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The Birthday List

(Maysen Jar #1)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  4,733 ratings  ·  869 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
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
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
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
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

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
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 phenomenal story,
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: safe, strong-heroine
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
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
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 f
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
Tijuana *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 I’ll
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
Elle's Book Blog
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
Jennifer Kyle
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Solid 4 Stars 🌟
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 stupid thing at
Wil Loves Books!
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-kindle, audiobook
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
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
This was a fantastically written story that will stay with me forever. There were so many emotions for me while reading this. There were parts that made me cry and my heart just hurt so much for Poppy but then there were moments when I was laughing so hard (ex. paint fight) that I had to take a little break. I loved the writing, loved the characters, and loved the story. This is a top pick of 2018 for me and a book I look forward to going back and rereading. Highly Recommend!!!
Mar 02, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebies
🎁 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
Sara➽ Ink Is My Sword
My week: BUSSY. BUSSY. BUSSY. *predicts a dead soul*
Me: Let's read a book that may or may not wreck my soul 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.
Allyson ☘️
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYBODY
Shelves: favorites
***ARC provided by the author for an honest review***

**Preorder now on Amazon for only $2.99**Price goes up after release week!**
Release Date: April 3, 2018

Devney Perry... you're killing me!
I honestly didn't think any future work could even come close to my love for Jamison Valley but here it is. The Birthday List.

I have been sitting here staring at this page for like an hour (definitely longer than that) and the words are failing me.
I felt everything. The grief. The sorrow. The happiness. The
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 th
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A roller coaster of emotions that you love more "Minute by Minute"

I finished this book yesterday, and I still have no words to describe it. I'm in awe, mesmerized, in love, hopeful. This book was everything and so much more.

I laughed, I had tears on my eyes, I felt pain, I felt love, I felt grief and hope. I felt their sorrow, I felt their joy. I grew.
That's right, I grew!
And this is so amazing. Because I'm a reader, I'm a passionate reader, I love to read and I love books. But even though book
aNneMarLi - Chatterbooks Book Blog
Change someone’s life...

Gah! Why again I haven't read any of Devney Perry's works? Shame on me because what I just finished reading, was all sorts of AHMAZING! I seriously can't say enough how I freaking like this book. Start to finish, I was drawn to this emotional, heartbreaking yet heart warming journey I have the pleasure of reading. It might be my first Devney's book, but I assure you, it wont be my last. Her words are like magnet as I was gravitated towards it with all the feels and MORE
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Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. 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 husband and two sons. Writing one book, let alone many, was not something she ever expe ...more

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