//A Beautiful Funeral by Jamie McGuire//
Awestruck. I read this book over a month ago then waited until release day to read it again before writing my review, but I read it slower this time. Taking the time to savor each and every detail, and still only one word can summarize how this book made me feel… Awestruck. Jamie McGuire has created a family that has buried themselves deep into the hearts and souls of her readers to the point that we feel like we are a part of their family. When the characters are in pain and agony, we grieve with them. When they are overjoyed, we too are elated. For an author to get her readers to experience everything her characters are feeling takes the pure talent of someone who has taken the time to refine and perfect her craft. That’s why when this novel was announced, even though I was out of my mind with worry, I trusted Jamie. I trusted that she would give us readers another heart stopping page turner that would leave us breathless with the beauty of her words. Which is exactly what she delivered and why I’m giving it five feathers. It deserves nothing less.
From page one, this book hits the ground running and doesn’t let up until the end. If it was a movie, I would be on the edge of my seat sitting up straight, muscles clenched, and holding my breath for whatever was thrown at me next. There were moments full of tension and suspense. Moments where everything was still and calm. Moments of joy and rejoicing. Moments where the tears seemed like they would never stop rolling down my cheeks. Each time I thought I had it figured out and the tears would start falling and my heart beat would spike, Jamie would pull a 180 on me that left me feeling either relieved, ecstatic, or grieving.
A Beautiful Funeral is unlike any Maddox story we have come to know, but it is by far the best. It’s told from the POV of the main characters of our beloved Maddox family. I really loved that McGuire chose to write it this way because it lets us see how each character has grown and developed as an individual. And on occasion I would catch a glimpse of their younger selves and smile. My favorite chapters to read were the ones that were told by Abby and Travis. Their story started it all and reading about their lives and getting to be inside their heads again was a full circle moment and felt like coming home.
This novel completely gutted me, but did so with ease and finesse. It’s so beautifully written and tastefully executed that I didn’t even care that my heart was breaking. And even though I did cry tears of sadness and heartbreak, it ended on a happy and heartwarming note. If you have any hesitation about reading this book, erase those fears from your mind because each tear you shed, each shocking moment you gasp at, and each smile that spreads across your face is worth it. Do not let the title scare you. If you do you will miss one breathtakingly beautiful story.
Losing has never been easy for a Maddox, but death always wins.
Eleven years to the day after eloping in Vegas with Abby, Special Agent Travis Maddox delivers his own brand of vigilante justice to mob boss Benny Carlisi. Vegas’s oldest and most violent crime family is now preparing for vengeance, and the entire Maddox family is a target.
The secret Thomas and Travis have kept for a decade will be revealed to the rest of the family, and for the first time the Maddoxes will be at odds. While none of them are strangers to loss, the family has grown, and the risk is higher than ever. With brothers against brothers and wives taking sides, each member will make a choice–let the fear tear them apart, or make them stronger
Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She attended Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.
Jamie paved the way for the New Adult genre with the international bestseller Beautiful Disaster. Her follow-up novel, Walking Disaster, debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. Beautiful Oblivion, book one of the Maddox Brothers series, also topped the New York Times bestseller list, debuting at #1. In 2015 and 2016, the following three Maddox Brothers books, Beautiful Redemption, Beautiful Sacrifice, and Beautiful Burn also topped the New York Times, as well as Beautiful series novellas, A Beautiful Wedding and Something Beautiful.
Novels also written by Jamie McGuire include: apocalyptic thriller and 2014 UtopYA Best Dystopian Book of the Year, Red Hill; the Providence series, a young adult paranormal romance trilogy; Apolonia, a dark sci-fi romance; and several novellas, including Red Hill companion novella Among Monsters, Happenstance: A Novella Series, and Providence trilogy novella Sins of the Innocent.
Jamie is the first indie author in history to strike a print deal with retail giant Wal-Mart. Her self-published novel, Beautiful Redemption hit Wal-Mart shelves in September, 2015.
Jamie lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado with her husband, Jeff, and their three children.
Find Jamie at http://www.JamieMcGuire.com or on Facebook, Twitter (@JamieMcGuire), Google + (Jamie McGuire Official), Snapchat (@thejamiemcguire), and Instagram (TheJamieMcGuire).
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