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Friday, October 18, 2013

If Forever Comes by A.L. Jackson (Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

In association with Literary Mania Reviews and Shh Mom's Reading, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for If Forever Comes by author A.L. Jackson!

Book Review

If Forever Comes by A.L. Jackson
Book 2: Take This Regret Series
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: September 19, 2013
Format: Paperback - 292 pages / Kindle - 1626 KB / Nook - 2 MB
ISBN: 1938404726
Genre: Contemporary Romance

BUY THE BOOK: If Forever Comes

BUY THE SERIES: Take This Regret
Book 0.5: Lost To You
Book 1: Take This Regret
Book 2: If Forever Comes

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Literary Mania Reviews and Shh Mom's Reading.

Book Description:

If Forever Comes, the final chapter in the New York Times Bestselling Regret Series (Lost to You and 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.

Book Excerpt:

It was always more fucking time. But time only turned around and heaped more sorrow on top of us. And Matthew hadn’t suffered through what we had. He hadn’t watched the light dim in Elizabeth’s eyes. Not the way I had. I wasn’t sure any amount of time could rekindle it.

“So is this what you do with yourself night after night when you don’t have Lizzie?”

I lifted a noncommittal shoulder. “What? You think I should sit alone in my condo instead?” I released a resentful snort. “Fuck that.”

Anger pinged around in my chest. My condo had finally gone under contract too, while Elizabeth and I had searched for the perfect home to raise our family in. But I had to back out of the sale at the last minute so I’d at least have someplace to sleep while the rest of my world fell apart.

Matthew pinned me with a look of disbelief. “So this is better? This is your solution?” His words hardened as he waved an exasperated hand around the room. “Do you think I don’t get it, Christian? Do you think I don’t know how hard this is for you?”

I shook my head and turned away, tipped my glass back to my mouth. No, I didn’t think he got it. How the hell could he? He got to crawl in bed with the woman he loved every night, not lie across town from her, wide awake, worrying that might be the exact moment she was breaking into pieces every god-damned minute of the night.

My Book Review:

"I will stand by you forever. I will never let you go."
Just when you think author A.L. Jackson can't pull the reader's heartstrings any tighter, in If Forever Comes, she pulls out all the stops and weaves an unforgettable, heart wrenching, and breathtaking conclusion to Christian and Elizabeth's journey.

Christian and Elizabeth's journey comes full circle in an intense style that takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride that leaves them completely spent. Written in the first person narrative alternating between Christian and Elizabeth's perspectives, the conclusion to their journey is filled with so much angst, struggle, heartache, hopes, dreams, joy and love. Their gut wrenching emotions are palpable and painful, yet oh so beautiful, you can't help but get drawn into their story and feel compassion for them, you will definitely be reaching for the box of tissues.

The author creates a cast of characters that are simply amazing! They are realistic, complex, down-to-earth people with flaws that are easy to relate to. Their interactions, dialogue and emotions are dramatic, the individual perspectives are told in a clever and realistic way that the reader can relate to both Elizabeth and Christian. My emotions ran the gamut as my opinion towards both Elizabeth and Christian swayed back and forth. I could easily see myself in both of their positions, the author's descriptions of their emotions and perspectives is simply phenomenal. The supporting cast of characters are wonderful, they lend their love and support for Christian and Elizabeth in a way that only family and friends can provide. I absolutely loved the support that Matthew and Natalie provide to Elizabeth and Christian. I would be remiss if I didn't mention my favorite character, little Lizzie. This little girl simply won my heart over with her preciousness.

The author's thoughtful message that through all the pain, struggle and loss, true love does survive comes shining through in this awesome series, it is a wonderful gift that the author has given to her readers.

If Forever Comes is an amazingly powerful and emotionally intense story that will simply move you. It is an unforgettable story about love, loss, friendship and family that will resonate with the reader long after the last word has been read.

If Forever Comes is the third book in the Take This Regret series. I cannot stress enough to the reader that in order to fully appreciate this wonderful series, they should read each book in sequential order.


About The Author

A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Pulled and When We Collide.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.


Virtual Book Tour Contest Giveaway

Author A.L. Jackson is giving away:

• GRANDPRIZE: iPad mini
• 2nd Prize: $20 Amazon Gift Card
• 3rd Prize: 3 signed copies of If Forever Comes

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

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