Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the Finding Bliss tour hosted by AToMR Tours. Today I have my review of Dina Silver’s novel and an event-wide sweepstakes for you. If you would like to check out the rest of the stops on the tour, just click here to do so. Thanks for stopping by and have a great Wednesday!
Chloe Carlyle has always longed for the perfect family.
Growing up with an alcoholic single mother, she has seen her share of heartbreak and disappointment, and is striving to build a new legacy for herself. After graduating from college, she takes a job working as a summer girl for the Reeds––a wealthy, accomplished family that personifies her American dream. Her summer takes an unexpected turn when the Reeds’ eldest son Tyler, the star quarterback for Notre Dame, shows up and turns her life upside down.
An ambitious young woman with a wry sense of humor, Chloe never imagined herself as the type to succumb to the looks and charms of the hometown hero, but she falls hard for Tyler, and is devastated when they part ways at the end of the summer. As she heads off to law school, Chloe tries to convince herself this was just a fling, but she can’t quite get over him. It’s not until Tyler contacts her out of the blue late one winter night that everything changes.
After doing everything in her power to build the perfect life, Chloe soon learns that there are things beyond her control. She must draw on inner reserves of strength as her life takes unpredictable—and sometimes heartbreaking—twists and turns, and she finds herself faced with decisions she never thought she’d have to make. Poignant, heartfelt, and emotional, Finding Bliss is a reminder that you don’t have to live a fairytale life in order to have a happy ending.
Dina Silver’s Finding Bliss is an emotional read that sort of sucked me in right from the beginning. In an effort to be as spoiler-free as possible, I am opting for a list-type review rather than a full-blown description and discussion. Hang on, dear reader, because here we go 🙂
What I liked:
*The first third of the read which details the journey Tyler and Chloe take toward one another and their life together. This journey is not by any means a traditional one and makes the first third of this read particularly enjoyable.
*How decidedly different Tyler and Chloe’s individual situations are. These two come from totally different places/backgrounds and I applaud Silver for using the backstory of each character to inform every decision (both obviously and not so obviously) each makes in their lives. This is a nice bit of consistency that ties beginning, middle and, end together.
*Tyler: even though he pulls some pretty crappy moves throughout the read, he is by far the most fully-developed character. From start to finish and based on some very specific events, Tyler completely changes. It is a credit to Silver’s writing ability to be able to convincingly change a single character so completely over the course of a single read.
*The overall writing style. This is a very smooth read (even as an ARC) which is carried by good dialogue, fine pacing and, tight editing.
What I didn’t like:
*Chloe. For myself, Chloe was only a likeable character in the first third of the book. While I respect her fierce determination, this quality also makes her somewhat cold and hard to relate to. I appreciate that Chloe experiences some seriously awful things in her life but as the story progressed, I found it increasingly more difficult to root for her.
*How the plot evolves. Once Tyler and Chloe finally get together, their story begins to read like a biography rather than a novel. While there are certainly still big events occurring, the last two-thirds of Finding Bliss doesn’t have the same feel or level of excitement as the beginning of the read.
The Bottom Line: Let me be clear, I never once considered DNFing this read!! Silver is a fine writer and from a technical perspective, Finding Bliss is a well put together novel. I was totally sucked in by the first third of the novel and kept reading because I just knew everything was going to come full circle at the end and finish with the same level of appeal as it began with. Unfortunately, this did not happen for me and I found myself being slightly disappointed with the read as a whole. With this being said, I can honestly see Finding Bliss appealing to readers who like emotional reads that focus on only a few characters and their journey together in this life.
A graduate of Purdue University, Dina Silver has spent the past fifteen years feeding her red wine habit by working as a copywriter in the advertising industry. In addition to writing ad copy, she formed Dinas Ideas (dinasideas.com), a greeting card company, in 2003. Dina serves as the sole writer and designer for the business and has penned over 300 greeting cards since its inception.
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