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4.64  ·  Rating details ·  132 ratings  ·  49 reviews
In the wake of a broken engagement, Emily Freeman is left to sew together the pieces of her life. A single phone call changes her future from bleak acceptance to overwhelming opportunity.

Her family can’t help her find her artistic spirit — something she needs now more than ever. Desperate for rejuvenation, Em goes on a journey to find herself.

Only she finds so much more.
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Published (first published April 10th 2019)
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Dora Koutsoukou
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 ❤❤💔❤ 🌈🙏🏻🌈🌟🌟🌟🌟s❣

Jerald Tracey’s writing is undoubtedly emotional, sensitive and gripping!
The bond that the Freeman family shares is outstanding!!
Emily’s story is intense, heartbreaking and engaging, struggling to believe and having the strength to forgive.
I am sad as there is only one more story to be released, Holly’s, which will complete the Freeman series...
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Milica's Bookshelf
4.5! ♥



Give me a couple of days, just to catch my breath...

Jake, Jake, your whole life wouldn't be enough time for you to make up for this.
Reviews from the Heart (Kimberly Anne)
5 INCREDIBLY AMAZING STARS

Good gosh almighty. Where to start? Okay, first and foremost my emotions are in a state of array, so this may come out a jumbled mess, so please bare with me. Free To Believe has absolutely, positively consumed my entire being for the past 7 hours. 6.5 of those being, my eyes glued to my kindle. The other 1/2 hour has been trying to gather my thoughts, and being able to make sentences out of them. So here we go, here is my thought process at this moment; I a
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Cassie May
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Blog
This book wrecked me. I knew from the beginning that there would be at least one scene that would make me cry (it’s hinted too much, to not happen), so I expected that one scene. What came after that was heartwrenching and almost destroyed me. I still have tears in my eyes and I finished that book yesterday! The author hit me right in the feels and I needed that. I needed it so much! This book was extraordinary and I definitely will pick up th
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Doris
5 all time favorite stars

"Underneath that cool exterior beats a heart that feels too much and bruises too easily."

Just when I thought it couldn't get better than the last book I was proved wrong. I cried, I felt, I loved. 💓❤

Thank you, Tracey Jerald, for introducing me to the Freeman family. I love every single one of them!! Can't wait for Hollys book.

Highly recommend this series to everyone that loves heart wrenching, well written stories with brilliant characters and a little angst
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Marloes Nijland
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once I started, I couldn't stop reading. This story is refreshing, interesting and very sweet and heartbreaking at the same time. You feel for Emily and you love Jacob and his daughter Jenna. It's just all about love - what if you don't believe in it? And what would you do to make it happen?
Soulla Georgiou
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another unmissable read from the very talented Tracey Jerald.

Although this book can be read as a standalone, I would highly recommend that you read the other books in the series, in order to enhance your reading experience.

Emily and Jake's story is another fabulous, emotional and gripping read, and I've totally loved getting to know each member of the Freeman family individually.

This is a unique, emotional and poignant story and I highly recommend it, along with all the other books in the ser
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Stacie
6 amazing stars. I was sobbing. When my thoughts are slightly more coherent, a real review will be posted but man oh man. This one was a gut punch.

ETA: Okay real review time. Sort of.

I finished this book a week ago today and honestly, I'm still not recovered. I was on a streak of 4 star books and every book since I finished this one has been 2 to 3 stars. Nothing is gripping me and I'm not invested in the characters. I think I'm a victim of book hangover and this one won'
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Sandra
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star, ku, arc, posted-reviews
There are many things you can count on in a Tracey Jerald book; having your heart broken into a million pieces is one of them but witnessing a love so strong, will put it back together again.

Each of the Freeman siblings have had a heartbreaking beginning and Emily Freeman’s story is no different. Time and time again, Emily’s heart is put through the wringer, she tried to protect herself and those around her as much as she could, but once Jacob Madison and his daughter comes into her life, her l
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Sue
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, I have been gutted! My heart has been ripped out and then put back together! Free to Believe is a heartbreakingly beautiful book that will definitely give you all of the feels. I don’t have the words to eloquently or even adequately describe how much I loved this book. It was amazing. I loved it, I loved it, I loved it. Did I say I loved it? Because I did! Thank you Tracey Jerald for creating such a beautiful, amazing family in the Freemans. I feel like I am a part of their family through ...more
Miria Ardizzi
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ahh my beloved, strong Freeman family, how I love thee and now Emily and Jake's story in Tracey Jerald's Free to Believe was simply AMAZING and so heartwarming!! This is a standalone in the Freeman Amaryllis series but I would strongly suggest reading the previous stories as they are all so wonderful!!

This extraordinary family makes you feel love, happiness and yes so much frustration at times but this is them, a family united by unimaginable circumstances yet together they are a family with so
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Jennifer Kreinbring
Where do I start?! Each book in this series just keeps getting better and better! I was hooked right after Free to Dream and have anxiously awaited each story of the Freeman's ever since! Every time I think I found a new favorite story the next one grips me a little more than the last. Although Colby is still my main man, I was captured by Em and Jake! Em's struggle with love and heartbreak is near and dear to my heart and also her connection with Mugsy. Music is such an important part of my lif ...more
Rebecca Woolley
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Em is the artist of the family and designs beautiful gowns. She needs a break after finding the courage to dump her cheating fiancé.
Em seeks refuge in her friend Dani home, however Dani’s cousin Jake wasnt quite prepared for this arrival. Jake is a single parent, Em gets involved in an accident with Jakes daughter, will all the angry words ever be forgiven and can they ever get passed this event.
Lorelei Frank
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must read series

Every book in this series just pulls at the heart strings. Makes you realize your life may not be perfect you at least didn't have to fight demons as a child. Emily had so many demons that she tried to run from but love found a way!
Dawn Hurst
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series has been EVERYTHING

Wow, author Tracey Jerald continues to amaze me with her fantastic writing of this phenomenal series! Each book has been such an emotional read and this one,although much different from the others didn't upset that balance. Emily is the only sibling with a bit of a different background - although still pretty traumatic- her story, I couldn't imagine, but it's her thoughts as an adult that really saddened me- her beliefs on what she deserves in life.
Throughout this
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Ri
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy hell

This author and series might be the death of me. The amount of emotions that they make me feel is enough to cripple me. Every book so far has had at least one, if not more, moment that makes me tear up. The characters, the family, the connections, the inner message/moral, and just simply the unconditional love that is shown is truly awe inspiring.

This series has truly been one of my all time favorites. Every time I say that certain characters are my favorite it changes.
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Jennifer Pierson
Lawd Free to Believe wrecked me completely, and I've read every book in this series, so I can honestly say that they've all been emotional, but still, this one WRECKED ME! Emily Freeman witnessed, and actually survived a tragedy as a young child that scarred her badly, and it has dogged her steps every since. Which led her into an engagement that she really shouldn't have entered into, but when that went south in more ways than one, she had to get away to find herself again. So she ends up in a ...more
Cindy Fong
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love at it's best

Although this is the first Tracey Jerald story I have read, it will definitely not be my last.

Emily And Jake both carry the scars of their pasts. In order for them to act on the attraction for one another, they need to face some truths. Sometimes you need to hit rock bottom in order to reshape your life.

This story was heartbreaking beautiful. The emotions from highs to lows but underlying with love had me captivated and invested in finding out how the story end
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Kelly
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favs, books-2-blog
A highly engaging story about family, healing and love

Book 5 in the Amaryllis series (including the holiday novella), while this can be read as standalone, due to the complex family history and large number of characters carrying over from book to book, for maximum enjoyment I recommend reading the series in order.

I’ve been a fan of the series since book 1 and they just keep getting better. There’s so much emotion and I found Emily’s story particularly touching; as typical for this seri
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Amy M. (Amy Loves Reading Blog)
Won my heart all over again! I have very recently become a huge fan of Tracey’s and I can’t express how much her writing exceeds some of the books I’ve read recently. While they are a bit longer than I’m use to, you get to know each and every thing about these characters intimately. You get overflowing information about each character and it makes you want to be apart of this family!

At the beginning I was curious about Em’s relationship and then quickly angry over some of the things
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Franci Neill
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tracey-jerald
5 Emotional Rollercoaster Stars!!

WOW!! JUST WOW!!! This book and this series has consumed my life for the last few weeks and I can honestly say I’m a different person after reading these books. This book is Emily’s book and if you’ve read the previous books, which I HIGHLY recommend, you know this girl is part of the glue that holds this broken family together in ways I don’t think she understands.

The thing is, Emily is somewhat broken too and while I’d like to say this book is her chance
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Chantay
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This series has been amazing! I hope everyone has the chance to read all the previous books. This book could be read as a stand-alone but I think everyone would enjoy the journey even more by reading them all. Emily Freeman believed love was not in the cards for her when it came to relationships; so she settled. She felt obligated to be engaged to Dr. Bryan Moser because he checked all the boxes in as a boyfriend except love and she okay with that. In the past, anyone close to her suffered becau ...more
Carol Seymour
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My introduction to the works of Tracey Jerald and she has gutted me. I can not believe how much this story touched my heart strings. Emily has seen so much heart break in her young life that she has decided that she is destined to be cursed in matters of love. When she finds her fiance with another woman, she decides it is time to escape her little corner of the world and disappear for awhile to regroup. She accepts the offer of her friend Dani to use the apartment adjacent to her summer home. W ...more
FunUndertheCovers
My introduction to the works of Tracey Jerald and she has gutted me. I can not believe how much this story touched my heart strings. Emily has seen so much heart break in her young life that she has decided that she is destined to be cursed in matters of love. When she finds her fiance with another woman, she decides it is time to escape her little corner of the world and disappear for awhile to regroup. She accepts the offer of her friend Dani to use the apartment adjacent to her summer home. W ...more
Clare Harrison
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Death has been her life, it's all she knows of those she loves. So few get close to her these days.

Long ago she made a pact to keep those she loves safe, now the struggle is real as shes tried and tested upon her promise.

His world changed completely when his daughter was young and suddenly he was a single parent.

A fresh start, a chance to regroup and they are thrust together to forge a path of .. of what?

I really love the Freeman's and getting up c
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Teri
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No No No No No This one was not supposed to be this bad!!!!!!!! I wasn't going to bawl. I wasn't going to try to kill my kindle. I wasn't going to scream and shout at my kindle like a mad woman. Nope I was going to hold it together and not crack. Lies!!!!!!!!!! Yup in this one we have Em's story and it just destroyed what defenses I tried to pretend I had. If Em's story doesn't touch you I don't think anything will. She had so many reasons to believe the lies life had programmed in her brain. Ev ...more
Amy
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always know one thing going into Tracey’s books and it’s that she is going to tear my heart out and stomp on it, then inevitability piece it back together again. Well she sure did that and more. Not only were the pieces put firmly back together but you couldn’t find any of the cracks that were once there. This story sure had all the feels. I felt like I was living this story. She weaves such a story line, that a lot of people can relate in some way to the issues they are dealing with throughou ...more
Tiffany
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow what a ride! This book is defiantly a roller coaster ride of emotions. Emily has some demons that interfere with her life considerably and although Jake is battling demons of his own, he is determined to help Emily past hers. This is a must read book but have tissues handy and be ready to have your emotions all over the place.
M. L. Zeigler
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Be prepared to grin and “ugly” cry

Love the 4th book in this series. The author brings the characters to life and drags the reader through the heartaches and joy of overcoming tragedy and discovering love.
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