Java Girl’s Review – Perfectly Undone by Jamie Raintree

I really enjoyed this book from new to me author, Jamie Rountree. It started a little slowly, but as the story progressed and the characters became more fully developed, I was completely engrossed! ~ Java Girl, Guilty Pleasures 

Yes is such a little word…

Dr. Dylan Michels has worked hard for a perfect life, so when her longtime boyfriend, Cooper, gets down on one knee, it should be the most perfect moment of all. Then why does she say no?

For too many years, Dylan’s been living for her sister, who never got the chance to grow up. But her attempt to be the perfect daughter, perfect partner and perfect doctor hasn’t been enough to silence the haunting guilt Dylan feels over her sister’s death—and the role no one knows she played in it.

Now Dylan must face her past if she and Cooper stand a chance at a future together. But when Cooper makes a startling confession of his own, can Dylan find the courage to define her own happiness before her life becomes perfectly undone?

Set among the breezy days of a sultry Portland summer, Perfectly Undone is a deeply moving novel of family secrets, forgiveness and finding yourself in the most surprising of places.

I am completely shocked that I’m giving this book 4 stars! When I first started reading Perfectly Undone, for the first third of the book actually, I wasn’t into it at all. I didn’t particularly like Dylan, or her obsession with righting a supposed wrong from years ago. The martyr is one of my least favorite characters. The characters were very flat and one-dimensional. I didn’t find them interesting, and it was hard to care about them. However, somewhere around the middle of the book, I suddenly couldn’t put it down. I honestly didn’t know how it was going to end. The characters became unpredictable, but in a very credible, realistic, human way. I wasn’t sure what their actions and reactions would be, and I discovered, to my surprise, I had become emotionally invested in them. Their actions and reactions, the choices they made, especially the poor choices, gave the characters life. There are several themes that ensure it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, (cheating, for example), but I thought the flaws and mistakes made the characters more human and believable. They were more interesting, and real. I thought the parallels between Dylan’s life and two other couples were a tad heavy-handed, and her mentor a cultural stereotype, but overall, I really enjoyed this book.

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