The Forever Year (Hearts of Men Series #1)

The Forever Year (Hearts of Men Series #1)

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by Lou Aronica

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USA TODAY BESTSELLERJesse Sienna doesn't believe that love can last. His parents’ marriage was caring but passionless, and his own romantic history tells him that love can burn bright, but that it cannot burn for long. So when his elderly father, Mickey, moves in with him and seems unable to understand Jesse's no-strings-attached relationship with Marina, his


USA TODAY BESTSELLERJesse Sienna doesn't believe that love can last. His parents’ marriage was caring but passionless, and his own romantic history tells him that love can burn bright, but that it cannot burn for long. So when his elderly father, Mickey, moves in with him and seems unable to understand Jesse's no-strings-attached relationship with Marina, his current girlfriend, Jesse barely pays attention. It's just another example of how different they are – and more evidence that he and his father will never connect on any meaningful level.But the truth is, Mickey Sienna knows more about love than most people learn in a lifetime. More than half a century ago, he discovered the endless rewards of investing your heart and soul in someone...and he knows the devastating costs of letting the perfect someone slip by.When Mickey sees Jesse taking an extraordinary woman for granted, he decides it's time to tell Jesse his story – a story he's never shared with any of his children before. It is a story that will change both of them profoundly.At once a stirring family drama and a touching romance, THE FOREVER YEAR is filled with richly drawn characters and powerful situations. You will respond personally to the people you meet in this novel, and you will find yourself deeply enmeshed in their stories. And you might find yourself looking at love in a new way.

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Hearts of Men Series , #1
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4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Lou Aronica is a New York Times bestselling author of both nonfiction and fiction. His fiction includes the novels BLUE and DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS (written with Julian Iragorri), as well as the novella UNTIL AGAIN. His nonfiction includes THE ELEMENT (written with Sir Ken Robinson) and THE CULTURE CODE (written with Clotaire Rapaille).

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The Forever Year 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Forever Year has realistic and empathetic characters whose lives are intertwined in a challenging and meaningful way. The book is well-written with both humor and deep emotion. I look forward to reading more titles from this talented author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a truly absorbing read. My resistance to reading a story that seemed at first too close to my real life fell away as Jesse' character began to emerge. The seamless transitions between the books storytellers had me craving for one chapter after the next. Lou Aronica evolves each character in a way that makes them stay with you long after the book is read. I loved the story - a tearful, sweet, intriguing view of dealing with an aging parent and understanding true love, but mostly I was captivated by the evolution of the characters. I love being introduced to the mechanics of a freelance writer's mind;, the dynamics of an over achieving family; the inner workings of a complex patriarch - even Jesse's siblings and girlfriend evolved into intriguing characters. If fact, this book leaves me hoping Jesse will have more stories to tell us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! I was initially drawn in by the notion of how Jesse and his father, Mickey, would adjust to the son's new role as caretaker of his father (a very relatable topic in and of itself), and I was pleasantly surprised at the multiple layers of love stories that emerged. The first, at the center of it all, is the story of Jesse and his dad, which, from Jesse’s point of view, is a rather ambiguous, distant relationship at the start of the book. Delicately woven throughout their developing story, is the relationship between Jesse and his girlfriend, Marina. I appreciated the nuanced way in which the writer captures Jesse’s thought process about how he regards this relationship, and how that thought process is challenged and evolves. Influencing that is Mickey’s story about the love of his life. The author delicately ‘rations’ their abundantly romantic story, leaving the reader wanting to know more, more, more. In the end, I felt that I really understood all these characters, and I was rooting for them all! I found The Forever Year to be very engaging, satisfying and uplifting.
ewestfahl More than 1 year ago
I was hooked from the start with the story of siblings grappling with how to care for their widowed father when he can no longer care for himself. So many of us are dealing with this issue and can identify with one or more of these well written characters. I loved the way Jesse, the youngest son, works to build a better relationship with his father after feeling that his father never really got to know him while he was growing up. Mickey, Jesse's father, is a wonderfully rich character who can be infuriating most of the time but he sees a chance to help his son learn from his past. Mickey decides to confide in Jesse about his first love who was not Jesse's mother. I could not wait to continue hearing Mickey's story throughout the book. I think we all love when our close relatives tell stories that give us insight into what there lives were like before having children. I really came to care for the main characters with their flaws and all. Thanks Lou Aronica for a touching family story that I found hard to put down.
StevenManchester More than 1 year ago
From the very beginning, I was drawn right into Lou Aronica's The Forever Year . It is rare that I read a fictional work which offers the experience of an old friend sharing his story; this is one of those experiences. In fact, I intend to have my sons read this book to receive the invaluable lesson on love that is imparted from Mickey to Jesse (told in a manner that will have them turning the pages deep into the night). The Forever Year is a clever, witty and vivid novel that addresses the family dynamic (especially between a father and his son) in all of its difficulty and delight--as well as evolution. The characters are believable and real, the dialogue is flawless and the story line is one that made me laugh, as well as brought tears to my eyes. Although I finished The Forever Year in January, I won't be surprised if it's the best book I read in 2013; it was that good! Do yourself an enormous favor and read it for yourself.
BonBonAB More than 1 year ago
Very touching without being maudlin. Everyone finds something in it to which he or she can relate!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a sweet, tender, and very realistic story about relationships and the nature of love between an aging father and his adult son, adult siblings, and romantic partners. I loved the characters... they stayed with me long after the book was finished.  Mickey's secret and poignant story, which he reveals to Jesse in installments, was also a lovely and totally unexpected twist. The dialogue, often very humorous, really rang true.  I loved and highly recommend this book.   
CBraddock More than 1 year ago
Reading The Forever Year was like opening the curtain in a dimly lit room. Shadowy outlines of relationships past, present and future were gently illuminated exposing just enough to fully appreciate the richly woven, sometimes thread-worn, details of real life love. In telling this story of father and son, of brother and siblings, of friends and lovers, Lou Aronica gave me insight into some of my own relationships and reminded me to treasure the love of my life. With humor, honesty and passion, The Forever Year opened a curtain in my heart and took full advantage of the natural light of lasting love.
Imapickyreader More than 1 year ago
I didn't think a novel about the relationship between a young man and his aging father would hold my interest, but after a few pages of this engaging novel,  I was hooked. When Jessie, the youngest sibling in an Italian family decides to ask his father to live with him rather than go into an assisted living facility, he is struggling with the uncertainties of his career as a writer and  the reluctance to commit to a long term relationship with the woman he loves. As he gets to know and understand his father, we are touched and surprised by the romantic tale his father has never before shared.
FranA More than 1 year ago
I loved The Forever Year. It is the true meaning of a love story and would make a great movie. Move over Nicholas Sparks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful heartfelt story within a story about a father and his youngest son. Their lessons learned and how they both grew from one from one another. A truly wonderful book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very heartwarming but eye opening book,especially for those who take life and love for granite. Just found a new favorite author!
RRPNC More than 1 year ago
A very beautiful written novel!!! I would recommend this book very highly!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book... taps the emotions throughout... easy me from the start...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just returned from a beach vacation and thoroughly enjoyed reading this book!  Lou Aronica is an amazing, sensitive author with an incredible depth of emotion.  This book about relationships and love is engaging, romantic, and well-written.    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Aronica allows us to become a fly on the wall, taking in Jesse's life, and maybe observing part of our own. This story contains so many threads that are common to what I'm experiencing in my own life at this time. I felt like the story was reeling me in, and then - Liberation! Enjoyable read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story about family & not taking for granted all relationships are the same
janice8299 More than 1 year ago
I am approaching the point in my life where I will need to have that difficult discussion with a parent about the ability to live alone. Enjoyed this read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Insightful although a few parts too wordy. Love the story and the love.
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Patski More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.  It was a story within a story.  It is about love present and love lost.  Read it.  You will see what I mean.
jld47 More than 1 year ago
Loved it!  This story had a valuable lesson about appreciating love when you're lucky enough to find it.  Great story that truly makes you care about the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful story about the relationship between father and son and sibling rivalry. Beautifully told!