Julianna Doran caught her first soul searing glimpse of sea captain Brom Vanderzee when she was a girl of fifteen playing with a Quija board. He was a vision who would haunt her dreams for years. Julianna knew the days of pirate ships were over, but where else would she find a man so enticingly handsome, so boldly dangerous, so... forbidden?
The years pass for Julianna. About to be wed, she grabs her last chance to understand the wild yearning of her heart. Returning to the haunted Hudson River mansion where she first encountered her dashing sea captain, Julianna is rewarded by one exquisitely beautiful and undeniably real night of passion with Brom Vanderzee. But the scoundrel disappears afterwards without a trace!
Julianna must find him, if only to feel once again the heat of his demanding lips on hers - and she crosses the boundaries of her world to join him in his, becoming this pirate's woman in the whirlwind of magic and adventure of a love strong enough to last for all time!
This book left me sobbing, yes actually sobbing, as dawn broke but I just couldn't stop listening, desperate yet dreading the ending and marvelling at this breathtaking and unforgettable time travel romance. I got totally caught up in all the mystery and magic as two beautiful but tortured love stories slowly unfold and then they became forever entwined. One deep love and soul connection is for Elliot a handsome actor and is set in 1899 and the other one pulling at Julianna's soul is for Brom a long dead swarthy Dutch Sea Captain whose all consuming love engulfed her and constantly called her back to 1699.
I'm going to have to listen to a lot more from this talented author because this love story was just so beautiful, touching and magical. But there's also humor, mild sex, vivid descriptions of both centuries and a selection of other interesting secondary characters too to capture your imagination.
The female narrator did an excellent job in bringing the characters, their emotions and the mystery to life and IMHO, because of this, she made an excellent book unforgettable.
Worth a credit? Yes, and I think I'm going to be using a lot more credits on her other books too.
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What did you love best about Sweet Forever?
The time travel story line. Should you disrupt fate for your lover? Probably historical correct, Captain Kidd's wife really was named Sarah.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Laurence Bouvard?
I didn't like the female character voices: whiny and high pitched like pre-teen brats. I found Julianna, Sarah and especially young Macon as irritating and sufferable. I don't know why Elliott had a Texas accent, but I enjoyed Brom even if his accent seemed more German than Dutch.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
It took me a few days but it always kept my attention albeit predictable at times.
Any additional comments?
Sex with 2 different men in two different centuries! Too much b@@b talk and a different reader would have been better with less sugary whine, more womanly deliverance.