What would you do when you thought everything was perfect till it world turned upside down? Lia was a strong madly in love woman blinded by the secrets and lies of someone she thought she knew. It’s a powerful story for women of all ages I feel, that have had their lives flipped by the one person they loved and trusted. It shows heartache struggle and pain, but it shows that you can get through it and get back on track and do better. You root for Lia as she struggles through all the pain to make it to where emotionally she needs to be. I need to read the first one and I would love to read more.
Forgetting Ophelia by JULIE C. GARDNER
This story was so touching. Lia is having a life crisis that she didn’t see coming. Choices were made for her and her heart was broken. Jake was a total jerk. He was a coward for how he handled the whole thing. I like how we see Lia’s journey through her emotions. She experienced so many different things and felt 100 different ways all in one day. I think She did better than most people in this situation. I was sad that there wasn’t more interaction with Declan. I would’ve liked to know more about him. Caleb was an interesting character to throw in there. I felt that Lia took something from everyone around her to start her life over. Lessons were learned and a new chapter began. It was sad and beautiful the life lessons you read in this story.
Reviewed by @gguerrero89
By Julie C. Gardner
This is a full length novel. A romance about making choices, right or wrong.
Lia was happily married to Jake. Promises and plans were made on the day they were married. Five years later….. Nothing is ever how we planned. Life changes and the struggle is real. Now Lia is determined to get her life back on track, as well as put her marriage back together.
Julie C. Gardner has put a beautiful spin on this story. Her characters could be people we know. They are so realistic, it even feels like a story some of us have lived through. This is a new author for me. I am so happy I took the time to read this book. Feelings were exposed, lies were turned to truths and life goes on. I love this fast paced story. I know you will as well. Way to go Julie C. Gardner!
Forgetting Ophelia by Julie C. Gardner was a good book that I really enjoyed. I have never read anything by this author before but this certainly won’t be my last. This is the story about love, loss, friendship and a woman finding herself. I loved the writing and characters. I never saw certain things coming. It really was a great book. I literally have no criticism. Literally none. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends. 4 star rating.
Forgetting Ophelia by Julie C. Gardner
Ophelia aka Lia has a birthday and anniversary coming up. They just so happen to be on the same day and she is looking forward to finally taking a honeymoon with her husband. What she doesn’t expect is that he walks out on her. Out of the blue just leaves. Her world is turned upside down and she starts to look at what she thought was a perfect marriage differently.
This was an amazing novel of self discovery, heart break, romance, and growth. Lia discovers who she really is in this novel and embraces her independence after her world is shattered. She was such a strong character that I couldn’t help but admire her. I also loved how well the novel flowed and kept my attention.
Forgetting Ophelia is a beautifully written story that I thoroughly enjoyed. I haven’t read anything by this author previously but I really enjoyed her engaging and relaxed writing style. I really liked Lia; I connected with her straight away and felt for her as she tried to adjust to the unexpected changed in her life. I admired her strength as she began to rebuild her life. I think I kind of wanted to hate Jake for his cowardly ways and the way he treated Lia but as the story progressed I understood him a little better even if I didn’t agree with the things that he did.
The author did a great job with the emotional side of this story and I could feel what the characters were feeling. She made them realistic and likeable.
Overall I thought that this was a wonderful story, one that I would highly recommend! I look forward to reading more from this author again in the future.
Forgetting Ophelia: A Novel
By: Julie C. Gardner
5 out of 5 stars
The story Forgetting Ophelia: A Novel by Julie C. Gardner is an amazing book that I loved reading. It hooked me in from the very beginning and I didn’t want to put it down until I had read the final page. It tells a story about heartbreak and betrayal however it also has parts where there is hope. I loved the character of Lia. She is a woman who has a handsome husband and a teaching job that she excels at. She is a beautiful woman who is looking forward to the honeymoon that she and Jake have plans for. Then in one evening, her world is shattered by Jake walking out. This story is a very emotional one and my emotions went up and down all the time. I found Lia to be a character that I could empathize with, what she feels and goes through. While a lot of the pain and raw emotions that she experiences has to do with being left by Jake, she also struggles with other issues. With each chapter that I read, I found myself loving Lia’s character more and more. I wanted her to find happiness. How will Lia find happiness? Is there a chance that she will take Jake back, or will she move on with her life? Read this book to find out. There are many other additional characters that you are introduced to in this story. They range from good friends with Lia, family, and some that she meets along her journey. I enjoyed the interactions and conversations between them and Lia. This is a book that I got so caught up in that I was surprised when I found myself at the end. It is an amazing story with wonderful characters. Highly recommended reading.