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Never Say Never | [Victoria Christopher Murray]

Never Say Never

When Miriam's fireman husband, Chauncey, dies while rescuing students from a school fire, Miriam feels like her life is over. How is she going to raise her three children all by herself? How will she survive without the love of her life? Luckily, Miriam's sister-friend Emily and Emily's husband, Jamal, are there to comfort her. But all the time that Miriam and Jamal spend together - grieving, sharing, and reminiscing - brings the two closer in ways they never planned...
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Publisher's Summary

In this emotionally charged and inspiring novel about a love triangle, secrets between best friends threaten to blow up friendships and a marriage - and change lives forever.

When Miriam's fireman husband, Chauncey, dies while rescuing students from a school fire, Miriam feels like her life is over. How is she going to raise her three children all by herself? How will she survive without the love of her life? Luckily, Miriam's sister-friend Emily and Emily's husband, Jamal, are there to comfort her. Jamal and Chauncey grew up together and were best friends; Jamal and Emily know they will do all they can to support Miriam through her grief. Jamal steps in and helps Miriam with the funeral arrangements and with her children, plus he gives her hope that she has a future. But all the time that they spend together - grieving, sharing, and reminiscing - brings the two closer in ways they never planned...

©2013 Victoria Christopher Murray (P)2014 Recorded Books

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    Constant Reader 08-05-14

    I love reading and audible is the easiest way to keep up with my voracious appetite for the written word.

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    "Just What I Needed...Great Listen!"

    I was looking for a good book to keep my attention and this one definitely fit the bill. Great character development and a wonderful storyline. Thank you Victoria Murray, consider this another one that I'll call a favorite.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nevada Alexandria, VA, United States 08-09-14
    Nevada Alexandria, VA, United States 08-09-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Perfect title, but I would say NEVER"

    This very well written story helps you explore the old cliche’, Never say Never. It’s about friendships, that bud from college and families develop and the entire families become so close it is similar to one big happy family. Then life steps lines get crossed, feelings get hurt and friendships get tested.

    Great story, I thoroughly enjoyed it and would refer it to fellow readers with enthusiasm.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Msafiri Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-24-14
    Msafiri Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Entertaining"

    The book was good. You find yourself really trying to put yourself in Miriam's shoes and there were many times I couldn't understand her decision, and found myself yelling at the story as Miriam puts herself in inappropriate situations. However, the author did a good job of character development. We get to see why a woman like Miriam would make the decisions she made. This made the story interesting, and compelling.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Annabelle 08-06-14
    Annabelle 08-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing and Emotional"

    I really enjoyed this duel narration. I actually felt connected more to Miriam for the first half of the book and then more to Emily as the story moved forward. Emily seemed a bit like a push over at first, but I really grew to like her and respect her strength as the narrative unfolded. Even my boyfriend got caught up in the story - I was playing it on the stereo while fixing dinner one night.... This was a great listen with really noteworthy performances by both narrators. I got teary-eyed at times! The characterization of the six year old, Latonya!? And both women did a great job with the male voices and other characters. Powerful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Crystal M. Womack 04-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "An Unexpected Good Read"

    I loved it. Most Memorable Scene was when Emily jumped out of the car after learning her husband & best friend had an affair. She ran to get away from the 2 people who she thought loved her the most. #NeverSayNever

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    MsMcK 04-04-15
    MsMcK 04-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Story "

    Good Story, voices of characters were not fitting. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it and would recommend it.

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    Joy Davis 03-31-15
    Joy Davis 03-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic!"

    This was a fantastic read. Loved it! Great story line. I enjoyed the narrators, especially Karen Pitman.

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    "Almost Perfect..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Never Say Never to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but it does come alive in a special way in audio!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development, the complexity of the characters, and the author's ability to make me feel every emotion throughout the book.


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Cobb and Karen Pittman – was your favorite?

    Probably Chauncy! He loved a girl, his friends, his family, his job and God innocently, sincerely and to the very end.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Until you walk a mile in my shoes you cannot judge my story


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book until the very end! I am disappointed that Emily thought she needed to take any responsibility for what happened! I am disappointed that we didn't get a better explanation of made Emily forgive her husband. And I am very, very, very disappointed in Miriam! How can she even think for a second that her emotions towards her lover were anything other that lustful grief? It was ridiculous for her to even think she could have real feelings for her lover when she was still recovering from her loss...this ending was ruined for me after such an awesome story told so well!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yogii 02-12-15
    Yogii 02-12-15 Member Since 2009

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    "Seasonal Love Transference"

    The tender subject of lost and the ability to find solace in friendship! A good story, But real love... Not.

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    TotallyFreedom 11-14-14 Member Since 2014

    I am an urban fiction addict!! Wahida Clark books are my fave! I love the Thug Series. I am an avid reader and Audible makes it even better!

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    "A bit of a snoozefest...ok read...not enough 4 me."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. It took me about 2 months to get through it. It got really boring at times. Dont get me wrong the story is ok, but its too calm & the characters actions and reactions didnt seem genuine to me. Either they were always in a zenlike state or high....but the ppl I know dont handle situations like these this calmly. I was screaming for them to take action!!! lol Its a book! Let the DRAMA be DRAMAFUL!!!! lol


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    After this...Im craving drama! Im going back to my Urban Fiction for a book or 2 lol


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The flashbacks to how Emily & Jamal met. The college years.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Actual romance! Could've had the characters show more love for each other! Give me a reason to care!


    Any additional comments?

    Dont be afraid to go there! The characters dont have to react all out ghetto....but its okay for them to be angry in these situations!! Give them emotional depth!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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