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Forever Sunshine [Kindle Edition]

Collette Scott
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Young and naïve Cherisse Bridwell had focused solely on completing her college degree and beginning her career until one hot summer evening when her frightened older sister, Shelly, arrives looking for help. Cher's carefully ordered life quickly comes to an end. Trapped in an abusive marriage, Shelly is terrified and has nowhere else to go but to her overworked and oblivious sister. Though Cher is not prepared to handle the effects of a controlling and violent husband, fate delivers help via police sergeant Brandon Nicholson. With his strength and guidance, he shows Cherisse and Shelly how to survive and how to live life to the fullest. As both women find their inner strength, Cher and Brandon fall in love and build a future together. However, life is full of ups and downs, and through it all Cher and her family must continue to face every day with a feeling of hope and optimism, even when it seems as though all hope is gone.


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"Collette's emotionally charged fiction transports the reader so completely into her character's lives it is easy to become engrossed."  Roxanne Smolen, author of Mindbender

Voted #35 in Heart Press Publishing's Best Women's Fiction 2011 poll. Visit heartpress.com

From the Author

For my wonderful readers! Due to the overwhelming requests for a sequel to FOREVER SUNSHINE, I wanted to announce that I am still hard at work with the Evans Family series. Book one, IF WE DARE TO DREAM (Nov. 2011), introduces the family, and Cher's story continues as the series evolves. I thank you all for sharing her journey with me and hope you enjoy learning more about Chuck Evans' relatives.

Product Details

  • File Size: 465 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Marimay Publishing (April 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058B9DKY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,810 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have the tissue box handy! August 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Forever Sunshine by Collette Scott
Cherisse Bridwell is young and naive, and is focused solely on finishing her college degree and beginning her career. Her life changes in one evening when her sister Shelly turns up at her home. Shelly is in an abusive relationship. Shelly's husband comes to Cherisse's home and the police have to be called, that's when Cherisse first meets Sergeant Brandon Nicholson.
With the guidance of Brandon both Cherisse and Shelly learn how to get on with their lives through the many ups and downs and trauma's they encounter.
This book begins as a story of Shelly's abuse at the hands of her violent husband and how she attempts escape and a new life. The book deals with the subject of Domestic Abuse clearly and truthfully. It really is what happens, statistics back this up. It shows how hard it is to leave, how hard it is for the children to trust again. Then it flows into a whirlwind love story, that's so tenderly written, where everything is going perfectly only to be hit by a tragedy. The book shows how the characters pick up the pieces and carry on with life. Then finally it also deals with the danger of being on the police force.

This book may be a novel but it is so true to life, it could have actually happened. Brilliant book that I read in only two sittings! i have tried so hard not to give away any spoilers in this review that the only other thing I can say is "Get that tissue box handy ladies , because with this book you will surely need it!"
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Love is a powerful feeling to say the least. In Forever-Sunshine, Collette Scott not only captured the vital emotions associated with love, but she also revealed the true meaning of it. Cherisse... young, vibrant and inexperienced in the "real world" was my best friend from the beginning. She is forced into reality with a simple knock on her door by her sister, Sherry, and her life would never be the same.
Miracles can come in strange little packages that are sometimes disguised as handsome, powerful, and mouth-watering men, like Brandon. Brandon walked beside Cherisse from the first "accident" to the very last, guiding her and giving her the strong embrace that would see her through it all. Every good woman should have a Brandon in her life!
This novel is truly amazing from the first page, however, it shares an ugly truth with its readers. Domestic violence is a slithering poisonous snake waiting in the weeds. You may not see it in your daily talks with your neighbor, at your school PTA meetings or even at the family barbeque. But while trying to stay hidden and out of sight, this snake with strike leaving everyone around it in fear and turmoil. Collette Scott does a wonderful job shedding light on this dangerous issue by writing a compelling love story that proves the pain, joy and triumph of true love. You will smile at the flirtatious comments, become breathless with the passion, and will fight back the tears with little success.
It was my pleasure to read such a touching story.
KC Stone- Author of "Replaced By a Stranger"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good look at love and abuse September 28, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Cherisse takes a call from her sister that will forever change her life. Her sister Shelly is living in an abusive relationship and needs a place to stay until her husband calms down. But it doesn't go exactly as planned. Before the night is over Cherisse will meet a man that will help not only her, but her sister.

The book deals with abuse, grief and love. The Prologue begins with Cherisse writing about how her doctor told her that perhaps writing about her grief would help her get past the pain. So you know that there will be sad parts from the very beginning. The author warned me that the book would be sad, but it was also nice to have the warning at the beginning. Just in case I wanted to have some tissues handy.

There are some books that capture your interest from the very beginning and never let go. When I get a book like this I am so into the book that I fail to notice what is going on around me, I don't notice if something is worded wrong or misspelled. The world fades and I begin living the story.
This is just that sort of book. I couldn't put the book down. The subject of spousal abuse was handled so well. It really showcased what is going on in the lives of these poor women. This book is labeled as fiction, but truly felt like I was reading a true story. The main character is telling her story in first person. So I felt like I was given an even closer look into her life by hearing the story in her own words.

I HATE sad stories, but I would read this book again, it was that good. And also to be fair, only about 2 chapters are sad. The story ends well and left me feeling thankful for my wonderful husband in more ways than one. I appreciated the way the author showcased a beautiful marriage and an abusive one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Facing the Truth September 24, 2011
Format:Paperback
I'm not usually a reader of romances but this book drew me in because I wanted to see how the subject of domestic violence was handled. I have to say the book dragged me in from the start and once started I couldn't stop reading until the end. The author took a hook and deprived me of my sleep.
Domestic violence is anathema to me and I am part of groups wanting to see the abusers having the book thrown at them by the courts. This author brought the subject into the open in the right way. Not just describing the act of physical violence but also the mental cruelty that accompanies it and the use of guilt as well as fear that takes the abused back to the abuser time after time. All too real.
To have the heroine of this story relate her own life as an observer to the abuse and the changes in her own life as well was beautifully done and I'm only sorry that reality intruded and stopped there from being a happy ending. Life is like that.
The descriptions in this book should be a standard teaching aid for social workers and the police to understand what happens during domestic abuse and much as I'd like to say they were overdone it's not true and for that reason this is a compelling story not to be missed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this book!
Published 14 days ago by carol sue eckert
5.0 out of 5 stars Cher & Nixs...a once in a lifetime love!
I wish I had of read this book before Book 1 of the Evans' family saga. I decided to read it before Book 7, and I am so glad I did. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Penny Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best books I have read! I didn't want to put it down.
Published 23 days ago by Maureen
5.0 out of 5 stars very good.
Loving and moving book, very good .
Published 1 month ago by Stacy B Whaley
5.0 out of 5 stars Tender, Beautiful and Heart-wrenchingly Sad
This probably was first written as a stand alone novel, but the author has used it as the prequel and launching pad for her "Evans Family" series of seven additional... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Roger A. Murfin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
A wonderful read, could not put it down. Creat a picture in your head, your living the story. Amazing book
Published 10 months ago by Luigina Fiorio
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever Sunshine
In this book Cherisse is a student who when she is helping her sister with an abusive husband meets a policeman. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars sad but great
I would recommend this book to those who have lost loved ones
and then find a way to go on with life.
Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever Sunshine
I had read the Evans series first and enjoyed them so much I wanted to read everything by this author. This book was amazing, a must read! Read more
Published 14 months ago by S. Hendrick
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming
I enjoying reading novels with characters I have come to love in previous novels. I will keep an eye out for more of Collette Scott's books.
Published 15 months ago by Pamela J. Abbott
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More About the Author

Growing up, Collette always knew that she would be a writer. She began composing stories in her head at the age of eight and was soon putting them down on paper for her closest friends to read. Since then she has obtained her bachelor's degree in English and her master's in education while squeezing in her writing whenever she can. Now she uses this background to express her focus on the emotional growth of her characters, loving the interplay between people and their ability to face life with humor and strength through the good times and bad. The best-selling New England native now resides in Arizona with her children and multiple family pets.


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Sequel to Forever Sunshine?
I can't think of how the story could go on and still keep the emotional impact that it currently has. It would be interesting to see what happens to Shelly and Cher, but I wonder if their lives could ever live up to this book.
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