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?
Devney Perry is a genius – she writes the most beautiful, heartwarming romances ever! In fact, I binge read her Jamison Valley Series, immediately after reading this one – she has the most magnificent talent of not only getting the reader hooked on to the plot, but also get attached to the characters like you would with any familial people!
Poppy Maysen is happily married to her college sweetheart until the one night, where her world was shattered by a cop with news!
Cole Goodman was the cop who had the misfortune of being the messenger who shattered Poppy’s world that one night.
Its five years later; and although Poppy has no need / want to move on from her husband; she does want to memorize Jamie by completing his Birthday List – a list of things he wanted to do before each birthday! Soon, Cole and Poppy strike up a friendship and he accompanies Poppy in her quest to complete the list.
I adored Cole- he is the BEST MAN ever! He is calm, kind and patient man; and he takes such good care of Poppy and those that he loves. In fact, I saw bits of my husband in him and that made me fall in love with him all the more!
Plus, Ms. Perry made sure the timeline was absolutely believable as well – the fact that it took 5 years for Poppy to even think about moving on, made me feel like it was an appropriate amount of time for the grieving process to happen.
This was a beautiful romance – low on angst, low on drama yet a heartwarming romance that talks about finding yourself and a way to live after a devastating loss – I cherished the way the author went on to write a story that was not only relatable but also one that had me feel like this book gave me a warm and cuddly hug!
This book and the author are definitely one that you shouldn’t miss especially if you are into the romance genre!
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5
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.
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.