Title: Forever, Interrupted
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published: July 9, 2013
Elsie Porter is an average twentysomething and yet what happens to her is anything but ordinary. On a rainy New Year's Day, she heads out to pick up a pizza for one. She isn't expecting to see anyone else in the shop, much less the adorable and charming Ben Ross. Their chemistry is instant and electric. Ben cannot even wait twenty-four hours before asking to see her again. Within weeks, the two are head over heels in love. By May, they've eloped.
Only nine days later, Ben is out riding his bike when he is hit by a truck and killed on impact. Elsie hears the sirens outside her apartment, but by the time she gets downstairs, he has already been whisked off to the emergency room. At the hospital, she must face Susan, the mother-in-law she has never met—and who doesn't even know Elsie exists.
Interweaving Elsie and Ben's charmed romance with Elsie and Susan's healing process, Forever, Interrupted will remind you that there's more than one way to find a happy ending.
This is my honest review
Rating: 4 Stars - LOVED
If you like emotional reads that showcase love, loss, and the struggle to heal then consider Forever, Interrupted. As the summary suggests, tragedy happens right at the beginning.
Elsie Porter met Ben Ross one day, and they were instantly smitten with one another. They have a whirlwind love affair and elope, then a few days into their marriage Ben is tragically killed in an accident. The day her husband dies Elsie meets Ben’s mom, who didn’t even know that her son was seeing anyone…didn’t know was even married. To Susan Ross, Elsie was a complete stranger. Can you imagine what ensues next? It’s not really a happy introduction between wife and mother-in-law.
This story is very sad, but it left me feeling hopeful as well. The chapters alternate with what is going on in the present after Ben passes to the time when Elsie and Ben met and go forth. I know some don’t like this format of telling a story, but in this case, I really didn’t mind. I loved the chapters highlighting how quickly Elsie and Ben fell in love. Their romance was sweet and endearing. They were very compatible and were excited to spend many years together. Just knowing what happens to Ben in the back of my mind made my heart twist even more! Everything going on in the present is also a reminder that Elsie is not the only one grieving. Ben’s mom is very much a significant part of the story.
Forever, Interrupted may not be a read for everyone, but I still found it to be unique and refreshing. For me, there came to a point where I just wanted to see how things would go. The path of healing is not an easy one. Sometimes understanding comes from where you least expect it. I really did appreciate the message of this story.