Review | The Birthday List by Devney Perry

April 6, 2018 | 2018, devney perry, excerpt, review / 0 Comments

Review | The Birthday List by Devney PerryThe Birthday List by Devney Perry
Series | Maysen Jar #1
Release Date | January 24, 2019
Genres | Contemporary, Small Town Romance
Format | ARC
Buy | Amazon
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Poppy Maysen carries a journal in her purse. Its pages were filled long ago by a man who craved adventure, lived life to the fullest and never failed to make her laugh. The journal is his birthday list—one she vows to complete.

She’ll do the things he wanted to do most. Because maybe, just maybe, if she can finish 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 watched her heart shatter be the one to put it back together again?



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Let me tell you, Devney Perry does a fantastic job writing contemporary romance, after reading and loving her Jamison Valley series, I was beyond ready for her next book. And it wasn’t too long when The Birthday List came about. The synopsis had me intrigued on what kind of journey it would take Poppy on and once you make your way through Poppy and Cole’s story, you can’t help but fall in love with the both of them. Devney Perry has a way of writing stories that you’ll always remember. If you’re already a fan of hers, prepare yourselves to fall in love with Poppy and Cole stories, I’m sure Cole will make everyone’s book boyfriend list.

How would I describe Poppy? She’s definitely a character that I admired so much for her kind heart, perseverance, and strength. Tackling her husband’s birthday list was key to helping her move on and after 5 years, I think it was more than time for her to check off every single one of them. That’s the one thing that I loved about the list, every objective had a great story behind it, shows her carrying through and never giving up. And I think little by little, it helped her heal and move on by the end, but always keeping her deceased husband’s memory alive. And the person who was constantly by her side and completely patient with her was Cole.

Cole has met Poppy before, being the bearer of the news that no one would ever want to hear. And fate brings them back together again, Poppy has always left a mark on him in a way that he could never forget her. When they see each other again, his mind is made up and he wants to be in her life in any way that he can. I absolutely loved his patience with her, never wanting to rush her, he wanted to do everything on her timeline. He was her biggest supporter, just wanting to carry her burdens, he was just always there. How can you not love a man like that?

The Birthday List is just a memorable story of journies, Poppy’s, Poppy and Cole’s. She thought it would be a painful journey to achieve everything on his list, but it was the complete opposite. Absolutely loved this book and highly recommend for everyone to read. It’s a feel-good kind of story, very heartwarming!



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.

About Devney Perry

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.