Until Forever [NOOK Book]

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Jessi hung up the phone. That was the fifth time she tried calling home with no answer. She had just started eating lunch when she remembered she had forgotten to call home. It was something she would never forgive herself for.

It was something she would never forgive herself for…

It wasn’t until lunchtime that Jessi remembered to call home. No answer. She tried calling several times while she ate her lunch. Still no answer. She closed her eyes...

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Overview

Jessi hung up the phone. That was the fifth time she tried calling home with no answer. She had just started eating lunch when she remembered she had forgotten to call home. It was something she would never forgive herself for.

It was something she would never forgive herself for…

It wasn’t until lunchtime that Jessi remembered to call home. No answer. She tried calling several times while she ate her lunch. Still no answer. She closed her eyes and rested her arms and head on her desk. She breathed deeply, wishing she had remembered to call earlier.

Until Forever is a story of a young family that is torn apart by the devastating effects of alcoholism. Can healing take place in a relationship when an unforgivable act is committed? Will Jessi's pain and Mark's guilt keep them apart forever, or will unforeseen circumstances bind them together?

Author Bio

Darlene Shortridge attended Alderson Broaddus College as a voice major. She found she was more passionate about her writing classes than her vocal classes. She left college early and since that time has written various projects such as Bible School Curriculum and poetry. She has also written and recorded a CD of original music. She lives abroad with her husband and two children. Until Forever is her first novel.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044302914
  • Publisher: 40 Day Press
  • Publication date: 4/14/2012
  • Series: Women of Prayer , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 3,807
  • File size: 335 KB

Meet the Author

Darlene Shortridge attended Alderson Broaddus College as a voice major. She found she was more passionate about her writing classes than her vocal classes. She left college early and since that time has written various projects such as Bible School Curriculum and poetry. She has also written and recorded a CD of original music. She lives abroad with her husband and two children. Until Forever is her first novel.
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  • Posted March 3, 2012

    Emotional Read

    Until Forever by Darlene Shortridge is a deeply emotional story about second chances and learning to forgive. From the outset, Jessi and Mark Jensen’s marriage is rocky at best. Jessi comes across as an over anxious control freak, while her husband Mark is selfish, immature and has a drinking problem. With that kind of foundation, is it any wonder that Jessi coddles their only child and treats Mark like an adolescent rather than an equal member of the relationship? Then devastation strikes. Mark and their son Ethan are involved in a car accident. Mark, who had been drinking, goes to jail and Ethan falls into an unresponsive coma.

    Several years pass and Jessi decides to pull the plug and let Ethan die. She has become even more bitter than before, and even her Aunt Merry, a woman of deep faith, cannot convince her to surrender her problems to God. Meanwhile, Mark has been undergoing some changes of his own while in prison. Befriended by the prison Chaplin, he becomes a Christian and embarks on a brand new life as a believer. The biggest surprise that takes place during this time is that Jessi has had another child – a girl named Olivia, who is also Mark’s daughter. Apparently she was pregnant when the accident happened and no one knew. I had to wonder where the infant was while she was spending every waking moment at her son’s bedside before he died. That aside, the story moves forward when Mark gets released from prison. For me, this is where the story really begins.

    The tables have turned as far as the reader’s sympathies go. Mark is a genuinely changed man, where as Jessi has become, quite understandably, even more anxious and unforgiving. Little by little, however, through the prayers of Aunt Merry, Mark and others, Jessi begins to soften.

    What I really liked about this book was the way the characters were so well rounded. I can’t imagine facing this same kind of trauma and yet the author manages to reveal all the emotional turmoil while still keeping it real. Healing is a slow process for Jessi, as I imagine it would be for someone faced with this situation. Mark, as a Christian, demonstrates the dramatic change that can take place in a person’s life without becoming a goody-good or seeming cliché.

    Because of the depth of the emotional content, this was not always an easy book to read. However, it was satisfying in that the character’s growth and the story line moved steadily forward. Ultimately, healing does come, but it is not an easy journey. For a poignant, touching, and thought provoking read, try Until Forever.

    9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

    God's Amazing Grace Forever

    Until Forever by Darlene Shortridge is a book that you will not want to put down. Although the characters are fictional, the story of God's amazing grace isn't. You will be captivated by the story of how a couple caught up in self-destruction that leads to unbearable tragedy find their way into the arms of God. You will be moved to tears as you discover the true heart of God who loves unconditionally and leads us into his love, even when we don't deserve it and are not looking for it.
    If your faith in God is shaken by your circumstances of life, whether it's of your doings or not, you will find hope in, Until Forever. If your faith in God is strong, chances are you will be brought to tears as I was, as you are reminded afresh of God's amazing love and grace, even though we don't deserve it.
    I highly recommend this book to you. You will be blessed as I was as you read it.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2011

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    This is a must read!!

    "Until Forever" is an excellent story of God's powerful and redemptive love, especially in the worst circumstances. I grieved with Jessi and Mark during their pain of loss and I followed along during their time of change and inner growth. When Aunt Merry spoke of forgiveness I cried, because I could personally see myself in the same place. Author Darlene Shortridge's writing style is superbly filled with creative and faith-filled reflection that contiually gives glory where it belongs...to the Lord. (Reviewed by Kathy Goodhew, author of book, "A Vision Beyond Abuse."

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

    A Beautiful Story

    What a beautiful book full of love and loss, pain and forgiveness, new beginnings and second chances. Above all this wonderfully detailed book was about God's love and the door he opens when another has been closed. My only recommendation - when you purchase this book, buy yourself a box of tissues to go along with it because you WILL need them!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

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    A Great Love Story

    Until Forever is a love story in every sense of the word. It is a love story between a man and a woman. It is a love story between parents and their children. It is a love story between an aunt and the niece she considers to be more like a daughter. But most of all it is a love story between The Heavenly Father and the people he wants so dearly to be his.

    Darlene Shortridge creates a cast of characters who are complex and flawed. They choose, however, to learn from their mistakes. They choose to trust in a merciful God. They choose to love Until Forever.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    Really good!

    Enjoyed very much. Made me cry some and celebrate with them!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

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    A Rollercoaster Ride of Emotions!

    In "Until Forever" Darlene Shortridge tells a realistic and emotional story that weaves the fabric of one's life.joy and sorrow, love and loss, the faithful, as well as, those who lost their way. Shortridge shows us that when life slaps us in the face, God is there to soften the blow. I found myself empathizing with the characters and cheering them on as if I knew them personally. A very moving story! Lisa Tortorello - Author of "My Hero, My Ding"

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

    Heartfelt...

    Until Forever is a powerfully written, inspiring work by a wonderful storyteller! Ms. Shortridge created realistic characters that are completely relateable to. Even if you've never known the devastation of what addiction can do to a family, Ms. Shortridge brings it home to the reader. This is a story of love, understanding and most importantly, a faith in God and His power.
    A compelling story. Be ready to laugh and cry...and be moved. Highly recommended...

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    Excellent

    A great book with an excellent srory line and also very well written.

    Darlene did a fantastic job in telling about the testimony of faith of the saints of God and of demonstrating His love, mercy and grace to all who confess Him and believe in Him, the only true Son of God.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2011

    Wonderful book about God's love, grace, forgiveness, restoration,

    My Thoughts about Until Forever

    A life destroyed, ruined by alcoholism, Mark Jensen doesn¿t think he has a problem. Even though he¿s just out of prison for his addiction, he is still not convinced. That¿s why Jessi is uncomfortable with leaving their young son with Mark while she goes to her teaching job at the school. While Jessi is gone, Mark take in situation into his own hands and goes out to the grocery store with his son. On his way home, he takes a different route, going past a local bar. He¿s just going in for a few minutes, his son is sleeping and will be ok in the car, despite the freezing temperatures. And Mark stays much longer than he thought, drinks much more than he thought, and Marks actions causing the most heart-wrenching tragedy any parent has ever had to face.

    Wow, what can I say about Until Forever? This is one of the best books I¿ve read on God¿s love, grace, forgiveness, healing and restoration. I know this is fiction, but as the author states in her interview, she has family members who are alcoholics and these dear people are on her mind while she is writing this. This is a subject that affects so many families today, so many children are hurt by it in many ways. This would be an awesome book to give someone dealing with this issue.

    Until Forever is a most wonderful love story. A story of God¿s love to us as well as a story of God changing a life in such a dramatic way that no one even recognizes him. Mark and Jessi¿s journey is a love story that will stay with you for a long time.

    I want to thank the author Darlene Shortridge for giving me a copy of this book to read and review. I was not expected or required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

    Beautifully told

    Until Forever by Darlene Shortridge caught my interest with one of the first little details which I read involving the title. My heartstrings were pulled, and I enjoyed the intimate and cozy way Darlene draws us into this story of a husband and wife whose marriage is going very wrong. Jessi is the responsible mother carrying a heavy load of responsibility while Mark is the father struggling with substance abuse and selfishness. Aunt Merry prays with her friends consistently, and her Christian faithfulness is interwoven within this compelling story .

    There is tragedy, heart-wrenching questions, and strong faith all wrapped into the common threads of everyday life. Death, divorce, jail time, and stark emotional pain are weaved into the testimony all of us need to hear about the faithfulness of God in all places, forgiveness that is impossible without God, and humility which repents fully unto restoration. Until Forever is an engaging fiction story which hits close to home. I have asked the same questions; I have had the Lord befriend me and work with me in much the same way. I encourage others to take a plunge into this book to be comforted, entertained, and convicted. I couldn't put it down until I knew the end of the story. I cried a little, laughed a little, and identified with the characters a whole lot.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2011

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    An Emotional Journey

    "I will love you until forever." Jessi Jensen spoke those words to her son Ethan every day, yet when tragedy strikes, her entire world is torn apart. Darlene Shortridge brings to life the story of Jessi in Until Forever. Even though life must go on, Jessi is stuck trying to hold on to the past and make sense of what has happened. When Jessi's husband is the cause of the accident, how can she possibly find a way to move forward?

    What does it truly mean to love another person? How can we forgive what seems unforgiveable? What are our relationships built upon? These are the core questions that Darlene addresses in this book. Throughout the story, Jessi's aunt demonstrates the power of prayer and faith as she not only prays for healing, but acts out the kind of love and forgiveness that she talks about. The story is compelling, emotional, and captivating. The Christian message is clearly shared in an everyday language. I enjoyed learning what it means to truly love someone Until Forever.

    Kristi Burchfiel, author of Without Regrets and The Daily Devotional Series

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    Ok

    It was a good story but the religious talk every sentence was way too much. I know it was a christian book, but it over powered the story. It totally took away from the plot. A lot less religion would have made the story much better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2013

    Wow

    I am not a very religious person. At first all of the religious talk put me off. But i kept reading because the story was just ...i dont even know how to put it but it was inspiring, tragic, real, and so very emotional. This was an excellent and heartwarming book about forgiveness and coming to god.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    Great

    Great inspirarional read

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2013

    Really enjoyed both books in this series, great story line and t

    Really enjoyed both books in this series, great story line and testament of faith!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    Good but where was the pregnancy, birth and baby while Jessi worked and spent all her extra time with her comatose sone

    A lot of needed detail was left out of this book. It was okay and a tear jerker. But there was no mention of a pregnancy, birth or who took of Jessi's daughter through her son's coma and death. The daughter was not mentioned for almost six years. Come on now, this little tidbit needed to be mentioned.
    600 pages.

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    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Awesome

    Great story about God's love and forgiveness

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2012

    This story by Darlene Shortridge is aptly titled, Until Forever

    This story by Darlene Shortridge is aptly titled, Until Forever, as the title seeks to put a definition to God’s love. Great love is shown by many of the characters in this story, but without having to say it directly, the story lets the reader know that God’s love is infinitely greater than the love shown by the characters, and it shows the reader that God’s love lasts until forever.
    The story takes the reader on a journey into the heart. The heart is capable of great love because of the grace of God, but it is also capable of harboring great hate without God. These capacities are contrasted nicely in this story drawing the reader inexorably to the conclusion that no heart is whole without God.
    I wholehearted recommend Until Forever to anyone who desires to truly know the love of God. I particularly recommend it to those whose circumstance of life has tainted their view of God. The message is that God’s infinite, wonderful, and abiding love is for everyone—even for those who feel that they no longer deserve that love.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    Very slow moving.

    This book would be twice as good if it was half as long. The plot advances at an extremely slow rate and conversations as stilted. It needs serious editing.

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