Wednesday 3 June 2015

Review ~ Happily Ever Never by Jennifer Foor

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars

“I don’t care how this came to be. I don’t care what everyone will say. I know how I feel when I’m with you; how it feels to be in your arms.”

“How does it feel?”


Well, I was not prepared for that... even though the title in itself gives an inkling into the subject matter and the blurb has a few clues, nothing could have prepared me for the emotional onslaught that I just put myself through. I am a tear jerker junkie, the more tears the better, I love to feel those emotions, I love to live those emotions and this one ticked those boxes. I lived and breathed this story, I cried like a baby for the majority of the book, much to my husband’s amusement (he just doesn’t understand). But underneath all those tears was a beautiful story.

This is predominantly a story of love and loss in a variety of guises; this is a book about second chances but most of all this is a book about hope. Yes, you have a tumultuous journey to get there but at the end, I felt hope.

“Why are you doing this for me? Why would you want to give me hope?”

Bailey was such an amazing character, you could tell from the get go that she was a feisty woman underneath that geeky, laboratory technician coat. Love and men in general had been on the back burner for her for years; she threw herself into her job and worked all the hours to keep herself busy. Her friend decided to stage an intervention and made her join a dating website. After the first date Bailey knew this wasn’t for her and yet the gods above staged their own divine intervention. You never know when you will find love and boy when it hit, did it hit.

“It’s ridiculous and leaves you with bad breath. How will I know if the guy I’m hanging out with has coffee breath or gingivitis?”

I cannot go into this story at all, this is a story that you need to go into blind, totally blind. Bailey runs the gamut of emotions throughout this book and such was the way that this book was written, I felt them all too. There are some amazing highs in this book, but there are also some devastating lows. Jennifer Foor evokes every single emotion throughout this book, those giddy highs, those soul destroying lows, confusion, guilt but most of all love.

“I’d rather fear the worse than assume the best and be let down.”

There were some amazing characters in this book, Major was to die for, he was such an amazing character both on the inside and out. Vince, the player best friend, whose humour was much needed throughout such an intense read. The Italian family unit, so close, so loyal but so welcoming. All the hesitance and reticence was unfounded and the way that these people pull together in times of crisis was incredibly heart-warming.

“We had a moment, why don’t you just admit it?”

Jennifer Foor really nailed the character connection in this book, I have loved her Mitchell Family series and this one has that similar family feel. Family is so important and that is hammered home once again in this book. That intense soul mate connection radiated from the pages and the gamut of emotions that she manages to evoke are over-whelming at times. As I said above despite the tears, I loved everything about this book, the plot and the characters just spoke to me on that all-consuming level. The only reason this is not a five star for me is that I wanted more towards the end. This book could have easily been 100 pages longer and I wouldn’t have minded, I felt for the characters involved their story was really just beginning and I wasn’t ready to let go. I hope that Jennifer Foor revisits these characters, I want more, I need more...gimme more...pretty please!

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