Review: Perfectly Undone by Jamie Raintree
PERFECTLY UNDONE by Jamie Raintree portrays a doctor’s world with human frailties and love that’s so absorbing you’ll want to devour it from cover to cover.
Dr. Dylan Michels’ family suffered the loss of her sister when she was eighteen and Dylan was sixteen. Tragedy hasn’t been kind to this family and their healing is a long time coming. Dylan seems to be the one who suffers the most, but we don’t always know our family as well as we think we do.
Cooper and Stephen are best friends made even more so when Cooper’s sister marries Stephen. Cooper, Stephen and Dylan supported each other through medical school, but will their adult lives withstand their future?
I wasn’t sure I liked Dr. Dylan Michels at first. She seemed callused and hardened by her past, unable to love those who love her. By the end of the book I understood because she eventually became the woman she was meant to be.
I adored Cooper. It was easy to forgive him for his faults because he was so in love with Dylan. As the outsider looking in, I could see why he erred, and I rooted for him even when I was dead set against his actions.
Dylan’s family reflects her way of distancing herself from others. I so wanted to point them in the right direction as the pain was evident. Cooper’s family seems so pulled together even when they’re not. It was a tug of war watching them all come “perfectly undone”.
The emotion in this book is raw and uncensored. Those who have lost a child, or have been the victim of infidelity may find this book extremely hard to experience. For me, I felt it dealt with life’s worst moments in a raw, engaging manner, eventually concluding in beauty. This book will make you cry when you least expect it. In the end, it’s a joyful cry so it’s well worth the sensitive journey.
There is so much passion within these pages that it stirs something deep inside in appreciation. Gardeners will appreciate Reese and his wisdom. He epitomizes the philosophy of gardening as a healer of fresh wounds.
There are a lot of repetitive ideas and circumstances in this book, but I didn’t realize how much so until I looked back on them in the end. In truth, don’t we all repeat the mistakes of others and connect because of it? The web is deep in this story and with it the pain is like shards of glass. It’s the rare author who has me immediately looking for another book by her to read. Jamie Raintree is a rare find.
Gifted in her approach to weaving an emotive story full of interesting characters you will love for all their faults and goodness, Jamie Raintree sucked me right in until the end. PERFECTLY UNDONE is gripping family drama that will tie you to your chair anxiously turning the pages. I can’t wait for the next book excerpted at the end of this one. A recommended read!
Review by Dorine, courtesy of The Zest Quest. Digital copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review.
Perfectly Undone by Jamie Raintree
Category: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Graydon House (October 3, 2017)
Rated 4.5 out of 5