Tourists flock to Jefferson Point for the antique shops and riverboat tours. Everyone knows everyone and secrets are impossible to keep. Or so it seems…


Dr. Ryan Harper’s brutal slaying stuns the picturesque river town. High school football star, Prom King, and on his way to finishing his residency, Ryan was their golden child.

After a two-year struggle to care for their young son alone, his widow, Nicole, reluctantly returns to Jefferson Point. Her homecoming reopens old wounds, as Ryan’s family and friends struggle to adapt to life without his dynamic presence.

The last person Nicole expects to reconnect with is Aaron Foster, Ryan’s best man and reluctant keeper of his secrets.

With opinions circulating on Nicole’s post-Ryan existence, she must maneuver the rapids of past loves, new expectations, and haunting dreams of her fallen husband.

The Perpetual Quest for the Perfect Life is a frank story of questionable decisions, small town politics, and love after loss

The Review:

I have to say that I truly LOVED this book!  Both Michelle and Tammy did a wonderful job of balancing a loveable and relatable cast of characters.  Not to mention the fact that I now have three new book boyfriends (a girl has to have her fun somewhere right?).  The story has it all pain, loss, anger, love and most of all strength!  Following the painful loss of her husband we follow Nicole on her journey to find herself again.  Moving back to her home town proves to be more than she ever hoped for.  Rekindling her friendship with her best friend turned sister – in – law Avery, Nicole learns that the perfect life is not always what you think it is.  The past is never far and as much as she may want to forget, it will always be a part of the present.  Life is a small town is not easy and Jefferson Point shows us just that.  Old boyfriends and in-laws make Nicole’s journey that much harder but will reconnecting with her old friend and best friend of her late husband, Aaron, show her that letting go is what’s best?  
Michelle and Tammy weave a web of words that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  Along with a cast of supporting characters that would fare well with books of their own (hint, hint) this story keeps you wanting more.  I felt that I grew with each of the characters and the fact that I was crying from the first two pages made this read a true emotional journey for me.  I felt as if I was renting a small one bedroom apartment in right there in Jefferson Point!!  Life is not perfect and that is what is beautiful about it.  We are all beautifully flawed and that ok because that’s what allows us to know we are alive!  This book shows us just that.  We all have issues and want the same thing in the end…The Perpetual Quest for the Perfect Life.
“But I guess no one really has their shit together. Everyone’s on the quest for the perfect life…but the secret is there’s no such thing”
4 Stars and a must read!
The Authors:
Michelle Pace and Tammy Coons

Michelle Pace is a RN living in Texas with her husband, Les. She has two daughters, Holly and Bridgette, and one son, Kai. A singer and actress in her youth, Michelle has always enjoyed entertaining people and is excited to continue to do so as a writer.

Tammy Coons is the youngest of 7 children and lives in Illinois with her husband, Casey and three children Skyler, Sawyer and Savana. Tammy graduated from Scott Community College in 2010 and holds a diploma in Health Information Technology. In order to pass time while seeking employment in 2010 she decided to update Fury, one of the many stories she and Michelle have written together in the past 20 years.

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