Thursday, October 24, 2013

Forever Friday: Review

On its face, Forever Friday, by Timothy Lewis, is a story about romance.

Adam Colby has just lost his wife of twelve years to divorce and another man. He can’t even figure what went wrong, and he’s giving up on romance and forever love anymore.

Then, as he’s sorting through rubbish at an estate sale, he finds a stash of postcards that one man sent to his wife through sixty years of marriage. There’s a postcard for each Friday of their marriage, and each postcard has a short love poem.

So much is straight forward—and pretty obvious from the back cover blurb. From there, though, the story splits into three stories. The plot device here reminds me somewhat of The Girl in the Glass, where one thread follows a character’s search while two others weave separate backstories behind the main narrative.

In Forever Friday, one thread follows Adam’s quest to find out more about the Alexanders and their marriage. As this search progresses, a second plot thread uncovers how the postcards survived for Adam to find. And the closer Adam gets to his answers, the closer this thread brings him to the Alexander’s foster daughter, Yevette.

For me, though, the third thread is the most mysterious. I’ve not read much magical realism, and most of that was during college, but Forever Friday is a book that explores the edges of what might be. It’s not a supernatural story, because everything can be explained by everyday common sense, but it lets some questions linger about what might be.

It’s the third thread that introduces Huck Huckabee, the tomboy youngest daughter of a Southern family. She has an engagement ring, a knack for getting into trouble, and she may even have her own guardian angel. And when she runs into Gabe Alexander, all three just might collide. Their story has some high points of tension, but it’s largely the slow unfolding of a love story and what it means to be in love, forever.

My only minor complaint? I still don’t see how a first person narrator can jump so easily into describing another character’s third person view into events from sixty or seventy years before. But that’s minor. Lewis has his own knack for keeping the transitions clear and letting the music flow throughout the story.

As a bonus, Lewis even gives a note at the end, describing the two events that prompted him to write this novel—but maybe you should read the book itself first. If you want to check out the first chapter yourself, you can find it here, along with more information about the book.

[My thanks to WaterBrook Press for sending me an ARC of Forever Friday, in exchange for my honest opinion of the book.]

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