Monday 10 June 2013

Book ~ "Forever, Interrupted" (2013) Taylor Jenkins Reid

From Goodreads ~ “Have you ever heard of supernovas? They shine brighter than anything else in the sky and then fade out really quickly, a short burst of extraordinary energy. I like to think you and Ben were like that . . . in that short time, you had more passion than some people have in a lifetime.”

Elsie Porter is an average twentysomething and yet what happens to her is anything but ordinary. On a rainy New Year’s Day, she heads out to pick up a pizza for one. She isn’t expecting to see anyone else in the shop, much less the adorable and charming Ben Ross. Their chemistry is instant and electric. Ben cannot even wait twenty-four hours before asking to see her again. Within weeks, the two are head over heels in love. By May, they’ve eloped.

Only nine days later, Ben is out riding his bike when he is hit by a truck and killed on impact. Elsie hears the sirens outside her apartment but by the time she gets downstairs, he has already been whisked off to the emergency room. At the hospital, she must face Susan, the mother-in-law she has never met - and who doesn’t even know Elsie exists.

Interweaving Elsie and Ben’s charmed romance with Elsie and Susan’s healing process, Forever, Interrupted will remind you that there’s more than one way to find a happy ending.

It's June and newlywed Elsie is craving a fun cereal and Ben, her husband, dashes out on his bike to get her some.  When he doesn't return, she goes looking for him and discovers he has been killed in an accident.  A police officer takes her to the hospital where she meets Susan, her mother-in-law, who was called because she was listed as Ben's next-of-kin.  Susan didn't know Elsie existed and acts understandably like a cold bitch.  They clash instantly over who has the right to make the "arrangements" and what exactly they will be.  The story then follows Elsie and Susan, herself a widow, as they try to pick up the pieces of their lives.

This is the first book I've read but this author and I really enjoyed it.  It sounds like a depressing story and yes, in some respects it is ... but it's also a story of love and hope.

I liked the writing style.  I found it was well-paced and I didn't want to put it down.  The story bounces back and forth from when Elsie and Ben meet on New Years Day, as their relationship quickly progresses, to Ben's death and how Elsie and Susan deal with their lives afterward.  Yes, it's sad at times but when we read about Elsie and Ben's meeting and courtship, it's funny and cute. 

I liked the characters.  I could feel the instant connection between Elsie and Ben.  They aren't perfect but they are perfect for each other.  They found each other but tragically only had six months together.  Susan had lost her husband a couple years ago and Ben was afraid she would feel she was losing him too so had put off telling her about Elsie ... unfortunately she found out too late.  Elsie's parents are cold and unemotional and she doesn't have much a relationship with them (I can't say I blame her).  Ana is Elsie's best friend who has known her for years.  She's a excellent support to Elsie after Ben's death.  Elsie is a librarian and one of the patrons of her library is a gentleman named Mr. Callahan, who is nearly ninety and has been married to his wife for many years.  He tries to give Elsie perspective as she is dealing with her loss.

This story could have gone in a couple different directions and was happy with where the author took it.

I would definitely recommend this book and look forward to reading others by this author.

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