Title: Yes, Forever
Author: Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Pages/Word Count: 162 Pages
At a Glance: For the most part, this was a good book.
Reviewed By: Carrie
Blurb: John’s said no in the past, but now he has a chance at forever—if he can move past his doubts and say yes.
John Weston’s misspent youth has left him a more cautious man, one who doesn’t dare take a risk. He works, comes home, and every day seems like the one before. It’s what he deserves—it’s all he deserves. That’s what he’s convinced himself.
Added to his past mistakes, John has struggled with depression off and on for years. He keeps to himself, but he might come to realize that his reasons for doing so aren’t what he believed them to be.
One man appears, and John’s going to have to figure out why he prefers to hide from life, and if he’s ready to reach for something more.
Benji Marks, with his beautiful eyes and bright smile, makes John want things he never thought he could have.
Nothing comes easy, and heartbreak is a risk that John must weigh as he tries to sort out who he is and why he’s made the choices he’s made in the past.
Publisher’s Note: This book is also available as a five part serial.
Review: John Weston doesn’t believe that he is anything special.
No one would think there was anything special about his brown eyes and brown hair. He was just one six-foot tall, walking earth tone—shades of brown from his head to the fuzz on his calves.
However, John is a well written character. He’s a great guy who is just a little broken, but coping and hoping for more. I appreciate that the author treats his mental illness with the seriousness it deserves, and that she gave him a supportive family who help him deal with it in a practical way. He’s beloved by his neighbors, respected by his boss, and even though life may not be great, at least he is living it.
John has a difficult past—he suffers from severe clinical depression, among other things, and lives with the specter hanging over his head. Then, into his life comes Benji. I have to admit, I got whiplash reading about their first, second, and even third encounters with each other. Benji is a brat; the man has issues when we first meet him, and frankly, it took me awhile to warm up to him after his less than auspicious insertion in the story. I kept waiting for there to be a really good reason for the way he acts, but the reason we are given fell flat for me. I would like to say that by the end of the book Benji was a totally reformed character, but even on the last page I wasn’t totally convinced that he would stay with John forever, so I am calling this one a happy-for-now novel.
There are some great secondary characters in Yes, Forever. I would love to read Henry’s story, and the delightful elderly couple in his building stole their scenes.
For the most part, this was a good book—it is difficult to read at times, and has some controversial issues with religion embedded in the story, but I really wanted John to be happy and, in the end, he is.
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