Aug 03 2017

Review for When Life Happened by Jewel E. Ann

Posted by Jenea @ Jenea's Book Obsession in Reviews / 15 Comments

Review for When Life Happened by Jewel E. AnnWhen Life Happened by Jewel E. Ann
Published by Jewel E. Ann, LLC on January 1st 1970
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 338
Format: Kindle
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Parker Cruse despises cheaters. It might have something to do with her boyfriend sleeping with her twin sister.

After a wedding day prank involving a strong laxative, that ends the already severed relationship between the twins, Parker decides to grow up and act twenty-six.

Step One: Move out of her parents’ house.

Step Two: Find a job.

Opportunity strikes when she meets her new neighbor, Gus Westman. He’s an electrician with Iowa farm-boy values and a gift for saying her name like it’s a dirty word.

He also has a wife.

Sabrina Westman, head of a successful engineering firm, hires Parker as her personal assistant. Driven to be the best assistant ever, Parker vows to stay focused, walk the dog, go to the dry cleaners, and not kiss Gus—again.

Step Three: Don’t judge.

Step Four: Remember— when life happens, it does it in a heartbeat.

This was a hard book for me to read. I went in blind, only reading the first couple of lines of the blurb on Amazon, and decided to try it. I wasn’t really prepared for what I got. I had a hard time getting past the cheating, it was a big issue with me, to the point I had to think about not finishing the book. In the end, I pushed through. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail of what all happened for that will give it all away.

This is filled with flawed characters, and they all have their own baggage, some more than others. But they pick themselves up and keep on moving, maybe not in the best way but at least they do. The author did a wonderful job making me feel something for each of them, it wasn’t always a good feeling either. I spent so much time being mad at Gus and Parker, and I even at wanted to yell at Sabrina Gus’ wife. But then I found myself wanting to give a big hug to Parker and tell her it was going to be alright, and everything would work out. The devastating twist in the middle pretty much gutted me, I was in no way thinking something like that would happen. But that is why they call it a plot twist. It did lead Parker down a different path though and to someone that maybe she was meant to be with, and it was this part that kept me reading. The ending was a bittersweet one, but satisfying.

Overall, even finishing this, I still was unsure how I honestly felt about it. I wanted to stop reading it because it made me so mad, but then I wanted to know what happened, what did Parker do, did she give in. Then tragedy strikes and I’m in tears and then things changed. I think the second half of this was exactly what Parker needed, this was her path to take, and this kept me reading. Sitting here writing this review, I keep thinking while I had my issues with the cheating, and don’t condone it, there was more to the story. The story is about forgiveness, second chances and moving on. I guess in the end, I ended up enjoying this a little more than I thought and all I can say is give it a try like I did.

Jenea @ Jenea's Book Obsession

15 Responses to “Review for When Life Happened by Jewel E. Ann”

  1. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    I sometimes have a very hard time with stories that deal with cheating, Jenea. Especially if the characters kind of try to justify the cheating they’re doing *sighs*. Not sure this would be a book for me or not… Maybe one day?
    Great review 🙂

  2. RO

    Writers write what they write, but like you, I have a hard time with cheating. In life, in books, in movies or on television or even my own friends or relatives, I just can’t get past it. I love reading about flawed characters which makes a book interesting, but not the infidelity piece. You give a really good review though. Hugs…RO

  3. verushka

    This sounds like the very definition of an emotional rollercoaster, but in a good way because this author clearly had you hooked, in spite of the cheating

  4. Geybie's Book Blog

    I read this book but didn’t finish. It doesn’t mean that it wasn’t a great book. I was jus shocked I think. I totally agree with you, the ending was so much better, but the first half was a struggle for me.

    Awesome review, Jenea. 😁❤️

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