Dear Emily by Trudy Stiles
Published by Veronica Vixley Press on December 3, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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Two women. Carly and Tabitha. They each have suffered life-altering events that have left them both traumatically damaged.
Carly Sloan’s life was perfect until her security and innocence was torn from her. The vast repercussions from horrific events threaten to destroy her stability and her chances for a happily ever after. Kyle Finnegan comes into Carly’s life at the height of her turmoil. Can he help her find what she desires most?
Tabitha Fletcher has constantly suffered from a very young age. She has been hiding from her past, which was full of sadness, loss and abuse. She has been so brutally damaged that she has very little hope for redemption. The revolving door of men only leads her deeper into misery.
What circumstance brings these two women together and can they help each other heal? And will they each find what they need?
“Dear Emily” is the first book 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.
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Dear Emily by Trudy Stiles was nothing like I thought it would be. I am so impressed with how this story was written and wouldn’t have believed this was a debut author.
We follow Carly on her journey to become a mother, even if that means adopting and Tabitha a broken, lost young woman who feels as though she has no choice but to put her baby up for adoption. The story is written in both women’s voices. We get back story on both and present day chapters for both. This is two stories in one. Both will leave you emotional. I found myself pulled in several different directions.
I desperately wanted Carly to get her HEA. She had survived a horrific ordeal in college. One that left her permanently scarred not just mentally but physically. She meets Kyle shortly have the first ‘incident’ and he becomes instrumental in her recovery. Even though this wasn’t a traditional love story, I still felt every bit of it. The flirting, the tension, the love, and the healing. Kyle was perfect for Carly. He was patient and he was kind. The author doesn’t dwell over the ‘incident’, she gives it time it deserves and she moves on. The story isn’t so much about what happens as it is about the aftermath. The fact that Carly has to live forever knowing that one person took away her ability to conceive. I can’t begin to imagine what that’s like. How you overcome something so extreme.
We meet Tabitha through the adoption agency that Cary and Kyle are signed up with. Emily has had an extremely difficult childhood. One that led her across the country in search of something. Unfortunately, it threw her into an unbelievably horrible situation. One that has left her broken. She finds herself on the run again back to where she was born. One home she finds herself in love with Alex and equally broken and haunted young man. Her best friend Seth is in love with her and will do just about anything to be with her. This broken girl makes some poor choices and finds herself pregnant. Only she doesn’t know who the daddy is. She’s heartbroken, scared, and in a very dark place.
These two women meet during what should be a beautiful time for the mother. I think Carly is truly happy to have the opportunity to adopt Tabitha’s baby but she’s also compassionate enough to know what a difficult decision this would be for any ‘to-be’ mother.
I didn’t know what I wanted as I was reading this story. I mean I wanted Carly and Kyle to be happy. I wanted them to have a baby. To make their love story complete. But I was finding myself feeling desperate for Tabitha. I want her to get help. I want her to survive. I want her to find love again. I want her to be happy. I think there were times when I hoped she would change her mind and not give Carly her baby. Then I felt bad for feeling that way. See…that’s when you know it’s good writing!
I won’t tell you how this story ends. I will say that I can’t wait for book 2. This one doesn’t really end with a cliffhanger. More like a taste of what’s to come and I can’t wait!
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*