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The Birthday List

(Maysen Jar #1)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  7,601 ratings  ·  1,186 reviews
Poppy Maysen carries a journal in her purse. Its pages were filled long ago by a man who craved adventure, lived life to the fullest and never failed to make her laugh. The journal is his birthday list—one she vows to complete.

She’ll do the things he wanted to do most. Because maybe, just maybe, if she can finish his list, she can start to live again.

Poppy expects going t
ebook, 402 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Devney Perry
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Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-four-stars
4.25 stars!!!


The Birthday List is an emotional, moving, and romantic stand-alone novel. I was drawn in to Poppy's story straight away and I loved it from start to finish!

Poppy Maysen has been alive the last five years, but she hasn't been living. Not really. She's still grieving the loss of her husband, Jaime, who died suddenly and tragically five years ago. Things have been hard for her, but she's trying to move forward. Things are starting to change for Poppy now that she's going through Jam
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

My heart had been in pieces since the night Jamie had been killed. It had taken every day of the last five years for the pain in my chest to fade to a dull ache. Still, it was there. And after every one of my interactions with Cole, that ache flared. Because when I was with Cole, I wasn’t remembering Jamie. Cole made me forget the pain.

”THE BIRTHDAY LIST” is my first read by the amazing Devney Perry and it will definitely not be my last. I’ve
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 In A Heartbeat! Stars

What a swoon fest of a read!

Prologues .... how profound they can be. This one knocked my socks off, and made my stomach flip. Within the first few pages, I fell in love with the characters and storyline .... then I wanted to cry.

By the third sentence of chapter two, I knew the healing process had begun, and also knew without a doubt, I was in for one terrific read!

I went in totally blind, of course! Those of you who read any of my reviews know this is my preferred method
Harper Sloan
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every now and then, a book comes into your world and touches something deep down that you never knew you needed. That, is The Birthday List. So much healing love, pouring from every word, I know I’ll never forget a single page.
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

➦Well, I'll keep it short. I wanted to take Cole, the hero of this novel, put him in my pocket and RUN!

➦Seriously, I wish a Cole for every woman. lol He is perfect but not totally perfect. Know what I mean?

➦If you like a romance story about healing after a tragedy and finding peace and love again, then don't hesitate and pick this one up. Devney Perry wrote an inspirational novel that has everything a romance reader should wish for. Well, except.. if you're really set on not reading about dead
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
What a beautiful story! I'm gonna be one of the first ones to say that having a deceased spouse as a major part in a book rarely works for me, however what Devney Perry did here was just beautiful.

The way she wrote how Cole helping Poppy on the journey to letting Jamie go was stunning. I've never read a more perfect way to introduce a new love into someone's life who wasn't ready to let go of the last love.

Poppy has been mourning Jamie for 5 years. She knows she needs to get to a better place a

Oh my gawd!!! This book! This absolutely beautiful, heartfelt book! There are really no words to describe how amazing it is or how it made me feel as I moved through the story. I am not a writer but it is at times like this that I wish I had the talent to express how incredible a story is and how it touched my heart and my soul.


After the death of her husband, Jamie, Poppy is struggling to find some closure even as she lives with the heavy weight of guilt upon her shoulders. Before his death, her
3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: I was fully going into this expecting an epic angst fest, but sadly it wasn't that for me. I didn't shed a single tear. I'm not saying I disliked it, but those darn expectations hit again! I f-loved the H! I usually like my Hs obviously alpha, but I think he was absolutely perfect for the h and the situation they were in. He made the book for me! At times I wanted to shake the h because I do think it was all about her all the time, but that very well could be just beca
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Birthday List by Devney Perry was the ULTIMATE love story. I was consumed by it. Entirely invested in this absolutely gorgeous story from beginning to end. It was PERFECTION!!! Beautifully composed, masterfully written, a heartwarming, sweet, and swoony story that is by far the BEST work that the author has written so far!

I'm incredibly picky. It's a curse, and unfortunately limits my reading experience to a few amazing books a year, and many more DNFs each month. Devney Perry has been someo
Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

“The rest is still unwritten…”

OMG… I fell in love with this story and I fell hard. I loved everything about it, from the all-consuming love story, to the heart-wrenching emotions that this story evoked, to the flawless storytelling and the unbelievable characters that brought The Birthday List to life. It doesn’t happen very often when an author and her stories live up to the hype. I had heard amazing things about Devney Perry’s Jamison Valley series and after reading this phenomena
Stacey is Sassy
Moving with the curves…

I started this review thinking 4 stars, but getting all these feelings down, it's a bloody 5 all the way.

When I was younger, I swore to my hubby that he would be my one and only. For me, at the time, I felt like there was no chance that I could move on if something happened to him. Sorry hubby, but I think I’ve changed my mind. Don’t get me wrong, I would be devastated, my heart would break, and life wouldn’t be worth living…for a while. But, eventually, I think I would li
Alex ♈
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: strong-heroine, safe
3.5 stars

Very touching and poignant love story.

I expected to love it more.
I still clicked 4 stars, but I wish there were less issues, that bothered me.

No time and desire to write a long review.
I limit my complains to 2 points:
- they dismissed H's ex-gf too fast. They didn't really bash her, but I felt sorry for her. Big fat minus for the hero.
- sub-story with h's brother and his ex-wife. Ugh! Poor woman, they put her in bad light, made her a cheater and I guess she would be the one to grovel

Title: The Birthday List
Series: Standalone
Author: Devney Perry
Release date: April 3, 2018
Cliffhanger: No
HEA(view spoiler)

He was a dream. How had I found a man who was so understanding and patient, who saw me so clearly? It was nothing short of a miracle.

Believe it or not, this is my very first read by Devney Perry. I've heard so many good things about her writing, but somehow never got around to checking out any of her books. When the early praise and excitement for The Birt
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
<3 4 stars <3

This is my third book from Devney Perry and she doesn't stop surprising me each time I start a new book by her!This was a lovely, heartwarming and emotional story.


The love story between the characters was slow burn and sweet, I enjoyed it.Cole was perfect for Poppy, he was exactly what she needed!The story was told from both Cole and Poppy made the story intimidate!

Even though the story was interesting and the romance was good there were parts where it was a little bit slow for my
4.5 Adorable Stars🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

This was my first book by Devney Perry, but it definitely will not be my last..... this was such a sweet love story with the perfect amount of angst, heartbreak, humor,romance, and steam..... The book made me laugh, it made me cry, and it left me with a big smile on my face....

Poppy was married to her college sweetheart Jamie the love of her life.... and then one day when running errands he got caught up in a robbery and was murdered.... Jamie was a fun loving guy.... and
Really liked this one!


Looks like some stupid fool forgot to review this and just noticed it. Me, that stupid fool is *applause* moi!

But still, I really liked this, so I'll try my best:

1. This was sweet and perfect for people who like angst but with comfort and bittersweet smiles rather than just ugly tears. Even those who like ugly tears might get a break with this one.

2. The main characters had depth, though the chemistry was a little amiss for me.

3. I loved the character development and the
TJ *Book Twins Reviews*
5 “Minute by Minute” Stars

“This man took me breath away”

That quote pretty much sums up this book for me. Cole is an amazing character and he now owns a little piece of my heart.

I loved every single little thing about Cole and Poppy’s story. Devney Perry has cemented her place as a force to be reckoned with. The Birthday List is thoughtful and thought-provoking. I felt all the feels and experienced the full array of emotions while reading. It’s a magnificent journey of love and loss that
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
MY HEART!!!! This was so beautiful. I loved it so much!
Jessica | JustReadingJess
The birthday list is an emotional romance. Poppy is a widow. She carries around the birthday list of her late husband, which has adventures he was supposed to take every year. Poppy decides to complete the birthday list for him in a few months. Poppy is hoping finishing the birthday list will help her move on.

There are still unanswered questions about her husband’s death. Cole is the one that might be able to help Poppy find out what happened. Can Cole figure out what happened? Will Poppy let C
4 3/4 "You carried me." Stars!

I loved this story. It felt really true to life (in a great coincidences romance novels kind of way) to me. Really bad stuff happens in life, but life goes on and really great stuff can happen too.

I absolutely loved both Poppy and Cole. Cole's last name was Goodman;and that was exactly what he was- a good man. So patient, kind, understanding, funny, authoritative, but not jerkish. And definitely not a pushover. He was not only good book boyfriend material, he was
Jennifer Kyle
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Solid 4 Stars 🌟
Radd Reader
Cole & Poppy. Standalone novel. Dual POV. Instant attraction but slow burn. It has a HEA and an epilogue.

How do you move on when the love of your life is taken away from this earth way too early. And how do you cope with the feelings of guilt when memories fade. And how do you say goodbye to in-laws that you loved but who no longer want to be part of your life because it's just too painful to be around you now? These are some of the things our dear heroine has to work through in this b
Elle G.
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Release Date: April 3, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5+ stars

I fell HARD for this novel. Gosh! The feels! I was memorized! Devney Perry is a pro at writing small town romances that will make you swoon, cry, and fall head over heels in love. Her novels will suck you in, capture your heart, and make you believe in fate. I don't know where it comes from, but her words are pure beauty and a breath of fresh air. You need to read this book. It's now going to be sitting at the top of my
Wil Loves Books!
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, on-kindle
This was a super cute read. I truly enjoyed it. I love the premise and how the story unfolded. You know dead spouse stories are not my jam, but this one was very well written. I do have to admit that this heroine tested my patience from time to time, but overall she was super adorable. But the hero was so amazing and so swoony he made the book for me. Love, love, love Cole! The book also has a hint of sexiness that was refreshing. Overall, I like Devney Perry's storytelling, her books are truly ...more
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The author has kindly provided an ARC but it has no influence whatsoever on my always honest review.


4 sweet stars


I want to change things with this review (you have to shake the coconut tree from time to time to keep things interesting) and will give you five reasons why you should read The Birthday List.


The Birthday List is the book made for you if you love:

Perfect hero.

And when I mean perfect it is REALLY perfect. You know in every book with great male characters they do stupi
Mar 02, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
🎁 FREE on Amazon today (3/2/2019)! 🎁

Happily married to her college sweetheart, Poppy lived a blessed life with the husband of her dreams. Then everything changed. She is no longer a wife. She is no longer the envy of her single friends. Now, people look at her with pity as they whisper a single word behind her back.


Years after her husband’s tragic death, years of pain and sorrow and wishing for the life she’ll never get back, Poppy decides to finish Jamie’s birthday list. She’ll do
Jacob Proffitt
I knew I was in trouble when I kept grousing about how stupid Poppy's business is—a restaurant based on things you could make in jars. Little apple pies and quiches and junk like that. It's "cute" and "original" but it's also a terrible business plan with limited appeal beyond the novelty. It might work in a place with a large and continually rotating customer base (Venice Beach, say, or Downtown Portland), but in Bozeman, Montana? Not so much. And that only matters at all because I only notice ...more
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was such a surprising, sweet, tender, heartfelt romance. I absolutely loved every minute of reading it. Poppy and Cole stole my heart. 4.5 Stars. Full review coming soon.
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
1.5 Stars
What grown man would have a birthday list where he jumps in green jello?? A moron I assume. This book was awful. They only saving grace is the hero Cole. I only read to 47% because of the hero but I got so annoyed with the stupidity on the list and the heroine that I just couldn’t continue. So I jumped to the last chapter and guess what? I didn’t miss a thing!

I feel like I wasted my time on this book and I hate the feeling. But I am interested in Molly’s story so there’s that...
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it

4.5 Stars

‘My heart had been in pieces since the night Jamie had been killed. It had taken every day of the last five years for the pain in my chest to fade to a dull ache.’

What an emotional, devastating, sweet, hopeful and inspiring story. Powerful words and moments of intense passion. The birthday List takes you from utter tragedy and despair, leading you through a process of a grieving stalemate until a light demands to extinguish the dark. Devney Perry wrote a story chock full of human emotio
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Devney is a USA Today bestselling author who lives in Washington with her husband and two sons. Born and raised in Montana, she loves writing books set in her treasured home state. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her family. Writing one book, let alone many, was not something she ...more

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