Only One Life
A reunion between an estranged mother and daughter opens a world of secrets in a poignant novel by the bestselling author of Magnolia Nights.
Julia Martin grew up wealthy, but it wasnt until she met her husband, Jack, that she knew true happiness. He made her feel worthy and loved. Their marriage was also an escape from her sisters bullying, her fathers scrutiny, and her...more
None of it is particularly interesting or impressive or well done. This is a pretty tragic story, and yet the way the author wrote the disheartening passages did not ...more
Special thanks to author Ashley Farley for writing this "page turning novel" and thanks to Lake Union Publishing, and NetGalley for an ARC of ONLY ONE LIFE. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
This novel of family, friendship, love, sorrow and secrets is set in the small town Beaufort, South Carolina. Julia, Iris, Lily, Wiley, Gus and Jackson are my favourite characters, while Max and daughter ...more
I did really enjoy reading about Iris's ...more
Julia has come home after a tragic night that takes the love of her life, but bring a new life, whom she will love just as much, her son Jackson. Julia did not want to move home to Beaufort and ask her parents for help, but her firstt priority was Jackson and she would do anything to ...more
In this small southern town, there are secrets buried that could destroy several people. At the heart of the book is the recurring theme of love in all of its different shades. It can beautiful, encouraging and build people up or it can be dark, jealous and ultimately destructive. Sometimes love makes the hard decision to protect others when they don't even realize they need the ...more
Sometimes it goes full circle, sometimes you're left spinning wheels, sometimes you're left moving forward alone.
What life gives you is based upon how you treat others around you and your belief system is what you deserve.
Julia is facing a tough set of choices: Family-Love-Money.
We know what her sis Alex would choose as she lives a life of misery chasing money but for Julia she's always been a 'go-getter'.
Julia has always chased after her heart and followed her ...more
Netgalley had given me the opportunity to discover this wonderful author with her last book ,Nell and LAdy.
I knew she would have another Woman's Fiction that can tell a story of love family and freindship, and have a romance involved as well.
I love the way Ashley can go back telling a life story's past, and bring it back into the present to hold a reader's interest .
We have women heroines who show their strength and will to hold up ...more
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This is an amazingly, heart tugging, moving story about family secrets that have been hidden and wealth. Can the family heal? Can a mother and daughter reconcile?
A story of family life, how those on the outside looking in see this family, and the reality of what is really happening behind closed doors.
Thank you NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read ...more
If I could give this book more than 5 stars I most certainly would. I found it captivated my attention from the start and left me sad that had to end.
I was given an advanced readers copy and this is my honest opinion. I loved Only One Life so much, I have ...more
I really hate giving reviews. If I give one book 5 stars because the writing was superb, I struggle to give another book 5 stars when the writing style is not beautiful. Still, in this book I really loved the characters of Iris and Julia and Iriss story from the 70s in Beaufort, SC. This is womens fiction and I really enjoyed reading it. ...more
Thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley for the opportunity to preview the book.
Only One Life should be called every soap opera that were on TV! This should have been called the good old ABC ONE LIFE TO LIVE! I will try to NOT give away any spoilers..itll be hard but Ill use hints...
First , the so called Romance books that have come out lately make a woman look like they are idiots! I hated a few characters & other characters, they just didnt have a real sense of who they were by the author either. The ...more
Ashley Farley writes books about women for women. Her characters are mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives facing real-life issues. Her bestselling Sweeney Sisters series has touched the lives of many.
Ashley is a wife and mother of two young adult children. While she's lived in Richmond, Virginia for the past 21 years, a piece of her heart remains in the salty marshes of the South ...more