Wednesday, 4 April 2018

The Birthday List - Devney Perry - Review & Excerpt Tour

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?


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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.

5 Stars

The Birthday List is a beautiful, heartfelt, unique and emotional contemporary romance.  It’s a story of love, hope, healing and moving forward after a devastating and tragic loss.  

Poppy lives with the guilt surrounding the circumstances of her husband Jamie’s death. She sets out to fulfill Jamie’s Birthday List as a means to move forward, a list of tasks hew wished to complete prior to each birthday, that he unfortunately did not get to accomplish.  Poppy is an endearing, strong, and resilient character.

Cole is the man who shared the news of Jamie’s untimely death.  He’s kind, caring, patient and compassionate and sees the good in others.  He’s a big believer in paying forward a chance to change your future.

The characters are incredibly well developed and I absolutely adored the secondary characters in this title.  Ms Perry has a style of writing that will have you feeling a gamut of emotions ranging from loss, grief and sorrow, but also joy.  Despite the elements of grief and sadness, there are also moments of levity, fun and humor.  At various points in this title I found myself smiling, laughing and also crying.

Devney Perry has quickly become an automatic one click author for me, and I cannot recommend this title highly enough, it’s a beautiful, captivating and entertaining story, that will stay with you long after you finish reading it.

I will be eagerly awaiting Ms Perry’s next release!

Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories. Devney loves hearing from readers! Connect with her on social media.

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