Perfectly Undone by Jamie Raintree uses main character Dr. Dylan Michels to illustrate a situation that many women find themselves in each day. As the story begins, Dylan, a successful OB/GYN, is struggling to balance her work life and her home life.
At work, Dylan is a fierce and respected doctor, applying for grants and ready to change the world with her groundbreaking procedures. At home, she’s struggling to connect with her longtime boyfriend, Cooper the pediatrician.
Since her sister’s death during her teenage years, Dylan has worked hard to build the perfect life for herself. In her vision, that perfect life included both Cooper, her boyfriend of more than nine years, and a long, fulfilling career delivering babies. When Cooper proposes to Dylan, though, things take a strange turn, forcing Dylan to look herself in the eyes, reevaluate her life, and find the things that are truly important.
Moms: Why Read Perfectly Undone by Jamie Raintree?
Perfectly Undone: A NovelPerfectly Undone by Jamie Raintree is one of those books that, as a mother, will totally sneak up on you. In this story, Dylan has issues in her relationship with her own mother. Their relationship totally hit home for me because it hurt to see a mother estranged from her daughter in such a way. I hope, in the deepest part of my heart, that I have a phenomenal relationship with my children when they’re grown, and it hurts to think that it could be otherwise.
Additionally, it was difficult to watch Dylan struggle with the passing of her sister. *SPOILER ALERT* Years before, Dylan’s sister died after complications from a teenage pregnancy, and Dylan carries guilt from that for years.
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Dylan is the perfect character because she’s at once easy to relate to and perfectly flawed. She has the depth and complicated feelings of a real person, and yet, she’s somewhat likeable. Sure, her stubborn inability to see the big picture can be frustrating at times, but that’s part of what makes her (and the entire book) move forward.
Perfectly Undone is a realistic, slow-paced book that develops into a full-fledged, emotional novel that develops under the reader’s nose, flourishing into a beautiful story of love, loss, redemption, and finding oneself during tough times. It’s at once a love story, a coming-of-age story, and an atonement story. If you like stories dealing with women’s issues and growth of character set within a world very much like your own, Perfectly Undone by Jamie Raintree will not disappoint. If you’re looking for something riveting to keep you on the edge of your seat, try something else. Perhaps Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty would be a better fit.
Perfectly Undone by Jamie Raintree is due out Oct. 3. Thank you to Netgalley and Graydon House for the opportunity to review this book.