Perfectly Undone: A Novel

Perfectly Undone: A Novel

by Jamie Raintree

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Perfectly Undone 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best book i have ever read! One that i couldn't seem to put down. It does a great job at keeping the reader engaged with each character as well as expressing how everyday life can be. I would recommend this book to anyone!
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Rating: 3.5/5 This is a story which explores guilt, infidelity, forgiveness and is a very emotional read. I’ll be honest and say that after reading about a quarter of it I nearly gave up. I recommend you keep going, it does improve! The main character is Dr Dylan Michels and the story starts with her turning down her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, even though she loves him. She’s filled with guilt and self-loathing over something in her past and until she comes to terms with that she’ll never really find happiness. The story explores her past and present, giving insights into her life and feelings through the first person narrative story. It is a story of life, where people make mistakes that they regret but that, when they learn from their mistakes, they can move on. Sometimes, however, forgiving yourself is the hardest thing to do. The secondary characters obviously also contribute the the main character’s development and have significant roles to play as they learn that to err is human and no one is absolutely perfect all the time. I requested and received a copy of this novel, via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
Cooper has just proposed to Dr. Dylan Michels, a woman who has worked for the life she has. Instead of accepting the proposal, which would seem the most natural thing for her to do, she says no. She has spent her entire life trying to be a daughter, partner, doctor, yet she has never been able to get over the death of her sister. In order to accept Cooper's proposal, Dylan must face the role she had in her sister's death as well as the information that Cooper sends her way. This novel about forgiveness and looking-forward was so well-written, I had a hard time putting it down. The characters were rich and true-to-life. When I first picked up the book, I did not like Dylan at all, but after she looks back at her life and decides to make some changes, she held more appeal for me. I found this book to be more enjoyable than I thought by the description and recommend it highly. I was given this book by NetGalley and Harlequin in exchange for my honest review. This book may be found at Amazon HERE! or Barnes and Noble HERE!
AmberK1120 More than 1 year ago
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. I’ll be the first to admit that my mood is the biggest determinant of which book I’ll be picking up and reading each day, and this book turned out to be exactly what I needed to read last week. It socked me right in the feels, and it felt so good. I know some readers were annoyed with Dylan and the fact that she was holding onto guilt over her sister’s death for such a long period of time, but it never bothered me. I thought Raintree did a great job of making it feel authentic versus overly dramatic. It added the perfect amount of background and emotion to Dylan’s life, which then paired perfectly with her current struggles. I couldn’t relate to her specific situation, but I could relate to that feeling of being overwhelmed by life and wondering when the other side of the proverbial mountain would be found. Overall, I really enjoyed following Dylan on her path to self-acceptance and happiness. I found myself seeking out quiet moments so I could get back to her story because there were so many surprises in the plot that I wasn’t expecting. It was exactly the type of women’s fiction that I enjoy curling up with on the couch under a cozy blanket with a steaming mug of coffee on a weekend off. I’m definitely recommending this one to women’s fiction fans and anyone who wants a good emotional read.
Senoj More than 1 year ago
Like it or not, secrets are part of life, but can relationships survive them? Dylan is a woman on a well-established career path as an OB/GYN. She's successful, her patients love her, and her decade-long love affair with Connor, her live-in boyfriend, is better than most marriages. Just looking at him sends tingles through her. But guilt, secrets, and bad decisions have imprisoned Dylan, and no matter how happy she seems on the outside, the inside controls her fate. Connor, the pediatrician who is madly in love with Dylan, proposes marriage to her repeatedly. He simply adores her. The time, however, is never right for Dylan. Dealing with Mom and Dad is a challenge for Dylan, too. Not that anything is currently wrong, but the death of their daughter Abby years ago has left scars on everyone—Dylan included. This Women's Fiction story started good—not great, not with a bang—just good. It held my attention barely enough to keep me turning "just one more page" until midway, when I realized it was hard to put down. By the end, it was a memorable book that I enjoyed reading. It's a good choice for a quiet weekend or a quick getaway. I'm glad I read it and I will be watching for the next book by this author. I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley for an honest review.
whatsbetterthanbooks More than 1 year ago
Emotional, vivid, and relatable! Perfectly Undone is an engaging tale that takes us into the life of Dr. Dylan Michels, a woman who finds herself quickly unraveling as she tries to not only live with the responsibility and guilt she secretly harbours, but also balance a successful career, intimate relationship, and familial obligations. The writing is descriptive and genuine. The characters are diligent, compulsive, and tenacious. And the plot is an intriguing tale full of heartache, loss, grief, betrayal, infidelity, relationship dynamics, family, romance, and love. Overall, I think, Perfectly Undone is a fantastic debut for Raintree that does an excellent job of highlighting the importance of forgiving one's self, moving on, and living life to the fullest.
onemused More than 1 year ago
"Perfectly Undone" was a really fantastic novel about forgiveness and moving on. Daryl is an OB/Gyn, finishing her residency and applying for grants, while somewhat balancing her relationship with Cooper, who is a pediatrician and already done with his residency. Although both of them had been in the same place for so long, Cooper is now to the next step with regular hours and an interest in settling down with the rest of his life. The first chapter is his proposal and her declining of it. We then go back in time to trace the weeks leading up to this event and then the aftermath. I was absolutely gripped from the get-go. Although this wasn't a thriller, Daryl's life is pretty intense. We get glimpses into her family, her patients, and her personal history of relationships with Cooper and her family that set the stage for her current state. Daryl was a three-dimensional character, and she felt a little like all of us- trying to have it all, striving for unattainable perfection, carrying around guilt and judgments. The people around her are equally as flawed. We see mistakes from Cooper (who often seems too perfect to be human), his sister/her husband, and Dylan's parents. The way that they all evolve throughout the book is fascinating. The author really invites us into their lives and gives the perfect amount of context and events to allow us to become really emotionally invested in every character's story. It was nearly impossible to put this book down once I started reading, and I was absolutely enthralled the whole way through. One of the most interesting albeit least developed characters was the gardener/landscape architect, Reese. The garden and landscape architect served as a focal point for much of Dylan's thinking and revelations. It really sets the stage for a lot of deeper meaning and thinking. I found his role to be incredibly intriguing and really like the way he was left mostly to the imagination and did not fill much beyond his purpose in terms of Dylan's development. It was a really interesting way to create him and I found it portrayed his role perfectly. The writing style was absolutely amazing and the book was put together so well, I felt I understood Dylan on a very deep level, and I was incredibly emotionally invested in her story. Notably, this book wasn't a light, beachy read, as it deals with some very intense themes, including infidelity, unexpected death, secrets, and ultimately forgiveness and love. However, I absolutely enjoyed the book and felt that the ending resolutions were perfect even if not always perfectly happy. Overall, this was a fantastic read, and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys women's fiction, stories of redemption, and second chances. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own.