of book that takes a lot of heartache and puts up a hell of a fight until the sky finally clears up for the main characters, but I wouldn't change it for the world because it elicits so many emotions - and whenever a book is able to affect you, then it is a keeper. Up to you to see if you like it! Just make sure you read the two other books in the Forever Family series first.
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