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Does the world need another dating app? We’ll find out what Fly Girl says…

A young widow must face the grief she’s always set aside when an unexpected delivery throws her life into disarray

Twenty-nine-year-old Charlotte Rosen has a secret: she’s a widow. Ever since the fateful day that leveled her world, Charlotte has worked hard to move forward. Great job at a hot social media analytics company? Check. Roommate with no knowledge of her past? Check. Adorable dog? Check. All the while, she’s faithfully data-crunched her way through life, calculating the probability of risk—so she can avoid it.

Yet Charlotte’s algorithms could never have predicted that her late husband’s ashes would land squarely on her doorstep five years later. Stunned but determined, Charlotte sets out to find meaning in this sudden twist of fate, even if that includes facing her perfectly coiffed, and perfectly difficult, ex-mother-in-law—and her husband’s best friend, who seems to become a fixture at her side whether she likes it or not.

But when her quest reveals a shocking secret, Charlotte is forced to answer questions she never knew to ask and to consider the possibility of forgiveness. And when a chance at a new life arises, she’ll have to decide once and for all whether to follow the numbers or trust her heart.

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Fly Girl’s Review:

This was my Christmas travel read. I should have finished it on the one day trip to see Teresa, but it didn’t speak to me at all. The description attracted me with the idea of developing a new dating app to help her find “The One.” Only, she was looking for an exact replica of what she lost even though it took her the whole book to realize that. The character’s grief was well expressed and is what may attract a few people to this one. I can’t argue she did her research, which she thanks those that helped make that part authentic at the end of the book. Kudos for doing that. Many times we see the Thank You overlooked in favor of starting the next project.

Several seemingly random things all build up to uncover secrets towards the end of the book. So don’t let yourself ask the questions before she’s ready to tell, because it’s aggravating. Like why would Decker’s best friend from college be so close to his parents after five years with no explanation of the relationship the two friends had with them? It goes on from there. How can you just pop right over in LA?–Have you seen the traffic there?

To finish up I’m only giving this a 3 of 5 because the story formatting made it hard to read, it took me 5 days (unusual for me), and the story kept making me feel like she would never answer all the questions I had. The text messaging is in the same font as the rest of the story so it is hard to tell where texting starts and stops and what is a thought versus a text. This story is a slow peel, kind of like a kiwi…hard to get the skin off and many textures and flavors going on. So if you like a read that keeps you in suspense for the answers you know should be there, then this one’s for you. Otherwise I might leave it for the middle of a series you just need a little break from. It will definitely make the next one look better.

3 of 5 Propellers

Connect with Emily Belden

Emily Belden is an author with powerhouse publisher, HARLEQUIN/HARPERCOLLINS. She inked a two-book deal with them in 2016, and her debut novel HOT MESS came out March 20, 2018 via their edgy imprint Graydon House.

In 2019, her sophomore novel HUSBAND MATERIAL will be released.

She is represented by famed literary agency, Browne & Miller, along with 44 Blue Productions in Burbank. The SoCal studio is adapting her memoir into a comedic series.