Book Review: Forever An Ex
Book Reviewed by Idrissa Uqdah
Where Does The Love Go?
Only the women in Forever An Ex know for sure. The sequel to Murray's wildly
popular The Ex Files centers on the specifics of broken relationships. These
three characters are back some seven years later with a new twist on what
happens when the loving stops. Where does it leave a woman?
These Christian women remain haunted by the pain their ex-husbands created. Can they allow God to get rid of the ghosts of their pasts? Victoria Christopher Murray knows how to create a character with a reality that is so true to life. The characters are so much like many women that you know in your own church today. She lays it all out there crossing lines that most Christian writers are afraid to touch. She leaves little room for guessing. She writes with precession. Her storylines are clear, crisp and full of emotion.
Asia is a woman who makes you think; “She has to be a little ‘cray-cray’ to do the things that she does.” As Pastor Ford's niece, you wonder where is her morality. Asia is the ex of Bobby, her married boyfriend and father of her 11 year-old daughter. Hasn't she learned from her past mistakes, yet? She still wants Bobby back and is still believing that he is the true love of her life.
Really Asia, he is still with his wife in the marriage you were
determined to break up. How does that make your daughter feel having you for
Sheridan's ex-husband left her for a man, admitting that he was a gay married man. Now re-married, she believes that she is happy and free of the hurt Quentian bestowed upon her until he shows up with a woman he plans to marry. Sheridan is the woman with control issues. She is felt lead to fix everything for everybody. She is still angered by the pain of her husband leaving her for another man, a man who was a friend of their marriage. Had it been another woman, would that have hurt any less? Is it because Christianity forbids gay relationships and she considers it a sin against God that she can't recover from the betrayal or is it something else?
Kendall found her husband in bed with her very own sister. It was the worst of the worst for her. She will never love again. She thinks that she has forgiven them both yet; now that the two of them are married and expecting a baby Kendall realizes that she can't stand being in the same room with them. But now her father has cancer and the two sisters have to deal with one another. Good luck with that.
All three women still have not let go of the pain of being betrayed by the men that they once loved and trusted. They are still burdened by the betrayal. Yes; these men, their exes are all just wrong, no good men. The message the author leaves with the reader is forgiveness means opening up your heart to God so that you can move forward, not carrying the pain, the baggage of the betrayal. Will they remain, forever an ex?
I didn't realize how much I would enjoy a sequel to the Ex-Files until I was halfway through the novel. Here they are 7 years later, God's number for completion. As usual, Murray tied it up perfectly.
I never imagined the final twist in this story. You will be amazed.
Where will God take these women into the 8th year, God's number for New Beginnings? Will their new beginnings be the 3rd book… a final sequel? I really enjoyed revisiting these stellar characters.
Now that I have introduced you to the characters and hinted at the storyline you will want to read the book for yourself to find out. You can be sure that Victoria Christopher Murray never disappoints her readers.