Title: DEAR LIFE
Author: Meghan Quinn
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 5th January, 2017
Cover Design: Meghan Quinn
Photographer: Lauren Perry
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 Sharon Thérèse
It’s difficult to imagine how four young adults with such different backgrounds find each other on a level that would become second to none. However, the beginning of the book confused me a tad and I found the pace lacking in that something I needed to keep my attention. Saying that, when their stories started to meld together, I was hooked! Personal reasons bring them together in unusual surroundings. Maybe I’m living in a cloud, but I sincerely hope that everyone that needs to vent their fears, feelings and doubts have the opportunity to be able to go to a place-haven as is Dear Life’s project. The character development is really well-thought-out by the author. In fact, I was quite taken aback by their controversial traits and loved their sassy banter, discussions and advice to one another. Now then, whether they listen and take note is another story! Each of them have a task to carry out. It’s not complicated, oh no—it’s far much more than that! If you’ve had the opportunity of seeing any of this book’s teasers, you’ll find them on our blog post and understand how they release their pent-up emotions. And folks, they’re so damn original and so freakin’ touching.
I still can’t get Carter Crawford out of my mind. I adored his sarcasm, broodiness and hated his selfishness. He turned me around his little finger with a shameful ease and weaved his way into my heart. Talk about rebellious isn’t in it. He’s the bad boy! The lad who had no wish whatsoever to integrate but needed to for reasons to be divulged. He’s got a huge chip on his shoulder, blames all and sundry for his problems and can’t see further than his nose. Until… her!
“I’m Carter, and life emasculated me in every which way.”
“Care to explain?”
“Nah, I’m good.”
While writing this review, mentioning Daisy brings a huge smile to my face. She makes the sun shine even when the horizon is black. She is my heroine. Never have I experienced such a positively innocent soul like her. Since she’s lived a sheltered life; her social skills are non-existent, her archaic dress sense not to be taken seriously, her dialogue, hindered. Within her obliged group of companions, she gains respect and concern. But her go get it attitude melted my heart! She wants to experience life, takes the bull by the horns regardless of the consequences. And did I cheer her on or what!
“I know how you feel, snowflake, wanting that freedom.”
I grieved alongside Hollyn up to a certain point. Her story is a sad one since she doesn’t want to let go of a devastating past and at such a young age. No-one should have to experience such heartbreak. Nonetheless, my patience with her was at times, thin. I had trouble getting inside her shoes though and had no wish to be in her position. This sounds awfully cruel on my part but her continuous daily sufferance after such a long time, wore me out. Jace’s cajoling gave her no option to open up. Then I began to understand why she ached so much for what couldn’t be.
“Grief is hard, exposing yourself to it and therefore experiencing it even harder.”
Jace is special. He’s the guy next door your mum would love you to bring home. He’s between a rock and a hard place and there doesn’t seem to be a solution to his problem. He only has one… or maybe two, but he’ll try his damnedest to solve them. What I loved about Jace was how he confronted his issues head on and wasn’t scared to do so. He is a player of the best kind. Fair and worthy of being heard.
“We’re honest with each other, if anything. Tell me what’s going on.”
It was a pleasure meeting all of them and observe their journey for a better life. They’re in the thick of it whether they like it or not. Four letters, four opinions, four contrasting characters are guided by a gutsy lady and a half which I am sure you will invest in regardless of her bolshie ways.
“Be kind, be courageous, and keep moving forward. Keep proving your existence, day by day Prove it.”
I can’t tell you how hard I fell for Carter. His letters were perfectly him. Daisy! She blinking well blew my socks off! Hollyn and Jace—yes, they’re important to the story’s plot, but they didn’t get under my skin as much as their friends did. Maybe there should have been two books. Reflecting on my dilemma, I really think that Ms Quinn has been very adventurous having four protagonists in one book. And the ending of this story! Meghan’s candid confession hit home in a way that had me grabbing for a man-sized hankie. I had no idea. She hit on that spot that summed up this read even before I could. Bravo ma’am!
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