Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Review and Excerpt: Happily Ever Never by Jennifer Foor

I was about to marry the man of my dreams.
We had it all; a life that most could only wish for. I felt like the luckiest woman in the world.
Then, in the blink of an eye, it was taken from me.
Now I can’t grasp how to move forward.
I don’t even think I want to.
Whether I’m dead or alive, my happily ever after is NEVER going to happen.

It kept repeating in my head.
Major was gone forever.
His life was over.
We would never be married.
Having his children was out of the question.

I was alone, dependent on myself once again and it petrified me. I wanted him back, and I didn’t care how wrong that sounded. How was I to go on when all that I loved had been ripped away?

4.25 out of 5 stars

I'm a cover person.  What's this mean?  It means if a book's cover doesn't look appealing to me then I'm not going to stop and read the synopsis.  When I first laid eyes on this book's cover I just knew, even without reading the synopsis, that it was one I just had to read!  And the title, it's just brilliant!   I love a good book with an even better Happily Ever After.   So what if the book starts at the exact moment a character is supposed to get their HEA only something tragic happens preventing them from getting everything they always wanted?  What then?  Where does the story go?  Author Jennifer Foor does an excellent job taking us on emotionally packed journey as she explores the road main character Baily never thought she would ever travel down.

As the story begins you meet Baily just as she meets her soul mate and falls in love for the first time.  You feel the love and respect between Baily and Major, you're excited to watch them get their perfect HEA, even though you know deep down it cannot happen.  I think it's what caused me to be sucked into the story so early on.  I knew something bad was going to happen, from the title and synopsis it had to happen, but what would it be and when would it happen?  Then tragedy strikes and the tears begin.  I literally had to put the book down and go get a box of tissues because it wasn't just one time I cried, the tears kept coming and kept coming throughout the book.  It was so hard to watch Baily try to pick up and move on.  

I think Baily really learned a lot about herself and evolved into this more understanding compassionate person than she would have been if she had married Major.  Life had almost been perfect, or at least she thought it had, but a fallout with Major's best friend/her #1 enemy followed by an eye opening look into said enemy's real life leads Baily down a path of healing, forgiveness, redemption and eventually happiness. It was a beautiful story about living on and moving through tragedy, about love and loss.  My only complaint would have to be how quickly everything was wrapped up.  I feel as though the author rushed Baily's second chance HEA and I didn't feel as connected to her character and the relationship with her second chance love.  It felt a little forced to early too fast for me.  Obviously the two loved one another, but I didn't feel that emotional connection as I had before.  Nevertheless, if you're looking for a book that will give you a good cry, break your heart and then lovingly put it back together Happily Ever Never is the perfect choice.  I absolutely enjoyed the story and I think you will also.

About Author Jennifer Foor
Jennifer Foor is an award winning Contemporary Romance Author. She's best known for the Mitchell Family Series, which includes ten books.
She is married with two children and spends most of her time behind a keyboard, writing stories that come from her heart. 

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