Paper Cranes by Julie James

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is easily one of those timeless books that you can set aside a weekend for and just curl up and enjoy it from beginning to end. 

The main character, Cassie, has just lost the love of her life and is trying to see straight in her new world. Nothing is easy when you’re going through something like this, but the quirky and in-your-face manner of Cassie’s personality allows you to laugh out loud at many points in this story when all you want to do is let your tears flow from feeling her pain.

Matt is also a pretty powerful character. He carries this heavy sadness throughout the story in a way that makes you feel for him without even understanding why. The connection between him and Cassie is reminiscent of how Cassie and her husband was in that synchronistic kind of way that you can’t ignore.

There are so many great scenes throughout this book that bring raw, real life experiences into focus in a way that many may not understand. But Cassie’s personality shines through like a beacon looking for its home again and you can’t help but to love these characters deeply.

An amazing read and I can’t wait for more from this debut author!


About The Book

Cassie Caldwell is a confident and feisty widow who isn’t afraid to speak her mind, even while attempting to navigate her way through the year after her young husband’s accidental and sudden death. With the help of her family and friends, Cassie finds herself in the process of getting her life back on track and healing. Serendipitously, she receives a letter of condolence from Matt Brooks, an acquaintance from high school.


After reconnecting, both Matt and Cassie begin to realize that they might be more than just old classmates as they find themselves spending more time together and corresponding regularly. Cassie attempts to move on from her husband and accept her new life situation, while Matt comes to the conclusion that he is just as enamored with Cassie as he always was.


As their feelings deepen, Matt worries that he should protect Cassie from her own growing affection until he can understand the best way to move forward from his own past and explain it to Cassie.

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