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Dear Everly

(True Hearts)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,342 Ratings  ·  265 Reviews
Dear Everly,

We promised each other forever, and now that’s gone. My memory of you is our daughter. I said I would never move on, but something happened. Someone moved into the house next door. She works at our daughter’s preschool. Everywhere I go, she’s there. My forever is changing now… I’m falling in love with her. Loving her means forgetting you. Loving her means lett
Kindle Edition, 373 pages
Published October 31st 2017
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I liked reading this book. It was very well written and fast paced. There were some sweet and funny moments that I enjoyed.

I didn't connect to the main characters at all. I couldn't feel their love for each other.

The hero was a total ass. Sure he had his sweet moments with his daughter, and he told the heroine that he loved her over and over again. But he also hurt her, needlessly. From the beginning he was rude to her, always letting her take the blame for everything. Some things
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)
My God!! What can I say about Dear Everly?! Well, first off, it's painful to read. It's emotional. It's heartbreaking. It's really sad. But, there are flashes of light, mainly in the most adorable little girl named Sadie and her stuffed unicorn named Bo. And when the hero and the heroine finally get together, I was cheering. But, their road to get to that point was like I said - painful, emotional, heartbreaking and sad.

Jake has lost his wife Everly and has still not gotten over it two years lat
Lu Bielefeld **
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UPDATE: 02/21/1918: this is a review that brings a different angle to this story and I think I have to agree with her. Maybe the female mc has really a mental problem. Maybe she’s just the kind who needs,wants, crave a relationship and need to feel part of something. No matter how and in what degree. 1st, 2nd, 3rd best. It doesn’t matter. Maybe what she really needed was some psychological therapy. Because really thinking about she acts like a sick person. Anywho, this review just gave me food f ...more
Nov 10, 2017 marked it as dnf
I just couldn’t keep reading it. Emily came off as super desperate and acted like a doormat, and Jake was hot/cold and hurtful, and it was just unnecessary no matter what his situation was.... Bummed, but hopefully it works for others!
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to put down this book after the first few chapters because I thought its too deep and real...and it was, gosh it was real, as real as it can get within its category.

But it was also: beautiful, honest, hard and sweet ...a real rollercoaster ride..! And I loved it ..and I am so glad I was stubborn and won the war within myself and didnt give up on the book in the beggining. I hated those damn letters and after the last chapter I cant imagine a better way for this book, for the feelings .
Man, this one gave me some confused emotions. I'm a pretty empathetic person. I try on the metaphorical shoes of other people (real and imagined) regularly, and can usually grasp another's perspective, even when I don't agree. There are, of course, limits to this ability, but generally it serves me well.
So, I've been in love with my hubby since I was 15 years old and we are creeping up on 22 years of marriage. Books like this obviously make me ponder the loss of him, and no question, I'd be shat
1.5*. The H's grief over the loss of his love and the mother of his child is actually quite well portrayed. It depicts the stuff of soul mates. It's been two years or so when the H and the h meet. We see the the H continuing to struggle with grief as the 'romance' unfolds. It really didn't seem much of a romance. The pacing on the romance was off, too quick for someone in his position and the I love you's didn't seem believable. Especially on his part. The H was often a douche and cruel yet alwa ...more
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was quite good. I am not sure I always loved the flow but I really enjoyed it and got into it. I felt sometimes like Emily might have been selling herself short but perhaps not. Was also surprised by her hidden story. I had mixed feelings about whether that was reaching and perhaps unnecessary. Sadie was cute as can be so hard not to love her. Jake - my heart broke for him. For his tragedy and how deeply he buried himself. I certainly didn’t think he treated Emily very nicely sometimes ...more
Chelsea | WithHerBooks
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
“But I felt like I was Jake’s mess. And he was mine. And that… Well that just felt perfect.”

Dear Everly … where do I even begin?! This is the first I’ve read by author duo London Casey & Jaxson Kidman. To say I loved this book is not enough. You know when you read a book, and it continues to resonate with you days after you’ve finished it? That is exactly how I feel.

Jake, Jake, JAKE. He is a tortured soul. The only light in his life after a traumatic loss is Sadie, his daughter. These two ma
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
An interesting and heart breaking story of a young man doing his best to raise a daughter after the sudden loss of his fiance. Jake has done what he feels he needs to do to raise his daughter, but he hasn't moved on or accepted the death of his fiance which happened two years prior. Enter Emily, a well-meaning neighbor who feels drawn to Jake and his daughter. Jake's actions toward Emily are cold and mostly rude. Emily easily accepts his treatment and still develops feelings for him. Jake's acti ...more
Janice Somers
First, I was gutted by this story. Second, I absolutely loved this story. Third, Make sure you have a box of tissues near when reading this story.
The story of Jake and Emily has me still sniffling and after I finished reading it. I am trying to review without giving away the most important parts, which is most of the story.
OK here goes. The cover is amazing and says so much for the story and about the story. Just reading the prologue is gives me an insight to how much love was freely given to
Wendy Livingstone
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jack is left heartbroken after the death of Everly, and is left alone to be a single dad to their little daughter. He is unable to move on from this tragedy, and writes letters daily to Everly. Emily has also suffered a loss and moves into the house next door to Jake. These two seem destined to cross paths, and Jake is not always pleasant to Emily. No spoilers; this is a definite must read, you will not be disappointed!
This collaboration of authors’ is extremely gifted, and brings us some amazin
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a heart-wrenching story that tore at you. Made you see the dark and light side of forever, of an endless love.

I love the story and writing but I had a hard time falling for Jake. I understand all the weight he carried but that didn't give him the right to be a jerk. Repeatedly. I'm all for alpha males but he was mean.

I loved Emily and understood her but man did I want her to get mad, at least once. But I will admit I really liked her ability to be kind and patient in hard situations.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written story about tragedy and heartbreak and learning to love again. It totally wrecked me, yet I loved every minute of it.
From that very first page, I was hooked, and was sent on such an emotional journey that at times I felt drained. This book deals with loss and grief in such a sensitive way, you just can’t help but feel Jakes pain.

I have read a couple of books from this author duo but this one is hands down their best yet. I highly recommend you give this one a go, it is so
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing story and truly heartbreaking. The emotions...raw, real and exposed. The love this father has for his daughter is endless and unconditional. Jake as a princess was priceless and the most endearing moment ever. Great read and tissues are required.

Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it

I'm not sure in what universe, modern thinking country, city or town any young, beautiful woman (and I'm going to presume Emily was beautiful since she caught Jake's eye, as well as inspired him to growl it to himself every time he looked at or thought of her) would allow herself to behave like such a DOORMAT the way the book portrayed her reactions and actions around Jake. She basically took every cruel insult and innuendo he threw at her and responded with encouragement, positive, glowing
Carrie Gubish
Jan 08, 2018 rated it liked it

I don't know where to start. I just couldn't stand her. She is the type to sleep with a married man. If he showed any kindness she would have taken it as something else. She would flirt and flirt until he slept with her. I could also see her as a stalker if things didn't work out. When she told her story about her ex I really thought this girl is just mental. Who stays with a guy who tells you over and over you will always be second best to his first wife. She just like "I understand" its
Jake and Emily and Sadie and Everly Have My Heart

Some romance stories live in a far off place of happy, pretty people. And that's okay. But this story is something else entirely. This story lives in a place that's so real. It's not gritty and ugly; rather, it's messy and sad, heartbreaking and life-affirming.

This book is sad at times. You will cry. My experience was that I shed more tears for the hope and the beauty and the overcoming than I did over the abject tragedy.

There's plenty of happy to
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: damaged-hero
this is more of a 3.5 star review. I really did enjoy the book but was at times frustrated with Emily. She was far too understanding and calm. Jake was so hurtful at times and she was allowed to feel hurt over his actions, but she was way too overly understanding. Yes he is working through something terrible but that doesn't mean that Emily has to just accept his hot, cold, and sometimes cruel behavior. She is allowed an emotional response,
Judy Lewis
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Title: Dear Everly
Author: Jaxson Kidman & London Casey(Karolyn James)
Designation: Full-Length Contemporary Romance(373 pages), Standalone, NO Cliffhanger
Reading Platform: Kindle Unlimited
My Rating: Five Tug-At-My Heartstrings, Divinely Entertaining Stars*****
Where do I begin? For one of the few times in my life, I can't find the words to describe how I feel about a book. Without a doubt, Dear Everly by Jaxson Kidman and London Casey is one
Tricia Ann
This story centers around four main characters: Jake, Everly, Sadie and Emily. This story is about finding life after death. The story opens up with a very brief moment where Jake and the love of his life, Everly are engaged in a flirty conversation over who's going to be the errand runner for diapers, the chapter ends with tragedy as Jake tries to grapple with the sudden loss of his forever and the realization he's a single dad all of a sudden.

Emily is the woman who moves in next door and work
Lager & Lefse Book Blog
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dear Everly is by far the best writing that the Casey/Kidman duo have done, thus far. This book is about Emily, Jake and Sadie.

Emily is relocating and attempting to start over in life. She has been a caretaker to her grandmother due to her recent decline in health. After her grandmother passes away, she has no one and feels lost. She is excited to have a new house, but questions if it is home. While returning to her career of writing poetry, she also starts a part time job at a daycare. Emily i
Holly Sinclair
Feb 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Oh my goodness if you are in the mood for a book that will just gut you and have you bawling like a baby this is the book for you. This story is still on my mind and I still tear up. However reading the book is so worth it so don't let my tears scare you away from it. Jake lost Everly and is now a single father to their daughter. He no matter what can not move on and writes letters to Everly every single day. Emily becomes Jake's ne
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow! What a read! This book was very emotional. I didn't cry, but almost! 1st time authors for me. Great writing, great story line.
Jake is a single father of a very quick witted little girl named Sadie. Jake's wife Everly was killed in an accident. Jake devoted his whole live to raising his daughter, working and grieving. That is until a single woman named Emily buys the house next door. Emily is also grieving. After the loss of her grandmother, Emily just needs to move on with life.
This is a
Kathy Aronoff
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I Love You Endlessly
I knew going into this book that it would be emotional, but I will applaud the Authors for showing all different sides of grief and some of it isn't fair or pretty. I have a love/hate perception of Jake but understand his reasoning. His pain is real and comes through the pages to grab your heart and squeeze. A haunting and heartbreaking beautiful story showing that love can enter your life again, if you allow it.
Nicole LoPiccolo
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good. If you haven’t read it, get it and read it. It will give you All the feels! It’s a beautifully written book. It grabs you from the first page. Jake, Sophie, And Emily are the best characters. I don’t want to spoil anything but just do yourself a favor and BUY IT!! any bring them into your heart like I did.
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