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Forever & Always: The Ever Trilogy, Book 1 | [Jasinda Wilder]

Forever & Always: The Ever Trilogy, Book 1

These letters are often all that get me through week to week. Even if it’s just random stuff, nothing important, they’re important to me. Gramps is great, and I love working on the ranch. But…I’m lonely. I feel disconnected, like I’m no one, like I don’t belong anywhere. Like I’m just here until something else happens. I don’t even know what I want with my future. But your letters, they make me feel connected to something, to someone.
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Ever,

These letters are often all that get me through week to week. Even if it’s just random stuff, nothing important, they’re important to me. Gramps is great, and I love working on the ranch. But…I’m lonely. I feel disconnected, like I’m no one, like I don’t belong anywhere. Like I’m just here until something else happens. I don’t even know what I want with my future. But your letters, they make me feel connected to something, to someone. I had a crush on you, when we first met. I thought you were beautiful. So beautiful. It was hard to think of anything else. Then camp ended and we never got together, and now all I have of you is these letters. S**t. I just told you I have a crush on you. HAD. Had a crush. Not sure what is anymore. A letter-crush? A literary love? That’s stupid. Sorry. I just have this rule with myself that I never throw away what I write and I always send it, so hopefully this doesn’t weird you out too much. I had a dream about you, too. Same kind of thing. Us, in the darkness, together. Just us. And it was like you said, a memory turned into a dream, but a memory of something that’s never happened, but in the dream it felt so real, and it was more, I don’t even know, more RIGHT than anything I’ve ever felt, in life or in dreams. I wonder what it means that we both had the same dream about each other. Maybe nothing, maybe everything. You tell me.

Cade

©2013 Jasinda Wilder (P)2014 Jasinda Wilder

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    Ruffian Madison, MS USA 02-18-14
    Ruffian Madison, MS USA 02-18-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm semi-retired at 67 and a recent Cancer survivor.

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    "Powerful and Memorable Forever and Always"

    I LOVED this audio...the story line is a good one and the characters are, for the most part, believable. Caden and Ever's lives are forever and always connected through a clever and skillfully crafted idea. I must admit to getting a bit weary of the angst and the 'overdone' letters (too many...we got the idea early on) but the story of how they met as teenagers, went their separate ways, only to stay connected over many years is quite well done and quite lovely. I still contend, as I have for many of the YA/NA books, that teenagers do not have the emotional maturity that is granted them by so many writers...however, given the events in both Caden's and Ever's lives, they maturity is slightly more acceptable. The book does progress through time as does their relationship and when they finally meet again, it is explosive and wonderful. Be forewarned, the book has a cliffhanger ending that will have you screaming for the second installment of their story. The second and third books are not out in audio yet but should be soon. You may want to read some of the reviews of those final two books of the trilogy before pursuing. The problem is not with Ms Wilder's writing skills at all. She is a gifted and powerful mind. It is the story.

    As for the narrators/readers, I love both of these folks. Piper Goodever and Gabriel Vaughn read the wonderful Wilder books Falling Into You and Falling Into Us. Ms. Wilder and Audible know a good thing when they hear it and this book is no exception.

    This is a very worthy listen...just be aware that there is a price (emotionally) to be paid at the end of this book and with the next two. I read/scanned them and wished I hadn't.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    smf denver, co 05-27-14
    smf denver, co 05-27-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, Male narrator all wrong"
    What made the experience of listening to Forever & Always the most enjoyable?

    I loved the story. It was different and kept my interest. I drive one hour each way to work and having this story to listen to always made the drive go by quickly.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Piper Goodeve and Gabriel Vaughan ’s performances?

    I loved Piper Goodeve and have since listened to other books she has narrated. Gabriel Vaughan read well, however he just didn't seem right for the part. The book describes a masculine, cowboy type (later on) and Gabriel seemed too feminine (no offense). I want to read the next books in the series, but I can't listen and imagine the character the way he's described and hear Gabriel's voice.... it's confusing. So, I will definitely read them, but I won't download the audio versions.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and no. The story was great, however I struggled with the male narrator.


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    kytten 08-29-14
    kytten 08-29-14 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Other books not here; have bad reviews in places"

    This first book was good, though I hate the cliffhanger endings that authors are putting in multi-part books now. I enjoyed the story very much. I love the relationship between Cade and Ever. It was very emotional both happy and sad and the ending was just gut wrenching.

    The multi-voiced narration didn't really do much for me, but it wasn't too much of a distraction either. I felt like Piper Goodeve could have done a better job. The way she pronounced certain words drove me up a wall for the first half of the book. Either I got sucked in and didn't notice or she got better as time went on.

    However, when I found out that the other 2 books weren't on Audible, I started poking around to see if they had been published, then started looking at ratings on Good Reads. Both the next 2 books are rated very low. So I started reading some of the reviews and with those, got spoilers.

    I won't spoil for anyone cuz that's not fair; but for myself, I don't think I can continue with the rest of the series knowing what's going to happen from here. If I'd gone blindly into the rest of this series I'd have been really angry. Now at least if I do choose to read, I won't be blindsided. I don't usually encourage people to look for spoilers, but in this case it might be something to think about.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Sacramento, CA, United States 02-24-14
    Nancy Sacramento, CA, United States 02-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Give me book 2 now!"

    How much pain can one person take before they just give up? This book had shows how even the smallest encounter can change your life. I love the main characters & I can't wait to see what happens with them next.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 03-10-15
    Lia Sutton, Australia 03-10-15 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Too much of everything"

    This book was a bit of a toss up for me. There were a few points where I couldn't put the book down, and then there were quite a few lulls where the story seemed to drag. There were also a few unrealistic elements of the plot that were a bit hard to overlook, like why Cade and Ever never called each other on the phone...or texted...or emailed each other. I think it is a far stretch of the imagination to believe that teenagers today would carry on a friendship without the use of modern electronics or social media.

    I was willing to overlook that though, because I really loved how they wrote back and forth to each other over the span of several years, and how the author took her time developing their relationship. Jacinda Wilder wrote the emotions of the characters extremely well. I could really feel what they were feeling. Although the story seemed to move slowly at times, there was definitely enough going on with both characters to keep me interested.

    But then it just seemed too much. People were dying left, right and center and I did not feel like it did much for the story. It didn't move it forward or strengthen the plot.
    And once Ever and Cade get together, I felt that more information about their love, their relationship, their day-to-day life was missing. Instead they were at it all the time like rampant bunnies. With the style of the story, the sex scenes were too drawn out. I think I know more about Ever's nipples than about my own.

    I don't know why - but it just seemed like too much of everything in the story. I missed a balance. It just felt too forced for me.

    I doubt I am going finish the remainder of this series.....I was really invested in the relationship of these two characters until the last 25% of this book, but now I feel like the rest of their story is just going to be some overly dramatic teen soap opera!

    Piper Goodeve , Gabriel Vaughan were really good with the delivery of the story

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 02-06-14
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 02-06-14 Member Since 2015

    I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again

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    "I NEED NEED NEED BOOK 2 NOW!!"

    Caden and Ever met at an Art's Summer Camp when they were fourteen/fifteen and they both felt an instant awareness of each other but at that innocent age they were both too romantically inexperienced. Both have tragedy in their families and a love for art which makes them firm friends but they live miles apart so they agree to become pen pals and begin writing to each other every week without fail.

    Over the years there's more tragedy, trials and tribulations ahead and, as they each start dating, they still continue to share teenage secrets that they wouldn't share with anyone else, give support and friendship to each other and they know they have each other despite everything. However, as they grew up their letters became far less frequent as their lives became more demanding and hectic but, despite everything, they never stopped thinking about each other.

    Then, years later, something pushed Caden over the edge and he just had to find Ever and that's when their emotional, touching, tender, beautiful and very very hot love affair begins. I daren't say more except fate intervened with tragic and devastating results...... and there's a OH NO, WOAH, WHAT, HOLY SH*T of a tissue clutching cliffhanger.

    Worth a credit? This was such a well-written emotional journey of two teenagers who were destined to be together but it took them years of character development and growth before they found that out. When I reached the end of this listen I felt so shocked, saddened and emotionally drained that it's going to take me a while to figure out what book could possibly follow this. But I was held riveted eager to share in every second of their growing romance so YES very creditworthy and I am desperately waiting book 2 which I will drop everything for.

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    Tosha FORT WORTH, TEXAS, United States 08-07-14
    Tosha FORT WORTH, TEXAS, United States 08-07-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Good but many sad moments"

    This is a well written story but requires your patience as it drags out the story line to force the next book. Steamy in the romance department once the author got to it. Too many sad moments for my taste, but probably realistic nevertheless .

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    Jenn Philips~Schoknecht 06-18-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"
    Where does Forever & Always rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great book, getting tired of waiting for book #2 though!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love Trilogies... The theory is that the story goes on and an like you're visiting with friends... But I am tired of waiting for book 2... may need to lose this friend and get on with life, find new ones.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erica 05-30-14
    Erica 05-30-14
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    "Rarely Do I Give 5 Stars"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Forever & Always to be better than the print version?

    I haven’t read the print version. Book 2 is not available in the audio format and when this happens I just wait for the release. With this book I can’t possibly wait for the audio version. This book was so good I will be actually reading the print version GASP!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cade is my favorite character. You can’t help but feel immense sorrow for him. No one should encounter so much turmoil especially so young. He sees himself as weak when actually he is very strong. Not many people could have carried on the way he did. When he finally was about to break he reached out to the one person who knew everything about him instead of taking the easy way and simply feeling sorry for himself and make reckless decisions.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is when the reconnect. The writing is done so well I could feel the intensity of their reconnecting. I felt like I was there watching them have this intimate and joyous reunion.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn’t cry but only because I don’t think a book could ever bring me to tears no matter the devastation. If I were an emotional person I could have cried through half the book so I can definitely see a person having extreme emotion towards the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is best I’ve read in years. It takes the reader through so many emotions. It’s sad and I mean sad but it also makes you smile. Should you get this book, most definitely!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    donna Amarillo, TX, United States 04-04-15
    donna Amarillo, TX, United States 04-04-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Engaging"

    This book has a slow start with the main characters not even being together except by mail for most of the book. It moves along rapidly after that though--maybe a little too fast! I also hate cliffhanger endings but I am sure I will continue the series. The characters are sympathetic and engaging. I love the narrators and have listened to many of their narrations. I think the fact that they are an actual couple adds to the books they do together.

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    What made the experience of listening to Forever & Always the most enjoyable?

    loved this the storry the flow of the person telling then story cannot wait for part two


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