Title: For All the Evers
Author: Debra Anastasia
Release Date: December 18, 2016
Fallen Billow should be in college like most of her friends, but instead she’s raising her brother and working as a housekeeper at a vintage local hotel. It’s back-breaking work, but not nearly as challenging as fending off unwanted advances from the hotel’s owner.
Thomas McHugh is fighting for our country, across the globe and decades before Fallen Billow was even born. So there’s no way they’re soul mates. There’s no way he can be desperate to see her, hold her, kiss her. Except there is.
Is it a dream when he inks his name on her skin? Is it a delusion when she puts her hands on his face and says she loves him? Nothing has ever felt more real.
Fate has etched paths for Thomas and Fallen that even time cannot touch. A Purple Heart proclaims Thomas’ valor and bravery. And his death. But Fallen dares to dream of the impossible. She wants Thomas to stay. Just stay.
A tribute to all who have served our country, this novel honors the impossible beauty of love and the endless power of hope. Come open your heart and celebrate the many facets of bravery with Fallen and Thomas.
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Debra Anastasia has created a website for Thomas McHugh - the veteran the book is in honor of: http://debraanastasia.wixsite.com/thomasfmchugh (It is recommended readers look at this website after reading the book)
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Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***
“Love perseveres. Even if you burn it to the ground.”
Debra Anastasia certainly brings her ‘A’ Game with For All the Evers. I absolutely adored her Poughkeepsie series and it was great to see her return to the more serious side of her writing. For me, this is where she excels and not only does she deliver an original, gripping story but one that was intense, heartfelt, emotional and stunningly written.
“My mind has no say in my love for you. My heart is a serious bully, and she’s determined.”
Thomas F McHugh is actually Debra Anastasia’s uncle and while he is forever immortalised for his bravery, he was a young soldier that never had the chance to have a family of his own. He succumbed to war before he had the chance to find love, get married and have a family, so in honour of his memory Debra Anastasia gives him a memorable romance. It may be fiction, but it was stunningly beautiful, heart wrenching and worthy of a purple heart recipient.
Fallen Billow is a woman struggling to raise her brother while trying to fend off the unwanted selfishness of an alcoholic mother. A mother who has deserted her kids, yet turns up regularly like a bad penny inciting more destitution and heart ache. Fallen lands a job at a hotel as a chamber maid and it is up to her to keep the fifth-floor spick and span and ready for guests. Room 514 is never occupied but needs to be cleaned daily. It seems that this room has been immortalised for the owner’s parents.
Fallen is warned to never fall asleep in Room 514, but as anyone knows, when you tell someone not to do something… curiosity killed the cat… but in this case… sleep transports you to an alternate dream like reality where you are destined to find your soul mate. Room 514 becomes a drug to those that sleep there, it can bring out the best and worst in people and in this book, you see both ends of the spectrum. Room 514 brings Fallen, Thomas McHugh, but also the unwanted advances of another man called Lad, who is desperate to keep them apart.
“I want you to be real.”
The fantasy aspect of this book is normally a turn off for me, but it gave this book an ethereal feel as time suspends reality, it was a timeless fairy tale, but would there be a happy ending? This book was highly addictive and I couldn’t put it down. This story is as heart breaking as it is heart-warming and you will constantly find yourself in a state of frenzy championing these two along as you desperately hope that somehow, someway these two could find a way to be together, even if the odds and the past are stacked up against them. I found myself hurriedly anticipating Thursdays as Debra Anastasia delivers the magic. While the outside world was as interesting I was desperate for those intense romantic encounters between Thomas and Fallen where fate brought them together and destiny keeps them apart.
“I’ll love you for all the evers I get.”
I adored this book, I laughed, I cried, I swooned, but most of all my heart was full to bursting for the sentiments behind this book and what Debra Anastasia created to give her uncle the life he deserved. Even though I have given this five stars, because it truly deserved it, I would have loved more at the end. While this book gives closure, I feel that there is another book in there, or at least a novella. I will be begging Debra to write more. This is one couple that will stay with you for a long time, amazing book.
“Thank you… for stealing me from time. I want to spend all the evers I get right here.”
“I bet you were adorable.” He put his knuckle under her chin and encouraged her to lift her head. She rolled back over and settled against his shoulder.
“I don’t want to be adorable. I want to be impossible.”
“How do you mean?” He kissed her forehead.
“I want to be impossible for you to forget, impossible for you to keep your hands off of.” She leaned up for a kiss.
“You’re my impossible then. Have no fear.” He tenderly reminded her he was her impossible, too, with his lips.
She put her hand against his stomach and snuggled in. “This is my spot. Right here. With you—it’s home.”
He swallowed before talking to the ceiling. “My heart was like a fist. Where I am? It’s not a place you plan to survive. I’ve been there for years, and it’s not about skill; it’s not even about luck. You get strapped into a machine, and fate’s driving. You can’t get out even if you want to. So you submit to it. You harden your soul. You get ready to die.”
He shifted, rolling on top of her. She sighed in contentment. Being beneath him made her feel safe and secure.
He kissed her lips, then the tip of her nose, before continuing. “But with you, it’s like my heart’s opening up, and I’m terrified to feel, after all this time. Yet I don’t have a choice. No matter where I am, I draw your face whenever I get a scrap of paper.”
He laughed a little. “We found a puppy, and I named it Fallen, just so I could say your name over and over. The guys think I’m crazy—such a strange name for a dog. But I don’t care. I’m gasping for you every moment I’m awake. And I’m making choices to keep me alive through the week.”
His eyes searched hers. “What if I’m not as tough as I was in the beginning? God, I hope no one is affected by my distraction with this. But in the end there’s you. Only you. Do what you have to to get back to me when you’re awake. You have to. I need you more than air, more than life right now. The softness of you, the tenderness in your eyes when you see me. I’m trying to force fate to throw me in your direction. To hurl me at you somehow. I don’t know if it will work. But I’m praying for it.”
Fallen touched his face, then his neck. “I will do everything I can to find you.”
About the Author:
Debra creates pretend people in her head and paints them on the giant, beautiful canvas of your imagination. What an amazing job that is. The stories hit her hard while driving the minivan or shaving her legs, especially when there's no paper and pen around. In all of the lies she writes she hides her heart, so thank you for letting it play in your mind.
Debra has now published the Seraphim Series, the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood Series, the Gynazule Series, The Revenger and Booty Camp Dating Service. Her novella, Late Night with Andres is special because 100% of the proceeds go to breast cancer research. (So go get it right now, please!) For All The Evers is her latest romantic suspense.
You can find her at DebraAnastasia.com and on Twitter @Debra_Anastasia. But be prepared...
There is a giveaway for signed paperback of For All the Evers and Saving Poughkeepsie, signed hand crafter holiday ornaments, Booty Camp Dating Service ring, Poughkeepsie lip balm and cardboard keychain, and XL One More Chapter t-shirt