Dear Juliet by Trudy Stiles
on April 18, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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The bestselling Forever Family Series concludes with this emotionally gripping story. Follow the lives of two incredible people as they battle their way through many years of heartache, loss and love. This story will take you on an epic journey that spans almost 20 years.
I've known her since the third grade.
I've loved her since our teen years.
But her heart belonged to my best friend.
Juliet Oliver was adopted at birth and has always struggled with this fact. She's been emotionally detached from everyone in her entire life, except for one person. He's been the one source of support, love and encouragement.
Seth Tyson has had his share of painful relationships. He's constantly battling with his own demons, led by issues at home.
I lost her.
I thought she was the love of my life.
She was everything I needed. Everything I wanted.
She made me forget about my past. My family.
She made me feel real.
How do I move on from her?
Will I find someone like her?
It’s time to pick up the pieces.
But can I?
I’m Seth Tyson and this is my story.
I deserve a happily ever after, don’t I?
This is Seth's story and his quest to find his happily ever after.
I remember reading Dear Emily and subsequently Dear Tabitha and being blown away by the writing. The stories were both beautiful and tragic simultaneously. I was happy, I was distraught, I was horrified, I was healed. I easily wrote glowing reviews, happily giving them both 5 stars. I was so connected to those characters, so invested in the authors words. Trudy Stiles is a really good author. These stories were interwoven beautifully, deeply layered, gorgeous writing. I just can’t rave enough about them. Which is why this review is so painful for me. I wanted this book desperately. It’s quite possible that my expectations were too high. Maybe my disagreement of the direction this story went is my fault. Maybe I was TOO invested in the previous stories.
Dear Juliet is not a bad book. I think there will be many readers who will love it. Trudy’s writing is hard not to love. She’s able to bring you the reader into her characters worlds, showing you their plight, angst, and happiness. I love the way she digs into her characters psyche showing you exactly where the fractures occur, weaving love delicately throughout, giving you hope for a happy ending. There is always light at the end of her books. The journey just isn’t always pretty. It’s real and it’s gritty.
This is Seth Tyson’s story. I would suggest reading the first two books as it lays the foundation for Dear Juliet. Told in alternating pov’s, Dear Juliet attempts to bridge Seth’s childhood to where he was as an adult in Dear Tabitha. While I understood what the author was trying to do, it just didn’t work for me. Again maybe my expectations were too different. This just wasn’t what I envisioned for Seth. I don’t think it did his character justice. In fact I think this was really more about Juliet than Seth. This was her journey and Seth was just along for the ride. I guess that’s where my first misconception happens.
I was desperate for this story. I was absolutely ready to learn what happened to Seth to make him the man we met in Dear Emily. The beginning had my attention no doubt and it was good. I needed his background. I needed to know where Seth came from. Ms. Stiles does a good job of developing that family back story for Seth.
Juliet is an adopted young lady whom Seth is paired with in elementary school as pen pals. They begin writing letters to each other and continue to do so on into adulthood. Juliet’s character was really hard for me to understand. Her adoptive parents did nothing but show her love and security, yet she clings to the reasons why her birth mother gave her up. She lets that fester until she’s broken by it. I’m in no way saying that she shouldn’t wonder or be concerned about the whys. I’m just saying that I didn’t think it should have defined her the way it did.
Seth grows up with Juliet and while I felt his romantic inclinations towards her, she never reciprocated. In fact I never connected with them as a couple in the entire book. They were always friends. Lines were drawn and no one crossed them. It was fine. I had no issue with that. It wasn’t until they were put together that it no longer felt right.
That brings me to my second misconception. I though this was going to be a romance. While there is a romantic elements, nothing happens until the last quarter of the story. I honestly didn’t even think Seth was going to get his happily ever after. Gosh I don’t even know if I cared about Juliet’s happily ever after and that’s really sad. I probably would have been okay with Seth just remaining friends with Juliet that would have felt more natural.
I will absolutely pick up Trudy Stiles’ next book. She remains a star in my book. Dear Juliet just didn’t connect all those proverbial dots for me and I was left unsatisfied in the end.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
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OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES
Dear Emily – Book #1 in the Forever Family Series
This book is not suitable for young readers. It is intended for mature adults only (18+). It contains strong language, adult/sexual situations, non-consensual sex and some violence.Dear Tabitha – Book #2 in the Forever Family Series
The Epic Fail series will begin this summer (2015)
This is a spinoff of the bestselling Forever Family series. These will all be standalone novels focusing on the various characters from the band Epic Fail that were introduced in Dear Emily.
Book 1 – expected Summer 2015
Book 2 – expected Winter 2015
Book 3 – expected Spring 2016