“In fact, romance was simply an external result of the willingness each of them had to continually choose each other over their own selfishness.” Pg. 181, Forever Friday; Waterbrook-Multinomah
Forever Friday by Timothy Lewis is not just a love story times two, but a how-to on building a healthy marriage in novel form.
Adam Colby, a divorcee, does estate sales. In the Huck Alexander estate, he finds an album of postcards and poetry written by Gabe Alexander to his wife, Huck. Drawn to the love Gabe unceasingly gave in sixty-something years of marriage to Huck, Adam can’t help but pursue the story behind the album even when the estate sale is over and he is serving other clients. Adam is still reeling from his divorce. He has so many questions. To help him find the answers, Adam begins to pen the story of Gabe and Huck Alexander. This is where Forever Friday is also a bit of a supernatural story.
Huck meets Mr. Jack in a glen at ten years old who talks in riddles and says she will find her soul mate. Throughout the story, Mr. Jack shows up in various ways saving Huck and Gabe’s life and marriage. Mr. Jack is a unique character and the reader is in doubt whether Mr. Jack existed at all, or whether it’s a figment of Huck’s imagination, but circumstances build a strong case for him otherwise. Huck is engaged to Clark Richards when she meets Gabe. That engagement doesn’t last long when Gabe and Huck realize they were meant to be together. Clark becomes the villain in the story. There is a hint of violence there. The story rotates between three points of view: Gabe, Huck, and Adam.
Adam meets Yvette who is the key to helping fill in the blanks between postcards. Gabe sent a postcard every Friday to his wife until his death; postcards filled with poetry to keep their marriage from falling apart. Yvette and Adam are both unusual and wounded from their pasts. Now here’s where the fluff meets the meat of the story.
Christian romances most of the time carry the usual messages for the unbeliever, sometimes even breaking up the flow of the story. Publishers require the messages in them. Forever Friday did not appear to carry the usual conversations and instead kept true to the story. All stories have messages, something the writer wants to tell the world, but the messages should remain true to the story and not deviate from it. Forever Friday was a lovely novel. The only thing I objected to was how unfinished it felt. The main storyline finished, but Yvette and Adam’s story did not “end.” It did not feel complete. A story can be open ended and still feel complete. I was disappointed at the ending of it, but not unhappy with how Timothy Lewis wrote Gabe and Huck’s love story.
On a side note, this novel is based loosely on Timothy’s great-aunt and uncle. Timothy found an album of postcards in the trash at their estate sale. Each postcard had a poem his great-uncle wrote for his wife every Friday throughout their long marriage. If you read this novel, be sure to take the time to read the author’s note at the end of the book.
Overall, I gave Forever Friday four stars. Someone should make a movie about this one (hint, hint, Hallmark). This novel releases September 3.
*Book given by publisher to review.