Chase hasn’t been back to Warren in fifteen years and he hasn’t spoken to Zoe or Roger in all that time. He has been in contact with his father but they never talked about Zoe so he didn’t even know she was still in town, never mind that she married Roger. The only regret he has about leaving town is the way he did it. He hurt his dad, Zoe and Roger but he’d had to get out. He’d felt stifled by the idea of living his entire life in Warren. Now that he’s back he isn’t entirely sure what to expect but he certainly hadn’t anticipated seeing Zoe happily married to Roger.
Chase doesn’t begrudge Zoe and Roger their happiness. In fact as the story of how their marriage came to be unfolds he’s grateful that Roger was there for her when Chase wasn’t. He’s never stopped loving Zoe and can’t help but wish that things had been different – even as he keeps any interactions between them on a strictly friendly level.
All their lives are thrown into a tailspin by a heart wrenching diagnosis that is guaranteed to change their lives. At times Zoe’s life seems too overwhelming for one human being to bear. Fortunately, Chase and Roger love her enough that when it comes to her happiness in the face of unbearable tragedy they stand united… even if one of them has trouble remembering some of his actions.
Be sure to have a healthy supply of tissues when you pick up A FOREVER KIND OF LOVE. It’s a beautiful love story complete with a happily-ever-after but there’s a wealth of life lessons and heartbreak that have to be handled first. Shiloh Walker’s writing is full of compassion for all of the characters involved in this story and because of that readers are easily able to empathize with them – and definitely cry along with them (I know I sure did). I’ve come to really appreciate Ms. Walker’s contemporary stories because of their emotional appeal but she surprised even me with A FOREVER KIND OF LOVE.