My name is Evelyn. I met Devon and instantly fell for him.
Weeks later he fell for my best friend.
Never one to make waves, I watched as they started a life together. I stood by as their family grew, was the maid of honor at their wedding and the godmother to their children. All the while, I was longing for him, watching as he became the perfect husband and father. I was never jealous. I wasn’t even angry that my best friend had the only person I wanted. I had simply resigned myself to living without his love, but still being a part of his life.
Then, one terrible day, my best friend died.
She died and we all struggled to live life without her. Slowly, as the pain eased, our eyes opened and Devon finally saw me.
This is a story about second chances and second choices.
Well, this book didn’t go quite the way I expected. I am a big fan of Anie Michaels and have read all her books so I thought I knew what I was getting into when I started reading this book, but… I was wrong. Please don’t misunderstand, this is a great book; perfectly written, the story line flows extremely well, the characters are easy to relate to, the story is written so well that it’s difficult to not get lost in their world. You can feel their love, their heartache, their grief and their sorrow. You want to believe that everything will be OK and work out for Evelyn and Devon after they lose Olivia. But then Anie throws in a game changer in the form of one hot contractor by the name of Nate. About half way thru the book I made the mistake of taking a quick peek at the end to see if it was going to end the way I wanted it to…Do Not Do This, just keep reading the book, resist any desire to check out the end before you get there because you will not understand it without first reading everything else first. Reading the end before I got there made me upset and I had to put the book down for the rest of the day; I did pick it up the next day and continued where I left off. The Absence of Olivia ends exactly the way it should considering the heartbreaking sorrow Evelyn and Devon go thru when they lose Olivia. This book is about re-evaluating your life (past, present and future) after losing a very important person in your life and deciding on what changes if any you are going to make to create the HEA you deserve. Sometimes what you thought you wanted isn’t what’s going to make you truly happy in the end. I would definitely give this book 5 stars, no question.