Book Review: On the Way to Simple*

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Thanks to this blog, and a bunch of wonderful blogging networks, I've had the opportunity to collaborate with some truly awesome authors and Jennifer Acres is no different!

I can't exactly remember how we met, but I'm sure social media was involved; and honestly, I'm so glad that we did! She is a total sweetheart :)

When I heard what her book was about, I just knew that I had to read it! I felt far too connected with the story and her characters not to reach out to Jennifer, and I'm honored to have received an advanced copy of On the Way to Simple!

Dakota Ames had everything under control, or so she thought.

Ever since her father's accident on duty as a fireman, she promised herself she would always have a plan. Life couldn't throw her a curve anymore.
That is until her best friend Alex enlisted in the Navy.
This couldn't happen. It wasn't part of her plan. She hadn't even worked up the nerve to tell him she loved him. Alex was wrong to go and she was going to prove it.
But when she meets Will, one of Alex's fellow recruits, she finds that things aren't always so simple.

When I first agreed to review Jennifer's novel, I had planned on finishing off a couple of different books beforehand and sitting down to read it whenever I got the chance, but of course, that didn't happen!

I had strayed away from my reading schedule for a few weeks now and I really didn't feel like going back to it. So when On the Way to Simple arrived, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it!

In fact, once I took it out of the package, I couldn't put it down! I ended up reading the entire book in one day! I completely shocked my husband, only taking breaks to eat, drink water, or go to the bathroom. He even went into a math frenzy trying to figure out how many pages I read per hour!

Needless to say, I liked the book! And how could I not? Jennifer created a storyline that wasn't just interesting, but relatable to me as well. There are so many military spouses out there, including myself, and I know that a majority of them can relate to the emotions and events mentioned in the book.

I didn't just relate on that level either, but I related to the book as a whole! Mainly with Dakota, of course. We are both planners, perfectionists, and pessimists. Like Dakota, I have very strict feelings on certain topics, partly due to the fact that I also struggle with anxiety. And I loved that mental illness made an appearance in Jennifer's book! I haven't found many YA books that touch upon that topic, let alone describe it accurately, so she definitely got some brownie points for that!

And I have to say, I loved the other characters as well! Jennifer did a great job at making the relationships seem realistic. I actually began to feel as if I got to know each character and I cared about their life as well as their relationships within the story. I've read a lot of books that have unrealistic conversations or problems, but that was definitely not the case with On the Way to Simple.

To be honest, I found it quite difficult to find anything wrong with this book. Besides a couple small errors that can be found in most ARC's, there wasn't really anything that jumped out at me. Admittedly, I wasn't a fan of some of the book's formatting, but that could just be the obsessive compulsive part of me!

Honestly though, I think Jennifer and her team did a great job with the book! I absolutely loved her cover and it I loved the way that she brought elements of it into the book's interior as well, specifically the six circles!

Overall, I would highly recommend On the Way to Simple! It's the perfect romance novel that will pull you in and tug on your heart strings! Fingers crossed there will be a sequel! Either way though, I will definitely be keeping an eye out for whatever Jennifer's working on next!

And if Jennifer wasn't sweet enough, she agreed to host a giveaway for my readers too! So five lucky winners will receive a free e-book copy of On the Way to Simple!

This giveaway starts on 12/12/2016 and ends on 12/19/2016. The winner will be randomly drawn and announced on 12/20/2016 and contacted immediately.

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Please note that there is only one mandatory entry and a variety of ways to earn extra entries. You can also come back to enter every single day!

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Have you read On the Way to Simple? I would love to hear what you thought about it in the comments!

* This book was provided by the author in exchange for a review. However, all opinions and comments in this review are 100% my own. *

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