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?
5 Star Review by Ashley
Sometimes you finish and book and just want to hug it close to your chest and never let it go. Then you feel bad because the awesomeness that you just read needs to be shared with the world but you still want it to be only yours....that's how I feel about The Birthday List. From the first page I was invested in Poppy's story.
I LOVED that woman. Everything about her. Her pain. Her kindness. Her generosity. Her grace. How she hated labels and pity. How she tried to pull herself up and out. Thank goodness for her family that rallied around her in the aftermath of the tragedy that changed her life. I liked that despite having a broken heart, she found something to help to try to move forward. Jamie's List. Call it coincidence, destiny, fate- whatever you will but it was the list that made all the difference. It brought Cole into her orbit.
Eyes closed, smile, sigh and swoon because Cole is the epitome of book boyfriend. He is protective. Patient. Brave. Sexy. Intelligent. Dedicated. Honest. And so enamored with Poppy he wasn't quite sure what to do. While he knew he would do anything for her to see him, he didn't want to push too far too fast. He also didn't want to compete with a ghost. What he should've seen, was that despite Poppy's grief, it wasn't a competition. He was his own man and she fell for him.
I loved seeing Poppy grow. She didn't forget Jamie, she never could but she found a place in her heart for him and for the life she wanted. Watching her shed the guilt was heartbreaking in a completely different way than the loss. And there was so much beauty found in that pain. Cole was that gentle voice saying, it's ok to try again tomorrow.
I have to say it was the little touches that Devney Perry added to this book that really made it shine. Friendships, afternoons in the park, grouchy old men, family, smiles. The Birthday List is everything you want in not just a romance but a book. It consumed me and I want to live in it's subtle and powerful message.
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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