After Forever

After Forever

by Julie Johnstone
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After Forever by Julie Johnstone

A year and a half after her husband's tragic death, all Lady Julianna Barrows wants is to be left alone and forget that most of her heart went with him when he passed. Instead, she finds herself the subject of many a matchmaking scheme and lurid offer to ease her widowhood, as well as save her fading fortune. Desperate to avoid having to remarry, she takes on a position as a tutor, only to discover that the man she's helping unexpectedly stirs her heart and passion.

Nash Wolverton boxed his way out of the London slums and into immense wealth, but he couldn't care less about Society's approval. Except he has his by-blow daughter's future to consider. To ensure her acceptance into Society, he'll endure anything?including procuring a tutor to transform him into a gentleman so he can secure a suitable, boring wife.

Yet what he wants changes the moment he hires Julianna. She may be a lady, but she's far from tedious. Bold and compassionate, she is nothing like the women of the ton. Suddenly, she's elicited a simmering desire in him, and even a longing to love and be loved that he always thought out of his reach. Knowing what he planned to settle for can now never be enough, he vows to win her love. But as the walls she's built begin to crumble, Julianna's fears threaten to tear them apart and she alone must decide if protecting her heart trumps breaking Nash's.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150702851
Publisher: Darbyshire Publishing LLC
Publication date: 11/22/2014
Series: A Whisper of Scandal Novel , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 32,297
File size: 401 KB

About the Author

As a little girl I loved to create fantasy worlds and then give all my friends roles to play. Of course, I was always the heroine! Books have always been an escape for me and brought me so much pleasure, but it didn't occur to me that I could possibly be a writer for a living until I was in a career that was not my passion. One day, I decided I wanted to craft stories like the ones I loved, and with a great leap of faith I quit my day job and decided to try to make my dream come true. I discovered my passion, and I have never looked back. I feel incredibly blessed and fortunate that I have been able to make a career out of sharing the stories that are in my head! I write Scottish Medieval Romance, Regency Romance, and I have even written a Paranormal Romance book. And because I have the best readers in the world, I have hit the USA Today bestseller list several times. If you love me, I hope you do, you can follow me on Bookbub, and they will send you notices whenever I have a sale or a new release. You can follow me here:https://www.bookbub.com/authors/julie-johnstone You can also join my newsletter to get great prizes and inside scoops! Join here: https://goo.gl/qnkXFF I really want to hear from you! It makes my day! Email me here: I'm on Facebook a great deal chatting about books and life. If you want to follow me, you can do so here: https://www.facebook.com/authorjuliejohnstone Can't get enough of me? Well, good! Come see me here: Twitter - @juliejohnstone Goodreads - https://goo.gl/T57MTA

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After Forever 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
McM0mmy-PW More than 1 year ago
I loved the story of Julianna and Nash finding love in each other. Julianna feared love after losing her husband, she had to learn that to understand joy, one had to understand sorrow and not fear it. Nash knew she was the one for him, he just had to make her see that as well! Watching their story unfold had me in giggles and tears, that ended with a smile.
Macmurphie More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend this book!  Lady Julianna lost her beloved husband in an accident and never wants to feel that pain again.  She just wants to live her life alone in peace.  Nash has never truly accepted and loved for him and only thinks of his daughters future. It is a wonderful Regency story of loss, love and passion.  A quick read and wonderful story for the holiday season!
Bookworm2Bookworm More than 1 year ago
1819 London England Lady Julianna Barrows, a red-haired, green-eyed beauty, lost her husband, Henry, 18 months ago to consumption.  Her grief has been extreme and the only thing that keeps her going is her little daughter, Liza.  Her friends and family have tried to get her back into society but she finds no happiness in doing so.  When she is informed by her husband’s brother, David, that funds for her and Liza’s keep are minimal, Julianna is shocked.  It appears that Henry had a penchant for gambling and lost most of their monies.  Thus, it is imperative that Julianna find a job.  As she has always been a lady of the ton, few opportunities are available to her. Nash Wolverton, an ex-boxer and former street urchin owns a gaming hell and has become quite well-to-do.  He was left on a doorstep as a foundling.  He was discovered and raised by a woman named Esther who still lives with him.  He will also soon become a partner with Mr. Sutherland’s shipping company.  Nash is a widower with a young daughter, Maggie.  In his business adventures he will be joining society and as such, he and his daughter need to be tutored in proper manners. When Julianna and Nash are introduced to one another, it is agreed that she will work for him in instructing he and his daughter in the proper ways of society.  Julianna and Liza will stay in Yarmouth at the home of her friends, Lord and Lady Davenport, the Marquess and Marchioness of Davenport.  Nash has a home nearby and they will meet up each day for instruction. As with most children, Liza and Maggie become instant friends, sharing secrets and playing games.  Thrown together for hours a day, Julianna and Nash soon get better acquainted and an attraction is sparked between them. Will Julianna be able to finally emerge from her veil of grief and start to live life again?  Could these two people so different in the eyes of society be able to become a couple? Come read this delightful novel.  Again, author Julie Johnstone has proven her ability to entertain readers with her wonderful stories.
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
After Forever by Julie Johnstone A Whisper of Scandal Novel Book Three Lady Julianna Barrows has no desire to ever marry again. Loving and losing her first love was enough for her lifetime. She has her daughter to care about and that is all she needs, or so she thought. When past secrets come to light, her world tilts. Nash Wolverton needs to learn to be a gentleman and find a Society wife. His daughter’s future depends on it. And he has found the perfect candidate. Now he just needs to convince her to give love a second chance. This is the first book I’ve read from this author and really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to reading the first three books in the series to get to know the characters who already had their stories. Bargaining with a Rake, Conspiring with a Rogue and Dancing with a Devil. **Sexual content
Rhonda_Jones More than 1 year ago
Nash Wolverton is an ex boxer, now businessman who don't give a fig for society except ha has a daughter and will do anything for her,  even go into society to find a wife to help smooth her way in. He needs someone to teach him how to act. Julianna loved her husband  and still does. But all her friends and family think its time to marry again. When she finds out that her husband gambled away most of his  money and her brother in law can't afford to take care of her and her daughter she sets out to get a position instead of marrying. This  leads her to Nash, who is half in love with her because she defended him against his baby mother. Nash has decided Julianna will make the perfect wife but has to convince her to. So Nash set out to seduce her into being his wife by setting up teaching scenarios like  kissing a proper woman and waltzing. Everything is working until her brother in law finds out and comes with her husband's best friend  who asked her to.marry him. This starts a confusion of feelings Julianna is not ready to admit to and she leaves.  Nash follow a her and  makes her jealous so she can confront her feelings for him. This was a fun story with their daughters are hilarious and the story comes  together beautifully. I recommend this story completely
Tinalou70 More than 1 year ago
Who doesn't dream of getting a second chance at happily ever after when circumstances have denied you? Julie Johnstone weaves a beautiful and witty tale of heartbreak and second chances. Lady Julianna Barrows is a widow trying to find herself after losing the love of her life. Despite what everyone else says, she's not ready because she truly believes that a part of her died with her late husband and she fears it is lost forever and that she will never be whole again. Nash Wolverton is no gentleman the Ton will ever truly accept. He's an orphan who fought his way out of the slums of London and has amassed a considerable fortune. That has made him only moderately tolerable, he isn't one of them and he's in trade after all, but he doesn't need or seek anyone's approval but those who have bothered to look beyond his past and lack of lineage to the exception man he is. At least he didn't until he finds out he has a daughter. A daughter that was the "consequence" of having an affair with a married woman. A woman who not only did not let him know about her pregnancy but only informed him after she had abandoned the child in the very same orphanage he himself had fought to escape. When he rescues his child, he vows that he will do whatever he can to ensure that her life would never be the hardship his had been. He knows to he has to making her into a true lady who is readily accepted by the Ton. But he can't do it alone and not just any tutor will do. After an interesting turn of events including a very unorthodox and potentially damaging meeting, Nash gets the perfect tudor in Lady Julianna. A woman who by all accounts should be as tedious and boring as the rest of the ladies of the Ton. And while Lady Julianna has vowed to do everything in her power to turn his daughter into a lady, Nash has vowed to make this fascinating woman his forever. After Forever will grab your heart and soul and never let go.
LesiaCh4 More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story and unlike any I've read before, truly original. Our hero is not your usual gentleman of the ton, but a father willing to do everything he can to raise his young daughter to be a Lady. The main characters are unique to say the least, and this story takes some unexpected turns, and will have you rooting for the hero and cursing the heroine at times....lol. I really enjoyed this book, and give it 5 stars for a reason, and highly recommend you reading it. Truly, all the books in this series, A Whisper of Scandal, has been a great enjoyment to read and I highly recommend each and every book, they are all wonderful.
CrystalCB More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a short historical romance that will make you laugh, cry, sigh, and awe, then you are looking for After Forever. Julie Johnstone covered all my emotions in this touching story.  Ms. Johnstone is one of my favorite historical romance authors because she does such a great job of making me connect with the characters. Not only are her characters charming and entertaining they always seem to reach out and touch my heart.  Julianna Barrows has lost the love of her life and all she wants is to be left alone to raise her adorable daughter, Liza However, her brother-in-law needs her to remarry. She is reluctant to remarry so she takes on a job as a tutor. Nash Wolverton has lead a hard life to get to where he is. Now he has the money to be part of the upper class. He just needs a wife to help raise his daughter, Maggie to be the young lady of the ton that he wants her to be. He ends up hiring Julianna to tutor both he and his daughter. These two really have a lot in common. They have both been hurt. The each have a daughter they love dearly. They also each are in need of something, they just don't know what. It very well could be each other. I loved watching these four together. Nash is so sweet to his little girl and Julianna's daughter. I don't think this will spoil anything for you and I loved the scene so I will tell you one of my favorite parts. Julianna comes back down stairs after changing and finds Nash having a tea party on the floor with both Maggie and Liza. I think this touched my heart as much as it affected Julianna. After Forever is part of the A Whisper of Scandal series. However, Julie Johnstone has done a fabulous job of writing this story so you will have no problem reading it as as stand alone if you haven't read the rest of the series yet. I have had a chance to read at least one other book in this series and it too was wonderful. So you may want to check them out as well.  I am always excited when I hear that Julie Johnstone has a new release out. I can never wait to get my hands on it. This story is a page turner that I read in one setting. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen with Nash and Julianna. They have many things they must overcome in order to be together. Their own feelings and a few people that try to get in their way are just a few of their obstacles. I certainly enjoyed After Forever and I can not wait to see what story Ms. Johnstone will come up with next. I know I will be anxiously awaiting her next release.  I was given the opportunity to read this great story so that I may share my thoughts with you. As always it has been my great pleasure to share my thoughts with you on After Forever.
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
The perfect romantic love story that made me fall in love for the Regency era! 5 stars plus I really adored AFTER FOREVER nicely written by Julie Johnstone. It was refreshing, full of love and passion; her characters were charming and adorable! Ms. Johnstone is a talented writer with a warm style of writing that kept me reading until her novella was finished. I had to giggle during some scenes, especially in chapter six. It's the story of Julianna, a young widow with her daughter Liza and Nash, father of Maggie. It all started, when Julianna's friend and family tried to match her in marriage with a man she didn't loved. Still mourning her late husband, she didn't want a new man in her life and love again. But, with money problems, she decides to find a job. Nash is a perfect gentleman, a man we all love to see in Regency stories. He is charming, caring and passionate. Let's say that Nash is looking for the perfect woman to marry and asks Julianna to tutor him and his daughter in etiquette. As soon as they meet, the attraction is fatal! Their two little girls bond immediately. I just love the chemistry between the two, they loved playing the seduction game and tease each other. So the tutor game started, the fun began and their friendship bloomed into a beautiful passion, no one expected.Thank you Julie for this wonderful love story! If you love romance set during the Regency era, After Forever will be a delight to read!