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Forever, Interrupted: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Taylor Jenkins Reid
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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Following on the heels of Illusion, indie sensation and New York Times best-selling author J.S. Cooper brings us the second novel in the Swept Away series, a trilogy of dark and sexy romances about a woman marooned on an island with a man who may be her captor.

Book Description

“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.

Editorial Reviews


"You'll laugh, weep and fly through each crazy-readable page." (Redbook) “Taylor Jenkins Reid has written a poignant and heartfelt exploration of love and commitment in the absence of shared time that asks, what does it take to be the love of someone's life?” (Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus New York Times bestselling authors) "Sweet, heartfelt, and surprising, Forever Interrupted is a story about a young woman struggling to find her way after losing her husband. These characters made me laugh as well as cry, and I ended up falling in love with them, too." (Sarah Pekkanen author of The Best of Us) "This beautifully rendered story explores the brilliance and rarity of finding true love, and how to find our way back through the painful aftermath of losing it. These characters will leap right off the page and into your heart." (Amy Hatvany author of Heart Like Mine) "Touching and powerful...Reid masterfully grabs hold of the heartstrings and doesn't let go. A stunning first novel." (Publishers Weekly, starred review) “A moving novel about life and death.” (Kirkus) "Moving, gorgeous and, at times, heart-wrenching. Taylor Jenkins Reid writes with wit and true emotion that you can feel. Read it, savor it, share it." (Sarah Jio New York Times bestselling author of The Violets of March)

About the Author

Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dog, Rabbit. You can follow her on Twitter @TJenkinsReid.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2088 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press (July 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A2819FU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,716 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible and emotionally powerful book! July 9, 2013
By Zane
The first few pages of Forever Interrupted would lead you to believe it is a simple sob story, but it is much more than that. It reveals the universal truths of grief, and the human capacity to have resilience in the face of loss. While the book had me tearing up at many points, it also had me laughing and smiling, almost embarrassingly so. Jenkins Reid really has a way of using words to connect to the reader. All in all, an incredibly powerful and enjoyable read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! July 9, 2013
By Alex
I have to say this is one of the best debut novels I have ever read. Jenkins Reid is able to capture emotion in such a raw and honest way. Also, I thought the book was structurally compelling. Jenkins Reid weaves between the past and present in a way that illuminates and enhances both. Like other reviewers online have said, the moment I started reading Forever, Interrupted I was unable to put it down. A truly wonderful, cathartic, and immensely gratifying read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Five-Star Must Read! July 31, 2013
I'm a hard-to-please reader who abandons a lot of books. When I pick up a novel, I want a powerful emotional experience and an immediate connection with its characters. That's exactly what I got with Forever, Interrupted. Elsie's grief is raw and real. I could feel everything she felt, even teared up a few times. But the story isn't all boo-hoo and grieving. Backstory is woven in at precisely the right times. There are happy moments and humor, and secondary characters who add depth and dimension, including the intimidating mother-in-law, whom I grew to love.

Everything about this novel is realistic and well done. Taylor Jenkins Reid has a new fan. I'm looking forward to her next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb debut novel July 26, 2013
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Picked this up based on a great Publisher's Weekly review and I was not disappointed. Fast paced, emotional and raw I found the story gripping and powerful. I zipped through the book and finished it in a couple of days. It's the rare book that really resonates and stays in your mind long after you've finished it. Very eager to see any follow up efforts from this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful and heart-touching January 3, 2014
On a rainy New Year's Day, Elsie Porter heads out to pick up a pizza, and meets the charming Ben Ross. Their instant chemistry leads to a date that week, and an elopement by May. Nine days later, when Ben heads out to get cereal for Elsie, he is hit by a truck and killed on impact. At the hospital she has an unfortunate first introduction with her new mother-in-law Susan, who had never heard of Elsie.

As Taylor Jenkins Reid's first novel, this is very impressive. She interweaves Ben and Elsie's relationship with Elsie and Susan's grieving and healing. It's a beautiful story of love and loss, and learning to open yourself up to what the world has brought you.

This book had been on my shelf for a few months and I am glad I finally decided to read it. It's emotional, heart touching, book, dealing with romanic and friend relationships. The main character, Elsie Porter is wonderfully writer and relatable. I took this book on a trip, and it was the perfect one to pass a few hours on a plane and on layover. I'm a fan of light-hearted, silly chick-lit, but enjoyed that this had more depth to it, but wasn't overly sad or depressing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good June 5, 2014
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It's a nice story but the ending sucks. It leaves you kind of hanging. I wish for more. Maybe part 2 it's coming?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it when I find a great read! July 10, 2013
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Forever Interrupted is a extremely well written, heart-wrenching and also a very fun book. It explores love and grief through two character relationships that exposes interesting truths about these emotions. Im so busy, so I don't read novels too often anymore, but am very happy I read this. I found the characters compelling and the story though provoking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! Great Story. January 24, 2014
By Diane
Format:Kindle Edition
Elsie loved Ben; they met and married quickly. Then, she has to deal with his death. On top of that, Ben's mother makes an appearance and apparently she didn't know anything about Elsie or that her son had married her.

This is a sad story, but also a happy one. We see both Elsie's pain and grief and it is interwoven with her past life with Ben. We also get a glimpse into Ben's mother's life and her grief. You grow to like her more as the story continues.

I really liked this book. The characters were interesting to me right from the beginning. A good story about the power of loving, losing and moving on.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to like this book, but there was nothing in it for me
I really wanted to like this book. I truly believed it was going to break me... Turns out, it didn't. Not even a little. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Supernova
Easy read and a great story about love and loss.
Great characters and wonderful writing about falling in love quickly and how to heal when you lose someone you love deeply.
Published 22 hours ago by Denise
5.0 out of 5 stars A FAVORITE! A heartbreaking, yet hopeful love story cut too short.
This book was a beautiful. Forever, Interrupted is a heartwrenching story of love lost too soon but it’s more than that. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Journey of Love, Grief and Life. A Must-Read for All.
Life is not fair. Love is not fair. This book reminds you of that.

Some couple do not get to spend the rest of their lives wrapped up in each others love. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Martha Jensen
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love this author!
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5.0 out of 5 stars super book!!!
Loved, loved, loved this book!! Everything about it was great and an easy read. Cried and cheered and loved every minute of this book!!
Published 8 days ago by Sarah Grace Brooks
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Be aware: Big box of tissue is a must for this reading! Loved this book! Gut-wrenching, left me sobbing mess. Read more
Published 17 days ago by CarlaG
1.0 out of 5 stars NOPE
Stopped reading it. So cheesy. I should have known...
Published 18 days ago by Kat Glazer
4.0 out of 5 stars She really enjoyed it.
Ordered this book for my wife. She really enjoyed it.
Published 18 days ago by Kenneth Redd
4.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you with a hopeful feeling!
If you like emotional reads that showcase love, loss, and the struggle to heal then consider Forever, Interrupted. Read more
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More About the Author

Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. Her first novel, Forever, Interrupted, was named one of the "11 Debuts We Love" by Kirkus Reviews. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and their dog, Rabbit. You can follow her on Twitter @tjenkinsreid.

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