Hey guys! Today, I'm back on the A Life, Freed blog tour with my review of the final book. You can check out my review of Book 1: A Life, Redefined here and Book 2: A Life, Forward here.
Title: A Life, Freed
Author: Tracy Hewitt Meyer
Series: Rowan Slone, #3
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
But all is not as golden as it seems. Being a young mother is too much for Jess to handle, leaving Rowan to shoulder much of the burden of raising Jacob. Trina becomes involved in a religious cult causing Rowan to fear she may have lost her sister forever. And her mother has a new psychiatrist whose goal is to get Rowan into therapy, forcing her to deal with her mother, and the past, once and for all.
Adding to the rising turmoil, Rowan’s first love, Mike Anderson, returns, and wants to see her. She is surprised how much she wants to see him too. But his sudden reappearance makes her wonder if there is room in her future for the boy with the pine-colored eyes or is it too little, too late?
As the winds begin to stir, threatening to send Rowan’s carefully-built life into a tailspin, she must search deep inside herself to discover what she truly wants. Will soul-searching help her achieve that elusive sense of peace and family she’s always craved or will the pain of the past prove too great?
This review may contain slight spoilers for book 2
I thought this was a great conclusion. I had gotten attached to Rowan, and was curious as to how her story would end. Rowan his been through a lot in the last two books, and the only thing I could think when starting this one was how much more can she possible go through?
Well, the answer is a lot. Rowan is trying to get past everything that happened. She still refuses to see her mother in jail, or associate with Trina, but she's forgiven her father, graduated high school, gotten a scholarship to college, and rents out an apartment with her best friend Jess. Except, neither Jess nor Rowan is really able to handle caring for a 5-month old baby. Jess starts leaving more and more responsibility to Rowan, who is stressed out enough being a student and working.
For one thing, I wanted to slap Jess upside the head so many times. Rowan's anger at her was definitely understandable. I can relate to how hard college classes are, and how much time they take. Rowan tried to do what she could, but there still was a point when Jess was expecting too much from her.
And while there technically was a love triangle, there didn't feel like on. Rowan is dating Shane, but he's never really there. A few times they meet up, sure, and Rowan talks a lot about how much she really does like him (is she trying to convince herself?) but he wasn't a very involved character. He was very flat, and I felt like I didn't know him, and so choosing between him and Mike was no big deal. But Mike definitely made up for the jerk he was last book. We got to see a new and different side of him, one that was like the awesome person he was in book 1.
But most of all, Rowan grows. She goes through so much, after thinking that everything was over and past her. But she learns to deal with it, to take time for herself, to be her own person. From book 1 to this final book, Rowan has progressed so much, but she also progresses in each individual book.
And I thought the ending was perfect for the story. Realistic, and really the only way to end after something like this. There was a lot to tie up, but it came together and I thought this was the perfect conclusion to the series. Although I'm sad to say it, good-bye Rowan Slone.
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Tracy Hewitt Meyer:
Tracy Hewitt Meyer is a multi-genre, multi-published author of new adult fiction as well as adult paranormal and contemporary romance. She has a B.A. in English and a Master of Social Work, both of which feed her true passion-a love of writing. Born and raised in the beautiful state of West Virginia, Tracy now lives in the mid-east with her family, a goldendoodle, and a bearded dragon.
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