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These letters are often all that get me through week to week. Even if it’s just random stuff, nothing important, they’re important to me. Gramps is great, and I love working on the ranch. But…I’m lonely. I feel disconnected, like I’m no one, like I don’t belong anywhere. Like I’m just here until something else happens. I don’t even know what I want with my future. But your letters, they make me feel connected to something, to someone. I had a crush on you, when we first met. I thought you were beautiful. So beautiful. It was hard to think of anything else. Then camp ended and we never got together, and now all I have of you is these letters. S**t. I just told you I have a crush on you. HAD. Had a crush. Not sure what is anymore. A letter-crush? A literary love? That’s stupid. Sorry. I just have this rule with myself that I never throw away what I write and I always send it, so hopefully this doesn’t weird you out too much. I had a dream about you too. Same kind of thing. Us, in the darkness, together. Just us. And it was like you said, a memory turned into a dream, but a memory of something that’s never happened, but in the dream it felt so real, and it was more, I don’t even know, more RIGHT than anything I’ve ever felt, in life or in dreams. I wonder what it means that we both had the same dream about each other. Maybe nothing, maybe everything. You tell me.
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We’re pen pals. Maybe that’s all we’ll ever be. I don’t know. If we met IRL (in real life, in case you’re not familiar with the term) what would happen? And just FYI, the term you used, a literary love? It was beautiful. So beautiful. That term means something, between us now. We are literary loves. Lovers? I do love you, in some strange way. Knowing about you, in these letters, knowing your hurt and your joys, it means something so important to me, that I just can’t describe. I need your art, and your letters, and your literary love. If we never have anything else between us, I need this. I do. Maybe this letter will only complicate things, but like you I have a rule that I never erase or throw away what I’ve written and I always send it, no matter what I write in the letter.
Your literary love,
I don’t know who I am anymore. I’m a castaway. Lost. Drowning. I love you. That’s the only true thing I know, and it’s all I have to hold on to. I love you. I’ll love you forever. Until the day I die, and I’ll love you in whatever world comes after this one. I love you so much, Ever. I miss you. Dear Jesus, I miss you. Come back to me.
For forever, and after forever,
Sorry I vanished like I did. I’m not sure I can even explain things. I don’t know when I’ll be back. IF I’ll be back. I’m not sure of anything, except that I love you, Ever. You’re my twin, my best friend, and leaving you was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I know you don’t understand. Maybe you never will. I hope you don’t, honestly. It would be easier that way. That’s cowardly, I’m sure.
Cade, take care of her. Love her, the way she deserves. The way you always have, for forever and always.
If I could ask you anything, it’s that you remember me as I was, and forget me as I am.
I’m sorry, and goodbye, and I love you.
I will try to not make this review too lengthy as this is a review for 3 books in a series.
This was a well written series describing the trials and tribulations of a love starting from youth progressing to adulthood complete with the many bumps in the road that come with relationships and love. This series encompasses the spectrum of all things that make a good series – terrible circumstances, the boundaries of love, mistakes, forgiveness, and the importance of family and trust.
We meet Caden and Ever as young teenagers going to art school in Forever & Always. These two characters start off as friends/penpals, writing to each other freely and openly of their daily lives and experiences. Both characters suffer loss and heartbreak. Both experience relationships and being with other people all the while never forgetting each other and how much they meant to each other after only meeting that one summer. Which brings to my mind the idea that you can meet your soul mate unexpectedly and at any age. What Caden and Ever had is special – 5 years of writing to each other, getting to know one another, building the foundation to a beautiful love the grew over time. Their love is perfect and all consuming and then BAM – the unexpected happens and my heart is shattered – holy cliffhanger!
Thankfully I can continue without wait into After Forever. This book was SO HARD for me to read…I won’t reveal why as I truly feel that you have to experience it for yourselves but I was slightly disappointed with how things came to be in this book. Realizing the hardships that these characters have to go through is understandable but the feeling of betrayal was all consuming for me and I will be truthful and say that I didn’t know how anyone would be able to redeem themselves in my eyes. I am purposely being vague here…despite how difficult this was for me to read, I couldn’t put it down…I had to know what would happen…I applaud Ms. Wilder for telling her story the way she had to because she stayed true to herself…it was powerful and dark and I continued to read despite my reservations…this to me is still a great book and speaks to Ms. Wilder’s captivating writing.
I went into Saving Forever sadly….knowing that truths would come out and people would be hurt. Could she redeem them in my eyes and in my heart? I was already emotional from books 1 and 2 and going into this I was truthfully scared for everyone involved! But I will say that Jasinda did it so well. I felt for each and every one of these characters…I was completely vested. Watching everyone face the choices that they made and the repercussions because of said choices KILLED ME! In the end, everything that transpired happened for a reason. And though I still don’t agree completely with what happened in book 2, those things had to happen for the wonderful gift that Caden and Ever received in the end. All characters having found their places to belong and more importantly the strength and bond you find in all families was present throughout that makes this a series that is truly unforgettable.
Yes there are some themes in this series that people will not agree with but its stories like these that stick in your mind and heart and make reading so worthwhile. <3
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. When she’s not writing, she’s probably shopping, baking, or reading.
Some of her favorite authors include Nora Roberts, JR Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Liliana Hart and Bella Andre.
She loves to travel and some of her favorite vacations spots are Las Vegas, New York City and Toledo, Ohio.
You can often find Jasinda drinking sweet red wine with frozen berries and eating a cupcake.
Book 1 – Forever & Always
Book 2 – After Forever
Book 3 – Saving Forever