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by Timmothy B. McCann
Format: Hardcover, 400pp.
Publisher: Kensington Pub Corporation
Pub. Date: April 2001
Publication Description: 1 ED
Reviewed by The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
The title of McCann's new book, Forever, made me wonder what really lasts forever, does life, love or even death? And why do we exert so much energy trying to make something last forever instead of getting all the good we can to last just for a lifetime. But I digress, this is a story about what happens after the glitter, it is centered around 2 couples trying to decide if they want to invest in themselves and make what they share last. But the characters seem too insecure to open themselves and too unsure to trust that what they feel will be enough.
The main characters, Drew and Betty were fresh from bad relationships; they hastily married because they both feared the other would change their mind. While Betty, a lawyer, is embroiled in the biggest murder trial of her career, Drew is spending too much time caring for his ailing mother and things become strained. Add to that mix a lover from Betty's past, and they had me wondering if their marriage would last another month, forget forever.
Their respective best friends, Jacqui and Stefan have their own issues, Jacqui's restaurant is booming and she is mad in love with Stefan, he is 40 years old and still pursuing a career as a model. He wants to be financially stable before he commits, but Jacqui's biological clock is ticking, she wants to get married now.
This book reads like you're sitting down talking to a friend, it is a mature account of how issues, real or perceived, can cause so many problems when left to fester. Drew was afraid to ask Betty why she married him, why she refuses to sell her house and why she rolls away from him in bed. Betty is afraid she still has feelings for her ex boyfriend, Evander, and she is also afraid that if she gives all, Drew will leave her like all the other men she loved. Both were afraid to ask if they married to soon, so they grow further apart. Is divorce the answer? And if so, then what happens to the theory of Forever?
McCann has written one of the best sequels I have read, he is a voice that will be heard over and over again. Reading this was like taking a good strong sip of humility! This is an excellent story, one you do not want to miss.
Reviewed by aNN Brown