Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway for When Life Happened by Jewel E Ann


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.

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"I'm afraid of having everything that means nothing and nothing that means everything."

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I'm trying to recover....I must be in recovery mode. I feel like I need to learn to breathe again. I'm once again completely speechless, but I cannot for the life of me breathe right. This book was full of truths and realities and trust beyond all measure. This was such an eye-opening read for me, it completely knocked me back a peg. WOW.

For all the believers in fate, this book is for you. For the ones that don't believe in fate, this book is for you.

So, knowing what little I do about Jewel's writing, this one, I expected it to be good. Great even. Phenomenal? Sure, it was possible. BUT, I just didn't expect what I read. And that is why I am having a hard time reconciling my feelings, my thoughts, my emotions about what this book did to me. For me? Definitely to me. I am seriously humbled. And yes, this book was all sorts of phenomenal, in every sense of the word. The truths in this book are so heartbreakingly real. We are all stuck in our own ways, we know what we like and don't like. But what if that truth is suddenly flipped over and you are actually seeing the 'truth' to the other side of it? Yep. That's what this story did to me. For me? Yeah, to me.

There is so much about this book to discuss and revel in, but there is so much I cannot tell you because then you won't get to experience it yourself. And the experience of it without any type of spoilers is the absolute must have experience you need. I want to discuss the characters. I cannot. I want to talk about the journey. I cannot. I want to be a fly on the wall as you read and feel this book. I simply cannot. That synopsis is literally only half of the story, and it's not about what you think it is. It's so much more. This book was not superficial in any way. It was deep beyond reason, emotional beyond understanding, and real beyond imagination. This storyline was something so powerful and moving, I found myself staring off just to absorb the impact of the feelings. It was thought altering. It was so so good. I think it's my favorite standalone of the year so far.

"Today is my favorite day."
"You said that yesterday."
"That was yesterday."

I'm officially book drunk on this one. Book DRUNK. A book hangover would imply that I am done and trying to move on, but I'm still feeling the lingering effects and, no doubt, I'm sure I will get there eventually, natural progression and all. But, book DRUNK means I'm still feeling it and still actively wandering through the onslaught of emotions that Jewel forced me to endure and my head is still spinning!! This book was IT for me. I'm in awe. That was WOW. If you think you know how this story plays out, you're wrong. I promise you that. The characters were written with precision. The plot was written with emotion. The truth of the matter is, the experience felt 100% real. I may have shed a tear.....but I'll never own up to it.

"You can't prepare for greatness -- it just has to happen."


Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.

With 10 years of flossing lectures under belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.

After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.

When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree a a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course . . .heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.





  1. I love your review Bee! You always give me that feeling of wanting to let go of whatever I'm doing and just grab the book and read till I finish. This definitely is a must read for me.

  2. Awesome review for an awesome book!