When Carter is killed in combat, he leaves behind his heartbroken wife, Avery, and his shattered best friend, Remy. Naturally, these two wounded souls gravitate together, irresistibly drawn by the loss of the one they both loved, as well as their deep friendship with each other. But when that friendship starts to turn into something more, new problems arise.
Will Avery be able to move on after losing the love of her life?
Will Remy be able to fill the void left by the loss of his best friend? Or will this new chance at love cost them all they have left?
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REVIEW - ✯✯✯✯✯
I volunteered to review this book without any promises about the review (the rating or the posting).
I’ve read Jude’s books in the past, including this one. I fell in love with Avery and was so excited to hear her words in her “own” voice. The audio version was just as beautiful as I imagined it would be.
The following is my personal opinion and thoughts about many aspects of this book and its author.
COVER: ✯✯✯✯✯ - I’m unsure if Jude wrote the characters based off the models, but they are exactly how I felt they should look. I’m so happy to see Jude didn’t do the typical 1/2 naked embracing couple as some authors would have for a contemporary romance. This cover matches perfectly due to the emotions and inner thoughts by the main characters. Congrats!
PLOT: ✯✯✯✯✯ - Avery is a retired soldier and newly married woman who deals with the separation from her husband, Carter, and their best friend, Remy. While overseas Carter is killed in action in front of Remy. Both Avery and Remy share the grief and heartache that comes along with the loss. However, Remy harbors a long kept secret that under any other circumstances would’ve gone to his grave. How will they both cope with the loss and the soon to be discovered knowledge that Remy has loved Avery for years?
WRITING STYLE: ✯✯✯✯✯ - Being French Canadian, Jude’s second language is English. However, you would never guess since her style outranks many authors out there. She isn’t overly descriptive in settings, but she definitely makes up for it in the emotional department. She makes it very easy to love and hate her characters.
CHARACTERS: ✯✯✯✯✯ - Avery is so easy to fall in love with. She’s sweet and caring. Having been in the military for years, she’s become more comfortable in army fatigues than in dresses. Through this book Avery is put through a roller coaster of emotions while learning how to live a civilian life. It’s easy to laugh and cry when thinking about her.
NARRATOR: ✯✯✯✯ - I’m only giving Reagan 4 stars because I’ve read the book prior to it being an audio. I had it in my head how the emotions surrounding Carter’s death should sound like. Unfortunately I didn’t truly believe Reagan’s performance. I’m unsure if it was actually her performance or just because I had it so highly built up in my mind. But, unfortunately it did lack for me. Don’t get me wrong...Reagan was awesome in the changing up with the different characters and is truly gifted. And the rest of the book was extremely well executed. I will be looking for more books narrated by her.
Remy is the second main character. He’s been Avery’s best friend for years. He’s loyal and willing to do anything for Avery. After the death of Avery’s husband and his best friend, he helps her to pick up the pieces while also grieving. His strength of character and caring nature is something that Avery needs to help her move past Carter’s death and learn to live again.
OVERALL FLOW: ✯✯✯✯✯ - The overall flow of the book was relaxed and inviting. I loved Reagan’s take on all the characters. She definitely was able to bring them to life as I had always hoped (since the first time I read the book).
If you are looking for a book with heart and soul-breaking emotions...well I highly recommend you grab your own copy. And be ready for a couple ugly cries in there too.
Under no circumstances was I approached by the author to read or review this book. I offered without any agreement or promise for any compensation. I am voluntarily giving my opinion about this book. My only affiliation with the author is that I am a fan and want to support by reading and posting this review of my own free will.
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I am sure my heart was ripped out of my chest. It got put back in by Jude. Carter was deployed only two days after his wedding to Avery. Carter and Remmie and Avery were best of friends. They shared a strong bond. When Carter was shot, he asked Remmie to take care of Avery, then died in his arms. Such a heartwarming story. Narration was great!
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This book was not what I was expecting based on the synopsis given. Yes, it is about a wife who loses her husband in combat and that the wife and best friend depend on each other to move forward over the lost, but it didn't really fit what I thought the story was going to be about. This was the first book by this author that I have read and there were times she had me confused. The major confusion was that nicknames were used heavily in the book and at times I was lost as to who was being talked about, as the same person could have several different nicknames by the same characters. The confusion could have been increased because this was not a duel narrated book and the the narrator struggled with changing her voice between different characters. Her struggling was a big part of my struggle as it made it difficult to follow at times and not knowing who was speaking was making me even more confused. At other times in the story, the narrator was able to change up her voice enough but just wasn’t consistent enough. I felt that the author was trying to add to the plot and a few secondary characters, but that sort of just ended and I was left wondering what actually happened. The author did do a good job with her focus on how to move on after the loss of someone you love and her ability to capture the " wondering how things may have been different" was good, too. I just felt as if there was so much more potential for more with this story and that things were left out which gave it a choppy feel at times. I can see this being a five star read with some resolving of unfinished plot additions which would give more flow and enrich this story's theme of dealing with loss.
Highly Recommend! I've volunteered to review this for the author. I love to read Jude Ouvrard stories. I had the audio version of this one. I totally fell in love with this story. It made me cry, but in the end it was a great. This story is abut Carter, Avery and Remy. Carter and Avery were the perfect couple. What will happen to you if you lost your loved one? Can you make it through it without some form of support and love? Remy had always loved Avery but he wasn't about to get in the way of his best friend Carter. Remy is so sweet. This story has love, friendship, and heartbreak in this story was amazingly written. I found that Reagan West did an wonderful job with bring each charterer out even more. I felt like I was there with them every chapters. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this one! Keep up the amazing work Jude!! Can't see what else you will bring to us in the future.
This is a beautiful book of lost love and finding of love. I cried and laughed with this book, amazing. Simply loved the narrator, she did an awesome job. So recommended this book.
Ovurard creates an intriguing plot to her story.
When the story begins, we discover that Avery (beautiful female) has left the armed forces after an explosion nearly killed her and killed many of her group. The man she is about to marry, Carter, has to return to duty 3 days after their marriage.
It breaks her heart, but as a prior soldier, she understands. Only the worst possible situation unfolds. Two months from returning home, Carter is killed by the enemy.
Prepare to cry. After luring you in to love both Avery and Carter, Carter is killed by an enemy militant.
And his best friend, Remy, is soon seriously injured as well. When they get Remy back to stateside, Avery is there to help and heal him. And given how close she was to Remy for ten years of her life, falling in love wasn’t hard. What was hard is not feeling guilty for falling in love so soon after Carter’s death.
This was not just a problem for Avery. It was also a problem for Remy as well.
The twists and turns in this story kept me riveted. I could not stop listening to the story. Will they get past their history and guilt? Or will they break apart? You’ll get no spoilers from me.
A fabulous story from beginning to end. The narration was 5 star, the storyline was 5 star which means, overall it is a 5
This book keeps you wanting more. The connection to real life events that affect all of our, and our need for love rings through as the story unfolds for Avery. Each of us have desires, needs, and fears in our life, Avery’s story really shows us resilience and the art of always moving forward, based in a military realm. Without any spoilers, this is for sure not one to miss!!
What a listen this story is! This is my second Jude Ouvrard listen and it definitely will not be my last. If you are looking for a book that will let you experience every emotion, it's for you. Carter, Remy and Avery all share a history. Avery and Carter are married and immediately following their wedding, Carter is deployed. When he is killed in action, the relationship between Remy and Avery is forever changed. Carter's death is expressed so well by Ouvrard, you will feel the incredible loss by both characters and how they learn to cope. There is some delving into PTSD too, such a tragic result of each of these soldiers saw. I love the way the story progresses, with the feelings of survivor's guilt and love, depression, fear and happiness. Remy and Avery will steal your hearts and let you take their paths to finding that love shows up whenever it is right, time will help heal your heart and you can find that second chance at getting their happily ever after.
Reagan West is an amazing narrator. I love the warmth that her voice extends through her performance, giving each character their own voice. She is top notch and a pleasure to listen to.