Monday, October 8, 2018

REVIEW of Forgetting Ophelia: A Novel (Friendship & Secrets Book 3) by Julie C. Gardner

Kindle Edition, 283 pages
Expected publication: October 8th 2018 by Velvet Morning Press

Ever-hopeful Lia thinks she’ll be with handsome, brooding Jake forever. Until one day he completely blindsides her and makes her question everything she knows… Lia Townsend is expecting a ring and a trip to Hawaii for her fifth wedding anniversary. Instead, her husband, Jake, walks out on her. Out of the blue. Devastated, Lia vows to win back Jake and the perfect life they shared. 

Because it was perfect, wasn’t it? 

But as Lia searches for the truth behind Jake’s departure, the cracks in the shiny varnish begin to show. And once she uncovers his secret, all that she once knew and believed in crumbles. 

Lia’s eccentric mother, her best friend, and two vastly different men each pull her in new directions, and Lia attempts to push past the pain and start anew. 

But Jake isn’t gone for good. When an accident rocks the lives of their best friends, Lia and Jake are thrown together. Will Lia choose to salvage her old life with the man who broke her heart – or was everything they shared an illusion? 

My Thoughts…

Ophelia, or Lia, is telling the reader her story.   The story of her 35th birthday and 5th wedding anniversary coming up and the excitement of the engagement ring and trip her husband is going to give her.   Then everything changed, nothing went as planned, her life blew up in front of her eyes.   Everything and everyone she thought she knew she now doubted.   She doubted every decision she made, every person she came in contact with, and her entire life.     I was never a Lia fan.   She was indecisive, she ran from her problems, and made excuses for people who were important to her but let her down over and over again.    I struggled to connect with her and really care about her story. 

This is the story of Lia finding herself.     But I am not sure she every knew what she was looking for.     By the end I wasn’t even sure that she really found herself.    She found what she wanted to find, she changed her course in life, and she was doing things for herself instead of for others.      But…I believe she is still a work in progress.    

By reading this review you may thing I didn’t like the book.    That’s where I am struggling.   I liked the book and I looked forward to reading it.  I wanted to know what Lia would discover about herself and if she would find her happiness.    I just didn’t really like Lia.  

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