Suddenly Forever by Teresa Tysinger

October 8, 2020

AUTHOR: Teresa Tysinger
SERIES: Laurel Cove Romance, Book 2
GENRE: Contemporary Christian Romance
PUBLISHER: Good Day Publishing
RELEASE DATE: October 6, 2020
PAGES: 248

On the outskirts of Laurel Cove, North Carolina sits a quiet lake tucked into gentle mountains carpeted with the brilliant colors of autumn. Grief binds the lake’s only residents into an unlikely family, where old and new love build a bridge between loss and hope.

For years, best-selling author Cora Bradford has worked tirelessly to tread the unrelenting waves of grief in solitude. That is until a new neighbor moves in down the road and threatens to disrupt what she’s carefully preserved of the life she once knew. Will God ever answer her prayer for peace and calmer waters?

Following a scandal, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Luke Bassett escapes to the one place in the world he’s ever experienced peace—his mother’s cabin on the lake where he spent childhood summers. But the memory of her and the mistakes he made are hardly peaceful. To make matters worse, he gets off to a rocky start with his bitter, but breathtakingly beautiful, neighbor. Was running away from the life he’s always known the biggest mistake of all, or the beginning of something he never knew he wanted?

Spunky, opinionated, and recently widowed Ina McLean is alone for the first time in over ninety years. When Cora and Luke come together to care for their only other neighbor, Ina’s belief in God’s goodness through life’s ups and downs works to restore their hope in learning to live—and love—again.

My Thoughts 
What can I say about this book!? I absolutely LOVED it!! I had a feeling I would, even though in the back of my mind I was a bit scared it wouldn't live up to my standards.I fell in love with Teresa when I read her first book in the Laurel Cove Series "Someplace Familiar". (Like I totally stalked her on Facebook and on Instagram to find out when her next book would come out type of love!!) I was super excited to make it as part of her street team. That was just icing on the cake for me! She is a fantastic and lovely person to know and work with.

This book touches you on so many levels. Definitely tissues must be on hand when reading this story. The three main characters are Cora, Luke and Ina. They are going through different stages of grief which binds them together and they form a peculiar family unit. I loved the relationships they develop with each other. Cora and Ina already knew each other so when Luke comes in the mix it becomes interesting. The relationship between Luke and Cora is beautiful and hard at first. When someone has held on to grief for that long it is hard to let go and you definitely can feel that pain and struggle to let go as you are reading their story. At times it is hard for Luke and you definitely feel for him and goodness he is so patient!! A perfect gentleman and hunky one at that!! 

I absolutely loved Ina. She is the spunky neighbor who becomes like their grandmother. She has been through her share of ups and downs in life and dealt with grief a lot longer so she can share a lot more insight to the heartaches that Luke but especially Cora have. She makes you laugh, cry and you really can't help falling in love with this character. 

Teresa did an outstanding job at dealing with the rather difficult subject of grief.  She made you feel the characters pain but also that in the midst of all that we must cling on to the One who will sustain us and continually be with us no matter what happens. It was lovely to return to Laurel Cove, North Carolina and even see some of the characters from the first book. This is can definitely be read as a stand alone book... but seriously you just need to get both because they are equally amazing!

My Rating: 5 Stars/ Loved it SO much!! Can't rave about it enough! 

Favorite Quotes/Musings: 

" There is nothing you can't endure with God as your rock."

"The past is not something to give up or to hold on. It just is the past, child. Nothing you do from this day forward can change or replace the wonderful life you had with Christopher." 

" The Bible tells us that the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it. God is fighting for your healing, child. Believe and have faith."

"And sometimes, in order to survive, one had to let the current lead them away from where the wreckage lay below. To calmer water. To where friendly winds blew. To solid ground. Where living could continue beyond survival and thrive. 

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(I received a copy of this book from the author. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

About the Author

I am a wife and mother transplanted from North Carolina now living in North Texas. When not working as a communications/graphic design professional, I write charming southern romances inspired by grace. I am a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Religious Communicators’ Council, and the Association for Women in Communications. I’m blessed to have spent over a decade telling stories of faith through written word.

Now to the important stuff… I love Jesus, coffee, caramel, and stories with happy endings!

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