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Forever, Interrupted: A Novel Paperback – July 9, 2013
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"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)
"You'll laugh, weep and fly through each crazy-readable page." (Redbook)
“Forever, Interrupted weaves a beautiful love story with a terrible tragedy. Told in alternating timelines, each chapter progresses sequentially from two different arcs: one of a blooming, forever love and another of overcoming a sudden, inexplicable loss. Each storyline moves effortlessly and seamlessly through the connected stages, while also emphasizing the strengthening of old friendships and the forging of new ones. Whether told in past or present voice, Reid’s debut is a superb read from start to finish!” (Romantic Times)
"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)
“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)
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Praise for After I Do:
“Written in a breezy, humorous style familiar to fans of Jane Green and Elin Hilderbrand, After I Do focuses on Lauren’s journey of self-discovery. The intriguing premise and well-drawn characters contribute to an emotionally uplifting and inspiring story.” (Booklist)
"Taylor Jenkins Reid offers an entirely fresh and new perspective on what can happen after the "happily ever after." With characters who feel like friends and a narrative that hooked me from the first page, After I Do takes an elegant and incisively emotional look at the endings and beginnings of love. Put this book at the top of your must read list!" (Jen Lancaster New York Times bestselling author)
“Taylor Jenkins Reid delivers a seductive twist on the timeless tale of a couple trying to rediscover love in a marriage brought low by the challenges of domestic togetherness. I fell in love with Ryan and Lauren from their passionate beginning, and I couldn’t stop reading as they followed their unlikely road to redemption. Touching, perceptive, funny, and achingly honest, After I Do will keep you hooked to the end, rooting for husbands and wives and the strength of true love.” (Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author)
"As uplifting as it is brutally honest—a must-read." (Kirkus)
"Taylor Jenkins Reid writes with ruthless honesty, displaying an innate understanding of human emotion and creating characters and relationships so real I’m finding it impossible to let them go. After I Do is a raw, unflinching exploration of the realities of marriage, the delicate nature of love, and the enduring strength of family. Simultaneously funny and sad, heartbreaking and hopeful, Reid has crafted a story of love lost and found that is as timely as it is timeless." (Katja Millay author of The Sea of Tranquility)
About the Author
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She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and their dog, Rabbit. You can follow her on Twitter @tjenkinsreid.
Top Customer Reviews
Everything about this novel is realistic and well done. Taylor Jenkins Reid has a new fan. I'm looking forward to her next book.
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.
Basically, this is a story about a young couple, Ben and Elsie, who have been married for a whole 9 days after only having dated for 6 months. Ben goes out to run an errand but never makes it back home. He is hit by a car while riding his bike and dies. On top of dealing with losing her husband, Elsie now has to also deal with the fact that she's never met Ben's mother Susan. Not only have the two never met, but Susan has never even heard of Elsie. The two women get off to quite a rocky start, but later form a bond founded on their mutual love for Ben.
The book is made up of two alternating timelines: January-June and June-December. In the January through June timeline we get the see how Elsie and Ben meet, their relationship progresses, and they ultimately get married. In the June through December timeline we see Elsie going through the grieving process after Ben has passed away. Her struggle with going back to a home that still has all of Ben's belongings made my eyes water more than once. Her grieving process was very heartbreaking and I appreciated that the author didn't try to pretty it up.
The concept of discovering Ben and Elsie's love story between chapters of Elsie grieving the loss of Ben didn't work for me. I would be giggling and swooning, only to be on the verge of tears 3 pages later, then back to laughing 7 pages after that. This went on for 352 pages. The alternating timelines caused a bit of an emotional roller coaster and when the book ended I was left not really knowing how to feel. I've read books where a main character die at the end, others where you know from the first chapter that character's name will die, etc. but the switching back and forth just wasn't for me.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had to stop reading it. It interwove two different story lines. Like others who didn't like it, I did not like to read the one story of her loss of the love of her life and then... Read morePublished 14 days ago by lori reader
I've been putting off reading this book for so long and I am now officially kicking myself in the butt for it! Read morePublished 1 month ago by kz - K&M'sBookHaven
I loved this book. It is sad, but it is also a good story that kept me hooked until the end. Liked it so much that I just ordered the other two books by this author!Published 1 month ago by megan
I read this book in one sitting and enjoyed the storyline. As others have said, it's reminiscent of the movie Sliding Doors. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brenda Mirsky
They likened their love to a supernova—shining brighter than anything else in the sky and then fading out really quickly. A short burst of extraordinary energy. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Laurel-Rain Snow