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Dear Tabitha (Forever Family #2)

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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 mys
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Published March 28th 2014 by Veronica Vixley Press (first published March 11th 2014)
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
4 stars!


Having read and loved the first book Dear Emily I dived straight into this second one, fingers crossed hoping that a certain character would finally get the ending she deserved. And Trudy Stiles delivered. As if the first book wasn’t emotional enough, book 2 packed quite a punch, delving deep and stripping bare Tabitha’s harrowing past while laying out a second chance romance with her ex-boyfriend, Alex. I will admit I started this book with mixed feelings towards Tabitha as some of her
J *I did it all for the nookie.The book nookie*




4.5--Coming Full Circle--Stars!!

Fantastic conclusion to Tabitha's story. It's going to be near impossible to write a review that doesn't spoil the beauty of experiencing this story firsthand.

This is not a standalone. It is meant to be read after Dear Emily as this is Tabitha's complete story. Okay...

In Dear Emily, we got a glimpse at the pain and suffering that Tabitha went through as a chi
Jess-i-ca ~Sometimes a Gif Witch~




4.5 - Second Chance - Stars!

We originally met Tabitha in Dear Emily. Tabitha has had a hard life. Her mother died when she was 7 and she was bounced around the foster care system until running away at age 17.

”I saw unicorns and rainbows before she died, and nothing but snakes and scorpions since.”

It definitely has not been easy for her, but she has remained resilient and has survived.

Trudy Stiles
Mar 30, 2014 Trudy Stiles rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This book concludes the story that I set out to tell beginning with Dear Emily. It's been an incredibly emotional journey and it's so hard to say goodbye to some of these characters.

Dear Tabitha is the second of two books and is not meant to be read as a standalone.

It's LIVE!!!

Dear Tabitha:


The first book, Dear Emily is available at the following links:

Mar 30, 2014 Polly rated it it was amazing
**ARC provided by author for honest review**

This book was such a great follow up to Dear Emily! I had been dying to get my hands on Tabitha's story since I finished Emily. Trudy Stiles did not disappoint. While not as angsty as the previous book, I felt this one packed just as good of a punch.

My favorite thing about this book? ALEX!!!

I love him even more.
I loved seeing their back story about how they fell in love. Their love was slowly built and so well fought for. If you read Emily you know
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Conclusion to Tabitha's story

Seth or Alex?

**4 Forever Stars**

What a perfect ending to Tabitha's story!
~ Becs ~
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Wow! Get the Kleenex at the ready and prepare for another emotional ride from Trudy Stiles! She’s going to make you cry, ugly cry and she’ll also make you smile – there’s so many mixed emotions in this book and the best way I can sum it up is to say that it’s bittersweet. Although there’s a lot of happiness here, we’ll also be left with a big ‘what if’ and and longing for what’s been lost and can never be replaced.

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I have to confess to having mixed feelings about Tabitha after I read Dear Emily.
5 out of 5 Stars

Note: Dear Tabitha is the sequel to Dear Emily, Book 1 in the Forever Family Series. Please make sure to read Dear Emily first, as Dear Tabitha is in no way a standalone and holds many, many references to Tabitha’s life before Emily, the child she gave away for adoption.

Tabitha Fletcher has been through many hardships and tough moments in her life. She has finally come over her depression and has found acceptance in having given her child Emily away at birth, to a family that t
Natasha is a Book Junkie
Mar 31, 2014 Natasha is a Book Junkie rated it it was amazing
“I’m free. Free of fear. Free of lies. But can I be free to hope?”

Confession time. I was terrified of this book. Literally, breaking out in a cold sweat the moment I decided to read it. Dear Emily was one of the most emotional stories to ever touch my heart and as much as I loved and connected so deeply with the main characters in that book, I have been anxiously waiting for Tabitha’s story ever since. I felt invested in Tabitha from the moment I met this unfortunate young woman, and hoped w
Romance Readers Retreat
Apr 11, 2014 Romance Readers Retreat rated it it was amazing
Holy Hell, get the tissues out.... BIG UGLY CRYING WILL OCCUR!!
Dear Tabitha is book two in Trudy Stiles’ Forever Family series. This book like the first is excellently written and covers very difficult topics in a respectful but informative manner. This story is a rollercoaster of emotion from the very beginning and I have to wonder if Trudy spent as much time crying while writing it as I did while reading it. Tabitha and Alex’s story is so full of raw emotion and angst that you couldn’t help bu
Mar 29, 2014 Beth rated it it was amazing
4.5 Starting Over Stars

So there was this...

and then there was some of this...

LOL. OMG. TTYL. Text. Email. Snap Chat. It's all so instant isn't it. We even have Instgram. Got Inst right there in the name. We want information and we want it now. I hate checking my voice mail. It takes too long. Just send me a text. Letter writing is dying art. Heck, even handwriting is a dying art. Teens and Twenties don't know how to write in cursive. My 22 year old son's handwriting looks like a second grade ser
Apr 17, 2015 Maree rated it it was amazing
This book was just so wonderful consisting of such happy and sad happening for both Tabitha and Alex. When Alex comes back home and want to chat and become friendly again with Tabby she is confused as there daughter was given up in adoption recently. Tabby just wanted to move on again. After Tony her ex scary boyfriend found dead and finally meeting up with her first daughter Sara that is where the journey began. I loved this book. It was so beautifully written. I just can't wait to read the nex ...more
Jun 16, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Dear Tabitha is the continuation of Tabitha's story after the end of Dear Emily. I loved Dear Emily and I just had to see how Tabitha's story would play out so I jumped into this right away.

As with Dear Emily, there are parts of this story that are hard to read. Both Tabitha and Alex went though some horrific events as children/teenagers. It was absolutely heartbreaking at times, but not in a way that overshadows the whole book.

Let me just say that this author is a master at the past and presen
Tabitha Willbanks
May 26, 2014 Tabitha Willbanks rated it it was amazing
Trudy has done it again!
Dear Tabitha picks up about two years after Dear Emily.
Tabitha is finally settled and doing well. She is managing the bookstore, and learning how to survive on her own two feet. Then Alex comes back into Tabby's life and things get complicated all at once. Around the same time as Alex showing up, Tabby receives a letter that changes her life forever. This is a story about redemption, second chances, and forgivness. Tabitha is one of the most real female characters that h
Jan 31, 2016 Charlie rated it liked it
3.5/5 Stars
Apr 10, 2015 Emma rated it really liked it
Beautiful conclusion to Tabitha's story.
Feb 07, 2016 Brenna rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this one like the did the previous book in this series, Dear Emily. Unfortunately it just didn't work for me. I liked it and was happy about how things ultimately ended up, but it didn't keep my attention at all times. There was too much back and forth between past at multiple different time periods then to the present. I found myself rushing through certain sections to get to the present day story and it really made me disconnect from what was happening. I felt like the ...more
Just over five months ago, I had the pleasure of reading Dear Emily, the debut novel written by Trudy Stiles. Dear Emily is a story about two women whose lives have been woven together by fate – Tabitha Fletcher and Carly Sloan. I was extremely surprised by the emotions that I felt while reading this novel and equally impressed with how seamless the writing is as two alternating stories become one. Dear Emily is also a story of hope and love for Tabby’s unborn baby girl named Emily, and the drea ...more
Apr 27, 2015 Bing rated it really liked it

We met Alex and Tabitha in Dear Emily and this is their journey.

Tabitha and Alex were two characters that showed the real meaning of survival. Reading about what they have been through since childhood was difficult. It made me think about how unfair life is sometimes. No one goes through what they did unscathed, but you can choose to be a survivor. Alex and Tabitha did exactly that. It was a long, arduous process, but they did.

Alex's childhood was dark and full of violence. In an ideal world, c
Paula  Phillips
Feb 19, 2015 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it
For all those who have read Book #1 in this series "Dear Emily" will know that Tabitha is Emily's mother and that she gave Emily up for adoption as she knew that she couldn't raise her by herself, it was a hard decision that she had to make but Tabitha did ensure that Emily went to an amazing home and her parents were great and continued to let Tabitha build a relationship with Emily. Dear Tabitha has a past and a present point of view. In the past we first see Tabitha's pre-relationship leadin ...more
Tbird London
Apr 24, 2014 Tbird London rated it it was amazing
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
Tiffany Readz
Apr 23, 2014 Tiffany Readz rated it it was amazing
There are only a handful of books that make me well up, not cry, but I do well up and Dear Tabitha is added to the list right along side of Dear Emily. Man that Trudy Stiles knows how to take your guts and just twist them with her writing. That said, I absolutely loved this book and how Tabby, Seth and Alex work on figuring everything out. Do not read this review if you haven't read Dear Emily, as it will contain spoilers.

At the end of book one Alex returns to Philly much to the surprise of Tab
Mar 30, 2014 Tantalizing rated it it was amazing
5++++ Stars!!

Trudy Stiles did it again. Just when I thought she couldn't top Dear Emily, she did. This was the absolute perfect conclusion to the story of Tabby and Alex. Dear Tabitha is the ultimate story of second chances, redemption, forgiveness and finding your happily ever after.

If I went into detail in this review it would spoil the book for you. Dear Tabitha is not a stand alone, you have to read Dear Emily first to truly understand this book. Tabitha's story is completely heartbreaking,
Heidi R.
Mar 26, 2014 Heidi R. rated it it was amazing
Trudy Stiles continuation of her Forever Family series with book 2, Dear Tabitha, is just beautiful. Don't get me wrong. There are major ups and downs in this story, but it IS beautiful. And there are surprises around each corner...a great continuation from Dear Emily!
Kara Sander
Mar 31, 2014 Kara Sander rated it it was amazing
I am at a loss for words, I have to say that Dear Emily was probably my all time favorite book....then Trudy Stiles did it again. After reading Dear Tabitha, I seriously had to catch my breath. I cried....a lot, happy cry, ugly cry then I cried just to cry. Trudy is truly one of the most amazing talented authors there is, I think I cried more at the fact that I am only allowed to give 5 stars, because it deserves so much more. Thank you once again Trudy for writing something that I can't put dow ...more
Amanda Maxlyn
Mar 30, 2014 Amanda Maxlyn rated it it was amazing
Such a beautiful story. I loved every minute of it! Well done!!!
Three Chicks
Apr 13, 2014 Three Chicks rated it really liked it
4.5 STAR REVIEW BY Jen Skews
Trudy Stiles has done it again. After reading the last page of Dear Emily I could not wait to see what was in store for Tabby and Alex. I loved these two characters who we first met in Dear Emily and wanted nothing more than for them to find their way back to each other and find the happiness they deserve. Dear Tabitha is an emotional and touching story about healing, love, forgiveness, and second chances.

We saw in Dear Emily that Tabby's past was anything but a happy
Apr 07, 2014 Virginia rated it it was amazing
Dear Tabitha is book 2 in Forever Family series, after Dear Emily. Dear Emily was amazing and Dear Tabitha is just as brilliant. Everything about Dear Tabitha is perfect!
Dear Tabitha is Tabitha’s story but I would say it is Alex’s story as well. It’s one of the most emotional stories I have ever read. This story is deep, it’s emotional and it tugs at your heart. While the things that happen in the story are not always pretty, it is a beautiful story. From violence, heartache, abuse and mistakes
Apr 03, 2014 Jodie rated it it was amazing
“From the first moments at the bookstore I knew you were something to cherish. To love.”

Okay so my first moments meeting Trudy and her characters wasn’t in a bookstore, it was in my kindle and I fell so deep in love with the words she wrote and the emotions she gave me. I am not going to lie Dear Emily, was one of the most beautiful, raw, true to life stories and it is one that I will forever cherish. I feel lucky because I am one of the few who got to watch as Trudy wrote this story. So to sa
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Trudy Stiles is a USA Today Bestselling Author, writer of New Adult Romance, mom to two beautiful children, and married to the love of her life. She’s the author of the bestselling Forever Family series including Dear Emily, Dear Tabitha, and Dear Juliet. Epic Sins and Epic Lies are the first books in the Epic Fail series and will continue with at least two more standalone novels, Epic Love and Ep ...more
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