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Only One Life

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Publisher's Summary

A reunion between an estranged mother and daughter opens a world of secrets in a poignant novel by the bestselling author of Magnolia Nights.

Julia Martin grew up wealthy, but it wasn’t until she met her husband, Jack, that she knew true happiness. He made her feel worthy and loved. Their marriage was also an escape from her sister’s bullying, her father’s scrutiny, and her chilly and enigmatic mother. But when tragedy strikes on the night she gives birth, Julia’s happiness is shattered. She has no choice but to return home to her family’s South Carolina mansion, where the grief and guilt buried in her mother’s past await her. 

As a young woman trapped in a bitter marriage, Julia’s mother, Iris, once needed her own means of escape. In Lily, she found a best friend. In the flower shop they opened, she discovered independence. Then came a transgression - unforgivable, unforgettable, and unresolved - that changed Iris’s life forever.

Now, in Iris’s most desperate hour, her only hope is to regain the trust of the daughter she loves - and to share the secrets of the heart that could rebuild a family’s broken bonds.

©2019 by Ashley Farley. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • ritu
  • 05-10-2019

Glued

Started slow but took off by the 3rd chapter. Nothing too extraordinary but a good story.

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  • Donna Smith McG
  • 28-09-2019

Disappointing & I wanted to love it!!!

‘Only One Life’ should be called every soap opera that were on TV! This should have been called the good old ABC “ONE LIFE TO LIVE”! I will try to NOT give away any spoilers..it’ll be hard but I’ll use hints..so they’re not REALLY spoilers.

First , the so called Romance books that have come out lately make a woman look like they are idiots! I hated a few characters & other characters, they just didn’t have a real sense of who they were by the author either. The book never came out as I expected. I never really liked anyone!

Also with all woman’s convictions these days about abusive mentally, physically men who think they’re gods, made me sick! My biggest pet peeve...I had an abusive husband weekly, he was arrested but should have been kicked out by ME for ‘reasons only known by abusive women’! sooner than later! So I was a single mom of 3 children under 4 years old, but in ‘Only One Life’ I was disgusted that one of the characters was not only ridiculed by her husband’s family for NOT being ‘their kind’, never had any sense of an enjoyable sexual relationship due to his 1 minute of enjoyment & then, literally ABUSED her for 41 years..physically, mentally, and more than one rape!

I was so angry listening to her having a nervous breakdown because the ‘straw that brought her back’ came after the 41 years! 41 years of being ABUSED?! Why was it necessary for the author to make this character look like she had no mind?! And was completely in ‘his power’ I didn’t expect a book where in the summary it describes a mother & daughter finding each other again—well they did, but I hated listening to the anger, and control by a MAN!!Unfortunately I’m ahead of myself..and will now slow down.

I am also not exaggerating either, it was a complete Soap Opera beginning, middle, and the usual ‘predictable’ ending, that literally ENDED in the Epilogue! “5 months later...blah blah blah..oh I’m so happy Mom! We’re best friends & everything worked out in the end!” This was not the exact wording but you get my drift.

The abuse, the anger from the other nasty character related to the main character was the biggest bitch ever! I mean it was like a bad 1800’s ‘I am man and will make you pay..’ even though his anger was unjustified! Another thing...the story went on & on & on and if you broke down each chapter, maybe, 3 out of 10 were okay, the rest I couldn’t stand that these intelligent WOMEN were NOT using their INTELLIGENCE!

Sorry I won’t give you the details where I was really angry..except this one *hint* If you were accused of cheating & saw someone about to kill that person or you..would you:
1. Run and get help or call 911...
or
2. Never report that person for fear..?!

Just read if you’re not sure...but I was very unimpressed! And I wanted to love it!

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  • elchanan kushner
  • 20-09-2019

drawn out

While I enjoyed the narration the story was drawn out ,but the ending was rushed.

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  • SSFRN117
  • 12-09-2019

Beautiful story

I laughed, I cried, I got angry and I was overwhelmed with joy!! Any book that can elicit that kind of emotion deserves 10 stars!! Well done, Ms. Farley, well done!

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  • Pam
  • 24-08-2019

Love story

A beautiful love story for all ages. Life may be hard at times, but believe in love.

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  • Sugar
  • 14-08-2019

loved

Great Read! Loved it! Highly recommend. Good book for a discussion for a book club.

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  • lisa
  • 13-08-2019

easy read

This was a nice story with well developed characters. I enjoyed them all, only 4 stars because of the same cliche as other books. There is always someone with a boatload of money to save the day and have a wonderful life.

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  • Linda Bodin
  • 11-07-2019

Best Book Ever

Had me hooked from chapter one. Ashley far went above and beyond in this book. Wow love all her books this one was totally AWESOME.

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  • Barbaranne
  • 09-07-2019

Who wrote this!?!

No woman I have ever known has been as stupid as the female characters in this novel

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  • susie
  • 28-05-2019

Much love

I really enjoyed this book. It had me mesmerized. It also impacted my life by having me look over my life and realize that it’s only one life and I better enjoy it.

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