July 10, 2020

#BookReview: The Best Week that Never Happened by Dallas Woodburn @DallasWoodburn @Month9Books

Synopsis: After her parents’ bitter divorce, family vacations to the Big Island in Hawaii ceased. But across the miles, eighteen-year-old Tegan Rossi remains connected to local Kai Kapule, her best friend from childhood. Now, Tegan finds herself alone and confused about how she got to the Big Island. With no wallet, no cell phone, purse, or plane ticket, Tegan struggles to piece together what happened. She must have come to surprise-visit Kai. Right? As the teens grow even closer, Tegan pushes aside her worries and gets swept away in the vacation of her dreams.

But each morning, Tegan startles awake from nightmares that become more difficult to ignore. Something is eerily amiss. Why is there a strange gap in her memory? Why can’t she reach her parents or friends from home? And what’s with the mysterious hourglass tattoo over her heart?

Kai promises to help Tegan figure out what is going on. But the answers they find only lead to more questions. As the week unfolds, Tegan will experience the magic of first love, the hope of second chances, and the bittersweet joy and grief of being human.


Rating: ★★★★★
My Review: In this magic lite story you will fine romance, danger, and healing.  I loved it page after page and I could not put it down.  The setting was wonderful and beautiful and just everything about it worked and flowed so well.  From the very first pages you will fall hard for these characters and their story to be together.  The blend of magic and true love overcomes death and comes out on the other side stronger than ever!! 


"In Dallas Woodburn's magical story of young love, two childhood soulmates are reunited after a tragic event,opening the door to forgiveness, grace, and healing. With its subtle blend of magic and reality, The Best Week That Never Happened reveals much about the power of love to rise above obstacles that seem insurmountable." --Foreword Reviews

"A poignant and gripping heart-tug of a page-turner filled with heart and hope. I couldn't put it down.Magic." --Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author, All the Bright Places

"This debut novel is captivating and moving. A dazzling, emotional story of love, loss, and living in the moment." --Kirkus Reviews

"Dallas Woodburn weaves a bitter sweet love story between star-crossed lovers--thwarted not only by distance but also by insurmountable tragedy. This captivating, poignant story is perfect for teens on the brink of discovering who they are and what really matters." --Natalie Lund, author of We Speak in Storms

"The Best Week That Never Happened by Dallas Woodburn combines love,mystery, and magic set against a Hawaiian backdrop." -Hypable

A Reedsy Discovery MUST READ"This book is a rare gem that will make you appreciate everything and everyone that you have in your life." --Sigy George, Reviewer

From the Author

This is my first published novel, and I am so thrilled it is making its way out into the world! More than three years of writing, research and revising went into The Best Week That Never Happened. While it is hard to pinpoint exactly where ideas come from, I began writing this novel after one of my best friends was killed in a car accident. She was always such a huge fan of my writing, and I hope this book makes her proud.

About the Author

Dallas Woodburn is the author of the short story collection Woman, Running Late, in a Dress and the novel The Best Week That Never HappenedA former John Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing and a current San Francisco Writers Grotto Fellow, her work has been honored with the Cypress & Pine Short Fiction Award, the international Glass Woman Prize, second place in the American Fiction Prize, and four Pushcart Prize nominations. She is also the host of the popular book-lovers podcast "Overflowing Bookshelves" and founder of the organization Write On! Books (writeonbooks.org) that empowers youth through reading and writing endeavors. Dallas lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her amazing husband and adorable daughter. Connect with her at dallaswoodburnauthor.com.

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