Review: Perfectly Undone by Jamie Raintree

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Release date: October 3, 2017

Publisher: Graydon House

Genre: Women’s Fiction 


Yes is such a little word…

Dr. Dylan Michels has worked hard for a perfect life, so when her longtime boyfriend, Cooper, gets down on one knee, it should be the most perfect moment of all. Then why does she say no?

For too many years, Dylan’s been living for her sister, who never got the chance to grow up. But her attempt to be the perfect daughter, perfect partner and perfect doctor hasn’t been enough to silence the haunting guilt Dylan feels over her sister’s death–and the role no one knows she played in it.

Now Dylan must face her past if she and Cooper stand a chance at a future together. But when Cooper makes a startling confession of his own, can Dylan find the courage to define her own happiness before her life becomes perfectly undone?

Set among the breezy days of a sultry Portland summer, Perfectly Undone is a deeply moving novel of family secrets, forgiveness and finding yourself in the most surprising of places. 


This was such a simple, easy read exactly the type of book I was craving as a break from several dark thrillers in a row. Though it was undemanding it still had plenty of meat, it explored some below the surface things like the constant balance many women struggling with between having a successful career AND a personal life and how important forgiveness can be, especially when we let ourselves off the hook. It also dealt with fidelity, trust and guilt and just how much these issues can effect a person. 

There was a strong feeling of authenticity to this book, both in the authors writing style and the characters she created. Dylan was really easy to relate to, her struggles were common even if the circumstances she experienced were unique. It was one of those debuts where you think, no way is this their first book, the writing is so solid! Raintree is definitely an author I’ll follow closely, she has a keen ability to craft excellent characters that you grow to care about.

This would be a fantastic choice for a book club as there are definitely many things that could be explored and discussed. As an added bonus there are some really awesome questions in the readers guide at the back of the book too! This was honest, heartfelt and touching, definitely an emotional journey that I really enjoyed. 

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to Booksparks for my review copy.

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