Saturday, April 7, 2018

The Birthday List by Devney Perry

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?

Turning to the door, I smiled, ready to greet my late-evening customer, but faltered as the door closed behind him.
Cole Goodman was walking my way.
My belly dipped as I took him in. His aviator sunglasses were perched on top of his chocolate-brown hair. A black polo stretched across his broad shoulders and pulled tight across his muscled arms. His pale-blue jeans molded to his Herculean thighs before draping down to his black, square-toed boots. The leather belt on Cole’s trim waist held both a shining badge and a holstered gun.
Cole smiled and locked his light-green eyes on mine as he crossed the room.
His straight, white teeth made my breath hitch—something that had happened last night more times than I wanted to admit.
Molly, who had turned around from her seat to greet our customer, spun around so her back was to Cole. Her cheeks flushed as she whispered, “Wow.”
Wow was right.
Cole Goodman was—simply put—gorgeous.

He could give a woman a speeding ticket and get a thank-you in return. He inspired women to attempt push-ups in a karate class just for the chance to watch him sweat through his gi. Cole made grown women blush like teenagers and giggle in corners, like those girls at the dojo last night.

4 Stars

I adore this book. It broke my heart, but Poppy and Cole made me smile. I recently discovered this author's work with her last series, The Jamison Valley, and knew I couldn't wait for this new standalone. And The Birthday List did not disappoint. 

The Birthday List is an unique story about overcoming a tragic event, mending a broken heart and finding love again. Poppy believed her happily ever after with her husband, Jamie, is going to be forever, until one tragic night changed it all. 

Jamie was working on his "birthday list" -- essentially a bucket list for every year before he passed away. And when Poppy decides to finish it for him, she discovers a lot more about herself. She learns that she is stronger than she thinks and letting Jamie go is not forgetting him. Ugh--seriously, I felt for Poppy throughout this read!

What Poppy never expected is in running into the cop, Cole, who delivered the tragic news five years prior. And now there's something about this cop, she can't stop thinking about. And Cole is willing to take it slow to help Poppy move on from her past, but never forgetting it. Cole couldn't have been more supportive and sweet!

I won't spoil what happens if/how Poppy finishes Jamie's list, but I will say, this book brought me to tears and joy. Losing a loved one is never easy, but it gets easier over time.   

About the Author

Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories. Devney loves hearing from readers! Connect with her on social media.

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