About the book
Elsie and Ben are average twenty-somethings, but this is not your average love story. It begins bright and promising: the newlywed couple is head over heels in love, having eloped six months after they met. But it all shatters in an instant; Ben out riding his bike, is hit by a truck—and dies on impact.
Elsie hears the sirens outside her apartment, but by the time she gets downstairs, his body has already been taken to the hospital. When she arrives, Elsie is greeted by an unexpected visitor—her mother-in-law, Susan, whom she has never met and who doesn’t even know she exists.
Both are seared with grief; Susan is still mourning the death of her own husband several years earlier, and the loss of her only son is almost too much to bear. The two women immediately sour on one another, fighting over what to do with Ben’s belongings and how to fulfill his wishes. But as time goes by, Susan and Elsie both realize that despite the terrible accident that brought them together, they are now the only family they have left.
Interweaving Elsie and Ben’s charmed romance with Elsie and Susan’s healing process, Forever, Interrupted will make you laugh, make you cry, and remind you that there’s more than one way to live happily ever after.
Honestly, I have put off reading this book because I didn’t think I could handle it. I admit that one of my biggest fears in life is losing my husband, and reading a book about a woman losing the love of her life after only being married a few days – yeah, I didn’t think I could handle it emotionally. But sometimes I just get in the mood for something emotional, and I picked this one up on a whim. To say it’s emotional is definitely an understatement. It’s an incredibly moving story. The author takes you into the past with glimpses of Elsie & Ben’s love story, and then brings you back to the present as Elsie is trying to learn how to cope with her new reality, all the while trying to have a relationship with the mother-in-law she never met before her husband’s death. Unlike any book I’ve ever read, this was a moving and beautiful story about healing, friendship, and the kind of love you are so glad you had the chance to experience, even if it was taken from you too soon. A really fantastic debut novel, and I’m glad I finally had the guts to read it.
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Published: July 9, 2013 by Washington Square Press
Length: 352 Pages