Friday, November 13, 2015

Review: Forever This Time

For this review, I chose Forever This Time by Maggie McGinnis, which is the first book I read by this author.

I requested ARC copy of the ebook through Netgalley in exchanged for a honest review.

Here is a brief description from Goodreads:
Forever This Time is the story of Josie Kendrew, who returns to her tiny Vermont hometown after ten years' absence when her father has a stroke, and Ethan Miller, her jilted high school sweetheart, who's taken her place as the CFO of the Kendrew family business: running Snowflake Village—a "Santa's Village"—style amusement park.

Josie, now a successful therapist with a Boston practice, isn't sure how she feels about being back in Echo Lake. In some ways, things have changed a lot; Ethan's got an MBA, seems to have something going with Molly, her childhood best friend, and he even owns the beautiful Victorian they'd always talked about buying together. But in other ways, the place is exactly the same, with reminders of the heartbreak that drove Josie away lurking around every corner. When Josie's "Little Sister" Avery died of cancer at the age of ten, the grief nearly destroyed her, and ultimately inspired her choice of career. It also caused a hurt so deep she knew she couldn't stay in Echo Lake, surrounded by memories. And she's not going to stay now; as soon as her dad's health improves, she's headed right back to Boston, to her therapy practice and her quiet apartment. To her lonely, safe life.

As for Ethan, he's not all that pleased to see the woman he once loved. It took a long time to pick up the pieces Josie left behind, he's proud of the work he's done to bring Snowflake Village into the 21st century, and he's worried that if Josie finds out about his project to honor Avery's memory, she'll get the wrong idea. He's not planning to make it easy for Josie to come back, and he's not going to pretend that all is forgiven. They can't just pick up where they left off… right?

This is the first book in the Echo Lake series.  Book #2 is called Heart Like Mine.  There is also a book that is before this book.  It is called Snowflake Wishes (#.5).  This is my first book by this author, but it will not be my last.  I want to read the other books in this series.

The one quote that stood out to me in this book was said by Ike:
"Where does your heart live?" (Kindle app 91%)

When you find love or think you found love, this quote is something I wished I would have thought about.  My heart lives with my husband and children.  

Josie Kendrew has to return home because of her dad's stroke.  She has not been home (Echo Lake, Vermont) for 10 years when she was 18 years old.  She left behind a lot of hurt people, but she had reasons to do what she did.  Josie left behind her parents, her best friend, and her ex-fiance, who she could not marry.  Her ex-fiance, Ethan Miller, is still in town and working for her dad at the family business.  What will Ethan do when he sees Josie?  Have things changed since Josie left?  Josie has to find out where her heart lives.  In Boston?  In her hometown where her first love is?

Great book!  Very well written. 
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Would I recommend this book? Yes! Author? Yes!
Would I read more from this author? Yes!

Happy Reading!
Review coming next: Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz

FTC Disclosure: The Publisher/Author/Book Tour Company has provided me with a copy of this book for review or I have purchased the book with my own funds.  The opinion I share about the story are mine and have not been influenced by the The Publisher/Author/Book Tour Company if received for review.

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