Days after finishing this amazing book, I’m still thinking about it. Thinking and feeling all the gut churning emotions that saw me putting the story down on occasions so I could take a break and breathe. Ms Fields brought out feelings I didn’t see coming, heck I didn’t even know I had, and she wrecked me in the best possible way. It all took me by surprise, including how my understanding and perceptions of Lars and Daphne would change as the story progressed. I will admit, I didn’t get Daphne at all at first. From a wealthy family, she appeared stuck up and entitled. I soon found out I couldn’t have been more wrong. Her ability to show her vulnerability whilst still remaining true to herself blew me away. She was selflessness and self-sacrificing and if it was possible to hug a fictional character, I would’ve given her the biggest squeeze.
As we often do when we’re young, these two acted impulsively and without thought to the consequences of their actions, but they really couldn’t have anticipated the turbulent times ahead. Struggling to find their own identity whilst needing to grow up more quickly than most, I could see how even the foolish decisions Lars and Daphne made, and they certainly made some doozies, would make sense to them at the time. Even though I was shouting “no”, I got it, why they did what they did and my heart broke for them more than once.
To say this story took me by surprise is an understatement. It’s raw and brutal at times and I did not expect the depth of feelings it evoked. Even though there were times my heart felt bruised, by the end, this author and the perfectly imperfect couple she created left it feeling full. The quality of the writing, the ebb and flow, the highs and lows made for one incredible, unforgettable love story and I adored every angsty moment of it.
I’ve hit a great reading streak recently. Book after book of well-written, entertaining romances, but this one, Forever and Never knocked me over. This book had me living every heartbreak, every dumb decision, every moment of triumph with Lars and Daphne. And you know what I felt at the end? Bereft. I felt a hole in my heart because I didn’t want to let them go. I still don’t. Ella Fields has effectively ruined my reading mojo for a bit with this epic book hangover.
One of the reasons I fell so hard for this story is because I am infatuated with all things Daphne and Lars. Not because they are idyllic or a perfect heroine and hero, but because they are real. These characters, like most of Ella’s, are flawed and they do awful things when they are hurt or damaged by someone they love. Ultimately, though, that is why I love Ella’s books. She doesn’t write about the fantasy. She writes about reality, and in real life, people do the wrong thing sometimes, even with the right intentions. But even when Lars and Daphne are at odds with each other and doing deplorable things, the love emanates from their eyes, from the motivation behind their actions. And even though, they have their rough moments, I love who they were at their core – Lars with his artistic and intense devotion, and Daphne with her guarded heart. I’ll never forget these two or their journey.
What makes Ella a one-click author for me is her writing. Yes, I love her authentically flawed characters, and her ability of capture my attention with her often unconventional romances, but her ability to make me live in the story and experience the highs and the lows with them is what keeps me coming back. I’m always emotionally spent when I’m done an Ella Fields book, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Books are about living within the pages, and I love all the heartbreaking, breathtaking, and soul-altering moments of each and every book. FOREVER AND NEVER, did all of this. ALL OF IT.
On top of all of these reasons, the themes and ideas of forgiveness and love, although changing and altering, remains, and this poignant message resonated. The love she writes about, while at times ugly, is the real stuff. It survives the hardships, the disappointment and betrayals. Love endures, and there isn’t anything more romantic than that notion.
Ella Fields has destroyed my heart, and it’s been Pieced back together a bit wonky. I feel a bit bruised, but, to me, that is the sign of a good book, one that burrows into your mind and heart, and alters you. And for that, FOREVER AND NEVER, will without a doubt be a top read of 2019!
ARC received in exchange for an honest review
Lars Bradby was supposed to be my forever.
That was before we found out he would become a father at the tender age of eighteen.
For years, he’d watched me.
For months, he’d wanted me.
For weeks, he’d chased me.
Relentless and infuriating, he turned my stubborn heart into something pliable and weak.
Sly and honest, he worked his way into my life as though he’d always planned to be the focal point of it.
In love and naive, even when our future seemed bleak, I believed in us.
Heartbroken and desperate, I tore my bleeding heart from my chest, wanting only the best for him.
In doing so, our forever wasn’t just interrupted. It was chased away with one irreversible decision after another.
And now, we could no longer see it beneath the heaping piles of debris we’d left in our wake.
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Dashiell Thane wasn’t a nice guy.
He was an abrasive, demanding, conniving, intolerable brat.
Yet somehow, we’d been best friends our whole lives.
Until our senior year when I finally decided to dip my toes into the dating pool.
All it took was one kiss for jealousy, lies, and betrayal to sweep in and propel us heart first into dizzying, hostile depths.
You’re not supposed to kiss your best friend.
You’re definitely not supposed to kiss your best friend while you’re dating someone else.
And the absolute worst thing you could do is fall for your best friend.
Unless, of course, you want to ruin everything.
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About Ella Fields
Ella Fields is a mother and wife who lives in the land Down Under. While her kids are in school, you might find her talking about her characters and books to her two cats. She’s a notorious chocolate and notebook hoarder who enjoys creating hard-won happily ever afters.
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