on September 20, 2013
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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If Forever Comes, the final chapter in the New York Times Bestselling series, Take This Regret.
Christian Davison’s life is complete. With a ring on Elizabeth’s finger and his daughter at his side, he’s ready to run headlong into their future.
Elizabeth Ayers never believed she would again find this kind of joy—the joy of a family and the wholeness found in the touch of the man she’s always loved.
Their love is intense and their passion only grows as they set out to rediscover each other.
But life is never easy.
Rocked by the unforeseen, Christian and Elizabeth will find themselves fighting for the one thing they hold most important—family.
I am so honored to be a part of this blog tour. Please read my review of Take This Regret, the first book in this series here and you’ll understand why. Take This Regret made my top favorite books ever list and rightly so.
If Forever Comes is the conclusion to this story told by the amazing A.L. Jackson. I was just as blown away by this book as I was by the first. I’m still kicking myself for waiting so long to read Take This Regret and I cannot wait to get my hands on her other books.
I had no idea what to expect in If Forever Comes. I honestly didn’t think there was more these two beautiful souls could go through. Boy was I wrong. We’re taken on a journey that is real and haunting and heartbreaking only to find ourselves on the other side breathing heavy and feeling some what hopeful of the future for of Christian, Elizabeth and Lizzie. I say some what because I don’t want to give too much away. As usual with my reviews I want you as the reader to experience the book for what it is and not what I tell you.
I will tell you right now get your tissues ready. I have never been so gutted. In fact I haven’t had this kind of emotional response since Taking Chances by Molly McAdams.
This story hits on a much deeper level. It attacks your senses and draws you into the book in such a way that you feel like it’s all happening to you.
Now that’s some good writing.
Makes me feel like I’m just as much a part of this book as the characters. I’m not a voyeur watching it all play out, crossing my fingers for a hea. No I was in that book walking side by side with the characters. The emotions are palpable. They are real. You will feel them and it’s hard. A lot of people firmly believe that they aren’t given more than they can handle. For some us that’s more than others and it’s really hard for us to believe. We question what we can and cannot handle especially when we’re in the thick of it.
I was shocked at the beginning of this story. Shocked that everything we struggled to get through in Take This Regret was gone.
We were right back where we started. Christian was alone, confused, questioning everything and drinking away all of his emotions. Elizabeth was right back to hating him with a vengeance and losing herself in the process. And our dear sweet, precocious Lizzie was left trying to make sense of it all in her amazing little head.
“Rocking her, I lifted my face to the ceiling, felt the wetness seep onto my cheeks. Little fingers burrowed into my sides. I’m so sad, too, Daddy. I just want you to come home.”
Oh my…see this is what this book is like. It will rip you apart. You will see so many aspects of it that you can relate to and it makes the experience so much better.
If Forever Comes is written like the first. You get both POVs and flashbacks to the past. It was really difficult read how happy they were and not know what got them to the place they were presently. But when it happens…I just have no words. I had to walk away. It’s told from Christian’s POV first and I told my husband that I thought A.L. Jackson captured the male perspective perfectly. Then we get to see it through Elizabeth’s eyes and I wasn’t any more prepared. Had to take another break.
They were broken and their journey was so painful. I can’t say either of them were wrong or right in the way they handled it. That’s not for me to judge. I found both of them totally justified. Terrible, horrible things were said to each other. We all know you can’t take back words once they’ve been said. They will forever be out there floating. How much can one relationship endure? They loved each other that was clear but love is such a strong emotion. It’s just such a fine line between love and hate.
“….I found myself struggling to make sense of how much I loved this man. He was everything, beauty and light, my rock, the other piece of my soul.”
“Elizabeth was my forever.”
“Tell me you don’t love me anymore, Elizabeth.”
“I hate you,” she whispered, tortured…”
There is a particular scene in the book where Elizabeth is in her closet sitting on the floor. That scene, was so beautifully written, it will stay with me for a very long time.
I said in my review of Take This Regret that it walked in quiet beauty.
Well If Forever Comes walks in quiet grace.
If Forever Comes is a story of unending sorrow that turns into a powerful tale of forgiveness and healing. You will be marked by If Forever Comes and you will be thankful for taking this journey with Christian and Elizabeth.
On a side note, at the end of If Forever Comes we get a sneak peek of Come To Me Quietly, (January 7, 2014) which includes the Prologue and Chapters 1-3. I normally don’t read sneak peeks because I’m impatient however, this one does not disappoint! I found myself totally immersed in the story and totally disappointed when I got to the end of it! LOL now I’m counting down the days till it’s released! Be sure to read it and add to your TBR.
Come To Me Quietly – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17306969-come-to-me-quietly
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3rd Prize: 3 signed copies of If Forever Comes