Thank you to Atria Books for providing me this free copy in exchange for an honest review. All opionions are my own.
It is rare that I specifically reach out to a publisher and request a book. I asked for this one, I wanted this one something fierce. Why? First off, I became a fan of Sarah Pekkanen's after reading The Wife Between Us which she co-wrote with Greer Hendricks. Second, the book cover and the title for me went hand in hand in making a joint effort to pull me in. Did I love it? Do you need to read it? Keep reading to find out.
'Physical intimacy was the only thing that set a marriage apart from all the other relationships in your life.' - Josie, The Ever After
Sarah Pekkanen's The Ever After was exactly the type of read I was looking for. This is a perfect summer read. I don't say that because it's a light read, I say that because it's an addictive story that you won't want to put down. The story of Josie and Frank Moore is told in alternating time lines, primarily in present day and in the past, with a small glimpse into the future sprinkled in at the end. Anyone who has ever been married, been a parent or both will tell you that none of the roles are easy. Pekkanen gripped my heart and gave me all the feels, literally. I felt angry, hurt, sad, crushed, hopeful, sympathetic, empathetic and at times even happy. I have never been through the trials that the Moore's were facing but Pekkanen completely immersed me in their marriage turmoil. I felt as though I slipped my person into the skin of Josie Moore. The writing was phenomenal and the story, while it was heartbreaking, was raw and gritty and realistic. It hurt to read this, but it was healing in a way I never would have expected. This one will stay with me for a long time, y'all.
I give The Ever After 4.5 memorable stars out of 5.