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Now and Forever: A Review

Now and Forever


I read the first book in this series, Tried and True about nine months ago. Although not my favorite book, when the opportunity came for me to review the second book, I decided to try it.

Characters: .75/1

Each book by Mary Connealy does seem to get better in the character department, but there still seems to be something lacking. I can’t quite put my finger on it. I still liked Kylie, but she was barely in this book. Shannon and Matt were definitely interesting, especially when Shannon was making Matt’s pants and holding them hostage so he couldn’t get out of bed before his leg healed.

Dialogue: 1/1

At times hilarious, other times saddening.

Plot/storyline: .50/1

For the most part, the plot was great. It kept my interest and I wanted to know what happened next. Why does this have just ½ of a star then? The ending. The ending seemed like Mary was rushed and was like, “Oh no! My deadline is coming up and I’m already too close to my targeted word count. I need to end this quick!” It probably didn’t go that way, but that’s what it seemed like reading it.

Over-all writing quality: .75/1

The writing was very good. At no time did it pull me out of the story, except at the end.

Un-put-down-ability: 1/1

It was hard to put this book down. I had to find out who the culprit was for sure and how in the world he did it all. And whether Matt and Shannon would live on Shannon’s homestead or in his cabin.

Conclusion: 4/5

The book was good, to a point. If it hadn’t been for the rushed ending, I would have gladly given this book five stars and a hearty endorsement. As it is, I can’t do either. If you don’t mind rushed endings, feel free to read it. If you don’t want to be disappointed in the ending, you probably shouldn’t read this book.

Note: I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All comments are my own.

Faith Blum
<p>I am Faith Blum, author of over 25 books. Most of them are Christian Historical Fiction. I am a small-town Wisconsin girl. I have lived in, or outside of, small towns my whole life. The thought of living in a city with more than 60,000 people in it scares me, especially after some interesting adventures driving through big cities like Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.</p> <p>I currently reside in the middle of the state of Wisconsin with my husband and our cat, Smokey. I am blessed to be able to have writing as my full-time career with household work and cooking to do on the side. I am also teaching Writing Lessons, doing writing consulting, and am slowly building a Young Living Essential Oils business.</p>

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