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The Opposite of Addie: A Novel (Friendship & Secrets) by Julie C. Gardner – Review by Erica FIsh

The Opposite of AddieThe Opposite of Addie by Julie C. Gardner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Opposite of Addie is a well thought out novel about friendship and secrets. I could feel the love the author put into the story. She really made the story come to life with her storytelling and character building. This story had me on an emotional ride because of the characters. I felt like I personally knew them and could feel exactly what Addie was going through. In this story, Addie has been through some rough heartaches. She finds herself as a single mom. She left Jake, the father and never told him that he was a father. This was a big secret to keep from him. Jake finds Addie and his daughter and he is bound to be with Addie to help raise his daughter. There was a secret Jake was holding on too as well. What will Addie do? Does she want to share her daughter? Does she want a second chance with Jake? What will Jake do? Will he fight for Addie? Will he be a father to the daughter he did not realize he had? I highly recommend reading this book to find out how this sweet novel turns out.

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The Opposite of Addie: A Novel (Friendship & Secrets) by Julie C. Gardner – Review by Anantha Rusum

The Opposite of AddieThe Opposite of Addie by Julie C. Gardner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a book about second chances and trust. All of us are heartbroken at one point of time or another and it takes years to rebuild the faith and trust in one’s life. Addie has a troubled childhood and she was forced from her childhood home by her mother. Later, when she is an adult, Addie is still confused and insecure. She leaves her boyfriend and decides to raise her daughter on her own.
When Jake runs into her 12 years later, Addie still does not trust him and runs away again. This time Jake follows her as he is determined to have his daughter back in his life.
This story is more about relationships than romance. There are many places where emotions run deep and the characters are confused and messed up. It is about embracing life with all it’s faults and give a second chance to yourself and to those who matter to you.

A deep read, but an enjoyable one!

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The Opposite of Addie: A Novel (Friendship & Secrets) by Julie C. Gardner – Review by Robin Rankin

The Opposite of AddieThe Opposite of Addie by Julie C. Gardner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Opposite of Addie: A Novel (Secrets in the Springs) by Julie C. Gardner

Oh my goodness this book was worth every second of lost sleep.  I loved Josie! She made my heart happy and would make me smile almost every time she was involved.

Addie and Jake have gone through so much since the last time they saw each other and both have a lot to make up for.

This book is about second chances and how to clean up the messes left by secrets.

I have had the pleasure of reading Ms. Gardner before and look forward to reading more by her in the future.

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The Opposite of Addie: A Novel (Friendship & Secrets) by Julie C. Gardner – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

The Opposite of AddieThe Opposite of Addie by Julie C. Gardner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Opposite of Addie is part of the Secrets in the Springs series by Julie C Gardner. It is a full story, and I am not sure if the other books overlap or are the same story. This is the first I have read in this series, but I would read more, and I don’t feel like I was missing any backstory. I was really worried at first about all the perspectives getting confusing, but it was well written and smooth transitions. We see the story from the point of view of Addie, Jake, Josie and Alex. While weird at first, I actually really liked it. We get to see the feelings and thoughts of everyone in the story and it gives a rounded view, and relate more. It makes the story more relatable. She captures the thoughts and language of a child as well as adults. The feelings were very realistic and gave us a better understanding to the why people did what they did. I look forward to reading the other stories in the series.

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The Opposite of Addie: A Novel (Friendship & Secrets) by Julie C. Gardner – Review by Kerry Carr

The Opposite of AddieThe Opposite of Addie by Julie C. Gardner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a beautiful love story which has so many characters and so many twists and secrets its more than a love story. The characters are beautifully written and the story is heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time.

Addie is a single mum to her daughter Josie. After her dad left her and her mum it means her trust in men is destroyed. So when she finds her daughters dad with another woman she leaves.

Fast forward 12 years later and Jake  meets her and wants to connect with his daughter. But can he be trusted or will he end up hurting Josie.

Jake had never thought about being a dad until he found out he was one. However he is holding on to secrets of his own. Knowing Addie as he does he is worried about revealing them.

Will Addie be able to learn to trust Jake again or will she run away again to save herself and her daughter pain and heartache.

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The Opposite of Addie: A Novel (Friendship & Secrets) by Julie C. Gardner – Review by Candida Hopper

The Opposite of AddieThe Opposite of Addie by Julie C. Gardner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Opposite of Addie: A Novel (Secrets in the Springs
By Julie C. Gardner

I loved reading this book. This story is full of emotion, hurt, forgiveness, friendship, romance, and so much more. This story took a few unexpected turns I didn’t see coming. I became completely invested in these characters and I couldn’t stop reading until I found out what happens. The author did an exceptional job pulling out so many emotions in me while I read this book. The characters felt relatable and real. I find myself wanting to read it again. This is a must read. I highly recommend this book and I can’t wait for what this author gives us next.

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The Opposite of Addie: A Novel (Friendship & Secrets) by Julie C. Gardner – Review by Karyn Taylor

The Opposite of AddieThe Opposite of Addie by Julie C. Gardner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Opposite of Addie is a great second chance romance story from Julie C. Gardner. I had not read any of this author’s work before reading this book so was unsure of what to expect from it. I do however, love a second chance romance and was willing to give this book a chance. I’m glad that I took this chance as this is a really great book.
I will say that I took a bit of getting into this book but once I got into it, I was really hooked and couldn’t wait to see how the story panned out. The Opposite of Addie is the story of Addie, mother to 11 year old Josie who randomly bumps into Josie’s father Jake who is unaware of Josie’s existence. What we then get is a great story as Jake fights to get back into Addie’s life and get to know his daughter and Addie’s own personal battles since the death of her author mother the year before and her own relationship with her father.
What was different about this book is that it’s told from the point of view of 5 different people: Addie, Jake, Josie, Addie’s father and Addie’s best friend Nina. I actually really enjoyed reading the POV of 11 year old Josie. I loved her outlook on what was going on in her life and her thoughts of the people around her.
One strength of this author is writing fantastic characters. I loved reading about Jake, Addie and Josie. All are really great and realistic characters that the reader can engage with. This is a great story that I’m sure many others would enjoy if they gave it a chance. I’m glad that I took the chance on it.

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The Opposite of Addie: A Novel (Friendship & Secrets) by Julie C. Gardner – Review by Angela Hayes

The Opposite of AddieThe Opposite of Addie by Julie C. Gardner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

The Opposite Of Addie: A Novel (Friendships & Secrets Series) by Julie C. Gardner. This is a women’s fiction story- full of secrets, second chances, emotion, friendship, family, healing, drama, and more.
After reading Forgetting Ophelia, I was quite interested in finding out how this story would unfold, and Ms. Gardner didn’t disappoint. There are a lot of interconnected details and enlightening backstory bridging the two books, as well as important character introductions and information- so reading them both, together, will definitely give you a much better perspective of things, and therefore, will also improve your reading experience.
I had a little trouble getting into the groove with this story, but I after a few chapters I finally found the rhythm and got caught up in all the developments. If you have read Forgetting Ophelia, then you know that the characters are really well crafted, with their own all fully developed personalities and backstories- and one of the things I particularly like about this book/series, is the fact that Ms. Gardner ensures that her characters continue to grow and develop as the story progresses.
The Opposite of Addie is told from multiple character perspectives, giving us a really well-rounded view of what is happening- while also adding an extra element of interest to the book.

Thank-you, Julie C. Gardner!

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

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The Opposite of Addie: A Novel (Friendship & Secrets) by Julie C. Gardner – Review by Tausha Treadway

The Opposite of AddieThe Opposite of Addie by Julie C. Gardner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Opposite of Addie: A Novel (Friendship & Secrets) by Julie C. Gardner. I LOVED this book. It was so full of emotions, love and sadness. Once I started I couldn’t put it down. Its the story of Addie who is a single mom and her first priority is always going to be her daughter. When she and Jake were a couple and she up and disappeared because she didn’t really want to be hurt she wrote him off. When he comes back into Addie’s life and meets her daughter he is smitten. Jake never really wanted to be a dad until he met Addie’s daughter and now that’s all he wants. Can Addie trust Jake to not hurt them again especially while she is dealing with her mom’s death and her dad’s big betrayal. This story is full of secrets that can tear families apart and bring them together. Will Jake be able to break the wall Addie has built to protect herself and her daughter? Read The Opposite of Addie to find out!

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The Opposite of Addie: A Novel (Friendship & Secrets) by Julie C. Gardner – Review by Francis O’Sullivan

The Opposite of AddieThe Opposite of Addie by Julie C. Gardner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Opposite of Addie by Julie C. Gardner is a moving novel that explores a variety of relationships and forms of love. At the centre is the relationship between single mother Addie and her daughter Josie, which is in some ways a reflection of Addie’s relationship with her own mother. Then there are the two fathers – Addie’s and Josie’s – who have both missed out on a lot of their daughter’s lives. And there’s Nina – practically a sister to Addie and an Aunt to Josie – reminding us that chosen family can be as important as biological family.
Although there are romantic elements in this book this is not given any more weight than the other relationships. There is plenty of messiness, as characters have to weigh up doing what is right for them and potentially hurting others. Early on, Josie worries that her mum choosing to spend an evening with someone else must mean they are more fun than her. Josie, and the other characters in the book, have to learn how to love and care for multiple people (and themselves) at the same time.
This is an enjoyable read! There’s a bit of mystery and plenty going on. The perspective changes between different characters and they all have a distinct voice as a narrator, which keeps it varied and means the reader gets invested in everyone’s side of the story. For me, it’s a five-star read and I would definitely recommend it, particularly to people who are missing family drama due to lockdowns and travel restrictions.

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