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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan Fiction; Limited ed edition (May 5 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310610230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310610236
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 4.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #489,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As always, fantastic!!! Not only was it a great story filled with the love and mercy of God the added information and perspective about the war in the Middle East was truly an eye opener and really helped me to see different perspectives clearly and beautifully woven together.
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Karen kingsbury is always a good easy read, this book is no exception was easy to get addicted to the characters and story line. And it was hard to put the book down.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa491960c) out of 5 stars Wonderful Books! Aug. 31 2010
By stacikristine - Published on Amazon.com
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My friend bought me "Even Now" / "Ever After" when I'd injured my back and had to stay in bed for weeks. I couldn't put it down! These are the only Karen Kingsbury books I've read, but--at least in these books--she does an amazing job of helping you connect with the characters. I literally felt what they were feeling. There were times that I laughed, and there was one point where I was crying so hard that I couldn't see the pages. I didn't expect the endings at all, and I think that's one of the reasons I enjoyed the books so much--they seemed so real. I would highly recommend both of these books to any woman.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4919858) out of 5 stars wonderful Jan. 4 2009
By Linda Ruiz - Published on Amazon.com
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This book grabbed me in the first chapter and i had a hard time putting the book down to do anything else.This was the first time i had read a book from this author and i have already ordered another book to read that she has wrote.
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HASH(0xa491981c) out of 5 stars Great Read May 3 2010
By Chad House - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought a lot of Karen Kingsbury 4 the wife she loves em all. Great christain writer.
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HASH(0xa4919b10) out of 5 stars Where do I begin....? Aug. 30 2013
By M. L. Nicholas - Published on Amazon.com
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This was my first Karen Kingsbury book and I must say, she is an exceptionally talented writer. I'm just not a big fan of books that are pretty much driven by sorrow. Spoiler alert!!! These two novels follow a very young couple (both are 17 years old) that conceive a child during their junior year of high school. Having a 17 year old daughter at this moment, I didn't find this the least bit romantic, but I cannot say I didn't know this was the theme of the first book. Sadly, these two young lovers are torn apart by their very self-centered parents and the results are that one of them finds Jesus and one of them...doesn't. The author hints at the fact that if their parents had allowed them to get married (at 17) then everything would have turned out great! I'm just not so sure about that. Eventually their (now adult) daughter (having been raised by her maternal grandparents) ends up reuniting the three of them (her Mom thought she was dead....long story) and encouraging her parents to rekindle their romance. Shortly after they are reunited, there is another tragedy, then there is some good stuff, followed by an even more significant tragedy. Followed by a romance that just doesn't have legs because its too short. Get it? (Sorry.) I will say that Ms. Kingsbury's intent seemed to be to call attention to our Military men and women and the sacrifices each one of them have made and make every day. This comes through so well that I was compelled to offer to pay for a young serviceman's lunch at McDonald's recently, but he informed me that they are not allowed to accept money. So I told I'd pray for him and I have.
I'm really not trying to totally diss this book. As I said, the writing is spot on. But if you read to escape for a couple of hours each night, like I do, these books are not going to do that for you. If Ms. Kingsbury has any books with a happier tone, I would be glad to read them!
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HASH(0xa4919b70) out of 5 stars Better without the Politics Aug. 15 2013
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Torn apart as teenagers by those who should have loved them best and expecting a child, Shane Galanter and Lauren Anderson searched for each other for years, but after eighteen years, they've almost given up hope. Emily, the daughter Lauren thought she had lost, wants to find her parents and possibly bring healing to the family. She might not be able to do that, but she believes God can do it through her.

The last book I read by Karen Kingsbury became so gut-retching that I wouldn't read it's sequel. For a while, I was afraid this one was going to be the same way. It was at first, but then things began to turn around, and it became more hopeful. In the end, I must say I really enjoyed it. The only thing I questioned with mechanics and research is if Lauren would have worn shorts to an orphanage in Afghanistan. I think a reporter there would try to respect their customs to some degree. I was disappointed when, near the end, political stereotypes were blatant. All Christians were Republican, conservative, and supported the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The few non-Christians were all liberal, anti-war, and probably Democrat. A good writer should do better than this.

Emily Anderson has moved to the West Coast to be nearer her family and meets Justin Baker. She's never dated much and has devoted much of her time to soccer, writing, and college, but it doesn't take her long to realize Justin is the one for her. Remarkably, he feels the same about her. The only blot to her happiness is that her mother and father are having a hard time reconciling their opposing political views. Shouldn't a love that strong be enough? When real tragedy strikes, only God's strength and love will see them through and open another window to happiness.

At first, I was very put-off by this book. It began where the other left off, with even more slanted, biased political views expounded. And, although I agree with some of author's opinions, I see there are good and bad in all people. All military personnel are not heroes with no flaws and always right. Neither are all liberals and the media stubborn people who are always wrong and perpetuate erroneous concepts, because they refuse to recognize the truth. CNN, the New York Times, and Newsweek was certainly disparaged. I was uncomfortable with the fact that Karen Kingsbury seemed to have God siding with her viewpoints. Don't get me wrong, I have great respect for our soldiers and their families. However, I don't think all conservatives support them or all liberals abhor them. I think God loves us all, and, as authors, we need to be careful not to insert our opinions for what we have God thinking. Sticking to the Bible is always safest. It does show us the mind of God. Another example of this all or nothing, black or white view is the statement from the book, "Soldiers were men of faith." I really wish all soldiers were Christians with great faith, but this is not necessarily true.

Sometimes there were two speakers in one paragraph, which could be quite confusing. As Lauren and Shane's opposing political views tore them apart, despite a love as strong as
I've ever seen, I kept thinking, "How asinine! What is more important here?" I
actively stay abreast of current affairs, for it affects us all, but it is certainly not more important to me than anything else.

Toward the end, the views loosened a bit and were not so harsh, but the book became intense. If you plan to read this one, have a box of tissues at hand. It is certainly a tear-jerker. However, the ending is filled with hope and promise.

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Karen Kingsbury has remarkable talent as a writer, but these are not two of her best, because she injected too much of her own biases, instead of concentrating on telling her stories. If the one-sided political agendas were taken out, the novels would be outstanding, and, even though I have problems with the way the prejudices are presented, I would still recommend the books. The stories were that good.