Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Review and giveaway: The Perpetual Quest for the Perfect Life by Michelle Pace & Tammy Coon

Our 4.5 star review

Everybody wants their lives to be perfect, the perfect marriage, the perfect house, job, etc.. Reality bites because we all know that life is anything but perfect.


Nicole grew up in the small river town of Jefferson Point. A town where there are no secrets because everyone knows everyone and let’s face it, you just can’t keep secrets in a small town. You can imagine the shock when Dr. Ryan Harper is murdered. He was the town’s star and Nicole’s husband.
She reluctantly returns to her small town to raise their two year old son. Struggling to adapt to her life without Ryan she tries to make the best of it with her best friend Avery, who also happens to be Ryan’s sister. Things aren’t always what they seem. The last thing Nicole planned on was reconnecting with Aaron Foster.  Aaron was Ryan’s best friend and also kept Ryan’s dirty little secrets but also has secrets of his own. *Insert town gossip here*

Avery along with the rest of her family has struggled with the death of her brother. Under constant scrutiny from her “perfect” mother, she is fed up with and ready to live her life the way she wants to live it. *Introduce hot Native American, Shilah a gorgeous man her mother wouldn’t approve of here*
A beautiful and heart felt story about dealing with town gossip, realizing that things aren’t always what they seem and people are definitely not always who you think they are. It is a journey about finding your way, learning to open up and understanding and realizing that it is ok to love again.

Why I enjoyed this book...

Flat out, I related to Nicole immediately. I personally know what it feels like to lose someone you love. It is absolutely a life changing event in more ways than one. You are constantly second guessing your decisions. Then you feel guilty for being happy but you can’t give up because you have people who depend on you, count on you so therefore, you have no choice but to put your big girl panties on and just deal with it. It affects pretty much every aspect of your life, a painful lesson in life and one that is completely unavoidable. This story had me crying, laughing, rooting and yelling. You also understand that everyone mourns differently. There isn’t a right or wrong way to mourn; you learn to deal with things in a way that works for you and you alone.  All of the characters brought such a wonderful dynamic and it made the story that much better. You have characters you love, characters you want to punch in the face and characters that make you laugh. Michelle Pace and Tammy Coons wrote such a wonderful story about such a difficult subject. It is definitely a story worth reading. Michelle and Tammy get better and better with every novel they write. Definitely two talented ladies to watch out for!

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