Dear Juliet (Forever Family #3) by Trudy StilesDear Juliet by Trudy Stiles
Published April 2015
Series: Forever Family #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dramatic Romance
five-stars
Format: eBook
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I've known her since the third grade.
I've loved her since our teen years.
But her heart belonged to my best friend.

Juliet Oliver was adopted at birth and has always struggled with this fact. She's been emotionally detached from everyone in her entire life, except for one person. He's been the one source of support, love and encouragement.

Seth Tyson has had his share of painful relationships. He's constantly battling with his own demons, led by issues at home.

I lost her.
I thought she was the love of my life.
She was everything I needed. Everything I wanted.
She made me forget about my past. My family.
She made me feel real.
How do I move on from her?
Will I find someone like her?
It’s time to pick up the pieces.
But can I?
I’m Seth Tyson and this is my story.

I deserve a happily ever after, don’t I?

Dear Juliet is going to be one of these books that are extremely hard to review. To make it plain and simple, while some of the things in the book and how the storyline went really didn’t appeal to me, I loved the book for how it made me feel. It is the type of book you have a love/hate relationship with because you hate what it made the characters go through, but you enjoyed every single emotion out of the myriad of emotions it made you feel.

Dear Juliet is the story of Juliet Oliver, who had been adopted by the Olivers when she was a newborn baby. While she has the most loving parents and two wonderful friends, she never really got over the fact that she was unwanted by her birth mother. And as a tragic accident changes her life from one day to the other, Juliet struggles more and more to find her place and purpose in the world.

“I still can’t believe I am a gift. And unwanted at the same time.”

We know Seth Tyson from the past Forever Family books, and he didn’t leave readers with a stellar impression. Dear Juliet sheds some light on his past and helps us better understand who he is – and the unspeakable bond he shares with Juliet, as the two of them share all their ups and downs even though they are miles apart.

“You’re my first love, and I never had the courage to tell you. My love for you is pure, ageless.”

I do have to warn you: there is a lot of drama involved in this book. I am still wondering if it is not too much, and if Juliet’s fixation on being “unwanted” is not a tad over-dramatic given the wonderful parents and support system she has. But I guess it ties in well with the full story-line, and where she comes from.

I won’t deny that Dear Juliet brought me to tears at least twice. It had some very powerful moments and that was mostly due to the great writing. The author skilfully ties the past with the present without making it awkward or hard to understand for the reader. It is also done is a way that only reveals little bouts of the story at a time, always keeping the reader fully engaged.

And – oh my god – there is a huge unexpected twist at the book, that I never could have seen coming.

All in all, I won’t lie, the book is quite dark. It’s the kind of book that takes a lot of heartache and puts up a hell of a fight until the sky finally clears up for the main characters, but I wouldn’t change it for the world because it elicits so many emotions – and whenever a book is able to affect you, then it is a keeper. Up to you to see if you like it! Just make sure you read the two other books in the Forever Family series first.

Detailed Rating
Storyline
5 Stars
Characters
5 Stars
Writing
5 Stars
All the feels
5 Stars
Overall: five-stars