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One can harbor secrets for only so long One way or another, they eventually catch up with you Special thanks to author Ashley Farley for writing this page turning novel and thanks to Lake Union Publishing, and NetGalley for an ARC of ONLY ONE LIFE The thoughts expressed here are my own This novel of family, friendship, love, sorrow and secrets is set in the small town Beaufort, South Carolina Julia, Iris, Lily, Wiley, Gus and Jackson are my favourite characters, while Max and daughter Al One can harbor secrets for only so long One way or another, they eventually catch up with you Special thanks to author Ashley Farley for writing this page turning novel and thanks to Lake Union Publishing, and NetGalley for an ARC of ONLY ONE LIFE The thoughts expressed here are my own This novel of family, friendship, love, sorrow and secrets is set in the small town Beaufort, South Carolina Julia, Iris, Lily, Wiley, Gus and Jackson are my favourite characters, while Max and daughter Alex quickly lost my respect and favour Ashley s talented writing style has once again captivated me and I read ONLY ONE LIFE TO LIVE in one afternoon Although I did not want the book to end, I could not stop reading until I found out what would happen to Julia and her mother 5 flowery stars Posted Goodreads April 23, 2019 Savvy Reader April 23, 2019 NetGalley April 24, 2019 iBooks April 24, 2019 A powerful, moving story of the dark secrets hidden beneath the veneer of wealth, and the healing power of love between a mother and her adult daughter This is Southern fiction at its best. I love a good southern fiction book and Only One Life was amazing I loved the different viewpoints and learning about Iris and Julia s stories, layer by layer I read this captivating story in one sittingunputdownable Grab a glass of sweet tea, pull up a chair on the porch and settle in with this book I absolutely loved Nell and Lady by Ashley Farley so when I saw another of her books on Netgalley I had to have it Unfortunately this one didn t live up to my expectations Don t get me wrong, it wasn t a bad book but it just fell a little flat for me and everything just came too easy for the characters I didn t appreciate the light it shone on mental illness, how easy it was for one character to get better It doesn t happen that way in real life.I did really enjoy reading about Iris s backst I absolutely loved Nell and Lady by Ashley Farley so when I saw another of her books on Netgalley I had to have it Unfortunately this one didn t live up to my expectations Don t get me wrong, it wasn t a bad book but it just fell a little flat for me and everything just came too easy for the characters I didn t appreciate the light it shone on mental illness, how easy it was for one character to get better It doesn t happen that way in real life.I did really enjoy reading about Iris s backstory Those chapters were my favourite part of the book Only One Life under general women s fiction for me It s told from 2 separate points of view and encapsulates the vulnerabilities, pride, and strength in each of the female characters It holds a spark here and there of romance but in not in a way that they romance dominates the story or the characters I enjoyed it and fans of women s fiction will too.Thank you NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Ashley Farley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review all opinions are my own OnlyOneLife NetGalleyAll my reviews can be found on my blog Meh The characters were one dimensional, the dialogue trite and overused and the good guys suffer just enough to build character Only the obvious bad guys have any real flaws and everything works out very nicely in the end Blah From the first chapter I was invested in Only One Life.I love a good southern book full of sweet tea, small towns and drama That s what I was expecting and what I got while reading Only One Life but I was not prepared for the emotions my heart would go through as well.We follow an estranged mother and daughter and I think my favorite part was how it was split up into three parts We have Julia s life after being disowned from her family for marrying a man beneath her who she lived a simple, hap From the first chapter I was invested in Only One Life.I love a good southern book full of sweet tea, small towns and drama That s what I was expecting and what I got while reading Only One Life but I was not prepared for the emotions my heart would go through as well.We follow an estranged mother and daughter and I think my favorite part was how it was split up into three parts We have Julia s life after being disowned from her family for marrying a man beneath her who she lived a simple, happy life with.Then we have Iris s story, Julia s mother Her story truly broke my heart and I haven t read about a strong female character like Iris in a long, long time Iris carries the weight of the world on her shoulders and you can t help but feel just down right sad for her.Although their separate lives are so interesting, I think my favorite is when they are brought together again Ashley Farley wrote a beautiful book full of family, secrets, lies and friendship.This was my first book I have read by Farley, but from the emotions I felt once I finished Only One Life, I will defiantly be readingfrom her Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy to review I received a digital advance copy of this book and loved it Ashley Farley is a wonderful author and fabulous storyteller and is quickly becoming a new favorite author of mine I ve read 8 of Ashley s 12 I think books and am now on a quest to read the other 4 Ashley tells a wonderful story about family and friendships through several generations There is drama, romance, and a big dose of can do attitude to overcome difficult situations, all told with southern charm Wonderful book *Download ↿ Only One Life ↲ 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 herAs 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 foreverNow, 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 Beautiful story This was definitely one of my favorite books written by Ashley Farley She had me completely engrossed by the end of the first chapter When the book begins we meet Julia and Jack Martin who are anxiously waiting for the birth of their baby They have had a struggle in the past with pregnancy so this is a happy time for them We find out early on that Julia grew up in a home with money but maybe not the happiest of homes, since she has been estranged from her family since marryi Beautiful story This was definitely one of my favorite books written by Ashley Farley She had me completely engrossed by the end of the first chapter When the book begins we meet Julia and Jack Martin who are anxiously waiting for the birth of their baby They have had a struggle in the past with pregnancy so this is a happy time for them We find out early on that Julia grew up in a home with money but maybe not the happiest of homes, since she has been estranged from her family since marrying Jack They don t have a lot of money and the struggle is real, but they don t lack in love and devotion to each other Jack is a great husband And soon to be a great dad Julia is anxious to become a mom and looking forward to raising a family together Unfortunately tragedy strikes when Julia goes into labor and their lives are changed foreverWhether she wants to or not, Julia must now return home to her mother Iris and try to mend the broken relationship they once had Mother and daughter learn so much about each other Julia had no idea that Iris was trapped in a loveless marriage all these years She still has to struggle with a sister her continues her bullying ways, never growing out of her bad behavior as a child Julia also must face some real truths about her father He is not the man she had hoped he was Together, her mother and her forge a new bond and begin to heal together I love how this book explores all of their lives and even goes back in time when Julia and her sister were young Ashley has a way of weaving a beautiful story that keeps you engrossed and wanting to knowThis book is suspenseful, dramatic, heartfelt, and loving I loved the characters as well as the setting I fully intend to listen to the audible version as well This was a beautifully written novel Thank you Ms Ashley This is an emotionally powerful story about family, love, friendship, tragedy and secrets n a small town in South Carolina and Ashley Farley packs this story with characters you will love and dislike very much Julia has come home after a tragic night that takes the love of her life, but bring a new life, whom she will love just as much, her son Jackson Julia did not want to move home to Beaufort and ask her parents for help, but her firstt priority was Jackson and she would do anything to prot This is an emotionally powerful story about family, love, friendship, tragedy and secrets n a small town in South Carolina and Ashley Farley packs this story with characters you will love and dislike very much Julia has come home after a tragic night that takes the love of her life, but bring a new life, whom she will love just as much, her son Jackson Julia did not want to move home to Beaufort and ask her parents for help, but her firstt priority was Jackson and she would do anything to protect her child Even if it means coming back home to a house filled with cold and unfeeling people in her father ,and a sister who has bullied Julia all her life The only saving grace is her mother, who stood up to her husband and made sure that Julia, and Jackson were safe But there are many secrets in this walls of this house and as Julia searches to find her peace, she and her mother become close and those secrets start to unravel so that both woman will find the life they both always wanted to live And find that love really does give you that life I finished this book in less that a day I could not put it down This is my 3rd Ashely Farley book and I can t wait to read all she has written For me this was a 5 Star book