REVIEW: “The Golden Apple” Faerl Marie

The Golden Apple Book Cover The Golden Apple
Faerl Marie
Chick Lit

Meet Poppy Parker, a recent widow who knows she must move forward but has no idea which direction to take. To start fresh, Poppy moves from her idyllic home in Georgia to the grimy glamour of New York City to open up her own boutique and find a way to live and love without her husband. 

Austin Bandy has been in love with Poppy since the moment he laid eyes on her years ago, right before her wedding. Now she is back, grieving and broken hearted by her nearly-perfect husband’s death—not Austin’s ideal romantic situation. He needs to wait for her to recover but not so long that someone else has the chance to move in and sweep his dream girl off her feet and keep him as a “good friend” forever. 

Poignant, hopeful and fresh, Faerl Marie’s enchanting debut novel will have you hooked and ready to pursue your own hopes and dreams the moment you turn the final page. The Golden Apple is a charming and fashionable novel about loss, love and moving on without betraying your self, your past or those you love. 

I received a copy of The Golden Apple by Faerl Marie in exchange for my honest opinion.

Somehow, Faerl Marie managed to write a cast of characters that I instantly loved. I’m not entirely sure how, but within the first few pages, I was already rooting for Poppy – sharing in her emotional move to New York city, and feeling for her unbearable loss. As the story unfolded, I continued to love Poppy, despite her naturally being the kind of upbeat, bouncing blonde that can sometimes rub me the wrong way.

Rather than the usual ex-boyfriend, new boyfriend drama, The Golden Apple differs in that the main character is dealing with the unexpected death of her husband. This meant that Poppy was struggling to answer a question that has no real answer; how soon is too soon to move on?

I really enjoyed this book. It was a little more serious than many chick lit novels, with death as the central theme rather than a cheating boyfriend, but I found that refreshing. The secondary characters were upbeat, balancing the sombre Poppy, and hearing part of the story from Austin’s point of view added another layer of depth. This is the second book I’ve read this year that had some of the book written from the perspective of the male protagonist, and in both cases I’ve found that it’s lead to my enjoying the book more than others in the same genre.

I’ll admit, I was thrown by the somewhat obscure cover art, that does little to give away much about the book. I’m a chronic ‘judge a book by her cover’ girl – but I’m happy to re-evaluate my opinions quickly!

The Golden Apple wasn’t especially long, so it’s a good one to read in a sitting. If it sounds like your cup of tea, you can find a copy on Amazon here. If it doesn’t, no fear! I may have slightly over-committed to book reviews this week, and you can look forward to two more reviews before the week is out! Plenty to choose from.

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