In the spirit of Ruth Hogan and Adriana Trigiani, bestselling British author Debbie Johnson brings us the ultimate in “happy tears”: a heartfelt story about a woman seizing the chance to reconnect with her lost love.
The truth changes everything.
For years Jess believed that Joe—the father of her child and the only man she ever loved—had abandoned her during her greatest time of need. That belief nearly destroyed her. Seventeen years later, when cleaning out her mother’s house, Jess unpacks a box of cards and letters hidden in the attic and makes a discovery that changes everything about life as she knows it.
Shaken but empowered, Jess—and her two stalwart best friends—set out on a remarkable journey to follow a set of faded postmarks around the world. Is Joe still alive? Does he know that Jess never forgot him? Maybe their love story isn’t over.
Maybe one day they’ll find each other again…
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Fly Girl’s Review
I was lucky enough to win this on a Goodreads giveaway and finally got it off my TBR pile a week or so ago. This was not what I expected. I thought it would be more romance than chick lit, but it was really the other way around. It tells the story of an epic romance that lasts more than a decade, but it’s more a mourning of it than a celebration, I anticipated. So, although easy to read it was very emotional and with each stop on the way to finding her lost love, she mourns one more piece of his life she missed and a piece of her life she never lived. It’s all very tragic and at a lot of points very depressing.
She balances the depressing with the mourning of their daughter and an uplifting tidbit of how Joe helped someone else along his journey. Jess is just now dealing with the death of their daughter and that makes it all the sadder. The friends she drags along actually ended up getting more from the journey itself than Jess did, if you ask me. the both realized being good and honest was better than hiding your true self and being good. They both are inspired to stand up for themselves and be who they are.
We do get a HEA at the end, but then it just ends. No epilogue, no closure to all the other open wounds and people’s lives Joe and Jess touched. Just an end. That is the real reason I’m giving it a 3.5 of 5. There should have been more, it’s not a movie where the lights come up to tell you it’s over, it’s a book and we expect closure on these things.
3.5 of 5 Propellers
Connect with Debbie Johnson
Debbie Johnson is a best-selling author who lives and works in Liverpool, where she divides her time between writing, caring for a small tribe of children and animals, and not doing the housework.
She worked as a journalist for many years, until she decided it would be more fun to make up her own stories than to tell other people’s.
After trying her hand at pretty much every genre of writing other than Westerns and spy dramas, she now specializes in creating uplifting women’s fiction that seems to make people laugh and make people cry, often at the same time.
Her books focus on the things that really matter to most of us – love, family, community and getting by with a little help from our friends. They include The A-Z of Everything and the hugely successful Comfort Food Cafe series.
Debbie has now sold more than 1,000,000 copies of her books, and is published in the USA, France, Germany, Sweden, Holland, Turkey, Italy and Ukraine. Two of her books – The A-Z of Everything and Never Kiss A Man in a Christmas Sweater – have been optioned for film/TV.
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