Monday, April 20, 2015

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway ~ Dear Juliet ~ Trudy Stiles

Happy Release Day, Trudy Stiles!
Dear Juliet releases *today* and will be on sale for 2 days for 

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Dear Juliet by Trudy Stiles. My stop includes all the details about the book and the Forever Family Series, as well as a trailer, and a giveaway!


Dear Juliet
Forever Family #3
Release Date: April 20, 2015
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4.5 Bookworms
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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.
Can I find someone else?
It's time to pick up the pieces and move on.
But can I?
I'm Seth Tyson and this is my story.
I deserve a happily ever after, don't I?

Dear Juliet is the third book in the Forever Family Series and if you missed my reviews of Dear Emily or Dear Tabitha, you can read them by clicking on the titles.

With Dear Juliet, Stiles comes full circle with all the characters we've met in the Forever Family series. This was a poignant and remarkably told story. It tied together all the plot threads and left me very satisfied.

After meeting Seth in the two previous novels, I had mixed feelings about him. I felt for him in some ways but in others, I was unsure about him. I appreciated getting his backstory in Dear Juliet. To know about his childhood, his family history, the loss he suffered -- it all enabled me to get a better understanding of him. I also enjoyed the history between Seth and Juliet. Seeing the progression of their friendship over the years added an organic feel to the story.

Juliet broke my heart. She had a wonderful and loving family and home as an adopted child. But she had trouble with feeling accepted and wanted because of being adopted. Luckily, she'd always had Seth and another boy, Jeremy, as her best friends by her side. However, when she suffers a catastrophic loss, it sends her into a downward spiral that she has trouble pulling herself out of.

This story was so heartwarming. And it wasn't until reading Dear Juliet that I connected all the dots and realized what Stiles did with this series. She tied together the stories of a family who adopted a child, a family who gave up children for adoption, and a girl who was adopted. She did so deftly and in a way that had me emotionally invested in all their stories. Seeing how adoption affects all those involved was enlightening. There was one thing Stiles did in Dear Juliet that I wasn't sold on. However, after reading her afterword, where she explained why she did this thing, it made sense to me. And that's one thing I like so much about Stiles' writing -- it's so real. The situations, the emotions, the reactions, etc., are all realistically conveyed. I am thrilled that all the characters I've met found their forever families.

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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!

Her first story “Dear Emily” was released in December 2013. “Dear Tabitha” was released in March 2014. The Forever Family series will continue with several companion/stand alone novels.

Dear Emily (Forever Family, #1)Dear Emily
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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 evens 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 Tabitha
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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…


The Epic Fail series will begin this summer (2015)
This is a spinoff of the bestselling Forever Family series. These will all be standalone novels focusing on the various characters from the band Epic Fail that were introduced in Dear Emily.

Book 1 - expected Summer 2015

Book 2 - expected Winter 2015

Book 3 - expected Spring 2016


  1. Oh my, Brandee! This whole series sounds amazing, and you know what I'm about to do, right? Yes, exactly... I'm going to go on a one-click spree ;)
    In only three weeks, I'll be well on my way to Dallas, and I can't wait :) Have a great Monday! *BIG HUGS*

  2. It looked like something that wasn't for me : it's too emotional, especially these days... But reading your review ? I thought I would be missing something if I never got to reading those books. That's what is great with blogging and sharing/exchanging, you learn about and want to read books you would never have thought about in the first place ;)

  3. I love the cover art for the series. And your review is already giving me the feels

  4. I love how you said that everything was tied together from all points of view on adoption. That makes the series really well-rounded and definitely interesting. So glad you enjoyed!!

  5. This sounds like an epic series! I'm adding it to my pile (wish I were in the US so I could enter the giveaway!!) A heartwarming review, Brandee - I can feel how much you loved this! Thanks :)

  6. Awww . . . I really love when authors tie their books together well, but this one sounds . . . BUH. Especially is your "real" is like my "real." Finding a forever family in the world we live in is definitely worth checking out. Great review, Brandee ;)

  7. Thank you for the great review. I am thinking I will need to check out this series now. So sad about tragic pasts but I'm glad everyone seemed to get a happy ending!

  8. Oh yay! I am glad that you enjoyed this third book in the series. Seems your opinion of Seth changed a bit in this book.
    Did you cry in this one? Juliet seems like she has quite the history...

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  9. And you have made me very interested yet again. However I just can't right now..but it might be a maybe someday-thanks for sharing , at least it's on my radar now :)

  10. And I just lied to you-I totally just went and bought Dear Emily :) Somebody needs to stop me!

  11. *hahaha* Yeah, I wouldn't know anything about not having the ability to restrain myself from one-clicking, Lorna! I hope you love Dear Emily as much as I did. :)

  12. Oh, I cried in all three of them, Naomi. I guess I'm a sap?!? Yeah, my feelings toward Seth did change since I was given his backstory. It really helped me understand him sooo much better. And I loved that he and Juliet had this long history together, having been friends since elementary school.

  13. Thanks, Sharrice! I hope you'll check out the series sometime. (you can always borrow from me :) Stiles really did a wonderful job of tying together the pasts and giving everyone their HEA. :)

  14. Thanks, Jessica. I really do like how Stiles gave perspectives on adoption from all angles and wrapped them all up nicely in incredible stories. They definitely are all emotional reads. :)

  15. Thanks so much, Ramona. I've really enjoyed following these characters lives across the series. Hopefully, Trudy will have an international giveaway sometime. :)

  16. It really was, and so well done, Jaclyn. Obviously, it hit my buttons. :)

  17. Me too, Braine. And the series will definitely bring the feels - but I'm glad my review did as well. :)

  18. Yay! That is the highest compliment, Iza! You're right, this *is* why blogging is so great - we all get to introduce each other to books, characters, authors, that we might not check out otherwise. If you do check out this series, I think you'll love it. :)

  19. Oh, I think you'd like this series, Brandi. It definitely carries an emotional punch.

  20. I hope you love it as much as I do, Lexxie!! :)
    I can't believe it's so close...we're really going to get to give BIG HUGS in person!! *squee* But until then, **BIG HUGS**


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