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Forever with You (Sapphire Springs, 1) Mass Market Paperback – November 10, 2020
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- Publisher : Forever (November 10, 2020)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1538703076
- ISBN-13 : 978-1538703076
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.25 x 0.75 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,318,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I've already set a calendar reminder to order the next book in this series!
It’s got a bit of that Persuasion feel. They were childhood sweethearts, but due to his mom’s influence, Jay worried that he would be holding back Leyna, so he lied and told her he never loved her, and then jetted off to an apprenticeship at a vineyard in France. He’d hoped that saying that would make it easier for her to get over him, but in reality, it just crushed Leyna. Eighteen years later, Leyna’s taken over the family restaurant from her grandfather, revitalizing it and making it even better. Jay’s back from France – temporarily – to help his out his grandfather, who recently had a stroke. Because of his dyslexia, he doesn’t feel capable of handling the business side, but he knows the vines. Things come to a head when they’re both told they need to work together to open a restaurant at the vineyard as part of a deal made between Jay’s grandfather and Leyna’s (now passed away) grandfather. Can they overcome the weight of family expectations and their own history to recapture what they once had?
“I had no idea how to deal with a love like that. I was a kid, and what I felt for her was so immense I thought I could drown in it.” It had scared him, too, when he bothered to let himself think about it that way. If he was honest, it still did.”
While Leyna may not like the idea of opening a restaurant with Jay, she loves running her grandpa’s restaurant and combining tradition with putting her own touch on it. She’s great at what she does, and it’s obvious from the start that she and Jay would be a great team, if only they could get along. Jay was a little harder for me to like. He has dyslexia and was extremely hard on himself about it, mostly in part thanks to his mother who disparaged him for it and then dumped him with his grandfather. It left him with a lot of self-confidence issues, and that caused some of their previous relationship issues. The chemistry between them was good, though as a note it’s fade-to-black sex. The small town setting was sweet, and the secondary characters were well done. There was also a bit of a mystery element to it that felt a little odd but did eventually work out.
“Every single relationship since Jay had been doomed by an inner voice that told her nobody stayed, devotion didn’t exist anymore, and now…not only was he back, but his presence pried open a part of her that she’d kept locked tight for half her life.”
I definitely have a thing for second chance childhood romance relationships. They both admit they were too young at the time and needed to grow up a bit more, that they weren’t ready for how serious their relationship was. My main issue with it, though, was with how badly Jay hurt Leyna. The way he dumped her left her extremely depressed and needing therapy, and even with that, the echos of it sabotaged all of her future relationships. I found it hard to forgive him for that, especially with the way he kept secrets from her again in regards to another job offer. It seemed like he didn’t understand how his lack of communication hurt Leyna before and was going to hurt her again. It dimmed the book’s HEA a bit for me.
Overall, this is a sweet second chances small town romance. While parts of it didn’t work for me, I’m sure there are other readers who’d be more forgiving of Jay.
I received an advance review copy of this book from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Until I got into Forever With You it was very easy to see Jay as the villain in this romance. After all, he had it all, the woman, the winery, and then to go off to “find himself”… yeah, jerk move. Yet. Jay had reasons that run deep, and if the reader gives him a chance will show exactly why he felt he had to leave everything and everyone behind on that personal journey. Was it the right thing to do? I don’t really know, it didn’t seem like it at first but eventually as Leyna and Jay reconnect I began to lean toward a positive feeling toward Jay’s decision back then.
Unfortunately, there are reasons for Jay’s actions that might help you understand why — but they would definitely be spoilers, and that’s not something I’m comfortable with revealing in a review. Right or wrong, Jay had reasons that were important to him, and really that has to factor in when deciding if Jay deserved Leyna’s hatred all these years.
I loved Leyna from the start. She has so much on her plate, and some of those plates are being juggled in the air. Her anger, actual hatred of Jay plays a major part at the beginning of their story. She believed they had a future. For him to just up and leave, without explanation was unforgivable to her. Yet, the love for this man is still buried deep within her heart, and slowly, steadily it’s finding the way to the surface once again… but can she trust him again?
There are emotions in this story, lies, betrayal, misdirection, surprises, and two people finding a way back to what they once had – love and trust for each other. It is not an easy journey, but it is one that drew me in and kept me focused on their attempt to fix the past and move forward. Forever With You started the series with a believable tale – I cannot wait to see what comes next in the series with the next book due out in June of 2021.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
Top reviews from other countries
The flow of the storyline is intriguing, the characters are likable (the way the author chooses to reveal the principles' traits is wonderful...rather than tell you, she demonstrates their personality through other character interactions...)
It is very reminiscent of romance books of years past, classy yet steamy enough. After all, what is a romance novel without some heat!
I think it would be an especially great choice for young readers who are wishing to enter a genre that can sometimes lead towards being overt and borderline distasteful.
I am excitedly awaiting Book 2 of the Sapphire Springs series...and sincerely hope to hear more from this author.
Reviewed in Canada on November 10, 2020
Reviewed in Canada on November 16, 2020