Amy thought she had it figured out—followed her heart and moved forward…but life isn’t always so simple. Things tend to drag you back to familiarity, or in Amy’s case—people. Wesley returns from his stint of love and betrayal, and has a favor to ask of her. When Amy agrees to help, all that was moving forward in her life comes to a halt.
As Amy tries to fix the loved ones around her, she begins to lose all that she’s gained. And when the smoke clears, she’s more confused about what’s meant to be and who it’s meant to be with.
Julieann lives in Virginia, yet longs to live everywhere else. It doesn’t come as a surprise that along with her gypsy soul, comes an active imagination. That’s why she loves to write and invent worlds and people, so that she can formulate their happily ever after. Hobbies include cooking new recipes, sewing, and spending time with her cute boyfriend/husband and eight fabulous children. Vacations happen in Nantucket or the Carolina beaches—anywhere there is inspiration for her next book. One day she hopes to travel to Italy, drive one of those little cars around the countryside, and speak the language fluently!
When we left Amy after the events of Waking Amy, she was following her heart and moving forward. We saw her grow throughout book one, but lessons are often two steps forward and three steps back. Tom her friend has been her supportive and has become her BFF. She and Mark are enjoying dating and Wesley is off with the bimbo.
All of that crumbles in Leaving Amy when Wesley shows up needing a favor, Mark has news that will alter everything and Tom well Tom is becoming complicated. Is this a love square? No not really but it is complicated. Unfortunately Amy has put others first almost all of her life. Her limited experience means we get to witness her stumble, fumble and fall.
The men in her life are an interesting bunch. Wesley is still an ass and I am going to add manipulator to his profile. Mark is successful, but not as perfect as we once thought. Career decisions quickly pour ice over the flames of their romance. Tom on the other hand is wonderful, caring, sensitive and a perfect gentleman. Sure, he needs to loosen up a little and lose the tie, but he can park his shoes under my bed anytime.
As I said, I read Leaving Amy in a single sitting and loved the flow of the story and all the complications. I found myself laughing and rolling my eyes. Amy made me yell, shake my head and yes at times I wanted to give her the Gibbs’ slap. (Leroy Jethro Gibbs, NCIS} She seriously frustrated me, but Dove allowed me to see really see Amy. She has good intentions, a powerful sense of obligation and her wish to please everyone needs to be STOPPED. From the commentary in her head of her mother’s advice and her description of what heat between her thighs felt like, it is clear our Amy has a long way to go.
Amy is now in the divorce limbo – Wesley hasn’t signed the papers yet – but is very much in love with Dr. Mark. In fact, she’s moving into his house within the next couple weeks after her apartment lease is up. While waiting for Dr. Mark to arrive for dinner one evening, Wesley shows up out of the blue. He’s back in town after his mistress took him for all he had and left him. And he wants Amy back…or at least long enough to claim the rest of his inheritance which has a stipulation – either he’s a partner at the law firm or he’s been married for at least five years. Amy is asked to pretend they are still married Thanksgiving dinner, since most people at the law firm don’t even know they’re getting divorced. She reluctantly agrees.
Dr. Mark is not too happy with the arrangement but he doesn’t stop it. In fact, he’s got news of his own…he’s been offered, or rather applied to be the new chief at a hospital in Chicago. Amy is devastated. Just went she was about to move in with him, he’s leaving her…or is he? He wants her to move with him. Not only is she upset that he didn’t discuss the possibility of this job prospect but that he’d assumed she’d move halfway across the country with him so quickly in their relationship.
And then their is Tom, he new best friend, who a bit older than Amy and a lawyer. Before moving into her own place, she lived with Tom and they became quite close. Dr. Mark doesn’t care much for him because he senses that Tom has more than just friendship feelings for Amy. Could he be right?
Not only are Amy and Dr. Mark having relationship issues, but Wesley desperately wants Amy back and back in their home. What does she do? Who should she be with? Who does she love?
Leaving Amy is the second book in the Amy series and unlike the first book Waking Amy I enjoyed this one completely. I thought the writing was better. The flow of the story was just right and not fast paced nor did it feel like it was forced. I like how Amy was becoming more free and into herself and I feel that eventually she won’t be so insecure with her body. I can relate to her there. It wasn’t until I found the right one that I felt like myself and comfortable around him. I think that might have helped me get more in this book as opposed to the previous one.
If you read Waking Amy, then you most definitely need to read Leaving Amy. And if you love a good story of a woman trying to come into her own self while trying to find love then this one is also for you.
After reading Waking Amy, I wanted to know how the story goes about and what happens with Amy. That's how I picked up Leaving Amy ... I loathed Amy with a passion in this book for falling for the weasel Wesley's plans all over again and that she even thought that she could give it a shot!
While I felt bad for her that she had to learn about his cheating in one of the worst ways and her sister is the cohort yet again, I really think Wesley and Amy's sister deserve each other and I hope he loses all the money all over again!
I don't know what to say about Amy ... she loses her husband and then finds happiness with Mark, only for him to leave - but I don't really blame him much here, seeing she was "acting with Wesley" so he could get his inheritance ... no one wants their girlfriend to "act" with their ex for whatever reason, especially one as loathsome as Wesley.
She doesn't learn her lessons and hurts her friend, ends up leaving him in a limbo, after getting together with him after making him wait for ages while she was off with Mark and then Wesley ... Aaaaahhhh!!! It more looks like she doesn't even know what she wants ... or that, she doesn't mind hurting herself and the one she loves and vice versa, just because she thinks someone has feelings for him and needs him more than she herself does. Confusing right? Yes, read it ... you will understand ... I still haven't decided whether I want to read finding Amy or not ... But this book kept me on the edge and held my interest ... I just did not like anyone except Amy's friend who was there for her ... I wish he gets his HEA more than Amy does - I actually don't want to know what happens to her!
In a way, I find her journey going backward than forward - it looks like she went from being a nice person, to inflicting hurt on other people still playing the victim! I think, a character needs to move forward - improve, progress, even flawed, but still - NO going back. If she wanted to boot, she should have done that without hurting the only person who stood by her and was hurting along with her, while still loving her through everything!
Leaving Amy by Julieann Dove is the second tale inside this amazing series. Once more, Julieann Dove has lured readers like myself into her fictional world. I loved following Amy, the leading character, into her new journey. Inside the first one, we found that she and her husband parted. Betrayal and the finding of new love. Then, readers get to this novel, and we see Amy's new romance coming to a halt. Her world was doing fine until her ex-husband comes walking back into it. Complicated matters turn more complex and devastinng than Amy thought. Life is messy. Julieann Dove has taken life's greatest and worst moments and spun it into her latest tale. Every thing happens for a reason. The novel, still has the powerful emotional pull that drags me further into the plot. Heartfelt, compelling, and brilliantly told. This second part showed readers a story that is more real and believable than most contemporary novels. I enjoyed that aspect of reading this book. If every novel were happy, swoon worthy, then it would be dull. However, that's not the case with Leaving Amy. Never a dull moment. Sad yes. But entertaining too. The most powerful tool with this series and this particular read is that Julieann Dove kept her readers guessing. I never knew what to expect next nor how it would end...and now, I need to know the final piece. I see Amy growing with each book. Overall, Leaving Amy is a romance that readers can definitely relate to as well as enjoy. I highly recommend this to readers everywhere.
I really enjoy Leaving Amy. I love following Amy in this series, even if her choices frustrate and anger me. She feels so real as a character trying to live her life and discover who she wants to be and should be. This second book in the series picks up not long after the first book, and follows Amy as she tries to make decisions about Wesley, Tom, Mark, and her life. I would recommend this to fans of romance novels.
Character development is very critical in story development. The main character in this book didn’t grow she digressed. She seems to play the victim for most of the story and then hurts someone else just as badly as she was hurt. I guess it was a reasonable conclusion, not all stories turn out in happy endings. A character being worse than when they started is unacceptable to me.
I love Amy. I was cheering her on at some points and yelling at her in others. I found myself saying "Just one more chapter..." each night while I was reading it! I cannot wait to read the next book. I'm a big fan of Julieann Dove.
i have some thing to say about the cover before i do m y review i am a person who likes checking out the cover some times the cover makes me want to by the book without reading the back to see what its about but this cover made me want to wipe the lipstick off her lips felt it to dark for her pale skin now on to my review
the book was good i was cheering for amy pulling for her getting annoyed with her the next hurting and crying for her to i enjoyed this book
5 stars for Leaving Amy (Book 2). Amy learns she and Mark have different views of what life should be. Wesley is back and feels that he needs Amy to get his inheritance and life back on track. That is until Ashley returns. Tom is the only one who never mistress her and truly wants her. But how can she when there is another woman in his life. Nothing left, Amy leaves to start over once again.
Nooooooo! No, no, no, no it can't end thins way! Next book please - Hurry! I am so addicted to Amy! Of course the book did not end the way I wanted it to. It wasn't a bad ending, just not the way I would have liked. But definitely a cliff hanger.
So I guess you can sorta tell by the comments that I loved the book! I liked the first one only slightly better because Amy was more snarky in that one. But I still loved Amy in this one. The first one felt more Chick-lit-ish to me and this one was more heartfelt and definitely sadder - I teared up in quite a few spots. And then yelled out loud at the end! ... But you know... I do love it when books have that effect on you? Don't you?
I am really looking forward to seeing what the author has in store for Amy next. I really want a happy ending for her. She deserves it.
This series would be a fun quick addition to your summer reading list! I highly recommend them!
Thank you "Caffeinated Book Reviewer" for sending me this book for my honest review!