Monday, February 26, 2018

Review: Finding Bliss @DinaSilver

TITLE: Finding Bliss
AUTHOR: Dina Silver
RELEASE DATE: July 16th 2013 
PUBLISHER: Lake Union Publishing
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook


Chloe Carlyle has always longed for the perfect family. Growing up with an alcoholic single mother, she has seen her share of heartbreak and disappointment, and is striving to build a new legacy for herself. After graduating from college, she takes a job working as a summer girl for the Reeds - a wealthy, accomplished family that personifies her American dream. Her summer takes an unexpected turn when the Reeds' eldest son Tyler, the star quarterback for Notre Dame, shows up and turns her life upside down. An ambitious young woman with a wry sense of humor, Chloe never imagined herself as the type to succumb to the looks and charms of the hometown hero, but she falls hard for Tyler, and is devastated when they part ways at the end of the summer. As she heads off to law school, Chloe tries to convince herself this was just a fling, but she can't quite get over him. It's not until Tyler contacts her out of the blue late one winter night that everything changes. After doing everything in her power to build the perfect life, Chloe soon learns that there are things beyond her control. She must draw on inner reserves of strength as her life takes unpredictable - and sometimes heartbreaking - twists and turns, and she finds herself faced with decisions she never thought she'd have to make. Poignant, heartfelt, and emotional, Finding Bliss is a reminder that you don't have to live a fairy tale life in order to have a happy ending. 

Dina Silver is an author, a wine lover, and an excellent parallel parker. She lives with her husband, son, and twenty-pound tabby cat in suburban Chicago. She’d prefer to live somewhere where it’s warm year-round, but she’s also a licensed real estate agent in Illinois, and she loathes the thought of having to take the broker exam again in another state. Dina is the author of five other novels, including One Pink Line, Kat Fight, Finding Bliss, The Unimaginable, and Whisper if You Need Me.


I've been trying to write this review for a week. It has been really hard because I love Dina Silver (I picked this book just because she wrote it), however, something happened because 'Finding Bliss' is not one of those books I will read again.

You get from the blurb that Chloe is a sweet girl who didn't have the perfect family and works for a wealthy family as sort of nanny and she falls for the son of the family, the gorgeous quarterback Tyler. So... I imagined a story about how those fight against all odds to be together and she gets her happily ever after, and that we would have uncountables scenes about their growing love but no.

I will need to say a few things about the story to explain my rating but I'm afraid of spoil something so... last warning.

I found the rhythm a bit unstable, let me explain. At first, the story goes day by day or by short periods of time like weeks. So we see how their relationship starts but suddenly boom, the accident occurs and bam! they are together, years fly away and we miss the whole thing. Then again, bam! years go by and they are married. Chloe does a resume of what happens but I hate it! Because I like to see my relationships grow and see the good and the bad. If I wanted a summary of it I would read only reviews.

Now, about the characters... I liked Chloe, she is a nice young woman and her desire for happiness is understandable. We all want to be loved and more if you have a childhood like hers. She is determinate to be a lawyer and I admire her perseverance and hard work. Now, the problems with maternity sounded believable and I felt bad and suffered for her about all the infertility issues. I felt so related to her (because my big sister had to undergo all the same as her and it was pretty traumatic), this part saved the book for me. I think Dina did a great job writing about this experience and how it affects her life.

But Tyler is not the man I wanted for her or any other leading lady. I felt like I didn't know him at all. We are led to believe he is one of those persons whose life has been dictated by others, in this case, his father and he never fights for what he wants but I cannot feel sorry for him. And I don't think he knows what he wants and I worst, I never truly believed that he loved Chloe. We witness some romantics gestures from him but all the time I sense like he was only with her due to her undeniable love and devotion. Maybe he did care for her but not as much as she does for him. This is why I suspected the end before it happened.

And last but not less important, Cam the best friend. I won't complain about their relationship because for me a man-woman friendship is possible even if for a moment Cam is sort of in love with Chloe, he understands that she is in love with someone else in a mature way (I speak from personal experience that this is possible) but did he stay single and alone all those years????? And wait, he was just waiting for her to realize he was the right on??? mmmm... I don't know I didn't like this part.

I wanted to like this book so much and while reading it I wanted to change what was happening to make it better for me. I almost cried at the end because I wanted to love it but I couldn't. I will continue reading Dina's books because I know she is a good writer it's just that this book wasn't for me.

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