#Review #Guestpost: Forgetting Ophelia by Julie C. Gardner @juliecgardner @V_Mpress #ForgettingOphelia
Release date - 1st October 2018
Book length - 292 pages
Publisher - Velvet Morning Press
Amazon UK - www.amazon.co.uk
Amazon US - www.amazon.com
I want to thank Julie for providing me with an e-copy of this book for review and for the fascinating guest post which you can read further on.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Ever-hopeful Lia thinks she’ll be with handsome, brooding Jake forever. Until one day he completely blindsides her and makes her question everything she knows…
Lia Townsend is expecting a ring and a trip to Hawaii for her fifth wedding anniversary. Instead, her husband, Jake, walks out on her. Out of the blue. Devastated, Lia vows to win back Jake and the perfect life they shared.
Because it was perfect, wasn’t it?
But as Lia searches for the truth behind Jake’s departure, the cracks in the shiny varnish begin to show. And once she uncovers his secret, all that she once knew and believed in crumbles.
Lia’s eccentric mother, her best friend, and two vastly different men each pull her in new directions, and Lia attempts to push past the pain and start anew.
But Jake isn’t gone for good. When an accident rocks the lives of their best friends, Lia and Jake are thrown together. Will Lia choose to salvage her old life with the man who broke her heart – or was everything they shared an illusion?
FORGETTING OPHELIA by Julie C. Gardner is a compelling and almost hypnotic tale of love, friendship, and being forced to confront who you really are when you least expect it.
Lia is happily married to Jake, living by the beach, and happily following 'The Plan' that Jake had come up with when they first got together. But when Jake pulls the rug out from under her and tells her on their anniversary that he is leaving her, Lia is crushed and completely in shock. Just what is happening and why is he destroying everything they have built together? With secrets and surprises coming to the surface, Lia tries to make sense of it all and as new friendships come into her life and she spends time with her own mother, she begins to realise that in keeping Jake happy she had forgotten about herself and what she really wants from her life. But will she want to salvage the relationship that she has lost or is something fresh waiting for her on the horizon?
Emotional and riveting from the very beginning, I was instantly sucked into Lia's life until the very end of the book. Lia is a character that appears to have it all together but when everything changes we see the real Lia emerge as she begins to learn about herself almost for the first time. There is plenty of ups and downs, drama and tears, but this story is also inspiring and empowering as the characters who you have come to care for, find their inner strength to go after what they want and need in life.
I didn't know quite what to expect from FORGETTING OPHELIA by Julie C. Gardner but this went above and beyond my hopes and I highly recommend this story to all contemporary fiction fans,
Fact vs. Fiction
We’ve all heard the phrase “Truth is stranger than fiction,” right? It’s a reality I’ve seen played out many times since I started writing. And while most of the plot threads and character traits I’ve crafted are fictional, seeds of truth lay buried throughout my stories. Close friends and family may recognize these authentic details, but even they have questioned how much of what I share on the page is real.
Today I’m going to reveal a few mysteries from my books. (But not all. I want to keep you guessing while you read!)
Without giving too much away, I’ve compiled two lists of what’s mostly FACT and what’s purely FICTION in Lily by Any Other Name, Guest List, Letters for Scarlet, and my new release: Forgetting Ophelia.
As an author I love sprinkling truths into the vastness of the fiction, and I’ve definitely done that in Forgetting Ophelia. I hope you fall in love with the best of my characters and recognize the humanity in the worst of them.
In the end, we’re all just navigating the twisting roads on this map of life. Sometimes we stay safe on the shoreline. Sometimes we take a risk and float.
Julie C. Gardner is a former English teacher and lapsed marathon runner who traded in the classroom for a writing nook. Now she rarely changes out of her pajamas. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two children and three dogs.
For more information:
Website - juliecgardner.com
Twitter - twitter.com/juliecgardner
Facebook - www.facebook.com/juliecgardnerwrites
Instagram - www.instagram.com/juliecgardner/
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger, wife & mother who loves all things books!
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