Two women. Carly and Tabitha. They each have suffered life-altering events that have left them both traumatically damaged.
Carly Sloan’s life was perfect until her security and innocence was torn from her. The vast repercussions from horrific events threaten to destroy her stability and her chances for a happily ever after. Kyle Finnegan comes into Carly’s life at the height of her turmoil. Can he help her find what she desires most?
Tabitha Fletcher has constantly suffered from a very young age. She has been hiding from her past, which was full of sadness, loss and abuse. She has been so brutally damaged that she has very little hope for redemption. The revolving door of men only leads her deeper into misery.
What circumstance brings these two women together and can they help each other heal? And will they each find what they need?
“Dear Emily” is the first book in the “Forever Family” series.
This book is not suitable for young readers. It is intended for mature adults only (18+). It contains strong language, adult/sexual situations, non-consensual sex and some violence.
This is a debut novel for Trudy and in my opinion she nailed it. She took very delicate topics and did them all justice.
This book follows Carly and Tabitha and their journey through an adoption process. Both Carly and Tabby have lived hard lives. They both had to experience horrific events in their life, ultimately leading them to meet.
Dear Emily alternates between past and present and between Carly and Tabitha’s voices. We get a very well rounded picture of all the events.
Carly is a total natural character. She could be one of us or your best friend. She was raped in college. That left her, unfortunately, unable to have children. So she and her husband Kyle decide to adopt. Kyle and Carly’s relationship is one of pure love. He adored her through the hardest time of her life, and they grew stronger and stronger together. Carly also had amazing friends. I totally wanted to join in on their Wine Wednesdays! Callie, Manny, and Becca were always there for Carly and their friendships are the kind that last a lifetime, not just through college days.
Then there was Tabitha. This poor, young girl was put through the ringer at such a young age. She ran away from her foster family and ended up with a strip club owner across the country from where she grew up. Tony treated Tabitha like crap. He beat her and forced her to do things no young girl should ever have to do. One night, she found the courage to run away, and came back to the east coast. There she met Alex and Seth. Both men were wonderful to Tabby. Alex became her boyfriend, and Seth, her best friend. At this point, Tabby is still so very young. She found herself pregnant and not ready to be a mom. She decided adoption was the best option for her sweet baby girl, Emily.
I think my favorite part of the book was the letters these two remarkable women would write to Emily. The love they had for her was remarkable. This story is very special. Ms. Stiles did an amazing job capturing the true feelings of both the birth mother and the adoptive mother. I think adoption is truly a gift and the women/ men involved are remarkable. Tabitha was giving Carly the MOST precious thing any one could give another person. And Carly was giving Tabitha and Emily unconditional love forever.
Thank you, Trudy, for giving us this real, emotional story. I look forward to book 2 which will be more of Tabitha’s story, coming out in early 2014. I highly recommend this sweet and loving story.
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Trudy Stiles is a New Adult author, avid reader, mom to two beautiful children and married to the love of her life. She just wrote her debut novel, "Dear Emily, and cannot wait to share it with everyone.You'll know that she's writing when you see her plugged into her laptop with her earbuds and she always has a playlist ready for her writing sprints.When she's not writing, she's carting her children to their various activities while avoiding any kind of laundry or housework. She also loves to run along the boardwalk of the beautiful New Jersey shore.She's always been an avid reader and frequently escapes into the fictional worlds of the many characters that she has come to love. Well now there are some fictional characters in her head dying to get out!This first story is called "Dear Emily" and will begin the "Forever Family" series.