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This, the third book in the Ever trilogy finishes the series strong. For the first time Eden becomes a featured entity as she runs away in order to escape the fallout she knows will come; due to the whole sleeping with her twin's husband and becoming pregnant thing. So she does her best to come to terms being pregnant by her brother-in-law, finding herself in the solitude plus finding love on the upper peninsula.
This book has some flaws, some over-the-top scenes and of course, a lot of drama. More importantly it also contains a series of poignant moments; the introduction of a wonderful family that differs from those of the previous books main characters. The climax of this audiobook is predictable; (at least it was to me) but also quite logical given the characters circumstances.
The flaws; Eden's love interest Carter's transition seems a little too abrupt to take seriously, and given all the circumstances, Eden's continual fear and barely discernible self esteem came off as more than a little ridiculous. I mean given her description of Carter and all he went through with prior to starting a relationship with her, he's obviously not gonna pick up and leave anytime soon. Really taking on being her entire support system during her pregnancy; not to mention doing a $100,000 remodel on her residence for free. I doubt that any 27 year old man would go to those lengths to just to hit it a few times; then drop her and git it.
The extreme dysfunctional nature of Cade and Ever's marriage once she awakens from her long coma would seem to be too shaky to last as it was. Alas the timing of this story line depended on their ability to walk the wire between the past and the truth under that amount of pressure for over six months without losing control at some point.
Those small holes were more than covered by the wit and the depth of the author's prose and her skill in bringing her characters to life. The narrators; particularly Piper Goodeve were great; I really liked the ending. Of more importance, in our mismatched group of four one of the women actually boo-hooed more than I did. After originally giving up far too quickly on book one of the trilogy I fell into the rhythm of book and listened to the next two in less than a week. This was an excellent series and this book is the best of three.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Saving Forever to be better than the print version?
I wouldn't say that the audio edition of it was better. It was EQUALLY good. The narrators properly animated this truly perfect series ending tale. I suspect I'll do another re-read via audiobook in the future. It is definitely my favorite book in the trilogy.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Carter was my favorite character. I sympathized with him because of the tragic event that caused him to stop speaking. I love that his early interactions with Eden triggered his desire to change. He saw the value in being Eden's friend and was determined and strong enough to be just that inspite of her insistence that she was not worthy. He is just a compassionate soul that I simply couldn't get enough of in this novel. He is one of the best book boyfriends ever.
What about Piper Goodeve and Gabriel Vaughan ’s performance did you like?
Piper Goodeve just has a flawlessly good narrating style and is one of my favorite narrators. She animates both female and male voices well without ever sounding ridiculous, no easy feat. Overall I liked Gabriel Vaughan even though his ability to sound bored always worries me. He was more consistent in tone on this performance than on his Falling into You performance. So that was a huge relief.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes, I had the same extreme why did Caden and Eden cross the boundary line reaction that I had before when I read the e-book. The line crossing doesn't occur in this novel, but the ramifications do. I loved that both Ever and Carter loved Caden and Eden enough to forgive them and were able to show compassion where others like myself may not have been able to under the same circumstances. I will always, ALWAYS think that what Caden and Eden did was 100% avoidable. But admittedly, seeing how they both suffered and regretted their actions and how Ever, the most mutually important person in their life, eventually understood, forgave and encouraged all three of them to move forward together was incredible.
Any additional comments?
One of my favorite Carter and Eden moments:
"Eden, everyone deserves friendship and understanding. That's all I'm offering."
"So are you."
And this quote below sums up the theme of this novel really well:
'Forgiveness is a choice. And so is love.' Caden
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A new Author for me, but I am hooked. Once I had read Forever And Always I had to keep reading and Cade and Ever's life became addictive. I had to know what happened to each of these characters. I thought the Trilogy was beautifully written and the 'pen-pal' concept very cleverly woven into this 'war' of life situations this couple were bombarded by and had to deal with. The story was very well read.
A literary rollercoaster. I thoroughly enjoyed it.