Ever After by Karen Kingsbury
My Rating: 5/5
Goodreads Rating: 4.29/5
Goodreads Synopsis: In this moving sequel to Even Now, Emily Anderson, now twenty, is attending college on a soccer scholarship when she meets the man who changes everything for her: Army reservist Justin Baker. Their tender relationship, founded on a mutual faith in God and nurtured by their trust and love for each other, proves to be a shining inspiration to everyone they know, especially Emily's reunited birth parents, Lauren Gibbs and Shane Galanter. Lauren and Shane still struggle to move past their opposing beliefs about war, politics, and faith. Shane believes it's possible; Lauren doesn't. So she says a painful good-bye to her long-ago love and returns to her job as a war correspondent in Afghanistan. Both Lauren and Shane are shattered, believing that this time their relationship has truly ended forever. Then tragedy sends shock waves through all their lives. Can Lauren and Shane set aside their opposing views so that love -- God's love -- might win, no matter how great the odds?
My Review: If there is one thing that Karen Kingsbury does well, it's creating characters in her books that the reader can instantly feel a connection with. Every single time I finish a Karen Kingsbury story, I feel as though I've personally met each character in the story. After finishing the first book in this series, Even Now, I knew that I had to immediately read Ever After to see what the characters would do, what they would face, and how they would end up. It did not disappoint. I was hooked while reading this story and didn't ever want to put the book down. There were definite tear jerker moments throughout the story. As the cover of this book reads, this story is a powerful tale of patriotism, undying love, and the true power of sacrifice. Even Now and Ever After are the two books in the Lost Love series.
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