Every Friday, a postcard.
Every Friday, a love poem.
Every Friday for sixty years.
Adam Colby is just doing his job, sorting through the unsold Alexander belongings after the estate sale. He is unprepared for what he finds in an old photo album, overlooked by the bargain hounds and treasure hunters—six decades of postcards and poems from Gabe Alexander to his wife, Pearl. The mystery of the Alexanders’ love entices Adam, a man unhinged by divorce and puzzled by the depth of commitment that he finds in the unabashedly romantic cards.
Forever Friday invites you to travel back in time to the early twentieth century Texas Coastal Bend where a young couple—Gabe and Pearl Alexander—are swept up in a miraculous love. As the heartwarming, pulse-quickening story of their relationship develops through Gabe’s poems, the Alexanders reveal a new way to consider what it means to be truly devoted to each other. Could the secrets of their love affair, laid to rest twenty years ago, hold the key to one man’s future?
(Synopsis and cover image via WaterBrook Multnomah)
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Confession: I am guilty of choosing books based on cover images. This is one of those covers. Who could resist the look of vintage postcards, old stamps, faded handwriting, and a couple looking toward the horizon at sunset? Well, not me!
Now that’s out of the way, on with the book itself. Timothy Lewis brings to the pages of Forever Friday hints of Nicholas Sparks and his love stories. Set in an era when marriage was a tradition not to be laughed at and when couples truly married “until death do us part,” Lewis has brought to life a couple whose love and romance fill the pages with sentimentality, reality, commitment, a reliance on trust in one another and God, and yes, romance.
With a premise centering around a young man hurting from the sting of divorce, Lewis introduces us to Adam Colby, an estate sale business owner. Adam happens across a stash of old postcards on which a poem is written and from the postmarks the cards were sent every Friday for six decades. Determined to learn more about Gabe and Pearl Alexander, Adam searches for family members who might be able to tell him more.
Lewis cleverly takes the reader back and forth from the present to Gabe and Pearl’s courtship and marriage and their six decades together. The beauty of their love is rolled out like a lush carpet in Gabe’s poems and his weekly commitment to send them on postcards to Pearl. This is proof that enduring love exists, and it thrives when two hearts set out to make it so.
While Adam is searching, he is also hoping that one day he will love again. But his hurt is deep and the uncertainty of finding someone like the Alexanders did seems impossible.
Where do the postcards take Adam? Who does he meet? Does the love that existed between the Alexanders change his own impression of what true love is?
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If you are a fan of vintage romance and the proof of long-lasting love affairs, Forever Friday is a book you will want to explore. The Alexanders rely on God’s presence in their lives, but the book does not make this the focus of its story line. This is just a beautifully written, lyrical work of prose telling what turns out to be a one of the best love stories I’ve read in a very long time.
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Meet the Author:
TIMOTHY LEWIS is an author and playwright. He has authored more than twenty plays/musicals. In addition, he teaches a beginning novel writing class at West Texas A&M University and co-directs a summer writing academy. Timothy is also a professional speaker, cowboy poet, actor, and songwriter. He drew inspiration for Forever Friday from the postcards sent between his great-aunt and great-uncle over a period of sixty years. He lives with his wife near Amarillo, Texas.
(Image and bio via WaterBrook Multnomah)
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Additional Information about the book:
- Trade Paperback
- Pages: 288
- ISBN: 9780307732217
- Fiction – Christian – Romance
- Fiction – Romance – Contemporary
- Fiction – Christian – General
Disclaimer: I received a copy of Forever Friday through WaterBrook Multnomah’s Blogging for Books program in exchange for a fair and honest review. The opinions expressed here are solely my own.