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When Life Happened

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Parker Cruse despises cheaters. It might have something to do with her boyfriend sleeping with her twin sister.

After a wedding day prank involving a strong laxative, that ends the already severed relationship between the twins, Parker decides to grow up and act twenty-six.

Step One: Move out of her parents’ house.

Step Two: Find a job.

Opportunity strikes when she meets h
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Expected publication: June 5th 2017

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Jewel Ann
May 17, 2017 Jewel Ann marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
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5 "Today is my favorite day." Stars

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I'm going to keep this short and sweet because literally everything about this book is a spoiler and I don't trust myself to not give away a thing. So here's my advice- READ. THIS. BOOK. Don't go searching for reviews because, rest assured, come release day they'll become riddled with plot spoilers. Experience this journey for Parker and how Life Happened for her. It's chock full with life experiences and lessons learned, often the hard way, for a twenty-somet
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Shanny
May 25, 2017 Shanny rated it it was amazing

"The truth doesn't always set you free, and lies are not always deception."


WOW, fantastic!!!
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Well done Mrs. Anne, well done!
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This book wasn't what I expected but was so good.
This is very frustrating there are so many good things I want to say about the characters and the story but I can't because well I don't want to spoil it.
But what I will say is, as in all her books the author wrote a kickass heroine and the storyline is so unique and unexpected.
I loved that I couldn't predict the path o
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Kate Stewart
May 22, 2017 Kate Stewart rated it it was amazing
************INFINITE STARS!!***********
THIS BOOK!
I still can't wrap my head around this experience, because that was what this book was, a total EXPERIENCE. Please just go in blind, forget any preconceived notions about what you think this might be and just go with it. I say it every single time, but Jewel is one of the most gifted indie authors out there and she has once again outdone herself. BRAVO!!!
Carol***BeautyandtheBeastlyBooks
***ARC received in exchange of an honest opinion***

As usual I didn't read the synopsis before starting this book. Which has an added satisfaction, whenever it's a book by an author whose writing I trust. And I'm SO GLAD I didn't. Going in blind with When Life Happened was peefect, it only added to the perfection and impact of the story.

This book was BEYOND incredible! Jewel is such a talented writer! Some people are born to write and with such a delicate, flawless book, Jewel E. Ann proves she's
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Paige
May 25, 2017 Paige rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-needed
5 + "My Person" Stars

This book. Just, this book. It was phenomenal. It was unexpected and emotional and funny as all get out. Jewel E. Ann did what not many can with this storyline and I fell hook, line and sinker. I devoured this story while at the same time trying to really savor it. Whether you believe in destiny or fate or karma, Ms. Ann created a story that showed that life happens when you least expect it.

This is the second book I've read by Jewel and it proves that her talent is unmista
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Dimaris rossy
May 23, 2017 Dimaris rossy rated it it was amazing
I am in love with this book! My favorite this year. Of 5 stars maximum if I had ten it would NOT be enough. I'm also in love with Levi and Parker. Forget about every other book, you need this one. This story will evoke every emotion in you. Love, betrayal, frustration, shock, anger, desperation, sadness and many more. I did not wanted it to end and I know you will feel the same because this story is realistic, conflicted and deep. It's a learning journey complete with new realizations for these ...more
Neecy
May 22, 2017 Neecy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, 5-stars, arc
*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

5 “Jewel has done it again” stars!!!

“Not all truths set you free not all lies are deception.”

WOW! What a ride! This story pulled out every emotion in me. I loved it one minute then was ready to scream my head off the next second. I laughed out loud and then was heartbroken. There was a point I had to put down my kindle and walk away for bit only to be picking it back up because I can’t help myself. Parker’s journey was addicting but Jewe
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Jennifer
May 22, 2017 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Mind Blown!!! She did it again!! This book was ahhhhhmazing!! Solidifies why she is absolutely one of my all time favorites. It is really hard to say much about this book without giving something away, so all I'm going to say is READ IT!! You will not be disappointed!!
Stephanie Villere
May 20, 2017 Stephanie Villere rated it it was amazing
This book is When Life Happened written by Jewel E Ann. I can't begin to tell you how amazing this book is! Jewel knows how to pull you in deeply and then make you bleed, over and over, and then thank her for the experience. I have ugly cried more today than I care to admit....even just to myself. If you receive nothing more from this book than a good decongestant, then be glad that's what you got. I will be re-reading this book multiple times, of that I am sure. Try it just once and you will fa ...more
Anya
May 24, 2017 Anya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: look-for-sequel
“He drugged her with his words, pulled her under with his confidence, and stole her innocence with a whisper”.

Amazing!!!!! That's the only way I can describe the book in one word! Jewel has always been my one click author since I read her first book Undeniably you. I was a little apprehensive about this book though, as cheating is a hard limit for me. The book though, I cannot describe the way the characters and the story was written.For me, it's one of those books you want to not be able to fi
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Tricia
May 24, 2017 Tricia rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic read this is! For me, it's one of those books you want to be able to unread so you can experience it all over again for the first time. With characters who seemed so real, it kept me captivated from beginning to end. It has the wonderful Jewel humour running throughout the story, together with those moments which grab you by the throat so you can hardly breathe. The way this author wields the written word, any preconceived idea of where this story is going to take you will be tu ...more
Kim Carter
May 23, 2017 Kim Carter rated it it was amazing
"Being needed...it's a pretty amazing feeling."
Jewel Ann became a quick favorite of mine when I read Undeniably Yours, but Idle Bloom was the chart topper for me....then she shares her amazing talent with us once again with When Life Happened. I was lucky enough to win an ARC in exchange for an honest review...well, here it is folks, RUN, don't walk, ONE click or whatever you need to do, but read this book. Jewel Ann takes us on an amazing journey....we smile, laugh, and cry. I didn't sob, my e
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Jessica
May 23, 2017 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Wish I could give more stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

When life happened
Jewel e ann

Reviews on Amazon. Goodreads. And the book addicts. (Fb)

A glorious heartbreaking love story of loss and forgiveness that will destroy you to the depths of your soul and build you back up in the next chapter.

She makes you hate the character and then the next page feel bad for hating them and then fall in love and be ok with everything in the end ...

That moment that single line that leaves your mouth gaping open because omg
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Ruth McDonnell
May 23, 2017 Ruth McDonnell rated it it was amazing
Well, Jewel has done it again! This book is a must read! With characters who will jump off the page and straight into your heart! It will at times gut you and at others inspire you to live and love right where you are planted. I loved Parker. She was real. She was brassy and sassy, full of vim and vigor. And Rags, what can I say? You have to love a dog with his nuts still full--ready to spread his seed. He was such a giver! This book should come with a warning however that once you pick it up, y ...more
Rita
May 22, 2017 Rita rated it it was amazing
How do you review this book without spoilers? You don't, so I am going to tell you the emotions I felt reading this book. I felt all of them!
When I first started this book I was mad and then I thought "Don't go there, please Jewel!" She went there... And then I'm thinking OK I can handle this... and then laughter and fun. Then WHAM..ugly tears. Why Jewel, how do you evoke so much emotion with just a few lines in a book? Oh and it didn't end there. After some gut wrenching moments even tho my he
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Sousada
May 21, 2017 Sousada rated it it was amazing
I've rarely ever write reviews. But I got hooked on Jewel E Ann since the Jack and Jill Series. Since than I have read and re read all her books. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of When Life Happens. I must say she knows how to rip your heart out and than put it back together. I laughed I almost cried my emotions were all over the place with this one. What can I say about Gus. I loved him. I loved Parker. She was funny she was real. The characters blend so well together. I suck at reviews but A ...more
Gloria
May 24, 2017 Gloria rated it it was amazing
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NH4310229
May 24, 2017 NH4310229 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-be-published
I guess I will start with the fact that even though this is your book Jewel E. Ann, and they are always unique and amazing, I was a bit skeptical because I do not understand the situation, how can you take someone’s husband, and how someone could cheat on his wife, but I came to this with an open mind... and unfortunately I admit that it is not the type of book I love.
The book is completely different, unpredictable, surprising and nothing is as it might seem. Nothing is black or white. There ar
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Annmarie
May 20, 2017 Annmarie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: funny
True to her word, Jewel gave me a permanent smile from beginning to end. My face hurts. Is it possible to highlight the entire story. Because each word written was to epic and I need to remember all those witty words.
So Jewel named her female character Parker and for the life of me I continued to think of a guy. I've only known guys named Parker. This new generation of people using unisex names to confuse me. Thanks Jewel.

“He drugged her with his words, pulled her under with his confidence, an
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Michelle
May 21, 2017 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
When I read the blurb, I was immediately intrigued and needed to know more about this story and its characters. Parker Cruse experienced such a devastating betrayal by her twin and I felt for her. I think I was even more mad at her sister and now brother-in-law than she was. Like I had a serious chip on my shoulder on her behalf. So when temptation knocks on Parker's door in a karmic way, I knew Parker was conflicted. She's a good balance of down-to-earth, sassy and direct. But she's also very o ...more
Kristin
May 25, 2017 Kristin rated it it was amazing
"This is my favorite day".

Jewel E. Ann is one of my favorite writers and I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of When Life Happened. I am blown away! It's one of my top reads this year. This book has a wonderful balance of funny, sad & happy times. It is written in the third person which I'm not usually a fan of. But Jewel has such a way with words I didn't even notice. It was magical.

"Not all truths set you free & not all lies are deception."

Parker is trying to find her way. She's fe
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Sian
May 24, 2017 Sian rated it it was amazing
Every time I start a Jewel E Ann book I think, is this the one I’m not going to like? Well at least I don’t have to worry about that again until the next book! Well, where to start? This is a really hard book to review to write without giving away any spoilers….. firstly, and probably most importantly I loved this book. I loved these characters; Parker’s mum was an absolute work of art! Maybe instead of discussing the plot I should describe what to expect from this book…..expect the unexpected! ...more
Melissa
May 23, 2017 Melissa rated it it was amazing
"You can’t prepare for greatness—it just has to happen"

I thought I was prepared for the greatness of a book by an author that has never disappointed my reading expectations, but THIS story. THIS story of love, life, forgiveness and favourite days was remarkable.
Every word in this story counted, every path it took was important. It conveyed the reality of our need to keep our hearts open to possibilities even when they seem impossible.

"They were real.
Human.
And worthy of love and forgiveness"
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DCT
May 21, 2017 DCT rated it really liked it
When I got the email with the ARC of When Life Happened, I was thrilled, as this author moves me like no other. I knew that I would laugh very loudly (who knew podiatry could be so hilarious), and cry crocodile tears. This wasn't at all what I expected, yet it challenged my reading moral compass. I kept putting myself in Parker's shoes, trying to think her thoughts and feel her heart; and I must admit, she was in a tough spot. Everything is not black and white, and When Life Happens, there is of ...more
Missy Kidd
May 23, 2017 Missy Kidd rated it it was amazing
Just when you think Jewel E Ann can't deliver a better book than the last, she does! When Life Happens is a story of a girl named Parker from Iowa that is witty, stubborn, spontaneous and full of life. WLH delivers ALL the feels. One minute you're laughing, crying, screaming and then beaming with adoration. "Don't take off your clothes. Don't think. Just dive in! You can't prepare for greatness-it just has to happen." "Today is my favorite day," and it will be yours too once you dive into this b ...more
Karen
May 21, 2017 Karen rated it it was amazing
Nothing is ever as simple as you think in life it just happens. This is another amazing read by a wonderful author. Once I started this story I couldn't put it down I was so invested in it. I'm already wondering how long I'm gonna have to wait to add the paperback to my collection. While there are parts that will have you screaming at the author "how could you do that?" The story is just simply amazing and one I fell quickly in love with
I was gifted an ARC so I was lucky and got to read it earl
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Susan LaVoie
May 23, 2017 Susan LaVoie rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous story. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would..Jewel has such an interesting style of writing,she pulls you completely in the storyline in the first chapter. I love Parker and actually laughed out loud several times. I cried with her and laughed with her!!! This is definitely a keeper and one I I'll read again because I'm sure I missed things! Jewel is one of those writers I don't hesitate to purchase her books because I know they will be everything I enjoy in a book. Each ...more
Lisa Martin
May 23, 2017 Lisa Martin rated it it was amazing
Jewel E. Ann has a gift for bringing characters to life that you can't help but love, even if it is against your better judgment! The characters in When Life Happened are so real I experienced their every emotion. I laughed out loud, cried an ugly cry and felt butterflies explode while moving around in their world. This is a beautiful story about love, heartbreak, betrayal and forgiveness that will have you feeling all of the feels! Five brilliant stars!
Cleida R
May 22, 2017 Cleida R rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s
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Life 💛
Forgiveness 💙
Love ❤
Family 💕
Friends 💚

What do I think? Words can't describe what I think to be honest. I'm not very good when it comes to writing reviews but I try the best I can.
This book was unique and beautiful done. Well written and thought out.
Jewel Ann has created more than a story about two people falling in love, she's created a beautiful love bound by fate and destiny...and family and friends that make this story so much more.

Full review coming!
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Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor. When she's not saving the planet one tree at a time, you can find her role modeling questionable behavior to her three boys, binge-watching Netflix with her husband, and writing mind-bending romance.

Her latest release is Scarlet Stone.

Next Release When Life Happened, a standalone romantic comedy coming June 5th, 2017. "Thou sha
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