Monday, August 19, 2013

Forever Friday

Every Friday, a postcard.
Every Friday, a love poem.
Every Friday for sixty years.
Adam Colby is just doing his job, sorting through the unsold Alexander belongings after the estate sale. He is unprepared for what he finds in an old photo album, overlooked by the bargain hounds and treasure hunters—six decades of postcards and poems from Gabe Alexander to his wife, Pearl. The mystery of the Alexanders’ love entices Adam, a man unhinged by divorce and puzzled by the depth of commitment that he finds in the unabashedly romantic cards.

Forever Friday invites you to travel back in time to the early twentieth century Texas Coastal Bend where a young couple—Gabe and Pearl Alexander—are swept up in a miraculous love. As the heartwarming, pulse-quickening story of their relationship develops through Gabe’s poems, the Alexanders reveal a new way to consider what it means to be truly devoted to each other. Could the secrets of their love affair, laid to rest twenty years ago, hold the key to one man’s future?

My Thoughts:

The author of Forever Friday was inspired to write this story after two events. The first was finding a collection of postcards upon the deaths of his great-aunt and uncle. His uncle had written a poem each Friday on a postcard over the course of sixty years. The second occurred five years later when a friend's wife left after 20 years of marriage. The poetry used in Forever Friday are not his uncles poems but rather originals by the author Timothy Lewis. The use of flashbacks is not confusing as each chapter is dated and makes note of the character on whom it is focused.
I love the inspiration behind Forever Friday but the actual story left me feeling less than satisfied. I plugged away and read the entire book but the only part that really grabbed me was the ending and even that was a bit too subtle for my liking.
You can read Chapter One here.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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