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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Next Best Thing by Wendi Nunnery (Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

In association with Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for The Next Best Thing by author Wendi Nunnery!

Book Review

The Next Best Thing by Wendi Nunnery
Book 2: The Best Kept Secret Series
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: January 3, 2017
Format: Paperback - 185 pages
               Kindle - 780 KB
               Nook - 256 KB
ISBN: 978-1539017028
BNID: 2940153139159
Genre: YA Romance

Buy The Book:

Buy The Series: The Best Kept Secret Series
Book 1: The Best Kept Secret
Book 2: The Next Best Thing

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.

Book Description:

Four years ago, Emma Fraser’s first love took his own life. Now, twenty years old and in college, Emma and her best friend, Andy, are still mourning the loss of a friend and brother. Nothing is the same as it once was…and things are about to change even more.

Too heartbroken to even consider falling in love again, Emma stays distracted by school and work. Until she meets Landon and, for the first time ever, finds herself believing she might actually have a future with someone. But when Deegan Burke—the man responsible for all of Emma’s heartache—gets out of prison early, Emma is suddenly confronted by her worst fears. And when faced with choices she never thought she’d have to make, Emma discovers that the only person she really wants by her side is the last person she ever expected.

My Book Review:

The Next Best Thing is a compelling story that will pull at the heartstrings and stir the soul.

In The Next Best Thing, author Wendi Nunnery continues the emotional story of Emma Fraser, whose traumatic coming of age story was introduced in The Best Kept Secret. Set in Georgia, it is four years later, and Emma and best friend Andy are now in college, each struggling to move forward in their lives after the death of Jesse, Emma's first love and Andy's brother.

The story has a mixture of rawness, tenderness, and painful reality that will captivate the reader as Emma and Andy's journey into adulthood unfolds. The author takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride as they follow Emma and Andy as they navigate the slippery slope of life's experiences, and come to terms with their shared traumatic past, so that they could move forward with their lives.

While The Next Best Thing has its share of heartbreaking moments, it is a powerful and beautifully written story in which the author thoughtfully delves into the importance and reality of heartbreak, grief, guilt, forgiveness, strength, maturity, growth, hope, and love.

The Next Best Thing is a realistic, down to earth, and emotional story that will stay with you for a very long time.


About The Author

Wendi Nunnery is the author of The Mayfield Family Story, The Best Kept Secret, and The Next Best Thing. She is also the founding editor of Lady Literary Magazine and her work has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Simply Beloved, and Introvert, Dear. Wendi is a proud Georgia Southern University alum and believes colorful language is good for the soul. She lives, loves, and mothers in Atlanta, Georgia.

Author Website
Amazon Author Page

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Virtual Book Tour

Tour Schedule:

January 3 – Chick Lit Plus – Review
January 4 – T’s Stuff – Excerpt
January 4 – Books, Dreams, Life – Excerpt
January 5 – Book Lover in Florida – Excerpt
January 10 – Coffeholic Bookworm – Review
January 12 – Rae Reads – Review
January 14 – Dandelions Inspired – Review
January 16 – A Page To Turn – Review
January 16 – Chick Lit Goddess – Review
January 17 – Kendra Loves Books - Review
January 17 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review


  1. Splendid review Mrs. Higgins-Anderson! The word usage reeled me in. I'm going to buy it.

    1. Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by my blog, I appreciate it. I hope you get a chance to read both books. :)

  2. I did a few days ago. I just started reading them. Thank you so much :)