Friday, April 6, 2018

BLOG TOUR: The Birthday List by Deveny Perry

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 the things he wanted to most. Because maybe, just maybe, if she can complete his list, she can start to live again.

Poppy expects going through the birthday list will be hard. She expects it to hurt. But what she doesn’t expect is Cole. Could the man who delivered the news of her husband’s death and shattered her heart be the one to help her put it back together again?



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 Jamie's Birthday List.

Jamie was a fun-loving guy and a free spirit. He had this amazing idea to make a Birthday List. For each Birthday, he had something big he wanted to do. Unfortunately, he never got to check these things off the list. Poppy is determined to honor Jamie's memory and work on doing those things for her. She's hoping that maybe, just maybe, she can learn to heal a little and move on with her life.

“I wanted to do this for Jamie and let it go. Every day, I was getting stronger. I was getting back on my feet. I was starting to live again – for me. And until the list was done, I’d still be living for Jamie.”
Cole Goodman is the police detective who had the difficult job of notifying Poppy of Jamie's death. Though it's been years, he's never forgotten her. Cole and Poppy run into each other while Poppy is doing something from the list. For some reason, Poppy feels compelled to tell Cole about the list and he decides he wants to help. It's apparent these two have a strong connection and I couldn't wait to see what would come of this.

Cole is such a fantastic, stand-up guy. He has a huge heart and is always patient with Poppy. He gets what she's been through and is willing to wait as long as it takes for her to be ready for him. He also never wanted to replace Jamie or his memory and I appreciated that. Poppy showed how much strength she had by doing the list. I admired that about her. The two of them had loads of chemistry and I adored them together.

This story is one that touched me. It was inspiring and sweet, but had just a bit of suspense to keep me on my toes. It's a story of growth, healing and beauty. It was an all around great read. Definitely my favorite from this author to date. And can we talk about that cover because OMG it's beautiful! I loved the concept of the story and it's one I would recommend.



Turning to the door, I smiled, ready to greet my late-evening customer, but faltered as the door closed behind him.
Cole Goodman was walking my way.
My belly dipped as I took him in. His aviator sunglasses were perched on top of his chocolate-brown hair. A black polo stretched across his broad shoulders and pulled tight across his muscled arms. His pale-blue jeans molded to his Herculean thighs before draping down to his black, square-toed boots. The leather belt on Cole’s trim waist held both a shining badge and a holstered gun.
Cole smiled and locked his light-green eyes on mine as he crossed the room.
His straight, white teeth made my breath hitch—something that had happened last night more times than I wanted to admit.
Molly, who had turned around from her seat to greet our customer, spun around so her back was to Cole. Her cheeks flushed as she whispered, “Wow.”
Wow was right.
Cole Goodman was—simply put—gorgeous.
He could give a woman a speeding ticket and get a thank-you in return. He inspired women to attempt push-ups in a karate class just for the chance to watch him sweat through his gi. Cole made grown women blush like teenagers and giggle in corners, like those girls at the dojo last night.


Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. 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 kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories. Devney loves hearing from readers! Connect with her on social media.

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