I received this book for free from the TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Lot Like Forever by Jennifer Snow
Published by Entangled, Amara on August 23, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Holiday, Fiction / Small Town & Rural
Source: TLC Book Tours
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Whitney Carlisle has everything under control—or at least that’s what she needs everyone in Blue Moon Bay to think. She has always faced the hard times in her life head-on and come out stronger for it. But this time, she isn’t so sure. Whitney knows she needs help, but how can she put that burden on Trent, her fiancé? How can she crush his dreams by telling him the plans they made for a future together have to change?
All Trent Connolly wants is to get married, have kids, and spend the rest of his life loving Whitney. Their relationship has had its share of ups and downs—like any other couple—and they’ve always managed to get through it unscathed. So when Whitney is clearly struggling with something, Trent is ready to help. His fiancée’s strong will is part of what draws him to her—but this time, it feels like it’s pushing him away.
Whatever Whitney is hiding from everyone has to be big. Possibly life-changing. She must believe that revealing her secret would do Trent more harm than good, even if it crushes her under the weight of it. The only thing he can do now is be there for her in whatever way she needs…until a secret of his own comes to light that threatens to steal their chance at forever.
This week I read Jennifer Snow’s A LOT LIKE FOREVER, the third installment in the Blue Moon Bay series. I do enjoy contemporary romances set in small towns, and my first experience with a Jennifer Snow novel was entertaining. A LOT LIKE FOREVER features an engaged couple that has been together for seven years but have yet to set a date, mainly because workaholic Whitney Carlisle can’t find the time to do any of the usual wedding things. Her fiancé Trent Connolly supports Whitney but is hitting his limit with her not committing to them actually getting married.
Whitney is hiding a very large secret from everyone, one that is life shattering if ignored too long. And as things get worse she starts pushing Trent away more and more. While Trent is baffled as to why she’s so distant lately, their friends are equally clueless. The fact that Whitney can’t confide in the love of her life, especially when he’s her biggest supporter, is a red flag to me. Most of the novel could have been resolved very quickly if she’d just open up and be honest to the man who wants to spend the rest of his life with her.
The novel flashes back and forth between the present and seven years earlier when they first started dating. I liked seeing them both when their relationship was exciting and new. Whitney was very likable during those flashbacks, and she’s very fixated on work and scared in the present which makes her a bit unrelatable to me. Trent was always loving, fun, supportive, and very loyal throughout those years, and he was a great character to get to know.
I give A Lot Like Forever a 3.5 out of five. While I enjoyed this book overall, the main conflict of Whitney being afraid to face the truth of her dire situation and tell everyone was just a bit too much for me. The writing was fantastic and the pacing was great, but the ending felt very rushed. Trent’s obstacle came very late in the book and wasn’t as fleshed out as I’d have liked. The setting was very charming and picturesque. There were several things that we were left hanging with at the end, but I’m assuming that will be a future book. The epilogue made me happy to see how everyone was doing about a year in the future.
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About Jennifer Snow
Jennifer Snow is a USA Today Bestselling Author writing contemporary romance fiction for Grand Central Publishing, Entangled and Harlequin. Her stories range in heat level from sweet to sexy and are set everywhere from big cities to small towns. Her books are light and humorous, but also full of heart, featuring families and communities readers love to visit over and over again.
Originally from Newfoundland, Canada, she now resides in Spain with her husband, son and three mischievous cats.
She currently publishes psychological thrillers under her pen name J.M. Winchester and writes screenplays and TV shows in her ‘spare’ time. Her holiday rom-com, Mistletoe and Molly airs Christmas 2021!
More information can be found on her website at www.jennifersnowauthor.com
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