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review 2016-08-13 00:00
Truly, Madly, Deeply
Truly, Madly, Deeply - Jeannie Moon Life is too short to have to deal with mean spirited people. So if you have nothing good to say, don't speak at all. Jeannie Moon tackles the misery caused by gossip and how hope can bloom from the ashes of despair. Lila quickly learned that spitefulness has no age limit and no zip code. Even beauty hides ugliness. Misery loves to breed chaos and that is exactly what she faces down with integrity and grace. Nick, needs direction after being dealt a life changing blow. Can the beauty of Barefoot Bay smother the uncertainty of his future. Such a lovely story. Not even this ideal place is heavenly all the time.
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review 2016-08-13 00:00
Truly, Madly, Deeply
Truly, Madly, Deeply - Jeannie Moon Life is too short to have to deal with mean spirited people. So if you have nothing good to say, don't speak at all. Jeannie Moon tackles the misery caused by gossip and how hope can bloom from the ashes of despair. Lila quickly learned that spitefulness has no age limit and no zip code. Even beauty hides ugliness. Misery loves to breed chaos and that is exactly what she faces down with integrity and grace. Nick, needs direction after being dealt a life changing blow. Can the beauty of Barefoot Bay smother the uncertainty of his future. Such a lovely story. Not even this ideal place is heavenly all the time.
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review 2015-06-28 22:31
{Review} Truly Madly Deeply by Brenda Pandos
Truly Madly Deeply Vol. 1 - B Pandos,Brenda Pandos

Maddy thought she had it all together. An awesome new place with her best friend, an amazing boyfriend, and a great job. But it was all turned upside down when that same best friend and boyfriend turned out to be hooking up behind her back. So much for friendship and relationships and being able to split the rent, right? But going back home wasn't an option either, at least not for long, since her mom doesn't intend to let her stay. And that's when she found herself working at her old summer camp, alongside a guy who just might have been perfect for her — if only he didn't have a girlfriend.

 

The Verdict: I'm not a big fan of stories that begin with the boyfriend cheating and resulting break-up. I know it's usually a way to re-introduce the heroine to the dating world and maybe give her a few issues to work through, but when it's the cliched boyfriend+best friend = cheating scenario, it just doesn't start out well for me.

 

I guess I should point out that I also have trouble when the woman we're all supposed to cheer for is being kicked down left and right, which is pretty much how this whole book went for Maddy. First, she loses her boyfriend, and by extension her best friend and their new apartment. Then she loses the security of living at home with mom. Then she gets stuck with the bottom-of-the-totem-pole job at her old summer camp. Then she meets Mr. Right, only to learn that he already has a girlfriend, and they seem to be pretty happy together. The only thing that could possibly make her situation worse would be if she lied about everything in an attempt to make herself look cooler. Oh, wait. That's exactly what she did!

 

Somehow I managed to finish the book (thank God it was a short one!), but it never did turn itself around for me. I was stuck with a heroine I couldn't really identify with and certainly couldn't respect, as well as a potential hero who simply didn't make sense to me. Perhaps if more of their story had been included and made into a normal novel-length book, I would have found that connection eventually, but it was cut off too soon, before anything redeeming or even really that interesting could happen.

 

Part of me wonders if I should continue with the series because… Well, surely the whole story can't be that bad, can it? But if this intro was any indication, I should probably cut my losses with this one and find something else to read.

 

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***FicCentral received this book from All Night Reads (via NetGalley) for free in exchange for an honest review.
Source: ficcentral.com/central-picks/book-review/review-truly-madly-deeply-by-brenda-pandos
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review 2014-09-08 16:50
MICHELLE'S REVIEW: Erica Crouch's Madly, Deeply
Madly, Deeply - Erica Crouch

When I saw Madly, Deeply on NetGalley, I didn't know what I was getting into. The cover was lovely, the blurb even more so, and my expectations were spiraling upwards faster than I can scream, "Stop, it could be a TRAP!!!" as lots of books with gorgeous covers and equally arresting blurbs are wont to do. But before I knew it, the green button touted the words PENDING, and my request was sent. Fast forward a few days, and a copy pops up on my dashboard. And because I want to prolong the delicious suspense that is just killing me, I finish off the other new books first. (Yep, selecting which book to read first - and last - is this dramatic for me.) When I finished those, I sprawled on my bed, just because I have had enough of draping myself in my mother's chaise lounge earlier, and read.

 

And read.

 

And read, and made pitiful moaning sounds read, and made more wounded, dying animal sounds read.

 

Until it was The End. 

 

Ladies and gents, Madly Deeply, is a short book, but it has also got to be the up there with the most gutting, let-me-splash-some-alcohol-on-your-wounds-and-sucker-punch-said-wounds book I've ever read.

 

My dear Ms Crouch, do you have poetry book-protein shakes for breakfast? Grilled poetry books for lunch? A light poetry book salad for dinner? No? ARE YOU SURE? Everything in this book is just pure poetry - the kind that is just obviously effortless, and sounds like it just comes naturally to the author. The narrative is lush, evocative, and all sorts of wonderful that it just is very fitting for the novel, which is a derivation of Poe's Annabel Lee.

 

I LOVED it because it has just the right amount of length to it - effectively without overstretching the story and overdramatizing the plot that some books are wont to do. It's short, but it's incredibly bittersweet because you have these two amazing characters who are so in love with each other and who are just about to start an amazing life together, only to have Fate intervene and crush everyone's dreams.

 

Madly, Deeply inevitably cuts readers where it hurts the most, but it will slowly soothe you, and at the end of the book, the reader will inevitably subconsciously touch the gash, only to find healed, yet puckered skin. 

 

I cannot recommend Madly, Deeply enough to Poe fans and bittersweet romance aficionados alike.

 

"'Tis better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all" indeed.

Source: thetwinsread.blogspot.com/2014/09/michelles-review-madly-deeply-by-erica.html
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review 2014-07-25 00:00
Madly, Deeply
Madly, Deeply - Erica Crouch Three Stars

I read Madly, Deeply for Katie's Countdown Wedding Read-along event, and even though all this time has passed, it's just my first book! It's taking me forever to put aside some time for reading! Everything's been so crazy busy around here, so we appreciate you keeping up with us, and I finally have something to show for it!

I am really glad I finished this book. About halfway through, I was sure that I was going to give it a terrible review, but now that I've finished it, I can't help thinking that it was actually pretty good.

There were a lot of things that annoyed me at the beginning. First of all, the love between William and Annaleigh just felt wrong. I knew that they were supposed to be in love, but I just didn't see it. Annaleigh was too strong a character to fall for someone like Will, who, to me, seemed very wishy-washy and pansyish. The love seemed even more unreal when everyone around them started talking about it. Even Annaleigh's parents agreed that William loved Annaleigh more than anybody in the universe ever loved anybody else, and it all seemed very played out, like the author was trying to convince us rather than developing dynamic characters.

I also didn't like Mary at all in the beginning. I could tell she was supposed to be a likable character, but she was just so obsessive and over the top. She drove me nuts when the wedding planning began; she was completely overbearing and acted as though it were her wedding and she had a right to make all of the decisions. However, there was a reason for this behavior and everything was explained, so when I discovered Mary's side of the story, she became completely likable for me, and actually turned out to be my favorite character. That aside, though, once you find out why she was so overbearing, it seems completely unreal that she would allow the wedding to take place where it did with hardly more begging than ""please.""

Annaleigh was also a strange character. She seemed to have two different sides: the side portrayed by the narrator, and the side that came out in all of her dialogue. As the story followed her, Annaleigh felt fears and sorrows that were realistic to her, only to be ruined every time she opened her mouth. In this way, I feel like I never really understood what Annaleigh was like as a person, because the story never delved deeper into that stubborn, joking side of her that was the complete opposite of the fragile, quiet woman I came to know through the narrator. That being said, as the story moved on and Annaleigh talked less, the love between Annaleigh and William became more believable through her more delicate side.

On a small note, and it's hardly fair to review the book based on this, when the main plot point happened, I felt like the book should have ended there. Obviously, it would be no good if it had, but- without spoiling anything- when it did, I just felt like ""oh, well that's the end of that, then,"" and it didn't feel like much of a story could be made from there. I was wrong, but I spent a great deal of the book feeling that way.

However, despite all of my qualms with this book, the ending completely made up for it. I spent the last 30% of this book with tears in my eyes. Literally. I could not stop crying, and finally I was able to believe the love between William and Annaleigh and feel the loss they felt. I honestly believe the author must have gone through what Annaleigh and William went through at one point - obviously just the possible parts, of course- because the emotions were portrayed so well and she brought up so many good points and thoughts and feelings that I think it couldn't have been possible without a personal experience. My eyes were watering the entire time, especially at the very end, and regardless of the sad points in this book, I finished it with a good feeling that made the whole thing worth reading.
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