Forever Friday, a novel – a book review

Forever FridayForever Friday was a book I enjoyed reading.  Romances are not high on the list of topics I search through when looking for a book to enjoy, due to the possibility of romantic scenes.  In Forever Friday, the most risque scene was the kiss on a porch swing and the hints as to what followed.  No details or pages of long drawn out foreplay.   Timothy Lewis found the perfect balance between romance and tact.  True romance is what was in this book, not lust or unbridled passion.  It was a refreshing read and one I felt better for having read.  Each chapter starts with a poem and follows with the story associated with it.  Then end of the book contains questions that could be used for a group discussion or personal reflection.

Huck, whose real name is Pearl, and Gabe came together through a series of unpredictable events.  From the first moment they met, it was like they knew each other.  Soul mates?  Kindred spirits?  Call it what you may, it was the beginning of a relationship that would grow through 60 years of marriage and  continue in love, even after death.

Forever Friday is their story based upon postcards Gabe sent to Huck every Friday of their married life.  Each was unique and contained a poem he had written for her.  It was his way of creating many small links between them to keep their marriage strong and the two of them connected.

Adam Colby is a man who doesn’t know if true love exists or is something people just claim to have.  After a failed marriage,  he has been living life by going through the motions but not actually living.  When he comes across the photo album containing the post cards he is compelled to find the missing pieces and the answer to their lasting marriage.  In searching for the answer, he begins to look at his own life.  Did he have his soul mate and mess things up?  If she wasn’t his soul mate, could he find someone to love like Gabe did Huck?  Is he worthy of such love?

The story of Adam, toward the end, was pretty predictable and seemed rushed.  There weren’t as many details and made it feel a bit “stuck on” to the Forever Friday story between Gabe and Huck.  I think the story would have been better without the blossoming romance between Adam and Yvette, having just left them as friends.

Timothy Lewis tells of these two crossing paths as a true story is often told, skipping from one point in the past to another then back to the present.  It had the potential for a very confusing read.  Thanks to Lewis’ great writing it flowed smoothly, with a plot you could to follow without getting lost. 

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I received this book for free from Blogging for Books to review.

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