1. In Forever After, Jenna Morgan has the difficult task of grieving a husband she never really loved. Have you ever faced a similar situation, feeling the need to pretend grief over someone you’re actually relieved is gone? How did you handle the situation? Did you share this truth with anyone? What was their reaction?
2. Lucas Vermontez feels his life is not worth living if he can’t get back on the firefighting crew. Have you ever been prevented from holding a job or answering a calling you feel you were created for, but for some reason didn’t qualify for? How did you handle it? Were you ultimately able to do that task, or is it something you continue to be denied? In either circumstance, how did that make you feel?
3. Jenna is essentially kicked out onto the street after an argument with her in-laws. Her pride dictates that she spend the night in her car on a freezing night rather than go to the homeless shelter. Would you make the same decision if you had no place to go? What other options might Jenna have explored? Do you think sleeping in her car was a less humiliating choice than going to the homeless shelter? Why or why not?
4. Clarissa Morgan asked Jenna to leave their home because Jenna had chosen to forgive Bryn for her fault in the fire that killed the Morgan’s son. Do you believe Jenna should have honored their request that she avoid Bryn? Or did Jenna owe her friend loyalty and forgiveness even though it went against the wishes of her in-laws? Is blood thicker than water? Is family more important than friends? How do you decide?
5. Jenna grew up poor, and the things she experienced living in relative poverty color the way she looks at life. But marrying into wealth has also changed her view of the world. What traits do these two extremes produce in Jenna, and how do you think she could find balance between the two? How have your financial circumstances––past and present, poverty or wealth––changed the way you view the world? Have you ever gone from one financial extreme to another in a short period of time? How did that experience change you?
6. Lucas has a strong physical attraction to Jenna––one that existed while Jenna was still married to Luc’s best friend (even though Lucas never acted on that attraction while Zach was still alive). Do you think Lucas is justified in feeling guilty about his growing love for Jenna? Why or why not? Is physical attraction and affection a good thing on which to base a relationship? Explain your answer.