This is my first ‘Off the Bookshelf’ post, I am so pleased to be able to share with you all my review of Almost Forever by Laura Danks.
Perfect for fans of Nicholas Sparks, Cecelia Ahern and Jojo Moyes
Can love truly conquer all?
When a vicious attack leaves Paul in a coma on his wedding day, the doctors fear he will never wake up. But his fiancée Fran will never give up hope.
Fran has always known Paul is the only man for her, from the first moment they locked eyes as children to the day he finally told her he loved her. Paul can’t leave her, not now their lives are just about to begin.
Love will always find a way… won’t it?
My goodness, this is an immensely emotional book to read, the writing is incredibly powerful, raw and heartbreaking. What surprises me most is that this is Laura Danks’s debut. This really is unbelievable as this is good – no good doesn’t really justify just how stunning this book is. It pulls at the heartstrings and I can guarantee that you will be reaching for the tissues, especially with lines like this; “Why isn’t my love enough?”
Francesca and Paul are your dream couple, child heart sweethearts who after all the years together are still very much in love. On the day of their wedding, the day starts off just like another for them. They are getting ready to elope to Las Vegas for Fran’s dream wedding, under the moonlight with her beloved Paul beside her. When tragedy strikes, Paul is maliciously and cruelly attacked by a gang of thugs when he tries to save a woman’s life at the corner shop, leaving him in a coma fighting for his life.
The story is told through Fran’s eyes, we see her go from waking up that morning full of excitement knowing she will be marrying her one true love, to having to see her husband-to-be in intensive care facing an unknown future. I absolutely love how the story goes from the present day to glimpses of Fran and Paul throughout the years. Those memories showing how they met, spent holidays together and touching moments between them are beautiful and take the reader on a poignant journey through Fran and Paul’s past and really showcase just how much they truly love one other, which makes the outcome of their story all the more heartbreaking.
The writing is spectacular, Ms Danks has a true gift, she has captured Fran’s emotional state of mind with so much raw realism that you feel every tear, every laugh every turmoil that she goes through. I literally read this in one go, I couldn’t put it down. It grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let me go. It’s mesmerising and compelling, and the writing is flawless. I cannot recommend this book enough and I will definitely be reading more from Laura Danks, she is an amazing writer and a kind one too as a portion of her royalties for the sale of this book will be donated to the Stroke Association.
Almost Forever is available now from Amazon.