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Release Date: August 7, 2018
Genre: Chick Lit
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars
A fantastic book! I loved the book when it was titled "Little Gray Dress" and the added content made it even better! I can't wait to see what Aimee Brown delivers next! For those of you who are fans of the chick lit genre, Aimee Brown is an author on the rise that you need to keep your eye one. With sharp wit, relatable AND likable characters, this book is a hit and I couldn't recommend it more.
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I don’t blame him. I mean sure, I had every right to be mad, hurt, even heartbroken but, I did leave him with having to deal with his family and the canceling of the wedding. The only people who know what happened that day are me, Lily, Jack, Josh, Madison, Greta, and Alisha. I didn’t even have the nerve to tell Evan or Hannah what actually went down because I have never been so embarrassed in all my life. I spent so many amazing years with the man of my dreams only for him to yank them away just days before our wedding.
The Coffee Bean has helped me dump all that frustration and anger into something that’s been really good for me. Without it, I’d probably still be wallowing around Lily’s apartment watching sappy romance movies all day, eating daily cartons of Ben & Jerry’s. With the shop I’m earning a living, making some friends, and actually, having a lot of fun.
“Do you have everything? Josh will be by to pick you up in the next ten minutes. Dress? Suitcases? Makeup? Toiletries?” she glances over my many hot pink bags sitting near the front door. She raises on eyebrow and says, “The Lucky Dress?”
“Shhh…” I say glancing around for wherever Lily has disappeared to. “Lily and Josh can’t know about that. It’s just um… just in case.”
“Right…” Alisha laughs, holding both hands in the air with her fingers crossed. “Just in case.”
I don’t know what just in case means but it can’t hurt to bring it.
The honk of the cab outside startles me out of my daydream. I start grabbing bags as the front door pulls open, Josh on his way in and Lily following me out.
“Remember, you’re just closing the door to the past and moving on, for good. Jack Cabot does not own you, does not deserve you, and you are over him.”
I nod, “Got it.”
“Is this something we’re going to have to chant the whole way there?” Josh asks with a roll of his eyes.
“Maybe…” Lily says, grabbing one of the bags and wheeling it to the back of the cab.
“This is it! Your brother and Hannah’s wedding. Are you even a little bit excited?” Lily asks, attempting to change the subject from Jack to Evan.
“Of course, I’m excited. Evan is my only brother. I can’t help the fact that he fell in love with my ex-fiancé’s only sister, can I?”
“Completely out of your control,” Lily says as she pats my back with a smile.
“Also, out of your control, whether it ends up as one big episode of Jerry Springer,” Josh laughs to himself until he notices that neither Lily, Alisha, or I are amused.
“It was a joke.” He protests.
“Call me if you have any problems, Alisha! OK, promise me?” It’s my first time leaving my newly opened coffee shop in the hands of my assistant manager and even though I know she knows everything I do, it’s hard to leave something you’ve poured your heart and soul into while avoiding the exact thing you’re leaving it for.
“You know I will. Have fun! Lay off the stubborn thing.”
“Yeah, yeah,” I roll my eyes at Lily as I slide into the cab next to her as Josh secures our bags in the trunk.
“She’s right, you know. Technically, whether you like it or not, Jack will be kind of family now, so you might as well take this time to learn how to let that happen without constantly needing to hate him.”
“I don’t hate him.”
“Really? And before Alisha convinced you to not respond to his most recent email, what would your response have been?”
“To call you over and panic, exactly like I did. I have nothing to say anyway so Jack can just go away.”
Josh slides in, closing the door beside him and letting out an already irritated groan. “If that was true we wouldn’t still be sitting here talking about him almost one year later like it just happened yesterday.”
“I have an idea. Let’s just not talk about him at all!”
“Avoidance… yes, that’s actually my favorite Jack game. I’m in.” Josh says as he snaps his seatbelt.
“I’m in too, actually. This week isn’t about Jack or you, it’s about Evan and Hannah and I think we owe it to our friends to make sure they have the best wedding possible, without throwing in our own issues.” Lily glares through a smile.
“Exactly. It’s like we’re one mind.” I turn my attention to the drive to the airport we’re flying out of.
Everything will be just fine. I haven’t really spoken to Jack since just after everything happened and we agreed that a break would be best. I’ve learned a lot with him gone actually. I opened my own coffee shop, which, if you’ve never run your own business before, is a great way to spend every second thinking about something besides the thing you’re trying to avoid. Really therapeutic in leaving the right people behind when you need to. It also showed me that I really could do anything I wanted. I didn’t need a man from a rich family to be my family when I didn’t have one any longer. I’ve got great friends, both old and new, a great apartment, and I don’t really long for anything. I’m happy, by my own doing.
Of course, there are those times where I wish I could just call someone up for a movie and a cuddle, but those moments usually pass pretty quickly and are a lot less messy than if it had actually happened the way my fantasies allow it to play out.
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