Before I review this fabulous book, I have a confession to make. I almost didn't read it, because I was afraid of what I would dream about after I had. I have this weird problem of having vivid nightmares about my husband dying. Often. At least once a week I wake up in a panic, thinking Aaron has died next to me or gotten in a car wreck -- it's both sad and horrifying. SO when I read the description of this book being about a young woman, not married long, whose husband suddenly dies, I just wasn't sure I could do it.
I did read it and I ended up loving it. Bonus that it did NOT give me nightmares. Hooray for that.
Forever, Interrupted weaves the present with the past in a beautiful way. Elsie is a young newlywed when her husband is unexpectedly killed in an accident. We get to witness Elsie go through the grief of her newfound widowhood, alongside her mother-in-law -- a woman she's never met. This portion of the heartbreaking plot is emotional, raw, and felt incredibly realistic. I could feel her pain through the words and hated the situation she was in.
The flashbacks to the past give us the steps Elsie and Ben took to becoming a couple and I laughed through those. They were so sweet and pure and I fell in love with them as they fell in love with each other. It was a beautiful courtship and I found myself wondering if the author had gone through a similar relationship. It was both crazy fast and totally true to the characters.
As soon as I finished the book, I instantly started rereading the portions where Elsie and Ben were dating. I wanted happy and those are definitely happy. Such a great read... highly recommended!
Thanks to Atria for the review copy!