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WaterBrook Press / 2013 / Paperback

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Heartbroken after a devastating divorce, Adam wonders how he'll ever put the pieces of his life back together---until a package of mysterious old postcards plunges him into the intriguing 1920s love story of Gabe Alexander and Pearl "Huck" Huckabee. As he follows their extraordinary courtship, he gains insight into a universal question: What makes a marriage last? 288 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 0307732215
ISBN-13: 9780307732217
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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?

Author Bio

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.

Endorsements

"Forever Friday is a compelling, poignant story about soul mates. Timothy Lewis writes with Southern charm, emotional intensity, and inspired insight about the passage of time that might cause a marriage to falter. A must read for those who believe in the endearing and eternal power of hope." - DEWANNA PACE, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of A Texas Christmas

"In this day of disposable relationships, along comes a beautiful tale of lifelong love between two soulmates. Drawing from his own personal pain and disappointment, Timothy Lewis brings to life real characters in a page-turning romance that will keep you holding your breath in anticipation. Forever Friday makes you want to find (if you haven't already) your own lifelong soul mate to cherish forever. There is something to be said in defense of everlasting love, and Timothy Lewis says it stunningly." - MARTHA BOLTON, playwright and author of eighty-eight books, including the novel Josiah for President

"Tim has masterfully woven a simple love story, intertwining the joy of new love, the challenge of enduring love, the hope of renewed love, and the joy of lasing love into a beautiful and complex tapestry. Not only does Tim tell a delightful story, he also inspires us all to renew our love and to deepen our relationships. Forever Friday will make young lovers dance, old lovers smile, and anyone else who dreams of love, strive for better Fridays." - DAN BOLIN, International Director of Christian Camping International, author, and speaker

"Forever Friday could be an excellent marriage manual or an important resource for those in the senior care industry, though it's not meant to be either. Timothy Lewis has penned a passionate love story that moves effortlessly back and forth through time and carries us all to the most hopeful of conclusions: Not only does enduring love exist, it thrives when purposed." - SHELLIE RUSHING TOMLINSON, national best-selling author of Sue Ellen's Girl Ain't Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy!

"Timothy Lewis's debut novel Forever Friday will wrap around your heart and not let go. The beautifully haunting story lingers in your mind long after you've read it like a treasured memory." - JODI THOMAS, New York Times best-selling author of 37 novels

"Timothy Lewis's novel, Forever Friday, transcends the reader to an era where love, honor, and cherish were not only marriage vows, but a Texas tradition. When two souls come together in perfect harmony, it strums the heart strings from the past to the present!" - DAVID AND ROGER OTWELL, the Otwell Twins, Formerly of the Lawrence Welk Show

"In his debut novel, Forever Friday, Timothy Lewis delivers a timeless story for the romantic at heart. For anyone who believes in happy ever after, the possibility of meeting your soulmate, or the power of true love, this inspirational tale will not disappoint. Spanning generations and transporting readers across time, Tim's delightful characters highlight the importance of genuine relationships while reminding us all to appreciate the loved ones in our lives." - JULIE CANTRELL, New York Times bestselling author of Into the Free

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Forever Friday
 
"Forever Friday is a compelling, poignant story about soul mates.  Timothy Lewis writes with Southern charm, emotional intensity, and inspired insight about the passage of time that might cause a marriage to falter.  A must read for those who believe in the endearing and eternal power of hope."   
—DeWanna Pace, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of A Texas Christmas

"In this day of disposable relationships, along comes a beautiful tale of lifelong love between two soulmates. Drawing from his own personal pain and disappointment, Timothy Lewis brings to life real characters in a page-turning romance that will keep you holding your breath in anticipation. Forever Friday makes you want to find (if you haven't already) your own lifelong soul mate to cherish forever. There is something to be said in defense of everlasting love, and Timothy Lewis says it stunningly."
—Martha Bolton, playwright and author of eighty-eight books, including the novel Josiah for President

"Tim has masterfully woven a simple love story, intertwining the joy of new love, the challenge of enduring love, the hope of renewed love, and the joy of lasing love into a beautiful and complex tapestry.  Not only does Tim tell a delightful story, he also inspires us all to renew our love and to deepen our relationships.  Forever Friday will make young lovers dance, old lovers smile, and anyone else who dreams of love, strive for better Fridays."   
—Dan Bolin, International Director of Christian Camping International, author, and speaker

"Forever Friday could be an excellent marriage manual or an important resource for those in the senior care industry, though it's not meant to be either. Timothy Lewis has penned a passionate love story that moves effortlessly back and forth through time and carries us all to the most hopeful of conclusions: Not only does enduring love exist, it thrives when purposed."   
—Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, national best-selling author of Sue Ellen's Girl Ain't Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy!

"Timothy Lewis’s debut novel Forever Friday will wrap around your heart and not let go.  The beautifully haunting story lingers in your mind long after you’ve read it like a treasured memory."
—Jodi Thomas, New York Times best-selling author of 37 novels

"Timothy Lewis’s novel, Forever Friday, transcends the reader to an era where love, honor, and cherish were not only marriage vows, but a Texas tradition. When two souls come together in perfect harmony, it strums the heart strings from the past to the present!"
—David and Roger Otwell, the Otwell Twins, Formerly of the Lawrence Welk Show

"In his debut novel, Forever Friday, Timothy Lewis delivers a timeless story for the romantic at heart. For anyone who believes in happy ever after, the possibility of meeting your soulmate, or the power of true love, this inspirational tale will not disappoint. Spanning generations and transporting readers across time, Tim’s delightful characters highlight the importance of genuine relationships while reminding us all to appreciate the loved ones in our lives."
—Julie Cantrell, New York Times bestselling author of Into the Free
 

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  1. Brenda Risner
    Ruckersville, VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Good juxtaposition of two stories
    March 11, 2014
    Brenda Risner
    Ruckersville, VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Forever Friday by Timothy Lewis, was a lovely story chronicling the married life of Gabe and Pearl, as discovered through the weekly love poem Gabe sent his wife on a postcard. This love story is viewed through the eyes of a recently divorced and discouraged man who sees the postcards as a clue to how to have a happy marriage.

    Well-written and entertaining, Lewis does a good job of juxtaposing the two stories into one good read.

    As is becoming more and more common, elements previously disallowed in Christian fiction, such as the Christian characters drinking alcohol, were included in this book. Gabe and Pearl are presented as believers. Otherwise, the story could pass for a good, clean, secular romance.

    By the end of the book, this reader felt the bond of love between these two characters.

    I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.
  2. Jen Pen
    Midwest
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Love that lasted a lifetime...
    January 13, 2014
    Jen Pen
    Midwest
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    SUMMARY:

    Recently divorced, Adam Colby is hired to go through the belongings of Gabe and Pearl (aka Huck) Alexander. Surprised, he finds a collection of personal postcards in an old photo album dating back six decades which speak of true devotion. Through the Friday poems, much is learned about Gabe and Huck_their relationship, their soul-mate love, their unending devotion to each other as well as the many circumstances which tested all of these. "Two hearts commanding devotion"_

    A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:

    Spanning decades between the postcards and the present day, Forever Friday linked two different time periods together by the timeless lesson of true love and devotion. Through postcards at the beginning of each chapter, flashbacks to Gabe and Huck's relationship, and present day happenings, the author really was able to convey a strong message in his novel. Though not exactly what I was expecting, I found myself caught up in the story and the moments portrayed. I enjoyed the author's writing style which kept the book moving forward to a final conclusion joining past and present.

    RATING:

    4 (out of 5) pennies

    *I received a complimentary copy of Forever Friday from WaterBrook Press for my honest review*
  3. Kara
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    January 6, 2014
    Kara
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Forever Friday, by Timothy Lewis, is a different type of love story. Set in dual time periods, it tells the story of Adam Colby as well as Gabe and Pearl Alexander.

    Adam Colby discovers an old photo album while preparing for an estate sale in a coastal Texas town. The contents, years of post cards sent from a man to his wife, inspire Adam to search for the couple's story. Gabe and Pearl "Huck" Alexander, meet and fall in love during the early twentieth century. Convinced that failed marriages are the result of The Long Division, a series of small events that continue to separate a couple, Gabe sends Huck a post card every Friday with a poem declaring his love. This continues for six decades, until his death. Afterwards, when Huck's memory fails, she is sure that a card is coming in the mail each Friday. Through their story, Adam learns the keys to a successful marriage, trust and hope.

    This novel was based on a true story. The author discovered antique postcards in a photo album containing an original love poem from each Friday at the estate sale for his great aunt and uncle. This inspired him to not only write this story, but also to write love poems for his wife. It is certainly the basis for a charming love story.

    Kara

    I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
  4. Britt98
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Very unique telling of a love story
    December 25, 2013
    Britt98
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Forever Friday is a very unique way to tell a love story. The author sets the story up by introducing us to Adam, a man who does not know if it is possible for true love to last. He is disheartened by his wife leaving him two years earlier. After discovering a set of postcards with love poems on them that spanned sixty years of a couple's marriage, Adam set out to learn the secret to this now deceased couple's lasting romance.

    The first portion of the book moved a little slowly for me. However, after the initial introduction of the main characters and beginning situations in the book, things really took off. The story jumps back and forth between the present (2006), the recent past (2004) and the distant past (1926 - 1986). I did not feel this was confusing at all, as the author did a good job of beginning each historical chapter with one of the poem postcards and then going on to explain the situation that the postcard referenced.

    The main love story in the book, spanning sixty years, is the story of Gabe and Huck's romance. It is truly a romance to take your breath away. The author did a great job of creating characters that touched my heart and I really enjoyed reading their love story. I admit that I would have liked more of a love story between Adam and Yvette, the young woman who was very close to Gabe and Huck and helped fill in the blanks for Adam. However, I understand that giving them a big love story would have detracted from the main romance.

    I think this story will stay in my mind for quite a while. Gabe and Huck discovered the way to keep romance alive for sixty years of marriage. Very sweet story. (4 stars)

    I received a complimentary copy of Forever Friday from WaterBrook Press in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.
  5. sawmillsmedia
    North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Romance and Relaxation
    November 28, 2013
    sawmillsmedia
    North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Forever Friday was a very romantic, very relaxing book. I enjoyed soaking in the tub and reading it...

    Forever Friday is a clean novel - a few edgy sections - some violence, some drinking, sexual innuendos, etc. but nothing that I would be reluctant to give to my daughter. It was milder than most Nicholas Sparks novels... and as others have suggested would be a good Hallmark movie. It stresses long-term commitment in a marriage - 60 years of nurturing and loving each other, growing together and enjoying each other, living a life of hope and care!

    My only real complaint is that it was so self-centered. Huck and Gabe, although church goers and believers, were so completely tied up in each other that it never mentions them helping others, growing in Christ, or serving in any way. Their faith was mostly going to church each Sunday morning and a belief in an angel-like character who appears occasionally throughout the book.

    Fiction is not meant to disciple us... but often it encourages and refreshes our faith. Forever Friday is lacking this benefit. It is a relaxing novel but not one I consider Christian fiction.

    I received a copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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