You know me. You know who I am. What I am.
Damaged. Confused. Alone.
You feel sorry for me. You pity me.
You know what I’ve done. What I’ve given up. Who I’ve given up.
You try to understand what I’ve been through and how I can possibly go on with my life.
But you can’t possibly understand.
I’ve lost too much. Sacrificed too much. Given up everything so that I can find myself.
Well I’m done.
I’m done walking away from everything that matters.
It’s time for me to heal.
It’s MY TURN to earn…
I am seriously at a loss for words about this book. I read the first book in this series Dear Emily and really thought, there was no way this author could top that book. The emotions and feelings that Dear Emily created in me was just rare, it was beyond a reading experience for me. I have to say, Trudy out did herself with Dear Tabitha. I am sitting here with a mixture of raw emotions that this story caused in me.
If you have read the first book, which you must read, you already know Tabby has had a rough life. Dear Tabitha lets us know just how rough it has been for this young lady. We know she has had two daughters, both given up for adoption and has experienced more abuse and loss than a normal human being should have to endure. I knew in the first book she was a survivor, I didn’t realize till now just how strong that lady is. Even with every step she made in life, she never dreamed it would take her anywhere other than just surviving, but with all of the heart break and loss, her main focus was always making sure her daughters had more than she did.
Alex is back in the picture with this story. If you remember from the first book, he loved Tabby but some bad choices sent him away. He is back now to claim the answers he feels he deserves. Watching him get more than the truth he expected was heart breaking, but as I would expect from this man, he stood firm and was the gentle giant. If ever there was a man who portrayed real love and forgiveness, it is Alex. He might not be the alpha sexy man that women swoon over, but he is tops in my eyes for being a real man, who loves and protects what he adores.
Trudy is brilliant in her writing style. She had me not caring much about Tabby in the last book. I couldn’t understand her, but by the time I was a third of the way into this story I had not only connected with her, I felt I was her. She hurt, I hurt, she cried, I found I was crying. I have never wanted a happy ending for a character like I did Tabby. We were allowed to see the pieces in Tabby’s life come together and some of those pieces were so far gone, I didn’t even have hope that she would find them.
We were witness to what love really is, how blood doesn’t make you a family, the heart does. I broke down and cried when Alex realized what he lost, more like what was taken from him, but then the author brought us full circle with a new gift that he didn’t even know he wanted. The main message in this book is in the midst of pain and heartbreak; never lose sight of hope and redemption. For every sin Tabby thought she had done that would be unforgivable, she was given grace. For every scar and bruise Alex had felt in life, he was given joy and peace. I can’t recommend this book enough. I cried, I laughed, I smiled, I panicked, even to the point I couldn’t talk and tell my girls goodbye when they were heading out the door because I was in pure panic mode. It isn’t often that I am so engrossed in a book that I have to stop and talk to someone because the emotions are so overwhelming for me. To be captured by the story, to find peace in my own life and understanding about things I have wondered about is a rare find in a book. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this family that Trudy has created for all of us readers.
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This first story is called “Dear Emily” and was released in December 2013. “Dear Tabitha” will be released in March 2014. The Forever Family series will continue with several companion/stand alone novels.