From the Publisher
A Very Fun Read.
Ben Morrison is a sweet guy who falls like a rock for Lauren Holt the first moment he sees her... but she's been scarred by life and won't even consider dating anyone. So, he settles in to be her friend, hoping she'll learn to trust him in time. Lots of fun banter between them and some very natural conflicts, between Lauren's hopes and fears, and especially between the newly-converted Ben and his very-non-Mormon family. The author does a great job of setting up a very convincing crisis of love and faith, and then resolving it in a satisfying way.
I'm not a Mormon, so there were things that went over my head, but overall I still really enjoyed reading this.
ChiefPam (Cary, NC), Amazon.com Review; May 12, 2004
Love Beyond Tomorrow is a wonderful story that reflects the challenges of finding that special person. Erin Klingler does a fabulous job of taking the reader back to their college days, and reminding us of how difficult love can be, how hard it is to have faith, and just how sweet the rewards really are. A beautiful story about faith, love, trust, and perseverance, Love Beyond Tomorrow is a story with something for everyone. Whether you've found your Mr. Right or you're still looking, Love Beyond Tomorrow helps to show the true perspective of what it's all about.
Josi Kilpack, author of Surrounded by Strangers
Lauren Holt has had it with men, relationships, and the whole “happily ever after” myth. After being in a series of relationships that could at best be described as federal disasters, she has decided to abandon any hope of romance and instead, focus on her studies as a physical therapist at BYU-Idaho.
Ben Morrison is hurting in a different way. A former pre-law student at Harvard, he was disowned by his enormously wealthy but extremely controlling father when he joined the Mormon Church. Financial and family assistance came to an abrupt end, as well as his studies at Harvard. Now, nearly a year later, he finds himself in Rexburg, Idaho, attending a church-run university, wondering where his life will take him.
Ben soon discovers that life throws a curveball when you least expect it; or, in his case, a fast pitch. During a pick-up softball game at a church social, Ben falls instantly in love when he meets Lauren for the first time. Not knowing her dating history, he asks her out but she makes it immediately apparent that his advances are unwelcome. She has closed herself off and Ben finds that the doors are locked, her alarm is on and he’s not getting in.
Through patience and friendship, Ben begins to win Lauren’s heart and trust. Just as they are reaching a deeper level in their relationship, a family crisis sends Ben back to Massachusetts. With great apprehension, he returns to his family where he is given a choice, one which will affect everyone for the rest of their lives. The heartbreaking outcome rests with Ben: what will be the ultimate ramification of his decision? What will the outcome of his decision cost him? Is it worth the risk of losing the people he loves? Does he have the courage to follow through with his resolution?
Ms. Klingler skillfully weaves a tale of student life on a church-run university campus, where curfews are the norm, and church-sponsored activities prevail. She is adept at recapturing the feelings of being new on campus, the excitement of being on your own for the first time and feeling overwhelmed by the newness of campus life.
Ms. Klingler capably develops all the characters in the book and has a talent for recreating all the people we recognize from our high school and college years. She accurately and affectionately depicts life in an apartment-like dormitory, where lasting friendships form over boys and chocolate, where there’s always a shoulder to cry on or a friend with whom laughter is shared.
This was a good first effort from Ms. Klingler and a nice perspective of college life from the LDS point of view.
Read an Excerpt
"Ben!" Lauren exclaimed as she spotted him coming through the
terminal on Friday afternoon. She ran toward him and threw herself
into his arms, feeling all the tension of a week without him instantly
He hugged her back, but she sensed something different about
him. She stepped back and looked up into his face, and for the first
time, she noticed how completely exhausted he looked. His face was
tired and drawn, and he looked as if he had the weight of the world
on his shoulders.
"Ben, are you okay?" she asked with concern, trying to read the
veiled expression in his eyes.
He nodded cautiously. "Yeah, I'm okay. I just have a lot on my
mind, that's all."
"Things didn't go well in Boston?"
"Actually, they went better than I expected," he told her, pushing
a hand through his travel-rumpled hair. "My father and I talked, and
I think we might be able to work things out."
Lauren's eyes lit up. "Oh, Ben, that's so great! I was praying that
things would work out for you there."
In some ways they did, but not in others, he thought miserably. He
forced a smile onto his face for her sake and glanced toward the
baggage claim terminal. "I guess I should get my luggage."
Lauren looked at him strangely. "Are you sure you're okay? You
don't look… I don't know, happy, I guess. Did something else happen?"
"No, no," he said quickly, "everything's fine. I guess I'm just tired
from all the traveling, that's all."
Lauren continued to study his expression for a long moment,
noting how carefully he was managing to avoid her gaze. Something
was wrong. Very wrong. But she knew if he wasn't ready to talk
about it, there was no way she was going to be able to force it out of
"Well, come on," she said, slipping her arm through his and
guiding him toward the baggage claim area. "Let's get your bags and
Half an hour later, they were on the highway heading back to
Rexburg, and Lauren found herself stealing glimpses of him out of
the corner of her eye. He remained eerily quiet as he stared unseeingly
out the passenger window, and no matter how many times she tried
to start up a conversation, her attempts failed miserably. She'd come
to know him well enough over the past few months to know this
sullen silence wasn't like him. He seemed distant, distracted. Whatever
was eating at him had to be pretty serious, and she had no idea
what to do or say to make it better.
She sighed and turned her attention back to the road. Whateverit was, he would tell her when he was ready. At least, she hoped so.