THE NEXT BEST THING
by WENDI NUNNERY
Four years ago, Emma Fraser’s first love took his own life. Now, twenty years old and in college, Emma and her best friend, Andy, are still mourning the loss of a friend and brother. Nothing is the same as it once was…and things are about to change even more.
Too heartbroken to even consider falling in love again, Emma stays distracted by school and work. Until she meets Landon and, for the first time ever, finds herself believing she might actually have a future with someone. But when Deegan Burke—the man responsible for all of Emma’s heartache—gets out of prison early, Emma is suddenly confronted by her worst fears. And when faced with choices she never thought she’d have to make, Emma discovers that the only person she really wants by her side is the last person she ever expected.
Four years had passed, and Jesse still lingered in Emma’s mind. Jesse was the love of her life when they were in high school, but their relationship didn’t last long when Jesse took his life. It’s been four years, and his memory still kept Emma from getting comfortable with other guys. Except with her best friend Andy, Jesse’s brother.
When she finally met someone she thought she could open her heart with, a ghost from her past came back, Deegan Burke was freed, and thus caused her to relive the pain once again. And brought her to the arms of the one she never thought she’d be most comfortable with.
This is the second book of Wendi Nunnery’s Best Kept Secret (which I’ve read and loved a year ago) and once again, it opened the floodgates of my heart. The story stirred a lot of emotions in my heart, helped me to cope up with the idiosyncrasies in life. in The Next Best Thing, jealousy makes you see red, grief makes your heart bleed, commitment makes you think about responsibility and acceptance makes you question about guilt – all of which the characters had endured.
I had felt Emma’s longing to accept the truth, Andy’s longing to move on and move forward, Deegan’s longing to be forgiven and Grace’s longing to survive. Clearly, Wendi had penetrated my mind and heart with this story that made my think about the blessings and cruelty life had to offer. I liked how the story ended, I liked how I felt after Emma’s unraveling, I loved how we finally know what it was like to truly get the next best thing in life.
The Best Kept Secret, and The Next Best Thing. She is also the
founding editor of Lady Literary Magazine and her work has appeared in The
Huffington Post, The Simply Beloved, and Introvert, Dear.
Wendi is a proud Georgia Southern University alum and believes colorful
language is good for the soul. She lives, loves, and mothers in Atlanta,