Blog Tour - Review & Giveaway - The Next Best Thing by Wendi Nunnery

About the Book

Four years ago, Emma Fraser’s first love took his own life. Now, twenty years old and in college, Emma and her best friend, Andy, are still mourning the loss of a friend and brother. Nothing is the same as it once was…and things are about to change even more.



Too heartbroken to even consider falling in love again, Emma stays distracted by school and work. Until she meets Landon and, for the first time ever, finds herself believing she might actually have a future with someone. But when Deegan Burke—the man responsible for all of Emma’s heartache—gets out of prison early, Emma is suddenly confronted by her worst fears. And when faced with choices she never thought she’d have to make, Emma discovers that the only person she really wants by her side is the last person she ever expected.


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My Review

I was pretty sure I would enjoy the story after reading the description and I couldn't wait to get started. So what did I think...

This story does continue on from Wendi Nunnery's previous book The Best Kept Secret which I haven't had chance to read yet. However I managed fine reading this book, I never felt confused or as if I was missing any big parts. The background information was revealed in a great way and the story didn't suffer as I learnt what had happened in the first book. I do think it would be nice to go back and read The Best Kept Secret as I really liked the characters from this book. It would be good to go back to the start of the story and meet them when they were younger.

The Next Best Thing is set four years after the first book and we find Emma still best friends with Andy. Emma is at college and slowly but surely coming to terms with the events from The Best Kept Secret. I immediately liked Emma, she was well written and I felt so sorry for her as she couldn't help but feel some guilt for what happened to Jesse. At times this book was quite heartbreaking but there was also hope for the future.

Emma and Andy's friendship was one of the highlights of this book, it really was a joy to read. At times I couldn't put it down as I was so immersed in their story. It was lovely to see Emma begin a relationship with Landon but is he the one?

There are lots of issues that feature in this book including friendship, love, guilt and forgiveness. Every one is handled brilliantly with plenty of emotion.

A beautifully written story!

Four and a half stars from me!

Thank you to Wendi Nunnery for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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Author Bio:



Wendi Nunnery is the author of The Mayfield Family Story, The Best Kept Secret, and The Next Best Thing. She is also the founding editor of Lady Literary Magazine and her work has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Simply Beloved, and Introvert, Dear. Wendi is a proud Georgia Southern University alum and believes colorful language is good for the soul. She lives, loves, and mothers in Atlanta, Georgia.

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