Happily married to her college sweetheart, Poppy lived a blessed life with the husband of her dreams. Then everything changed. She is no longer a wife. She is no longer the envy of her single friends. Now, people look at her with pity as they whisper a single word behind her back.
Years after her husband’s tragic death, years of pain and sorrow and wishing for the life she’ll never get back, Poppy decides to finish Jamie’s birthday list. She’ll do the things he wanted to most. Because maybe, just maybe, if she can complete his list, she can start to live again.
Poppy expects going through the birthday list will be hard. She expects it to hurt. But what she doesn’t expect is Cole. Could the man who delivered the news of her husband’s death and shattered her heart be the one to help her put it back together again?
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
THE BIRTHDAY LIST is a contemporary standalone that had me swooning all over the place!
Poppy is a new restaurant owner and a widow of five years. She decides to complete her husband’s birthday list (similar to a bucket list) in order to find some closure. But in the process, she meets the officer who delivered the disturbing news of her husband, Jamie’s, death. Cole is more than willing to help Poppy complete the list.
This is a really mellow romance. Yes, there’s some sad parts but there’s also some parts that made me laugh and smile (let’s just say I’ll never look at Jello the same!). It was sweet but also sexy. It’s the story of a brave woman who’s grieving for her husband but also trying to move on, to leave the past behind, to feel like it’s OKAY to live again.
Cole was the best book boyfriend! He was considerate, caring, honest, kind, understanding…basically everything you’d find in a completely FICTIONAL character! And Poppy was awesome too. I loved the strength and determination she had to complete Jamie’s list and I was totally engrossed in the journey that she went through. The connection between Cole and Poppy felt so pure and natural! Bonus, the secondary characters gave the story that small town feel, some levity that kept the book from being depressing.
Overall, this was one of those heartwarming, uplifting, touching romances that made me want to write down a few things on my own list! It had marvelous characters and a plot that pulled on all kinds of heart strings. Told from dual POVs with a happy ever after. I received, read and voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
Turning to the door, I smiled, ready to greet my late-evening customer, but faltered as the door closed behind him.
Cole Goodman was walking my way.
My belly dipped as I took him in. His aviator sunglasses were perched on top of his chocolate-brown hair. A black polo stretched across his broad shoulders and pulled tight across his muscled arms. His pale-blue jeans molded to his Herculean thighs before draping down to his black, square-toed boots. The leather belt on Cole’s trim waist held both a shining badge and a holstered gun.
Cole smiled and locked his light-green eyes on mine as he crossed the room.
His straight, white teeth made my breath hitch—something that had happened last night more times than I wanted to admit.
Molly, who had turned around from her seat to greet our customer, spun around so her back was to Cole. Her cheeks flushed as she whispered, “Wow.”
Wow was right.
Cole Goodman was—simply put—gorgeous.
He could give a woman a speeding ticket and get a thank-you in return. He inspired women to attempt push-ups in a karate class just for the chance to watch him sweat through his gi. Cole made grown women blush like teenagers and giggle in corners, like those girls at the dojo last night.
Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories. Devney loves hearing from readers! Connect with her on social media.