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Friday, March 28, 2014

Imperfect Love by Rebecca Talley (Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

In association with I Am A Reader, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for Imperfect Love by Author Rebecca Talley!

Imperfect Love Tour

Book Review

Imperfect Love by Rebecca Talley
Publisher: DuBon Publishing
Publication Date: February 28, 2014
Format: e-Book - 283 pages / Kindle - 2213 KB
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women's Fiction

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by I Am A Reader.

Book Description:

Lauren Wilson is well on her way to her happily-ever-after. She has a career she loves, a husband she adores and a baby on the way, but a devastating diagnosis changes everything. The life she's built suddenly crumbles around her when her husband insists she choose—the baby or him.

Returning to her small hometown to rebuild her shattered life, Lauren crosses paths with Ethan Campbell, the man who stole her teenage heart. The old attraction is still there, but Lauren won't admit it to anyone—least of all herself. Her only priority is providing a life for her child, and she can't afford to get it wrong. Ethan is confusing everything, including stirring up feelings she’s not prepared to face. Will she spend her life raising her baby alone or is the family she's always wanted finally within her reach?

Book Excerpt:

Chapter 1

A plus sign.

Lauren Wilson blinked the hopeful tears back. Was she seeing it right? She flicked on the bathroom light for a better look and scrutinized the pregnancy test wand.

Definitely a plus sign.

She leaned against the wall. A baby.

Some moments are milestones, and some milestones are moments. Lauren gazed at the wand again. This is definitely both.

After trying for over two years—well, she seemed to be more intent on conceiving than her husband, Paul, but that didn’t matter now. The wondering, hoping, then crying, month after month, didn’t matter. Nothing mattered now. She was pregnant. Excitement bubbled up inside her. She’d finally have a baby and the happily-ever-after she’d dreamed about since she was a little girl.

Lauren rested her hand across her stomach, her fingers tingling. After all this time, it was finally her turn.


She rushed into the bedroom to find her cell phone and call Paul with the news. Her anxious fingers stumbled over the keypad, searching for his speed dial number. What if he’s in a meeting? What if he can’t take the call? I don’t want to leave this on his voicemail.

She ended the call before it could go through and sat on the bed. This wasn’t something she wanted to tell him over the phone. It was too momentous. Too amazing. Too wonderful.

A photo caught her eye. She handled the delicate metal frame, memories of her wedding flooding her mind. What a perfect day it had been at the church on Third Avenue in Durango, her hometown. It was such a beautiful beginning to their life together, and now they’d move to the next step—adding a baby to their family.

Ideas of how to tell Paul swirled around her head. She wanted to make it special for him, so she decided to take some time to come up with just the right way to let him know he was going to be a daddy. Daddy. The word felt sweet and satisfying on her tongue.

Lauren glanced at the clock on the light green wall opposite the bed. Seven thirty. She’d have to hurry—she didn’t want to be late for her first class.

Her hands stroked her stomach. I’m going to have a baby. I can’t wait to tell Paul. He’ll be as thrilled as I am.

My Book Review:

Lauren Wilson has a job that she loves, a loving and successful husband, and after two years of unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant, she is finally going to have a baby and the happy ever after perfect life that she has dreamed about since she was a little girl. But Lauren's world will turn upside down when an ultrasound reveals a devastating news that makes her husband Paul give her an ultimatum: him or the baby! Forced to make a difficult decision, Lauren chooses to return to her hometown to start her life over with her baby. Struggling to pick up the pieces of her life, a chance encounter with Ethan Campbell, an old high school crush, leads to the rekindling of a friendship and a second chance at love.

Imperfect Love is a breathtakingly beautiful and emotional story of a mother's unconditional love for her child and a second chance at an imperfect but fulfilling love. Author Rebecca Talley does a wonderful job of drawing the reader into Lauren's life as she struggles with real life issues and the disintegration of her marriage when a traumatic test result in her pregnancy that leaves her no choice but to make a difficult life changing decision. Lauren's journey is filled with joy, heartbreak, choices, struggle, courage, friendship, love and redemption.

Imperfect Love takes the reader on an emotional journey where no emotion is left spared, you can't help but get swept away in this powerful and compelling tale of unconditional and imperfect love.


About The Author


Author Rebecca Lynn Talley grew up in the gorgeous seaside city of Santa Barbara, CA. She met, and married, her husband, Del, while attending Brigham Young University. She graduated from BYU with a degree in Communications. She currently lives in rural Colorado on a small ranch with a dog, too many cats to count, and a herd of goats. She and Del are the proud parents of ten wildly-creative, multi-talented children. 

Rebecca is the author of a children’s picture book, Grasshopper Pie (WindRiver 2003), a children’s chapter book, Gabby’s Secret (DuBon Publishing 2011), four novels, Heaven Scent (CFI 2008), Altared Plans (CFI 2009), The Upside of Down (CFI 2011), and Aura (DuBon Publishing 2012). She has also authored numerous children’s stories and articles for both print and online magazines. 

When she isn’t writing, Rebecca loves to date her husband, play with her kids, swim in the ocean, and dance to disco music while she cleans the house. She has folded at least one million loads of laundry, baked hundreds of batches of chocolate chip cookies, and eaten 5,478 gallons of ice cream.


Virtual Book Tour Contest Giveaway

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Blog Tour Giveaway Details:

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Ends 4/10/14

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Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Tour Schedule:

March 19th
I Am A Reader – Spotlight
Victoria Simcox’s Blog – Spotlight
Books Are Sanity!!! – Review
Wall-to-wall books – Review – Spotlight
Musings of Immortals – Spotlight

March 20th
The Wonderings of One Person – Review
Love. Pray. Read. – Spotlight
Bibliophile Mystery – Spotlight
Kindle and Me – Review
I Love to Read and Review Books :) – Review
Bookworm Lisa – Review
Tressa’s Wishful Endings – Review

March 21st
More Than A Review – Spotlight
Gamila’s Review – Review
Literary Time Out – Review
Pink Fluffy Hearts: Diary of a Coffee Addict – Spotlight
readalot – Review
Room With Books – Review

March 22nd
Chronicles . . . An Avid Reader and Indie Author – Interview
The Simple Things in Life – Review

March 23rd
Amethyst Daydreams – Review
b00k r3vi3ws – Spotlight
Literary Winner – Spotlight

March 24th
My Book A Day – Review
Mel’s Shelves – Review
Musings From An Addicted Reader – Review
Flutters and Flails – Review
Extaordinaryreads – Review
A Southern Girls Bookshelf – Spotlight
My Love for Reading Keeps Growing – Review
Vonnie’s Reading Corner – Review

March 25th
Southeast By Midwest – Review
Paulette’s Papers – Spotlight
Maria Hoagland, LDS Novelist – Review
Ranee the wRiter – Review

March 26th
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – Spotlight
Min Reads and Reviews – Spotlight
BookHounds – Interview
deal sharing aunt – Spotlight
Katie’s Clean Book Collection – Review
Cassandra M’s Place – Guest Post
Author Sherry Gammon – Review

March 27th
Doodles, doodles everywhere – Spotlight
Bonnie Gets A Say – Review
Christy’s Cozy Corners – Spotlight
From the Bootheel Cotton Patch – Spotlight
The Written Adventure – Spotlight

March 28th
A Book Lover’s Retreat – Review
Brooklyn Berry Designs – Review
Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review
My Portable Library – Review
Kelly P’s Blog – Spotlight
Why Not? Because I Said So! – Review


  1. Thank you so much for your awesome review!

    1. Hi Rebecca! Thank you for the opportunity to host your virtual book tour event. I loved Imperfect Love, it is a beautiful and emotional story that touched my heart and soul. :)