Title: The Golden Apple
Author: Faerl Marie
Genre/Audience: Women’s fiction, adult
Source: For review, CLP Tours
Poppy Parker is a young southern widow who doesn’t know how or when to move forward with her life. After nearly a year has gone by since the sudden death of her husband, Poppy realizes she isn’t really living – she’s only grieving. She decides it might be time for a fresh start and packs up some of her Georgia home to move to New York City with a friend. She plans on opening a boutique. As love interests and dates start rolling in, Poppy continually struggles to move on. She becomes involved in various relationships as she tries to start her life over and wonders if it’s okay to love again, and in a different way.
This book was a win for me right off the bat as it contains two of my favorite things to read about and totally combines the two: New York City and Southern people. I really enjoyed both of these aspects. Honestly, if I could live anywhere in the world (and only if I could take all my loved ones with me), it would be a toss up between NYC and down South! I know – totally opposite ends of the spectrum, but whatever.
This book, while sad, was really interesting to read. Poppy’s emotions were all over the place, as to be expected, and I could really feel for her and her struggles. Faerl did a great job of depicting her sadness and grief, as well as her questioning when / if she should move on. I was able to really get inside Poppy’s head and see where she was coming from. Her questions and thoughts were realistic: is it okay to move on or is it a betrayal? Is it okay to love a different man in a different way, even though he’s the total opposite of Josh (her deceased husband)? I really liked getting to know her and understand her better throughout the novel.
All in all, this was a really enjoyable read. I’d recommend it for fans of women’s fiction.
My Rating: 4/5