Saturday, January 7, 2017

Dear Life by Meghan Quinn is one of the best novels you'll read all year!

NA Contemporary Romance
Designed by: Meghan Quinn
Photographer: Lauren Perry

Four lives. Four stories. Four sets of letters. Four brave souls in need of guidance while facing life's greatest challenges.

The anonymously published Dear Life program is designed to help them step outside of their comfort zones, face their obstacles, and relinquish their demons...and prove their existence.

With their lives teetering between wanting more and losing it all, all four souls dive into the program as a New Year’s resolution, sending them on a crazy, life-altering journey. 

Dear Life, 

Please be kind. 

Yours truly, Hollyn, Jace, Daisy, and Carter.

Dear Meghan,
I was not emotionally equipped to read this book. I laughed. I cried. I was sad. I was hopeful. I went through a full range of emotions with this one. I could relate to each of the characters at some point and found myself thinking about my own life and what needed to change. You've "counseled" this counselor on self-reflection, self-worth, and self-development. Please tell me there isn't a test. I'm not prepared yet, but I will be. Soon.

Dear Life is about four people trying to kick-start themselves into a new life. Each has experienced something that has caused a "setback" and have had a hard time with acceptance, and none of them can move forward. They each participate in a "Dear Life" support group. Hollyn is a young widow, Jace is a professional athlete and new father, Daisy is the sheltered girl-turned-woman that now has to live on her own, and Carter....well, Carter is a snarky chef stuck in his uncles restaurant. 

The four get placed together in group and are expected to discuss their situations and write letters addressing a challenge each meeting. It forces them to confront what they've been avoiding, face their demons as you will. What happens is they end up moving forward as a group, with each one supporting the other in one way or another. Connections are made, and each does move toward a new life. 

Despite the self-help theme, it's a contemporary romance novel. You can't help but take away some of the quotes and notable suggestions for your own life. 

"If you could put everything on hold an conquer one goal, what would it be?"
Makes you take a moment and think. And hopefully, act. 

> This isn't typical of Meghan's books. It's a bit deeper. A bit more real. More emotional. This is one that shouldn't be missed. 

Read. Then...

About the Author: 

Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if "It's Raining Men" starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped. Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing... enter her first novel, Caught Looking. Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!
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Thank you to @WordSmith Publicity for the opportunity to read this awesome novel!

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