30 May 2014

Where Forever Lies by Tara Neideffer

Just as grief threatens to consume her, fate grabs her hand and leads her out of the darkness.

It's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when life gives you a chaotic mess of grief, but Paige Griffin is determined to make a good life for her and her three-year old daughter, Kyra. At twenty-three, she juggles her days as a nurse, with the rest of her time being a single mother. Too busy to know which way is up, she doesn't give dating much thought until one guy makes a sudden impact on her life.

Tyler Evans seems like a nice guy, good looking even, but Paige is hesitant about letting a guy into her and her daughter’s life, especially when he seems just as closed off as she. But once Paige keeps running into Tyler and his eight-year-old son, Brandon, she begins to realize that there’s more to him than she thought.

Eventually, they both find themselves unable to keep their guards up any longer; but can a country boy and a city girl make a relationship work? As they both question their love, they realize that sometimes fate has its own plan for where your forever lies.

***This is book one in a trilogy but each book can stand-alone***

***Due to sexual content, this novel is intended for audiences ages 18+***

I so wanted to love this book, I loved the blurb and the idea of the plot, but once I got into the third chapter I began asking when can we move on?  Where I give praise to the author is she captured the true emotions a person feels when going through a loss of someone they loved, the joy they feel when they fall in love again, but from there I felt drained. 
Paige is a single mom to a sweet little girl Kyra.  I admired how Paige put her daughter first, worked hard to support her and accepted the job as mom, yes another praise.  Where she drove me crazy was when she found out the father to her daughter had died.  He hadn’t been in Kyra’s life; he had no relationship with Paige, yet when he died suddenly in an accident she mourned forever.  I understood that she was just getting over her friend’s death, but after a while I just wanted to reach in and slap some sense in her.  He wasn’t an active father, he wasn’t her lover, she was doing this on her own, his family other than his brother didn’t even speak to Paige or Kyra……….was it really a loss that he died? 
So eventually she moves on with her life and meets Tyler.  I am thrilled to see she is giving love another chance, but once again she moves so slowly because she is still dealing with the anxiety from her past relationships.  Once the author took the black cloud that seemed to be attached to Paige away, we had a sweet love story where Tyler could really shine.  He took not only Paige into his heart but he showed compassion and tenderness to Kyra as well. 
I can’t say I would never read anything from this author again, because as I stated, there were a lot of things to like about this book.  I just needed it to move faster, to not focus so much on the dark feelings that I couldn’t really understand due to the lack of relationship between Paige and her ex-boyfriend.   It was hard to connect to Paige, just as it is hard to be around someone in real life who is depressed and constantly negative.  I wanted to see more of her, without the cloud hanging over her because once she shed the sadness, she was really interesting.  
Tara Neideffer was born and raised in Indiana with a love for animals, especially horses. As a child she could always be found in the saddle, running her horse at full speed through open fields. She also has a love of ghost stories and a morbid fascination with watching murder mystery shows. When she's not busy writing, she's taking care of her animals, spending time with her family or reading. She still lives in Indiana with her husband, daughter and stepson on twenty acres, with too many animals to name.

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