Dear Emily (Forever Family, #1) by Trudy Stiles
Two women. Carly and Tabitha. They each have suffered life-altering events that have left them both traumatically damaged.
Carly Sloan’s life was perfect until her security and innocence was torn from her. The vast repercussions from horrific events threaten to destroy her stability and her chances for a happily ever after. Kyle Finnegan comes into Carly’s life at the height of her turmoil. Can he help her find what she desires most?
Tabitha Fletcher has constantly suffered from a very young age. She has been hiding from her past, which was full of sadness, loss and abuse. She has been so brutally damaged that she has very little hope for redemption. The revolving door of men only leads her deeper into misery.
What circumstance brings these two women together and can they help each other heal? And will they each find what they need?
“Dear Emily” is the first book in the “Forever Family” series.
This book is not suitable for young readers. It is intended for mature adults only (18+). It contains strong language, adult/sexual situations, non-consensual sex and some violence.
Kelly - 5 Crowns
"Dear Emily is a compelling and deeply profound story of innocence, love, loss, survival and hope. A journey of two women who couldn’t be more polar opposite, only for fate to throw them together in the most exceptional of circumstances. The writing flows with perfect synchronisation between its past and present scene structures making for a full-embodied read that will captivate and hold your heart within its written pages, until the very end.
Trudy Stiles has entered the Indie writers world with an impressive boom - get ready for the shockwaves to hit, because this is one debut you do not want to miss!" - Kelly, Perusing Princesses
Carly is one of four siblings from a loving and nurturing family home. A bright, beautiful, carefree college student with a solid friend support network, as she follows her dream to become a teacher.
Tabitha is an orphan. Fostered from birth by the hospital nurse that found her abandoned in the Ambulance bay, life seemed comfortable until the age of seven, when her only nurturing hand was ripped away in a tragic accident. After being subjected to many a foster home, she finally spread her wings and fled at 17, only to capture the attentions of an abusive bar owner.
Carly’s life takes a tragic turn when she is brutally attacked after a Halloween Party. This comes with its own set of repercussions as it strips her not only of her innocence but the chances of bearing a child of her own.
Tabitha has lost everything, she is a broken shell of the young girl she once was. Escaping from the confines of the man who made her life a misery, she heads back to her birthplace of Philadelphia in the hope of finding a fresh start.
In walks Alex, a musician and the man who finally shows Tabitha what it’s like to love. Everything is wonderful, until that pivotal moment when one small mistake destroys everything. Only this time she is not alone. Seth, her new best friend tries his hardest to help pick up the broken pieces as he eases the hurt and promises his love for her will be enough to fix them. The only problem is they are both not ready to be parents. Tabitha is pregnant, and Alex is never coming back, so she makes the hardest decision of her life when she decides to give her baby Daughter that grows in her womb, up for open adoption.
Carly and Kyle are ecstatic when they get the call that a young expecting Mother has chosen them to adopt her child. Finally...everything is falling into place, their happily ever after is in their sights. Although Emily isn’t born yet, she’s already such a special baby, and not just to her new parents Carly and Kyle, but to Tabitha, the girl who has lost everything, and is about to give up the most important thing in her world... Again!
This story is unique in a way that is so magic that it will capture you, enthrall you, and won’t let you go until the very final page, and even then... you will finish this story wanting book two in your hands with immediate effect.
These two women are ordinary, there’s nothing extraordinary about them and yet when they come together, the result is electrifying... emotionally charged, with an undertone of understanding and hope as they gradually get to know one-another.
Carly is perfect in Tabitha’s eyes, and she can’t help but feel jealous of the woman who is to become Emily’s mother because in her own eyes Tabitha is not perfect, but her selflessness when it comes to her baby is admirable and heart-wrenching to the reader and you want to shake her and tell her that she is... that she is the most beautiful girl in the world. I couldn’t see a way out for her and it broke my heart. And yet, Carly and Kyle deserve a baby and I wanted Emily to have a home with them. Conflicted emotions, maybe? Yes, but I wouldn’t change anything about this story, in-fact, I want to shout from the rooftops how beautiful this book is, even though it’s poignancy made my heart clench. It made for one amazing read that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
Trudy Stiles deserves a world of praise for taking on this writing project because writing about abuse and rape has to be one of the hardest things to submerge yourself in, but then to add an adoption case and the myriad of emotions that comes with such a process was a total work of literal genius that I’m still basking in it. I’m in awe. I’m in love with these characters and this story and I cannot wait to continue this family’s journey in book two.
This series has New York Times Bestseller written all over it.
Elizabeth - 5 Crowns
I have got to say that this book is beyond original - the storyline is nothing I have ever read before and I completely love that! The way Ms. Stiles goes back and forth from past to present in the lives of the characters, and how destiny finds a way to intertwine their lives so profoundly is truly incredible.
This story has the whole emotional roller coaster....it had tragic gut wrenching scenes but also portrayed messages of hope, forgiveness and redemption. And omg...seriously Trudy, that last sentence! Please give us book two as soon as possible!