From the New York Times bestselling author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
“Touching and powerful...Reid masterfully grabs hold of the heartstrings and doesn't let go. A stunning first novel.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Have you ever heard of supernovas? They shine brighter than anything else in the sky and then fade out really quickly, a short burst of extraordinary energy. I like to think you and Ben were like that . . . in that short time, you had more passion than some people have in a lifetime.”
Elsie Porter is an average twentysomething and yet what happens to her is anything but ordinary. On a rainy New Year’s Day, she heads out to pick up a pizza for one. She isn’t expecting to see anyone else in the shop, much less the adorable and charming Ben Ross. Their chemistry is instant and electric. Ben cannot even wait twenty-four hours before asking to see her again. Within weeks, the two are head over heels in love. By May, they’ve eloped.
Only nine days later, Ben is out riding his bike when he is hit by a truck and killed on impact. Elsie hears the sirens outside her apartment, but by the time she gets downstairs, he has already been whisked off to the emergency room. At the hospital, she must face Susan, the mother-in-law she has never met—and who doesn’t even know Elsie exists.
Interweaving Elsie and Ben’s charmed romance with Elsie and Susan’s healing process, Forever, Interrupted will remind you that there’s more than one way to find a happy ending.
In her touching and powerful debut, Reid masterfully grabs hold of the heartstrings and doesn't let go. A mere six months after their chance meeting at a pizza joint, Elsie Porter and Ben Ross impulsively elope, confident in the knowledge they'll be happy forever. Nine days later, happily-ever-after evaporates when Ben's bike collides with a truck, killing him instantly. Soon, Elsie is navigating the shoals of planning a funeral with Ben's initially hostile mother, Susan, and learning how to live without her true love. The author beautifully weaves Ben and Elsie's courtship throughout the narrative, showing the reader the deep love that has bloomed and the utter capriciousness of the fate that has taken that away. As Elsie and Susan begin to heal, they offer each other strength borne of their shared experience which helps each of them open doors, once again, to the possibility of love. A stunning first novel.
Well written but…
Really appreciate TJR’s writing and the real take on grief but I found the character to be fairly uninteresting and at times selfish…
Love the author and obsessed with his work.
I don’t normally leave reviews and honestly I’m not finished with the book, I’m in part two. But if you have anxiety about losing loved ones just know this book will rip you to shreds. I’ve fortunately never grieved the loss of someone I see as my soulmate, but now that I’ve found mine… this book made that bond so much more special to me. This book will make you cherish your life and the people in it but if you’re like me- you’ll sob and hyperventilate from the way this book is written. It’s beautifully devastating.