Review: Beyond Forever – Rhonda Frankhouser

Beyond Forever Book Cover Beyond Forever
Let Yourself Believe Series Book 1
Rhonda Frankhouser
Contemporary Women's Fiction
February 1, 2019

Wise beyond her thirty-three years, advice columnist, Lily Anne Fincher, relishes being the consummate wall on which everyone leans. It gives her life purpose and makes her feel needed and loved even when people ignore her advice. She never considers the possibility of her own happily ever after, until she catches the shy, handsome guy in a three-piece suit, watching her from behind a newspaper in the downstairs coffee shop.Stoic investment banker, David Morris, never plans on falling for a younger woman, especially a stubborn, rough-around-the-edges, journalist. They come from such different backgrounds. It seems unfathomable, but her easy confidence and flirtatious smiles makes his blood pressure rise. When she finally works up the nerve to approach him, he can’t avoid her. Determined not to allow anything to ruin their chance at forever, Lily ignores the signs of looming disaster. Is this the end of their fairy tale? Or just the beginning?

Reviewed by Melissa Brus

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

This book is an unflinching and real look at a beautiful couple. Lily Fincher is an advice columnist, and so much more. She is truly a free-spirit who thrives with a sense of purpose in her column. Through a series of flashback vignettes, we see Lily meet and fall in love with David Morris. From the first time Lily approaches David, he knows his conservative, buttoned up life, will never be the same. Frankhouser lets us see into one of the most intimate periods of life. She shows us the myriad reactions of friends, family, and the most vulnerable moments of Lily and David’s life together. It is at least a two tissue box book!

Ok. So spoiler alert from here!

Reading this book is a beautiful experience. Watching the strength and love as Lily faces her death is both excruciating and oh so lovely. The fact that everybody in her life has such different and genuine reactions to her cancer is my favorite part of the story. That Lily has the insight to understand this and still allows herself to feel the anger and loss this creates for her is amazing, yet she still as the strength to forgive. Definitely recommend this book, but with the caveat that you not pick this one for the coffee shop. I had tears streaming down my face and could not put it down.

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