by Meghan Quinn
Publication Date: January 5, 2017
Source: Wordsmith Publicity
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.
Please be kind.
Yours truly, Hollyn, Jace, Daisy, and Carter.
When I read the description of DEAR LIFE, I was instantly intrigued. I'd never read a book by Meghan Quinn, but this seemed like the perfect book to discover this author. Plus I thought the book would be told in a series of letters and that was very appealing to me. While it isn't written only in sets of letters, DEAR LIFE is a wonderfully crafted story that I really enjoyed reading.
Each character is going through their own tough challenges - may it be losing a loved one, letting go of someone they love, learning about the world around them, and deciding to REALLY live in it.
There are things to love about each character, but I was drawn to Carter. It might be because he was the most closed off and I wanted to know how deep he would dive in the Dear Life program - oh, and I have a thing for chefs.
I liked reading each character's perspective, but I especially loved the letters that they wrote to themselves during each phase of the Dear Life process. I was able to see their own understanding of the process (or lack of understanding).
"Prove your existence. That's your new motto to live by. What did you do today to prove your existence, what are you doing tomorrow to prove your existence in this world?"
And later: "Be kind, be courageous, and keep moving forward. Keep proving your existence, day by day. Prove it."
What I loved most about this book were all of the different emotions felt by the characters and their need to connect with each other and depend on each other, and the desire for honesty and taking chances. DEAR LIFE is such a wonderful book and I'm glad that I was open to reading a new-to-me author. I'm looking forward to reading more of her writing.
Disclaimer: I received this e-ARC from WORDSMITH PUBLICITY. I was not compensated in any way other than the e-ARC provided. Quotes taken from this e-ARC may differ from the final published version. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
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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