Title: Life After Perfect
Author: Nancy Naigle
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: ARC received from Publisher via NetGalley
A love story set in the small North Carolina town of Boot Creek. You might remember Derek Hansen from the WRAPPED AROUND YOUR HEART (download free today!) short story collection, well here’s his chance for new love.
Katherine Barclift had it all: the perfect job, the perfect car, and what she thought was the perfect marriage. But when her entire world collapses in one stomach-churning instant, she hits the road and keeps driving until that so-called “perfect life” is just a dot in her rearview mirror.
A chance encounter leads her to make a pit stop in Boot Creek, a drowsy little North Carolina town where she can call herself Katy, soak up the peace and quiet…and drink in the bluer-than-blue eyes of Derek Hansen, a local doctor still wrestling with his own painful past. Both Katy and Derek are wary about giving romance another shot, but they can’t deny the intense attraction between them. And if being in Boot Creek has taught them anything, it’s to take life as it comes and never pass up a chance at true love…no matter how wounded your heart may be.
What a book. I downloaded Life After Perfect by Nancy Naigle back when it came out in May. I started it. Then stopped. I started it again and stopped. Why? Because it has a LOT of emotion in it. Emotion I wasn’t ready for. I typically read books that sweep me up in the romance or the suspense of it. The ones that take me out of my personal reality. Life After Perfect is real. The characters are real. The struggles are real. They hit home. I am sure everyone that reads this has a friend or family member that has gone through or is going through something in this book. It’s an emotional, heart-tugging, tearful read. But it’s also a beautiful and heartwarming read.
Katherine “Katy” Barclift is watching one friend bury her husband and another friend go through some infidelity in her marriage. She is looking at this from her own “perfect” life. When that perfect life of hers hits a bump, it rocks her world. Rocks it right out of town. And right into Dr. Derek Hansen and the friendly faces in Boot Creek, North Carolina.
As in all of Naigle’s books, the descriptions of settings in Life After Perfect make you feel as though you have been to the town. You taste the yummy blackberry cobbler. You feel the water from the creek on your feet. She does a fabulous job of setting the scene. I enjoy how Naigle is able to bring out the small town charm in her books and makes you want to move into those towns! In Life After Perfect, small town hospitality is at it’s finest when Katy needs it most.
She also gives you real and flawed characters.Through the people in Boot Creek, and with some time to reflect, Katy is able to find herself again. Derek comes home to Boot Creek after his world is turned upside down and is able to feel hope for the first time in a very long time. I so enjoyed watching Derek and Katy’s personal growth and their relationship. Getting to know Katy’s friends like Angie, Naomi and Shaleigh were just icing on the book cake.
Life After Perfect is a book that you need to read with a box of tissues next to you. It’s a book that will inspire you not to give up in life when tragedy happens. It makes you believe that there is still love in the world even among strangers. It’s a story that will leave your heart overflowing with hope. I sincerely recommend you give it a read.
Reviewed by: Amy Remus