Happily married to her college sweetheart, Poppy lived a blessed life with the husband of her dreams. Then everything changed. She is no longer a wife. She is no longer the envy of her single friends. Now, people look at her with pity as they whisper a single word behind her back.
Years after her husband’s tragic death, years of pain and sorrow and wishing for the life she’ll never get back, Poppy decides to finish Jamie’s birthday list. She’ll do the things he wanted to most. Because maybe, just maybe, if she can complete his list, she can start to live again.
Poppy expects going through the birthday list will be hard. She expects it to hurt. But what she doesn’t expect is Cole. Could the man who delivered the news of her husband’s death and shattered her heart be the one to help her put it back together again?
Have a seat because this might become a shocker to some romance lovers:
`The Birthday List` by Devney Perry is a romance that´s not tacky. The book doesn´t even have the typical drama we´re usually presented in today´s romance novels. `The Birthday list` is NOT one of those reads. This book is so much more but on a deeper emotional level.
This book is a piece of beautiful romance that´s about love, loss and moving forward.
There´s emotional turnmoil. And that, my dear Padawans, works out wonderfully for this story. The main focus is on Poppy, her happiness and her unknown future.
A slow burn romance with heartstring tugging moments.
I think what I loved most about this story was how easily it felt to sympathize for Poppy ( Heroine ). You start out with falling for her and her relationship with her husband then the next minute you´re falling apart with her, mourning the loss of her wonderful love. It feels genuine and realistic. And heartbreakingly realistic. It´s easy to see and accept her life choices after her husband´s death, even though Poppy didn´t do anything dramatic per se… It was the way she dealt with the loss that made me fight some unwanted lumps in my throat. To be apart of her world and living through her pain and coping methods was simply great.
If Cole ( Hero ) were real I´m sure he´d create a new world record on having the most marriage proposals. Let´s just ignore the fact that he´s good looking ( because, aren´t they always? ) and concentrate on Cole as a character. He´s a kind, caring, gentle and understanding bundle of perfection wearing a uniform. That´s enough to melt hearts. And the way he treats Poppy and deals with her situation is just… Heartwarming. He makes it clear that Poppy does not have to suffer alone, or suffer at all. And in the process- he falls for her.
“I’ll take whatever you’ll give me.”
So many lines in this book that caused my emotional undoing. Did I survive this great read? I did. And I´m glad for it, too, because I don´t think my heart would have survived any more pages.
Would I recommend this book? Yes. `The Birthday List` is a great romance. Simple. Cute. Lovable.
Would I reread this book? I´m not sure. I don´t deliberately seak out books with sad- ish themes. Since this was a mood read for me I´d say that I´d reread it when the sniffle mood ever strikes again.
The Cover – 5 stars ( Exactly what I like. It doesn´t state the obvious. No character image. Two thumbs up.)
The Story – 4 stars ( The story is nothing new but it does have unique aspects to it, which I fully enjoyed. )
The Characters – 4 stars ( While I liked both, Hero & Heroine, I thought Cole was a little too perfect. I would have liked for more flaws regarding his character.)
My emotional state after finishing this read – Fully satisfied and beyond happy I picked this book up.
Book Purchase Link- Amazon.com