Monday, December 7, 2020

Blog Tour & Review: NOT WHAT I EXPECTED by Jewel E Ann


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Are humans meant to mate for life?

After four kids and an unfortunate but fateful end to her twenty-two-year marriage, Elsie Smith meets the new guy in town.

Kael Hendricks is … a little younger, a lot sexy, and too confident for his own good. He also doesn’t believe in marriage and all that goes with it.

And …

He’s just opened a new business that threatens the livelihood of Elsie’s family’s store—just in time for the holidays.

The problem?

There’s an undeniable attraction that leads to out of control situations, a loss of inhibitions, and a lot of small town gossip.

As Elsie tries to redefine herself and convince her family she isn’t having a midlife crisis, she’s forced to answer the biggest question of all …

Can she love an enemy who will never surrender?


"Don't let anyone else write your story."

As a woman. As a wife. As a mother of 3 beautiful children. As a person that gives her all and sacrifices her own happiness at times for my loved ones. As a raised Christian. I felt this book in my soul. NOT WHAT I EXPECTED was just that, not what I expected. Which if you're a returning reader of Jewel's, you know for a fact, that she is the Queen of unexpected. This book is unlike ANYTHING I've read before. It is SO MUCH more than a romance. It's an experience, one that I recommend you try. This story won't be for everyone, but I feel it could be for every married human being. Every woman that's been in a long term relationship. Even men. This book could have very easily been told from a male's POV. Has there ever been something about your significant other, that over time, drives you nuts? The way he scrapes his teeth on his fork when he eats. The way he leaves his clothes on the floor RIGHT BY the hamper. The way he never finishes a project. The way he doesn't go out of his way to woo you. The way he....the list could go on and on. It could very well be the silliest things that irritate you over time and then one day you just SNAP, all those little things have built up over YEARS and you can't deal with it anymore. You realize the man you look at, isn't the man you fell in love with. Not because they're a bad human being. Not because you never loved them. It's just that, at some point over the years, you've fallen out of love with him because of all those little things that piled up and eventually outweighed the things you loved about him. "After twenty-two years, three months, and six days of marriage … I couldn’t do it anymore."-Elsie.

This book is about falling out of love. After 22 years of marriage, 4 children and LIFE don't recognize who you are. Who THEY are. You've changed. They've changed. You've grown apart. It's not about finding something or someone better. You don't regret a moment of your life up to this point, but things have changed within you. You're not the same person you were at the beginning of your relationship. You don't have the same wants or needs. You want out to discover yourself again. This book was about moments. Living in the moment. Living life a day at a time. Letting go of the guilt. Not living your life with regrets. "Let me introduce you to a little monster called regret. The last thing it wants is for you to be happy. If you let it, it will ravage your soul. There's always more to be said, one last kiss, one last hug. Don't go to bed angry. Don't walk out the door with anything unsettled. Don't f*cking blink. Don't be human. If you live life in fear, it's not a real life. Fear will cripple your joy. Regret will cripple your happiness. Let. It. Go." -Amie, Elsie's best friend. This book is also about finding love. Love for yourself and love for another. Elsie's life had many unexpected turns, but all those turns led her to her new happiness and a new love.
“I’m ageless around you. Stupid. Immature. And . . . free.” -Elsie.
I can't fully express how much I adored this book. Elsie and Kael were so real. I loved their unexpected love story. I loved their individual personalities and how Jewel wrote them. I found WHAT NOT TO EXPECT funny, refreshing and relatable. I saw a lot of myself in her. Her thoughts and feelings mirrored a lot of my own in my life and marriage (not enough to push me to divorce, but enough to understand where she's coming from). I felt the message that Jewel was trying to convey in this story. I truly think Jewel is the ONLY author that could give me the depth. The rawness. The realness. That I needed for THIS type of story. This book is definitely on my top favorite list for 2020!

#SecondAct #GooseDuck #SayNothingOrSayEverything

5 stars
xoxo, VivianπŸ’‹


Jewel is a Wall Street Journal & USA Today best selling author a with a quirky sense of humor. When she's not saving the planet one tree at a time, you can find her role modeling questionable behavior to her three boys, binge-watching Netflix with her husband, and writing mind-bending romance.

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