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    Incredibly Moving Story!! Just So Good!!

    This was a fun book to read! The creation of the Birthday List is great. The story is focused around a sad storyline but that itself sets the tone for the love and laughter all throughout the book. This book gives you all the feels. Poppy becomes a widow set out to complete the Birthday List journey her husband started. She develops a budding romance along her journey with Cole...the cop who had to tell her her husband was dead. They embark on adventures, including a swim in a pool of green jello, and together heal her heart so she can live again. The Maysen Jar comes to life! Devney did a great job giving you all the feels in this book...covering the range of emotions completely. A relaxing read that is very enjoyable.
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    Beautiful, heartfelt romance.

    The Birthday List Devney Perry This romantic contemporary novel had me in tears just reading the prologue. It grabbed my heart and never let go till the last page, and I didn’t want it to end. Poppy Maysen met the love of her life, Jamie, in college, and has been married for a year. Getting ready to celebrate their first anniversary, Jamie is headed to do some last minute shopping and promises to be back shortly. He never makes it home, killed in an armed robbery. She soon wished she was dead also. But life has a way of going on. After five years she is poised to open her dream come true restaurant, The Maysen Jar. Poppy and her partner, best friend, and sister-in-law Molly are overjoyed and ready to open. Their shop is unique, everything is served and cooked in mason jars.Before his death, Jamie had been working on what he called his Birthday List, something crazy/fun/dangerous to do on each of his birthdays. Poppy decided it was time to try and move on with her life, and accomplishing each item was part of her goodby. Next on her list was Karate, and she had her first lesson that night. Cole Goodman, police officer and black belt Karate instructor is totally shocked when he see’s the woman’s whose life he devastated five years ago after informing her of her husbands murder. He remembers her quiet grief, and had ended up staying with her till her brother arrived. He has never forgotten her, and is now face to face with her. Poppy immediately recognizes him and is shocked by the electricity that seems to arc between them during her Karate lesson. He wants to see her again, but knows she’s not ready. He will be patient. The love story grows with the fun of time spent together as Cole helps her with the Birthday List. There’s laughter, passion and a love that Poppy never thought possible again. Most of all is the heart and soul Ms. Perry surrounds all her characters with. If you haven’t read any of Ms. Perry’s works, what are you waiting for? The Birthday List is already one of my favorites of 2018! A special thank you to the author and publisher for the opportunity to review this amazing novel. Pat Fordyce
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    One minute at a time....

    I'm still in awe.... Loss is such a deep and delicate subject. Maybe because we all feel it and deal with it in different ways. I got completely immerse with these characters. I loved the way loss and what comes with ir was described, it felt real but I also loved how moving forward and falling in love again was handled. I was hurting so much for Poppy but I was also rooting for her and Cole from the start. Cole... Oh Cole
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    A new favorite!!!

    What a beautiful story! I'm gonna be one of the first ones to say that having a deceased spouse as a major part in a book rarely works for me, however what Devney Perry did here was just beautiful. The way she wrote how Cole helping Poppy on the journey to letting Jamie go was stunning. I've never read a more perfect way to introduce a new love into someone's life who wasn't ready to let go of the last love. Poppy has been mourning Jamie for 5 years. She knows she needs to get to a better place and maybe completing her husbands birthday list will help get there. Just before Jamie was murdered, instead of doing a bucket list, he created a birthday list of things he wanted to do before each of his birthdays. Since the police never found his killer, Poppy is hoping that completing his list will bring her some closure. One of the first items on the birthday list was taking a karate class. When Poppy shows up to class, she runs into Cole Goodman. Cole is instantly drawn to Poppy. He's never had a woman capture his attention so thoroughly. Knowing that she lost her husband, he knows he has to tread carefully or he may scare her off. The way Cole integrated himself into Poppy's life and how patient and kind and protective he was of her will make you fall so far into love with him. I can't stress enough how perfect the author wrote Cole's character and his pursuit of Poppy in this delicate situation. I was riveted! This is one book that will stay with me for a very long time.
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    A roller coaster of emotions that you love more "M

    I'm in awe, mesmerized, in love, hopeful. This book was everything and so much more. I laughed, I had tears on my eyes, I felt pain, I felt love, I felt grief and hope. I felt their sorrow, I felt their joy. I grew. The way Devney presented us with these questions was so beautiful! As we can see in the blurb, this book is about Poppy and Cole. She was married to good man, a really good man, but Jamie was taken away from her aparently too soon, but somehow, at the right time. Without closure and needing to move on after five long years mourning his loss, she decides to finish The Birthday List he started a little before he was gone. And what an amazing idea! And one of the things I loved about this book is that Devney didn't just tell what the items were. She didn't just mention en passant. She described one by one, she made us live through them all! As I read all of the items, I was wondering if I could pull that off too! Some of them were so funny, some were exciting, some were crazy, some were thoughtful. All of them were responsible for bringing Cole and Poppy together. Poppy was resilient. Strong even in her worst nightmares. She survived such an excrutiating pain, but she kept going as well as she could. But when she needed help, when her family couldn't do it, Cole stepped up to be anything she wanted, anything she asked, anything she didnt ask but he knew, anything she needed. Cole Goodman (I think the pun is intended) was exactly that: a good man. One of the greatest ones. He was patient, comprehensive, an amazing friend, a wonderful shoulder to cry one, the strongerst hand to hold when you're falling, the safest arms to be embraced in. Little by little, progress by progress, "minute by minute", he was crumbling Poppy's wall, without being agressive about it. No. It's the very opposite. He broke the walls down by walking at the right pace. Not pushing too hard, not letting too still, just the right intensity to make move, to make her get over it without hurting even more in the process. As the time went by, as the Birthday List were being completed, Poppy and Cole got closer and closer, leaning on each other for love, strengh, help, understanding. They learned how to rely on one another, how to trust on one another, they weren't two souls walking around anymore looking for a place to rest from the craziness of life. They were walking together, they were a team. Poppy had a really hard time letting the past go, letting the life whe had with Jamie go. And that is expected. She totally loved Jamie, he was her first love. Feeling guilty, even though logically doesn't make much sense, emotionally it was so right on spot. It was so hard to let go, so scaring to move on. But when the right time comes. When the right person appears. When you start to love again. Everything is doable. Everything is possible. Poppy and Cole made my last few days. They gave so much hope and so many great times. It was a journey I feel so happy and fullfilled to have bee a part of. In this book we learn about grief and love. About patience and resilence. About hope and strengh. About fearing to let the past go and craving for the future. Knowing that what we have so far is not everything we've got. Because the rest? "The rest is still unwritten."
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