Title: Forever & Ever
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Publication Date: December 25, 2018
Length: 250 pages
Reviewed by Jenn
A Faith, Love, & Devotion Anthology
What happens after the story ends?
Join Matt, Evan, Jim, Griffin, and their friends and families for a glimpse of what happens after happily ever after. Between growing up and growing pains, weddings and retirement, changing careers and changing diapers, life is never boring. Changes, decisions, tears, and joy await as the years march on.
I have read this series since the beginning and it’s a big part of what cemented my love of this genre. Evan, Matt, and the entire Cerelli/Haight family and friends that became family are so special to me. This book that is comprised of short stories following this family through the years reads like a love letter to the fans of this series. It is filled with so much heart and love, I read this whole book with a bit of tears in my eyes.
If you haven’t read this series, it starts out with Matt and Evan. Both men are straight and both have seemingly hit rock bottom. As they grow as friends, a spark begins to ignite. Both are shocked and not sure what to do about these new found feelings. They both mess up...a lot at times. Evan has four kids who have lost their mother and now he wants to bring Matt into their lives. He’s so afraid of hurting his family and Matt has no experience with children. This is where it all begins. This journey takes us on to meet friends of the guy’s and to get their stories. As I said above, these friendships develop into a huge extended family. We get to see everyone up to about 20 years from where Matt and Evan began and it is amazing!
There is a line in the book that I can’t directly quote because of language. It’s basically “Thank you for this amazing family” and I feel that so much. Thank you, Tere Michaels for this amazing family. Thank you for giving us this glimpse into the lives of this family. You have made me laugh and cry with this series. With each book, I fell more in love with the Cerelli/Haight family. You created something beyond special with this series, you didn’t just show us two people falling in love. You showed us a new family being built before our eyes. It wasn’t always pretty, but it was always real. I’ll miss this family, this series, but I know they’ll live on in rereads and in my heart.
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