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The Dilemma by B.A. Paris – Review

I got a recent urge to get this blog back up and running and it’s already so much fun. While the content is still very similar to my Bookstagram, I’m going to start working on writing better, more rounded reviews from here on out and I’m already looking forward to it.

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𝙍𝙀𝙑𝙄𝙀𝙒 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
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𝘛𝘪𝘵𝘭𝘦: The Dilemma⁣⁣⁠
𝘈𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘳: B. A. Paris⁣⁣⁠
𝘎𝘦𝘯𝘳𝘦: Thriller, Mystery⁣⁣⁠
𝘈𝘷𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦: June 30, 2020⁣⁣⁠
𝘉𝘰𝘰𝘬 #: 45/75⁠⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠
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𝙎𝙮𝙣𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙞𝙨 (𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙨): It’s Livia’s fortieth birthday and tonight she’s having a party, a party she’s been planning for a long time. The only person missing will be her daughter, Marnie.

But Livia has a secret, a secret she’s been keeping from Adam, her husband, until the party is over. Because how can she tell him that although she loves Marnie, she’s glad their daughter won’t be there to celebrate with her?

Adam is determined everything will be just right for Livia and the party is going to be perfect… until he learns something that will leave him facing an unbearable decision.

𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙨 𝙇𝙞𝙣𝙠: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41150465-the-dilemma
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𝙍𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙚𝙬: This book broke my heart, to say the least. I liked how it was written from two different perspectives because we got to see two people holding horrible secrets and dealing with them on their own on a day that was supposed to be happy. First, there was Liv who’d been planning for this party ever since her wedding, which did not turn out as planned. I love how you could see how much she yearned for this day to be perfect and even though she didn’t want anyone else to know it was sort of a “redo” of her wedding, she knew deep down that’s exactly what it was. I liked how we saw her relationship with her parents and how that affected everything.

Liv’s secret about her friend and her daughter affected her relationship with her friends, with her husband, and with her daughter. Though no one knew she knew, everyone around her was affected somehow. The intertwining of their lives with this secret was beautifully done.

Adam’s secret, on the other hand, was heartbreaking and terrible beyond words and I can’t imagine how he was able to go about the party holding that all to himself. His courage in dealing with it alone just so his loved ones could share one last happy memory before their lives were turned upside down was beautiful. Even though he was keeping it together the best he could, his loved ones knew something was up and all assumed it was something different.

Finally, I loved how we got to see the reparation of Adam and Josh’s relationship from the very beginning. We constantly read books about the classic father/son trope, and Paris took that to a whole new level in this book – it was beautiful.

I will say, I was surprised by how Adam’s secret turned out as I didn’t expect it (no spoilers!), but I appreciated seeing the aftermath and how Liv and Adam made decisions that were best for each other and for their loved ones.⁣⁣⁠ They thought of themselves, their kids, their friends, and all of the other people in their circle that secrets may affect. I really appreciated how when the secrets finally came out between Liv and Adam, they both assumed the other had learned of their secret, which led to a few moments of confusion and anger.

Four stars only because I wasn’t a huge fan of the pacing of this book and found myself getting frustrated with how slowly it seemed to move at times. I think, especially towards the end, there was a lot of “extra” that took away from the story. ⁣⁣⁠
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Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for the digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!⁣⁠

𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝗮𝘃𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗼𝗻 𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗲 𝟯𝟬, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬.

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