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..Show More » 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.
This one picks up right after the Christmas Eve accident that leaves Caden severely injured and Ever in a persistent coma. Caden's recovery and his th..Show More »erapy a good portion of one chapter as it describes his slow but fairly steady progress. Following his injuries Caden is unable to drive so it's Eden that gets him both to his own doctor's appointments and visits to Ever becomes a dual proposition. Okay for anyone who hasn't read the jacket on book three of the trilogy I'm about to hit you with a major SPOILER ALERT HERE. What happened between Eden and Caden seemed inevitable to me from the time the words persistent vegetative coma were spoken. Ever was not only the connection between them, she was in some ways their only connection to the outside world for either of them. Add to that Eden is Ever's twin and the closest Caden can get to the woman he loves. In Eden's case she's always been envious of her sister and has always wanted what Ever had. Some of the reviewers have seemed shocked by the outcome of their togetherness; however I could see no other way that it was gonna go. Two desperate, frantic people with only one friend and one real connection outside of their own worlds it had to happen the way it did. Even the event that pushes Eden to run away will dovetail with the realities of Ever's current condition. I'm risking my man card by writing this, but it's a great followup and I've already purchased book three. I just hope I'm capable keeping my tears down to the level of two overly hormonal post adolescent girls on that one.
This, the third book in the Ever trilogy finishes the series strong. For the first time Eden becomes a featured entity as she runs away in order to es..Show More »cape the fallout she knows will come; due to the whole sleeping with her twin's husband and becoming pregnant thing. So she does her best to come to terms being pregnant by her brother-in-law, finding herself in the solitude plus finding love on the upper peninsula. This book has some flaws, some over-the-top scenes and of course, a lot of drama. More importantly it also contains a series of poignant moments; the introduction of a wonderful family that differs from those of the previous books main characters. The climax of this audiobook is predictable; (at least it was to me) but also quite logical given the characters circumstances. The flaws; Eden's love interest Carter's transition seems a little too abrupt to take seriously, and given all the circumstances, Eden's continual fear and barely discernible self esteem came off as more than a little ridiculous. I mean given her description of Carter and all he went through with prior to starting a relationship with her, he's obviously not gonna pick up and leave anytime soon. Really taking on being her entire support system during her pregnancy; not to mention doing a $100,000 remodel on her residence for free. I doubt that any 27 year old man would go to those lengths to just to hit it a few times; then drop her and git it. The extreme dysfunctional nature of Cade and Ever's marriage once she awakens from her long coma would seem to be too shaky to last as it was. Alas the timing of this story line depended on their ability to walk the wire between the past and the truth under that amount of pressure for over six months without losing control at some point. Those small holes were more than covered by the wit and the depth of the author's prose and her skill in bringing her characters to life. The narrators; particularly Piper Goodeve were great; I really liked the ending. Of more importance, in our mismatched group of four one of the women actually boo-hooed more than I did. After originally giving up far too quickly on book one of the trilogy I fell into the rhythm of book and listened to the next two in less than a week. This was an excellent series and this book is the best of three.