Review + Giveaway: DEAR TABITHA (Forever Family #2) by Trudy Stiles
You know me. You know who I am. What I am.
Damaged. Confused. Alone.
You feel sorry for me. You pity me.
You know what I’ve done. What I’ve given up. Who I’ve given up.
You try to understand what I’ve been through and how I can go on with my life. But you can’t possibly understand.
I’ve lost too much. Sacrificed too much. Given up everything so that I can find myself.
Well, I’m done.
I’m done walking away from everything that matters.
It’s time for me to heal.
It’s MY TURN to earn…
“Dear Tabitha” is the second book in the “Forever Family” series. This is book 2 of 2 and concludes the story that began in “Dear Emily”. It is NOT a standalone story and is meant to be read after Dear Emily.
This book is not suitable for young readers. It is intended for mature adults only (18+). It contains strong language, adult/sexual situations and some violence.
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Dawn’s Review 4.5 Stars
I’m going to start this review by letting you know that when I read Dear Emily, it wasn’t a 5 star for me. I know, I know! A LOT of people really connected with it so I know it resonated with many readers. When I gave my feedback to Trudy Stiles on Dear Emily, she was the most professional person and completely open to my thoughts. Because of her graciousness, when she approached me to read Dear Tabitha, I was more than happy to give it a go. Do note: you will need to read Dear Emily before Dear Tabitha.
And am I ever glad I gave Dear Tabitha a chance! I fell in love with Tabitha’s and Alex’s story! I was completely vested in their potential relationship and the steps needed to get there. One of the aspects that I enjoyed was Trudy’s continued use of the transition between past and present. She managed that process very well, weaving aspects from the past that melded with what was currently happening in the present. Also, I thought the dual POV was well-done and helped me connect with Tabitha and Alex. In Dear Emily, I struggled connecting with the characters, which I did not find was the case here. When Alex was angry, so was I. When Tabs’ heart was breaking over the horrors she faced while in Portland, I was sick for her.
This story is one of redemption, love, forgiveness, finding peace, and family. I applaud Trudy for continuing Tabitha’s and Alex’s story, while at times was beyond painful but had so much potential for finding exactly what they both needed in this life to be whole. I also loved the small glimpse into Emily’s life. It added so much to the story and enhanced my emotional connection even further.
Overall, Dear Tabitha had me completely caught up in Tabs and Alex, their friends and family. I’m really pleased I took the chance to read it and enjoy it. My heart still throbs with feeling for this one, even a couple of days later. And what a great reminder that even if one book by an author doesn’t hit the 5 mark for you that you should give their other work a chance.
Dawn C’s review
Trudy Stiles is a New Adult author, mom to two beautiful children, and married to the love of her life. She is the author of the Forever Family series including “Dear Emily” and “Dear Tabitha”. There will be many more stories from this series and you never know who may have a standalone or novella written for them. Stay tuned!
Trudy is a music junkie and you’ll know that she’s writing when you see her plugged into her laptop with her earbuds in. Her playlist is unique and is a must for her writing sprints.
When she’s not writing, she’s carting her children to their various activities while avoiding any kind of laundry or housework. She also loves to run along the boardwalk of the beautiful New Jersey shore.
She’s always been an avid reader and frequently escapes into the fictional worlds of the many characters that she has come to love. Well, now there are some fictional characters in her head dying to get out!
This first story is called “Dear Emily” and was released in December 2013. “Dear Tabitha” will be released in March 2014. The Forever Family series will continue with several companion/stand alone novels.