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Perfectly Imperfect

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  8 reviews
From USA Today bestselling author Annette Lyon comes a captivating historical novella. In 1905 Shelley, Idaho, Della Stafford hates being a farm girl in a tiny town. She’ll do anything to live in a big city and experience real city life. Her only regret is that leaving town also means leaving Joseph behind, the young man who makes her heart flutter. But she's convinced tha ...more
Kindle Edition, 47 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by Blue Ginger Books
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Della is perfectly starry-eyed over big city life and at first it seemed like Joseph cared more for her than she for him. It was so sad to see him disappointed when Della rejected him for the opportunity to fulfill her dream. While working in the city she can't help but compare the reality of her situation with her life back home. I thought she was a strong enough person to be able to endure the trials she encountered, but what really matters is where her priorities are. As the story progressed ...more
Katie W
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I grew up in a small town and truthfully, I wasn't excited to get out into the big, bad world. Della, however, longs to move to a big city and really experience life. There is such a difference between the two ways of life. The only problem she finds with her plan is leaving Joseph in the dust. 

Why is it that people always long for what they don't have and think that the grass is greener on the other side? Personally, I think sometimes we have to cross over to the other side so that we can make
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I first read this novella in the Timeless Romance Anthology: Old West Collection. Della lives on a farm in a small town in Idaho and can't wait to leave the small town life behind for the city. When she gets a chance to go to Los Angeles by working for Mrs. Baker Della takes it, even though she has to leave Joseph, her childhood friend who wants to court her, behind. She doesn't miss living on a farm or the chores but she misses Joseph and realizes "the grass isn't always greener on the other si ...more
Amy Koster
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Perfectly Imperfect, Annette Lyon
Do you ever feel like the grass is greener on the other side? That is exactly how Della Stafford, from small town Shelley, Idaho felt. She wants to explore all the glamor and grandeur the “big city” has to offer. When an opportunity presents itself to go leave Shelley, Della jumps at the chance. The only thing holding her back is missing good friend Joseph. While on her adventure she discovers what she truly wants and it was not what she expected.
I thought this n
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute story, but it moved way too fast for anything to realistically develop. I know it was meant to be a novella (short story), but would have been much better as a novel, giving the opportunity for the characters and story to develop smoothly.
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a sweet "grass is always greener" story. Della is convinced that she won't be happy until she's able to leave the small farm town of Shelley, Idaho — she simply must move to the big city. She just isn't cut out for working on the farm and the simple life of small-town Idaho. When she gets the opportunity to move to Los Angeles she almost doesn't think twice. Of course, there's Joseph. He's perfect for Della in every way, except that he is also perfectly content in Shelley, Idaho working ...more
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this story when it was part of the Old West Romance anthology. Sometimes what we think we want is not what we really want. This is the case in this story. Della thinks she wants one thing but discovers she actually needs and wants something different. This is a sweet romance.
Louise Pledge
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Annette Lyon is always worth reading!

This is a charming story reminding us that the grass is not always greener....or all that glitters is not gold!
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Annette Lyon is a USA Today bestselling author, a 4-time recipient of Utah’s Best in State medal for fiction (twice for novel-length works and twice for short fiction), and a Whitney Award winner for BAND OF SISTERS. She's the author of over a dozen novels, at least that many novellas, a cookbook, a popular grammar guide, and over a hundred magazine articles.

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