Yes is such a little word…
Dr. Dylan Michels has worked hard for a perfect life, so when her longtime boyfriend, Cooper, gets down on one knee, it should be the most perfect moment of all. Then why does she say no?
For too many years, Dylan’s been living for her sister, who never got the chance to grow up. But her attempt to be the perfect daughter, perfect partner and perfect doctor hasn’t been enough to silence the haunting guilt Dylan feels over her sister’s death—and the role no one knows she played in it.
Now Dylan must face her past if she and Cooper stand a chance at a future together. But when Cooper makes a startling confession of his own, can Dylan find the courage to define her own happiness before her life becomes perfectly undone?
Set among the breezy days of a sultry Portland summer, Perfectly Undone is a deeply moving novel of family secrets, forgiveness and finding yourself in the most surprising of places. (From Goodreads)
I received a copy of this book for free, from Graydon House, in exchange of this honest review. I rate it a 3.75 stars out of 5.
The thing I liked most about this book, is that it was full of real life situations. Nothing over the top dramatic or unrealistic. I felt like many people and their relationships face obstacles like this on a daily basis. Sometimes with these family dramas, they come across as cheesy, and it makes it very hard for the reader to form a connection to the story. A bit immature-ish. if that makes sense?
I will admit that I found Dylan very selfish, although I shouldn’t have given her career choice, and the fact that she was dealing with some major guilt over her sister’s death. I felt that she walked all over those who loved her, and was so blinded by her wants that she didn’t realize it.
I loved Cooper, and his sister Megan. They were my favorite characters in this book, so sweet and genuine, and you just cannot help but want the best for them.
This book did have a few really sad parts, I wasn’t really expecting them either, they were just kind of snuck in there, and perfectly timed places in the book. I really liked the smooth writing, and the flow of the story. There are hints to what happened to Dylan’s sister through out the books, flashbacks I guess you would call them, they lead up to the reveal of what happened to her, and why Dylan holds so much guilt. I thought the way that part of the story was told, was perfect. There was no info dump, and to me that makes for a much more enthralling read. This is also the debut novel by Jamie Raintree and I’d say she nailed it! Looking forward to more from her in the future!