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They say first comes love.

Second comes marriage.

Third comes…

What happens when the third doesn’t come?

The day I married the love of my life I was certain it would be forever, right up until it wasn’t.

Now I’m sitting on a plane running away from everything that’s gone wrong in my life.

When it comes to love, nothing is simple... not even a happily ever after.
Published 2019
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Dana
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m wrapping my head around all my feelings right now. This was a beautiful love story about a husband and wife and how life just happens.

We always think that everything in life is guaranteed but what happens when it’s not. I connected with both Maggie and Drew on so many levels. Shattered Dreams hit me so hard in the heart and the head because I’ve experienced the shattered dream.

Thank you Ms. Barber for this beautiful story. It portrayed both sides of the marriage and the troubles that exist
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Kathryn at CLiK Book Blog
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shattered Dreams - Rebecca Barber


Shattered Dreams is a true departure from the stories we’re used to from Rebecca Barber but no less brilliant.

Maggie and Drew have a wonderful life together until their world starts to unravel. They each have such a difficult emotional journey in this story but it’s definitely Maggie who struggles the most with her present and their future together.

So much angst but a very touching and honest story that will strike a chord with many people. A triumph of the
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Alicia Huxtable
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG

Whenever I read anything by Rebecca Barber, I can guarantee tears, happy and sad. But the best thing is I know they will be worth it!! I felt connected to Maggie in this story, more with her insecurities than her other troubles. But O definitely liked Drews character too
Sandra Loves Reading
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a real surprise of a story. Not at all what I expected. Having read a few of Rebecca Barber's books I thought this would be a straightforward tale. But it's far from that.
Maggie and Drew made me laugh and they sure as hell made me cry.
Told from a dual POV it tells of a marriage - it's highs and it's lows, the love and heartbreak, the guilt and the loss.
My words can't do this tale justice - you really need to read it for yourself...just have some tissues handy...
Stacey Broadbent
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my first taste of a Rebecca Barber story, and let me tell you, I'm hooked! She has a beautiful way of writing, and this story is one I think many will resonate with.
I'm not gonna lie, it made me cry. Such a heartfelt story that made me really feel for the characters. Thankfully, I haven't had to go through anything like that in my life, but I know there will be so many others who have been there, and I think it will be somewhat therapeutic to read. I also think it will perhaps open
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Janeen
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
O.M.G. I'm shattered literally. This is a heartbreaking HEA. Although this is not what I consider the Authors usual domain- its still epic.

This story is the struggle of a real-life couple who face a very emotional journey with life choices. This story is told in such a way that you just can't help becoming involved and living it with them.

Rebecca Barber you are a LEGEND.

Marnie
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A heart shattering must-read.

I wish I could come up with a review good enough for this book, but I can’t. Instead you’ll find my usual slurry of words that will tell you that you just have to read this book.

This is a very different story to what I have read from Rebecca Barber before, but the typical wit and humour are as present in this heart shattering book as they are in everything else that she has written. And, I can only say that this book is the spokesperson for so many lives, and may
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Emlovesreading
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of those books that truly makes you feel so much. It’s heartbreaking in places and yet there is so much love at other times.
I truly, truly loved Maggie. I think she was so strong, and for me this story is definitely one that needs to be told.
We as a society put so much pressure on married women to create what has been drummed into us that sometimes we forget that, that ‘dream’ is sometimes unattainable to some.
Maggie loves her husband Drew so much, but when he checks out of
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Kari Hansen
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Maggie and Drew fell in love and got married they thought that nothing could penetrate their happy ever after but they are about to realize that not all dreams come true and you must decide what truly makes you happy.

They had their life all planned out but when life threw a wrench into their plans they were left reeling and instead of it bringing them together it tore them apart. Maggie faces a crossroads and the decision she makes causes Drew to reflect on what has happened to their
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LLS
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such an emotional journey! Maggie and Drew are married and living happily ever after, but are they? What if the one thing you want more than anything else in the world is not meant to be? How do you deal with the cards that you have been dealt? Does it make you stronger together or does it tear you apart? What a journey these two went on! Their story was heartbreaking, frustrating and ultimately uplifting. This story resonated with me and I am sure others on a personal level. It is not ...more
Charli Jeffries
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was refreshing to read. Its a REAL story with all the bumps and turns of a true romance that occurs in real life not in fiction. This book is written with love, its emotional, raw and touches on sensitive issues (the main characters struggle to conceive) but it is handled delicately and most importantly it stays true. This is a tearjerker in places, and the push and pull of the relationship between the characters is realistic. I loved it, very different from the author's other books ...more
Wendy Livingstone
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Maggie and Drew are married, and despite the love they have for each other, when life throws a curve ball into the mix, can these two overcome and deal with their troubles together, or are they on a journey of separate paths? This is a beautifully written story which contains both POV’s, and is an emotional, heartbreaking, raw, gritty, heart-wrenching, and humorous stories, with added angst, thrown into the mix, which had me enthralled throughout this touching tale. I cannot wait to read more ...more
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I’m wrapping my head around all my feelings right now. This was a beautiful love story about a husband and wife and how life just happens.

We always think that everything in life is guaranteed but what happens when it’s not. I connected with both Maggie and Drew I’m so many levels. Shattered Dreams hit me so hard in the heart and the head because I’ve experienced the shattered dream.

Thank you Ms. Barber for this beautiful story. It portrayed both sides of the marriage and the troubles that
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Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rebecca Barber delivers a heart felt and angst filled book about married couple Maggie and Drew.
Maggie and Drew have what seems to be the perfect marriage until they are thrown a curve ball neither of them quite know how to navigate their way through.
This a book not only about Maggie finding herself, but finding a way to come to turns with a heart breaking situation and finding away to save her happily ever after.
Tracey Zelukovic
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG I loved this book, it's a real romance book and it has you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens.
Heidi Marvin
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Ok, this is a 3.5 book for me. It was good but I wouldn’t rave over it. I was well on track to loving this book until the last 15%. I literally looked to see how much more I had to go because I wanted to be done at that point. The first half of the book I loved Maggie and her adventure to Africa was pretty amazing. Then book dragged on and as it went Maggie became annoying to me. I wanted to grab her and shake her if she said “I’m fine” more more time, ugh, I hate that. If the conclusion had ...more
D.L. Gallie
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an emotional amazing rollercoaster
I felt all the emotions while reading Broken Dreams, and everything in between
I alternated between hating each of the leads due to their stupid actions but at the same time, I understood and felt for them
I now really want to go to Africa and to east a gooey ham & cheese croissant
Jazzmin Langman
Sweet

What an incredibly cute story with a happy ending. I have to say I wasn’t sure if it would have one but I was pleasantly surprised. Not a re read for me but I’m glad i gave this new to me author a try
R yatsko
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book, it is an incredible read, beautifully written.
This story is an emotional journey that will stay with you for a long time.

The characters are so ethnic, that it could be you, a neighbor, a friend.
It is so realistic, that every emotions consume you, that makes you feel.

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