ISBN #: 978-1476712826
Page Count: 352
Copyright: July 9, 2013
Publisher: Washington Square Press
(Taken from back cover)
Elsie Porter is an average twentysomething and yet what happens to her is anything but ordinary. On a rainy New Year's Day, she heads out to pick up a pizza for one. She isn't expecting to see anyone else in the shop, much less the adorable and charming Ben Ross. Their chemistry is instant and electric. Ben cannot even wait twenty-four hours before asking to see her again. Within weeks, the two are head over heels in love. By May, they've eloped.
Only nine days later, Ben is out riding his bike when he is hit by a truck and killed on impact. Elsie hears the sirens outside her apartment, but by the time she gets downstairs, he has already been whisked off to the emergency room. At the hospital, she must face Susan, the mother-in-law she has never met - and who doesn't even know Elsie exists.
Interweaving Elsie and Ben's charmed romance with Elsie and Susan's healing process, Forever, Interrupted will remind you that there's more than one way to find a happy ending.
Well, the blurb at the top of the front cover is certainly correct: this is not your average love story. Within the very first chapter tragedy strikes and Ben is killed (if you read the summary, you know this is not a spoiler). The remainder of the book is dedicated to the reader watching Elsie go through the five stages of grief. Intermingled throughout are her reminisces of the time she met Ben through the time they were married.
Ben and Elsie met by twist of fate. Upon meeting they experienced an instant connection that spiraled them into a whirlwind relationship. Ben seemed perfect, but had his flaws. For instance, the man was unable to tell his mother about Elsie. It explains why he felt that way in the book, but his procrastination was an annoyance to me. However, had he not procrastinated then there wouldn't be the conflict between Elsie and Susan, Ben's mother, in the book which was something I enjoyed watching unfold.
Elsie's grief was palpable and is easily felt by the reader. My favorite part was when she punched a guy in the library. That's when I knew that Elsie would be okay. She had some fight left in her and, in the end, she was able to make good use of it.
Overall, the story is a very realistic one. I did feel that there was an abundance of explicatives in certain parts of the book. Of course, that could be just my prudish way of thinking. The book is a fictional depiction of real people and real people curse ... and often times more than they need to. I did enjoy Forever, Interrupted and would probably recommend it to those who enjoy reading novels that are based on real-life events/situations.
*A paperback copy of was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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