Happily married to her college sweetheart, Poppy lived a blessed life with the husband of her dreams. Then everything changed. She is no longer a wife. She is no longer the envy of her single friends. Now, people look at her with pity as they whisper a single word behind her back.
Years after her husband’s tragic death, years of pain and sorrow and wishing for the life she’ll never get back, Poppy decides to finish Jamie’s birthday list. She’ll do the things he wanted to most. Because maybe, just maybe, if she can complete his list, she can start to live again.
Poppy expects going through the birthday list will be hard. She expects it to hurt. But what she doesn’t expect is Cole. Could the man who delivered the news of her husband’s death and shattered her heart be the one to help her put it back together again?
5 “Minute by Minute” Stars
“This man took me breath away”
That quote pretty much sums up this book for me. Cole is an amazing character and he now owns a little piece of my heart.
I loved every single little thing about Cole and Poppy’s story. Devney Perry has cemented her place as a force to be reckoned with. The Birthday List is thoughtful and thought-provoking. I felt all the feels and experienced the full array of emotions while reading. It’s a magnificent journey of love and loss that I’ll remember for years to come.
What I absolutely loved. The characters. Not only the main characters, but the secondary characters are all so well developed. I feel as though I got to know them. I was interested and invested in their stories.
Cole and Poppy are stunning! He’s pure male perfection and she’s one of the strongest female leads I’ve read. Both are very well written and fleshed out. They’re love story jumps off the page and completely consumed me. While I loved them both and Poppy certainly appealed to my emotions due to her loss, but Cole stole the show. He’s swoony PERFECTION!
The storyline, plot, and execution couldn’t have been more beautifully rendered. The pace is spot on. The emotional triggers well placed. But most of all the writing is fantastic.
You’ll hear no critique from me. I loved it! From the beautiful cover and story, to that amazing ending, it’s sheer perfection! If you love heart-wrenching love stories with feeling, you have to one-click The Birthday List. It’s UNPUTDOWNABLE!
Turning to the door, I smiled, ready to greet my late-evening customer, but faltered as the door closed behind him.
Cole Goodman was walking my way.
My belly dipped as I took him in. His aviator sunglasses were perched on top of his chocolate-brown hair. A black polo stretched across his broad shoulders and pulled tight across his muscled arms. His pale-blue jeans molded to his Herculean thighs before draping down to his black, square-toed boots. The leather belt on Cole’s trim waist held both a shining badge and a holstered gun.
Cole smiled and locked his light-green eyes on mine as he crossed the room.
His straight, white teeth made my breath hitch—something that had happened last night more times than I wanted to admit.
Molly, who had turned around from her seat to greet our customer, spun around so her back was to Cole. Her cheeks flushed as she whispered, “Wow.”
Wow was right.
Cole Goodman was—simply put—gorgeous.
He could give a woman a speeding ticket and get a thank-you in return. He inspired women to attempt push-ups in a karate class just for the chance to watch him sweat through his gi. Cole made grown women blush like teenagers and giggle in corners, like those girls at the dojo last night.
Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories. Devney loves hearing from readers! Connect with her on social media.