Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Blog Tour: Dear Emily, by Trudy Stiles (Giveaway and 5 Star Review)

Trudy Stiles' debut novel "Dear Emily" Now Available.  Make sure to check out the TRAILER, TEASERS & enter the GIVEAWAY for a Kindle HDX below!


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

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5 out of 5 stars

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review...

Dear Emily is the kind of book you never saw coming.  You know the kind I'm talking about...the ones which are so full of emotion, so thought provoking that even when you turn the last page you cannot get the story or the characters out of your mind.  Dear Emily turned out to be this absolutely beautiful story of two very different women who even though their lives are in two very different places, circumstances force the crossing of their paths, leaving each of them forever impacted.  Trudy Stiles completely blew me away in the best way possible.

As a blogger/reviewer I've read a lot of books, this year alone I've probably read well over 150, and I say all this because in all the books I've read I've honestly never come across a story quite like this one.  It was original and fresh yet heartbreaking and beautiful.  Dear Emily is not your typical virgin girl falls in love with bad boy, she saves him and they live happily ever after all the while giving readers a good dose of smut.  There is love, there is smut, there is a virgin girl and even a broken one, there's a bad boy who needs saving and one who needs to be locked up forever, and there is also a strong good boy looking to save the woman he loves.  It has all the elements of your typical New Adult book genre but these things are not the focus of the overall journey.  They are important elements slowly adding to the story, but the focus of Dear Emily is more about Carly and Tabitha.  About how the events of their pasts are impacting not only the current state of their lives but also their futures.  

In life things happen and as a result the path you were travelling down and the dreams you held afar are forever altered.  This is the reality of both Carly and Tabitha's lives and Trudy Stiles tells their stories in an incredibly unique way by alternating POV perspectives and flashbacks of both women.  I found the storytelling to be unique and brilliant.  I loved seeing tidbits of the highs and lows of their lives in both the present and past.  For me, it added a real sense of depth to the story. 

I don't want to say too much or give away too many details because I'm afraid if I do it will take away from your reading experience.  However, I'm highly recommending you spend the $2.99 and read this amazing debut novel for yourself.  And while some of you may be hesitant to read book 1 of a new series knowing you will have to wait for the next installment I urge you to go ahead and read Dear Emily because while you are left wanting more you are also left feeling very satisfied with the ending you get.

About Author Trudy Stiles

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. 
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