"Some great romances worth telling are never told, their lovers slipping silently between life's timeworn cracks only to be pitched with yesterday's trash. As owner of a small estate-sale business, I'd witnessed evidence over the years of various couple's love lives. So I'd learned to sift through the piles of forgotten memories. Learned to appreciate a second look...and perhaps ease my pain.
That was how I discovered the postcards.
Bargain hounds and treasure hunters pushed through the heavy front door of Gabe and Pearl Alexander's beloved home early before rushing away to their next classified find. Antique buyers, who were more savvy, missed the cards because they were camouflaged among several dozen identical photo albums. Inside their vinyl maroon covers, these albums held not the usual faded family snapshots, but hundreds of colorful postcards revealing six decades of married passion recorded in rhyme beside canceled postage stamps.
Surprised to find postcards poems instead of photos, I began reading them in between my dealings with customers. As a thirty-eight-year-old man who had once committed to "forever," I was intrigued. What was this couple's secret? In a fast food world of abbreviated relationships, what supernatural love potion kept Gabe and Pearl enamored with each other for more than half a century? I'm not sure I believed in love anymore, especially married love, but found myself becoming more entranced as each minute passed. Even though the Alexanders had lived together in the same house, the postcards were sent over the years from Gabe to Pearl, beginning in 1926. Each unique card was signed "Forever, Gabe," the poem connecting an episode of their love to the picture on the front.
My guess was Gabe died in the mid-1980's, because that's when the cards stopped." (pg. 1-2).
Move over Nicholas Sparks!!! There is an incredible new author I can't wait for you to pick up his debut novel, Forever Friday. For those of you that love "The Notebook," then you will love this one without a doubt. I was completely captivated and mesmorized by this heartwarming love story that spans across sixty years of a man who vowed to do what he could to show the woman of his life, his wife, just how much he loved her by sending her postcards with a poem penned from his heart every single Friday til he died. Now Adam Colby, who happens upon the postcards tucked away in a photo album while going through an estate sale feels that he has stumbled across something more, perhaps the secret to making love and marriage last through the story he uncovers researching Gabe and Huck Alexander.
I received Forever Friday by Timothy Lewis compliments of Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for my honest review and received no monetary compensation for a favorable one. This book takes the readers back to the life of Gabe and Pearl, who you will learn loves to be called Huck instead, as they meet and spend sixty years of love together. You will learn the secret to defeating The Long Division that claims so many marriages today and how one man's undying love captivated not only Pearl's heart but also the reader's heart as well. I only hope this is the start to something wonderful with Timothy Lewis and I can't wait to see what comes next in his novels. By far, one of my favorite love stories this year and one that has a new-found permanent home in my personal library. Well worth every single one of the 5 out of 5 stars!!!! You won't want to miss this one!
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- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: WaterBrook Press (September 3, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307732215
- ISBN-13: 978-0307732217
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches