Forever Friday — Review

Forever Friday is a story of love. Gabe and Huck have a love like no other and vow to keep it strong and alive. Each Friday, Gabe writes a poem on a postcard and has it delivered to Huck. The only Friday he misses in sixty years is when he’s in ICU. The story follows their love, and we’re allowed a glimpse at the poems penned by Gabe. After his death, Huck remains in a nursing home and is often visited by the closest thing she has to a granddaughter, Yvette. Adam Colby is in charge of cleaning out Gabe & Huck’s estate after their deaths. He stumbles upon the postcards and hopes to find answers about why his own marriage fell apart. Yvette agrees to tell him Gabe & Huck’s story.

I expected to fall in love with this book, but unfortunately I did not. I did enjoy reading it—it’s a great story. The cover is gorgeous, and I adored the poems throughout the book. However, I grew frustrated at the imbalance between the two stories. I’d find myself wanting to learn more about Adam or Yvette only to be stuck reading about Huck for four or five chapters straight. I know the story is mainly about their love, but I was hoping to see more of how it influenced Adam internally. We were told of his progression, but we didn’t get to really see it happen. Also on that note, I expected more of a resolution in his life at the end of the story. I’m not sure if the author is leaving it open for a sequel or if we’re just supposed to know what happened. I was a little annoyed by some clichés used throughout the book, but that’s just a personal preference against them. I liked the setting of the story because it’s one with which I’m familiar. I kept seeing that this is recommended for lovers of Nicholas Sparks, but I don’t see it that way. I think people said this because the story makes them think of The Notebook. However, I find Sparks’ books really easy to fall into from the beginning, and I didn’t find that here. Also, Sparks’ novels are really all about love and loss, and Forever Friday encompassed much more than that. After completing the book, I’m glad I read it. It was an interesting story and certainly had unexpected events throughout. It wasn’t exactly what I expected, and maybe that’s a good thing. If I run across another book by Timothy Lewis in the future, I think I’ll give it a shot.

Publisher’s Description

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?

To read the first chapter of Forever Friday for free, go here.

To view the trailer, go here.

I received a copy of this title from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

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