Friday, May 29, 2015

Book Review: Dear Emily

Title Dear Emily

Series Forever Family, book 1

Author Trudy Stiles

Release Date December 3, 2013

Adoption. Is it a choice you could make?
For yourself?
For your unborn child?

Live this heart wrenching story with both Carly and Tabitha. Carly and her husband desperately want a child of their own, but are unable to make that dream their reality. Tabitha has been through unspeakable things and must make one of the most difficult decisions a scared and pregnant girl can make.

Dear Emily is told in dual point of view, allowing the reader to experience the highs and lows of both Carly and Tabitha and the decision that ultimately brings them together.

Take a chance on these two very different, but incredible women.

Two women. Carly and Tabitha. They each have suffered life-altering events that have left them both traumatically damaged.

Carly Sloan’s life was perfect until her security and innocence was torn from her. The vast repercussions from these events threaten to destroy her stability and her chances for a happily ever after. Kyle Finnegan comes into Carly’s life at the height of her turmoil. Can he help her find what she desires most?

Tabitha Fletcher has constantly suffered from a very young age. She has been hiding from her past, which was full of sadness, loss and abuse. She has been so brutally damaged that she has very little hope for redemption. The revolving door of men only leads her deeper into misery.

What circumstance brings these two women together and can they help each other heal? And will they each find what they need?


When I initially read the blurb for this book, I was lead to believe it would be an emotional story full of heartbreak and redemption. When I needed a strong and emotional book, I pulled this one off my shelves (can I still say this if I use a Kindle?). I had high hopes for Dear Emily, but I was left disappointed for a few reasons.

First, the writing just didn't work for me at all. This is my first book by Trudy Stiles, so I have no idea if this is her normal writing style or what. If it is, I can't see myself enjoying by her unfortunately. The writing felt juvenile to me. The inner dialogue, the character interactions... all of it felt kind of ridiculous. I found myself rolling my eyes many times and that's certainly not something I expect to do when reading a book dealing with these topics.

The characters just... annoyed me to no end. It might have to do with the writing, but they felt childish as well. They certainly never felt like mature adults that had been through some stuff (if that makes any sense at all). None of them felt realistic. Even worse is there's practically zero back story for any of the characters and that left them feeling one dimensional.

All of that being said, Dear Emily felt like it was on the edge of goodness. There's so much potential here. That is what is most disappointing... seeing a book's potential to be a really good story and watching it fall flat. So, while this wasn't exactly a hit with me, I will likely read the next book, Dear Tabitha. I just won't be reading it any time soon.


3 out of 5 stars


  1. This probably wouldn't be a book I'd have picked for myself anyway, but unrealistic dialogue/characters makes me irrationally annoyed, so after reading your review I definitely know this isn't a book for me. It's always disappointing when a book isn't as good as you'd hoped it'd be, but I love how honest your review is and how you explained exactly why it didn't work for you. Great review!

  2. Oh! By the way, I've nominated you for the Liebster Award. Not sure if you've already been nominated before, but if not and if you want to participate, you can check out my post to find out more on what to do next. :D

  3. Thanks for the nomination!

    I will check it out as soon as I have a bit more time next week.


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