by Meghan Quinn
Publication Date: January 5th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Four lives. Four stories. Four sets of letters. Four brave souls in need of guidance while facing life's greatest challenges.
The anonymously published Dear Life program is designed to help them step outside of their comfort zones, face their obstacles, and relinquish their demons...and prove their existence.
With their lives teetering between wanting more and losing it all, all four souls dive into the program as a New Year’s resolution, sending them on a crazy, life-altering journey.
Please be kind.
Yours truly, Hollyn, Jace, Daisy, and Carter.
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Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***
“Life is bigger than this, live it, love it…prove your existence.”
What a way to start 2017! Meghan Quinn brings a totally different side to her writing ability in this book and from start to finish this book hit me where it hurts…in the heart. The raw emotion poured into every word was apparent in spades and you could tell that certain aspects of this book were written from the heart, from experiences both good and bad.
“It’s not until you face your fears that you will finally be able to find acceptance.”
This book is an experience, a journey of four lives and you live and breathe every single one. No one character is superfluous, all stories are interlinked, all stories are explored in depth, both in plot and emotion. You feel everything, from pain, from laughter, from new experiences, from guilt and grief, to love. Meghan Quinn’s ever present wit is interspersed throughout and uplifts the story when you most need it as each character battles their past to find their present and future. This was a stunning story from start to finish, it is on the longer side, but no word was unwarranted, each word had presence, thought and meaning behind it and my only niggle…I didn’t want to leave these characters behind.
“I’m not going to devalue your feelings or emotions. You have the right to be mad, but be mad with a purpose. Be mad at the right thing.”
Dear Life is a story of healing for four characters, Hollyn, Jace, Daisy and Carter. Each character is battling something different and are united in their attendance at a self-help group called, Dear Life. Dear Life is like an AA meeting without the alcoholics. It is a place, where in confidence, you tackle life in general, tackle what is holding you back, work through your troubles, off load, get advice and make friends. This is a book of hope, a book of healing and a book of letting go.
“What if is a waste of time. Don’t ruin your life over a what if.”
Each character is different, unique and battling their own demons, but every character is lovable in their own way.
Hollyn, while seemingly brash and offensive on the outside is a woman drowning in guilt and grief on the inside. Her prickles are her defences and it will take someone special to trim those suckers down. Meghan Quinn portrayed Hollyn perfectly, no miracle cures, no instantaneous miraculous recovery, Hollyn was made to work for it and you are with her every step of the way.
Jace, OMG Jace, he brought me to my emotional knees. Jace is drowning in grief but in a totally different way to Hollyn. This man wears his heart on his sleeve and the blood that is currently pumping out of it is plain for all the see. Jace was perfect but more importantly he wasn’t afraid to show his emotions, he wore them like a badge of honour and a man totally in tune with his emotions is refreshing and honest. He was adorable with a capital A.
“I knew we were connected on a deeper level…I saw the same tortured look in your eyes in my reflection.”
Daisy was the light and laughter to this group. Daisy was a twenty-one-year-old sheltered woman with no and I mean NO life experience. No friends, no electronics, no fashion, nothing, she was a young woman living a pensioner’s life and now Daisy needed to learn to live. Daisy is a total innocent in everything. She was adorkable in every single way, I just wanted to give her the biggest hugs.
Carter has the hugest chip on his shoulder, hates the hand he has been dealt and just hates life in general. Yes, he had been dealt a shit hand, but it could have been a lot worse and sometimes life has its own way of giving one huge life lesson, always with the best intentions. Carter needed to see the wood for the trees, would Dear Life afford him the opportunity?
“She’s sunshine and rainbows; I’m rainclouds and puddles.”
This was a stunning book from start to finish, many tears were shed but many more smiles and laughs were given. This whole book is a life lesson, when life hands you lemons…you make lemonade. Look for the positives, embrace them, live for them. The past is just that, the past, learn from it, never forget it, but don’t let it determine your future and your happiness. This is one book I won’t be forgetting in a hurry. Amazing read. Loved everything about it. Four lives…four letters…but five huge shiny stars.
“Dear Life, Puffy paint? Fuck you. Carter.”
About the Author:
A BLONDE AT HEART
Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.
Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.
Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!
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