Book Release & Review: The Absence of Olivia by Anie Michaels

Title: The Absence of Olivia
Author: Anie Michaels
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Women’s Lit
 Release Date: October 20, 2015
My name is Evelyn.I met Devon and instantly fell for him.

Weeks later he fell for my best friend.

Never one to make waves, I watched as they started a life together. I stood by as their family grew, was the maid of honor at their wedding and the godmother to their children. All the while, I was longing for him, watching as he became the perfect husband and father. I was never jealous. I wasn’t even angry that my best friend had the only person I wanted. I had simply resigned myself to living without his love, but still being a part of his life.

Then, one terrible day, my best friend died.

She died and we all struggled to live life without her. Slowly, as the pain eased, our eyes opened and Devon finally saw me.

This is a story about second chances and second choices.

This is the story of how my life changed in the absence of Olivia.

My Review:

This book surprised me a lot.
I signed up for reviewing it when I saw the preview and I thought “Why not?” But I wasn’t expecting to read the story I read, I was expecting less of the book, of the story and of the characters. And I’m so glad I took a chance on this one. Overall, I think it was an amazing book, it was really good, I liked it, it took all my attention and as I said before and won’t stop repeating it, What a great surprise it was!
At first I wasn’t feeling comfortable with the progress of things, I thought it was too fast for such a delicate subject (That I won’t explain because I don’t want to ruin the fun, but you can always read the previews and guess) Then the book wasn’t about what I thought it was, it was different, there were elements that I wasn’t count it on and all those things that annoyed me or made me stop reading and analyse, turned to be clues for what was to come.
The book was heartbreaking and hopeful, you feel the characters pain, chemistry and anger so counting those things alone I was already liking the book a lot, but the book isn’t good only for making us feel things… Since I don’t want to write any spoilers and ruin the fun, all I want to add is this:
Once I finished the book, it all made sense, and even though there were things that bothered me a lot, I understand them now, they were telling me something, they were signs and all in all I love how everything played out, love the outcome because it’s real, it’s the most healthy outcome for all parts (characters and situations) and for that I am so glad. We don’t need more books that promote or romanticize unhealthy situations and relationships, and I’m thankful this one isn’t one of them and it teaches us, somehow, that we have to choose ourselves first, and that’s something I believe we all need to know that it’s ok to do this, that in fact WE NEED, WE SHOULD do this, that we can’t love another person fully if we don’t love ourselves first.
So, I thank this book, I thank the chance to read it and that it was refreshing for me, because I needed it and to me, this book was kind of perfect.

I receive a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review

Purchase Links
99c for release only
Author Bio
Anie Michaels is the author of the Never series, the Private Serials, the Never Duet, and The Space Between Us. She started writing her first novel in June 2013. When she is not working, reading, writing, or spending time with her family, you can find her spending time with her close friends. Anie lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family.
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