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    ���Dear Quinn,

    This is a hard letter to write. I have been thinking a lot about us for the past few weeks, and I can�۪t shake the feeling that we just aren�۪t meant to be��_�۝

    Quinn had her life perfectly planned out when she left on her mission: come home in eighteen months, marry her stunningly handsome boyfriend, and live happily ever after. But all of that changed when Quinn got a Dear Jane email from the man she thought she was meant to be with. Now she�۪s stuck at home with no boyfriend, no job, no major, and absolutely no social life.

    As Quinn struggles to find her path forward, she begins to learn that life is not perfect and happily-ever-afters don�۪t always turn out how we expect them to. Will Quinn ever find the path that leads to her eternal happiness?

    Overall Customer Rating of 2 Reviews:

    Fantastic Story.

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    Many young men in the military or on missions have received “Dear John” letters over the decades. With the increase of young women serving proselyting missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it only stands to reason that some of them who leave sweethearts behind with a promise of marriage at the end of the mission will receive “Dear Jane” letters. That is exactly what happened to Quinn Matthews about three months before the end of her mission.



    I thought from the title much of the story would deal with Quinn as a missionary doing her best to carry on as a devoted missionary while attempting to cope with the loss of her sweetheart. Only a small portion of the story touched on it. The bulk of the storyline dealt with Quinn’s situation once she returned home. Without marriage to look forward to, she found herself living at home while started college courses, searched for a job and worked towards getting her own car so she didn’t need to share with her sixteen year old sister. The author did a masterful job of expressing Quinn’s challenges and her feelings as she made the adjustment back to post-mission life. She had a lot more depth to her after she returned, and some of the shallower values and relationships, although not necessarily bad or evil, were no longer right as her closest relationships.



    There was love interest in this story. Two for Quinn. It was like a tennis match as Quinn moved back and forth between two men, deciding which was best for her as the woman she had become as a result of her mission.



    The characters in the story had complex personalities. Although most were L.D.S., they had their own weaknesses and challenges which created a lot of tension. Some went off the deep end and had to struggle to come back, some found it difficult to cope with their lives and that of their families not turning out perfectly even though they made the best effort to stay close to the church and live the teachings of Christ the best they knew how. Quinn found herself in the center of the dynamics between several people, including her own family, with their dysfunctions. How she worked her way through those relationships kept me engaged to the end of the book.


    Belgium

    Great, clean read that was hard to part with

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    Quin dated Josh before her mission, and it seemed a given that he would wait. So to receive an email three months before the end of her mission telling her he is getting married to someone else blows her away. The little snake never even hinted he was dating someone else. Now I have little problems with someone breaking up with someone else (even when they are on their mission), but he was very mean about it, and never even gave Quin an idea that he was dating someone else. He sure is a piece of work.

    When Quin gets back off of her mission, she is single, without a job, and a little alone and lost like most returned missionaries feel at some point shortly after their mission.

    She applies for a job, and gets hired on the spot, only to find out that one of the partners at the realtor’s office is the annoying elder, Nick Ryan from her mission who she kind of hates.

    Add to that all the drama that unfolds at home with her brother’s marriage falling apart, and her aunt dying, and she is faced with a few very hard realities in life.

    This book was a fun read. It had me turning pages just to see where it would take me. I found myself connecting with Quin, but also getting a little annoyed with her at times. She had to face some very tough times, and found help, friendship and even love in the most unlikely of places, at least to her, I saw it coming ?

    I liked the whole concept of Quin’s eyes being opened to the harshness of life, without losing herself, and her spunk and faith. Having never served a mission myself, I can’t imagine exactly what it is like to come back, but I have seen others do it many a times, and I have heard them share their own personal hiccups. I felt for her, and loved to read the growth she went through. She found the strength to deal with the bad, and still see all the good, and help others on her way see that also. Not everyone has that strength, not everyone has that desire. Even though this reads as a light and fun read, this covers some hard and deep issues, and makes you think about how you would face them yourself. I have faced a few of these issues, so in that respect I can relate.

    This is the first book by Rachel Ward, and it is an excellent first book. I hope Miss Ward will continue writing, and broaden her horizon to romance that is not LDS per se, as I feel she will reach a much broader group of readers. We clean readers need more authors like her out there.