Dear Tabitha (Forever Family #2) by Trudy StilesDear Tabitha by Trudy Stiles
Published March 2014
Series: Forever Family #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dramatic Romance
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Format: eBook
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You know me. You know who I am. What I am.

Damaged. Confused. Alone.

You feel sorry for me. You pity me.

You know what I’ve done. What I’ve given up. Who I’ve given up.

You try to understand what I’ve been through and how I can possibly go on with my life. But you can’t possibly understand.

I’ve lost too much. Sacrificed too much. Given up everything so that I can find myself.

Well I’m done.

I’m done walking away from everything that matters.

It’s time for me to heal.

It’s MY TURN to earn…

Redemption.
Love.
Family.

Note: Dear Tabitha is the sequel to Dear Emily, Book 1 in the Forever Family Series. Please make sure to read Dear Emily first, as Dear Tabitha is in no way a standalone and holds many, many references to Tabitha’s life before Emily, the child she gave away for adoption.

Tabitha Fletcher has been through many hardships and tough moments in her life. She has finally come over her depression and has found acceptance in having given her child Emily away at birth, to a family that treats her daughter like a miracle and keeps Tabitha updated every step of the way.

However, one day, out of the blue, she is hit with two shocking news: her ex-boyfriendAlex Treadway is back in her hometown of Philadelphia and looking for her. However, what he doesn’t expect is finding out that he may or may not be Emily’s father, when he had no idea Tabitha was pregnant when they broke up.

At the same time, Tabitha receives a letter from a long forgotten acquaintance telling her to come pick up the pieces of her old life: she finally finds out the whereabouts of her daughter Sara, whom she was forced to give away at birth by the father, a man who held her captive and raped her over 2 years.

If you enjoyed Dear Emily, you will definitely also enjoy Dear Tabitha as it is written with the same passion, empathy and depth. That being said, Dear Tabitha is definitely not a light read, it is as heavy as can be, and just as tear-threatening and gut-churning as Dear Emily, given that it recounts Tabitha’s personal ordeal and her recovery from it up until now, and as the past comes back to haunt her.

The writing is perfect all the way through: words flow in such a way that leaves you unable to put down the book. Just as its prequel, Dear Tabitha is written in 2 alternating 1st person POVs, and we are back in Tabitha’s mind, but this time also in Alex’s mind, learning about their awful past, and about their way to deal with the present. The idea behind this book is to tell the story of two people who have been dealt a really shit hand of cards, who have gone through even worse all the while believing it was their fault life treats them badly. Yet, they have managed to go against their demons and finally see their silver lining with and through each other.

Some might think this story feels unreal or even that it’s impossible Tabitha and Alex can reconnect in such a way even after so many years and countless misunderstandings, and still trust and accept each other the way they are.

Yet, all rationality set aside (and you know how much it is important for me that a book has a certain “believability” factor), I want this story to be believable. I really want for Tabitha and Alex to have their happy end simply because they deserve it. All the things they (and especially she) has been through have to stop at some point and make way for something better.

Both of them need a much deserved closure, even if it hurts to think about all they’ve been through to finally get there. Dear Tabitha finally provides us with this closure that Dear Emily couldn’t give us (at least not for Tabitha), and it’s a beautiful one full of hope.

Dear Tabitha is definitely one of those books that won’t leave you unaffected, and that will also definitely let you see things from a different angle once you’ve read it. I highly recommend it and will be waiting impatiently for the 3rd book in the series, where we will find out about Seth.