Book Review March 23
by: Teresa Mummert
4 Stars ★★★★Blurb: Sometimes in life it feels like everything that can go wrong does, but everything happens for a reason. A relationship crumbles so someone else can mend the pieces of your broken heart. A change of plans can lead you to something you didn’t even know you were missing. You help others and discover that it was you who needed to be helped all along.
Jenn’s life is nothing as she had imagined it would be. She is twenty-something with a failing career and her love life has officially ended with an ultimate act of betrayal. She is ready to throw away her dreams when a chance run-in with a soldier, dealing with his own misfortunes, alters her course and changes her perspective on life.
If possible a well earned 4.5 Stars
(Fans have chosen Channing Tatum as a stand in for Shane. I must agree. So enjoy some eye-candy.)
Suicide Note was no fluffy piece of afternoon reading. Instead it was an in depth meaningful journey to find love with characters who have suffered both physically and emotionally. When two broken hearts meet, heal one another and learn to love again together. Did I mention it was great, amazing and un-freakin-beleivably awesome?
Jenn is not working the job she envisioned herself in at her age. Her boss is moody and she feels like she’s going nowhere. After finding out her longtime boyfriend was not only cheating on her but with her sister as well she decides it’s time to move on. Shane is a soldier on leave who meets Jenn while visiting her boss who happens to be his best friend. Shane misinterprets a note Jenn writes and the two begin to spend much more time together. Slowly old wounds heal and love begins to blossom.
However, fairy tales are hard to come by and soon Jenn learns that Shane is going back to war. She’s hurt and angry that he kept the truth from her. Shane is hurt because he never expected to fall in love and didn’t want to spoil their time together by putting a time stamp on it. Alas, Jenn is nothing like Shane’s ex, who cheated and left him while he was enlisted. She promises to wait however long it takes as long as he promises to come back to her. Aww.
Jenn learns soon after she is pregnant and life becomes a little crazier for her as she tries to deal with her pregnancy and Shane being across the world. With the help of her boss (Shane’s best friend) and his boss whom are very close to Shane, Jenn makes it through.
At one point Shane literally enters a war zone and his friend loses his life. Poor Shane is always losing someone. Family, friends, significant others, he seems to never win in the end and it’s understandable why his faith is lacking. However, back home Jenn and his friends are kept in the dark for a day and a half before they learn if he made it or not. This part was exceptionally hard to read. The pain or terror I felt was probably half of poor Jenn, yet she stayed strong, for both Shane and their baby.
I must admit I’m rather shocked by Jenn. Not only did her sister cheat with Jenn’s boyfriend, the two plan to wed and Jenn goes to the wedding. Honestly, I would have wiped my hands of my whole family but not Jenn. With Shane as a backbone she survives a dinner, the wedding and is somehow able to look her sister and ex in the eye without stabbing them. She is amazingly strong and just the balance Shane needs to keep him grounded and happy.
Shane and Jenn do not even recognize how compatible they are and how much they really are meant to be. They balance each other out and are connected through their shared relationship pain.
There are quite a few flashbacks scenes interspersed throughout the novel. Most times I am not a fan as these scenes can be drawn out and really take you away from the current story. However, in Suicide Note the flashback scenes are done remarkably well. They are not overdone and often connect the past with a situation or feeling one of the characters is now having.
Shane is not only a hot soldier but an excellent boyfriend and father. In fact, I’m saddened that we don’t get to see him in his role as a father for long. However, I forever fell in love with Shane when he promised his son Owen that he would always have his ‘six.’
Everyone needs to read Suicide Note. It is easily a fan favorite and one of the best reads of this year. The ride Shane and Jenn embark on is a joy to read and their love is an added bittersweet romance. If it’s not on your TBR list, add it, you won’t be disappointed. You’ll be sad it’s over but happy for the time well spent.
If only this were true...
And for some reason Channing Tatum is the face of Suicide Note and he totally works as Shane... Besides he's definitely not hard on the eyes so here's one more to drool over!!!