When Life Happened by Jewel E. Ann

Posted December 15, 2018 by Debbie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

3.5 Stars

Parker Cruse despises cheaters. It might have something to do with her boyfriend sleeping with her twin sister. After a wedding day prank involving a strong laxative, that ends the already severed relationship between the twins, Parker decides to grow up and act twenty-six.

Step One: Move out of her parents’ house.

Step Two: Find a job. Opportunity strikes when she meets her new neighbor, Gus Westman. He’s an electrician with Iowa farm-boy values and a gift for saying her name like it’s a dirty word. He also has a wife. Sabrina Westman, head of a successful engineering firm, hires Parker as her personal assistant. Driven to be the best assistant ever, Parker vows to stay focused, walk the dog, go to the dry cleaners, and not kiss Gus-again.

Step Three: Don’t judge.

Step Four: Remember- when life happens, it does it in a heartbeat.


I bought this book because I fell in love with the cover. A few weeks later I was lucky enough to meet the author and tell her how much I loved the cover art. We talked about the cover, but never about the story. Having had the opportunity to speak with the author fueled my desire to move this book up on my reading list and to find out what happens When Life Happened.

I have to say I adored each and every character, even those who left a bitter and hateful taste in my mind. They were all perfectly scripted, intriguing and interesting.

The plot line was interesting. While the author lays bare the reasoning behind the actions of Parker she slowly reveals the details which are heartbreaking. Gus was a fantastic character, so torn, so emotional with such a pure and loving heart. I found it impossible not to fall in love with him. The relationship that develops between Gus and Parker contains so many emotions.

What I never expected and totally blew me away is what happens When Life Happened. While I would love to share details, it would in fact ruin the reading experience for those who (I hope) will take a chance on this book. I will say that the turn of events shaped the entire story. It opened your eyes to an outsider point of view of all of the relationships that were formed in the first half of the story.

A great story that takes you from the lowest of low, to the highest of highs and leaves you somewhere in middle .. and while Life Happens



Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor. When she’s not saving the planet one tree at a time, you can find her role modeling questionable behavior to her three boys, binge-watching Netflix with her husband, and writing mind-bending romance.


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