Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Trudy Stiles' Dear Tabitha. This is the second book in Trudy's Forever Family series. My stop includes all the information about the book, my review, and a giveaway!
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Dear Tabitha ~ Series: Forever Family #2 by Trudy Stiles
Genre: New Adult/Romance
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…
Dear Tabitha is the second book in the “Forever Family” series.
***Note: Dear Tabitha is not standalone. There may be minor spoilers of Dear Emily in my review.**
Trudy Stiles has written another achingly beautiful story. Tabitha and Alex's stories are heartbreaking in the tragic details yet inspiring as they overcome their pasts to reach for their forever family.
In Dear Emily, we got some details about Tabitha's past but not much about Alex's. In Dear Tabitha, both of their pasts are described in haunting detail. That either of them survived is nothing short of amazing. It's been about two years since Tabby made a mistake and Alex walked away. Two years in which they've each grown up and have become much stronger individuals. Although we're not present from most of that growth, it was incredible to see the changes - particularly in Tabby. She's strong enough to tell Alex everything, even if it causes him to walk away again.
Alex is astounded at the changes he sees in Tabby. He's so proud of the woman she's become - the woman he knew she could be. He can't seem to read her though and is hesitant to let her know how he feels. Once Tabby shares all her secrets, Alex is uncertain he can forgive her. When a turn of events leads Tabby back to Portland, the place where she lived through hell, Alex decides that enough time has been wasted between them and he'll be there for Tabby in whatever capacity she'll allow.
I adored seeing how much these two broken souls heal. They weren't fixed but healed enough to move towards forgiveness and family. I'm not sure why Tabby and Alex's story resonated with me so much. There was such a pull between Tabby and Alex. They'd each suffered so much and could relate to one another on a level no one else could comprehend. The honesty they shared - it evoked so much emotion in me. I'm grateful to have read their story. And I'm eager for the next in the series.
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Trudy Stiles is a New Adult author, mom to two beautiful children, and married to the love of her life. She is the author of the Forever Family series including “Dear Emily” and “Dear Tabitha”. There will be many more stories from this series and you never know who may have a standalone or novella written for them. Stay tuned! Trudy is a music junkie and you’ll know that she’s writing when you see her plugged into her laptop with her earbuds in. Her playlist is unique and is a must 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 was released in December 2013. “Dear Tabitha” will be released in March 2014. The Forever Family series will continue with several companion/stand alone novels.