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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Forever, Interrupted - Taylor Jenkins Reid

Release Date - July 9, 2013

Taylor Jenkins Reid
Washington Square Press

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

It is a very, very rare occasion that a book makes it to my keeper shelf. Mostly, my keeper shelf is home to cookbooks, To Kill a Mockingbird, Earth Abides, a collection of E.E. Cummings poetry, and The Stand. Taylor Jenkins Reid pulled off an incredible feat and put her book on my shelf.

In little more than six months, Elsie Porter meets the man of her dreams and falls head over heels. The meet by chance at a local pizza parlor, go on a date the next night, and never again want to be alone. Soon, Ben Ross moves in with her, they elope, and they prepare to live happily ever after.

Exactly nine days after they get married, Ben heads off to the store to get Elsie the Fruity Pebbles she is craving. A truck crashes into his bicycle and he's dead. Elsie, obviously, is shattered.

At the hospital, Elsie meets her mother-in-law, a woman who doesn't know her Elsie exists and certainly isn't happy to learn that he married without telling her.

Forever, Interrupted takes place in the past and in the present. Events start with the accident and then go back and forth as Elsie faces both happy and sad milestones. Presented in this manner actually helped me out. I shed many tears reading this story, and also found myself feeling warm and fuzzy as their romance emerged.

I read this book in one sitting and soon found myself returning to the beginning to read it again. It was that inviting and fulfilling. It's really rare to find such a gem of a novel. I can't imagine losing my own husband after 22 years of marriage. Being part of Elsie's life for even a few short hours did teach me that life goes on, even when you don't think it possible.

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