on April 3, 2018
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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?
Review + Excerpt: The Birthday List by Devney Perry
Oh Devney Perry, where have you been all my life??!! I get so excited when I decide to read a new to me author and it’s one of the best books I’ve read all year!! I’ve heard of Ms Perry from her past releases so when I heard she was releasing The Birthday List I was not letting this one pass me by!!! OH MY LORD!! I will be a forever faithful to her. I’m now a full-fledged stalker errr…. follower and I cannot wait to have a morsel of time to discover her other works. She is a MUST READ author!! If you’ve not read her before now is the time to start! The Birthday List is an inspiring love story that makes you fall in love in the face of tragedy. It’s such a beautiful story that I don’t know how my review will give it justice! This is a HUGE 5 STAR read that I HIGHLY recommend!!
Jamie and Poppy her young and in love. Jamie was adventurous and instead of having a bucket list for when he retired, he had a birthday list. A list of things he wanted to accomplish by a certain birthday. He thought why wait until I’m retired to do these things. He wanted to make memories now. He was always thinking of fun and silly things to add. They were on the eve of their first wedding anniversary when Jamie was murdered while out running errands. It took Poppy many years to move forward but after five years, she thought it was time to fulfill Jamie’s birthday list.
She didn’t know she would find more than just adventure. Cole was the one who five years ago delivered the news to Poppy about Jamie’s murder. Being a police officer it was the hardest part of the job but he stayed with her until her family was able to be there for her. There was something about the beautiful women that called to Cole. It didn’t feel right just leaving after he gave her the news. Five years later their paths will cross multiple times and it seems like fate and Jamie’s birthday list was pulling them together.
Poppy struggles with letting Jamie go but knows it time to move forward. It seems like his birthday list will do more than bring Poppy back to life but towards a new future. The Birthday List will take you on a roller coaster of emotions and will leave you falling in love. It’s a story of loss and triumph, of love and strength and a story that will stay with you long after you finished the last page. I hope you take a chance and read this one like I did! You will not be disappointed!
Turning to the door, I smiled, ready to greet my late-evening customer, but faltered as the door closed behind him.
Cole Goodman was walking my way.
My belly dipped as I took him in. His aviator sunglasses were perched on top of his chocolate-brown hair. A black polo stretched across his broad shoulders and pulled tight across his muscled arms. His pale-blue jeans molded to his Herculean thighs before draping down to his black, square-toed boots. The leather belt on Cole’s trim waist held both a shining badge and a holstered gun.
Cole smiled and locked his light-green eyes on mine as he crossed the room.
His straight, white teeth made my breath hitch—something that had happened last night more times than I wanted to admit.
Molly, who had turned around from her seat to greet our customer, spun around so her back was to Cole. Her cheeks flushed as she whispered, “Wow.”
Wow was right.
Cole Goodman was—simply put—gorgeous.
He could give a woman a speeding ticket and get a thank-you in return. He inspired women to attempt push-ups in a karate class just for the chance to watch him sweat through his gi. Cole made grown women blush like teenagers and giggle in corners, like those girls at the dojo last night.