Always and Forever my Love

Always and Forever my Love

by Tonza Ruffin

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Ariana and Josiah came together as young, hungry, starry-eyed lawyers in a small southern North Carolina town. Ari, already disappointed and guarded from a failed relationship in law school, was frightened by the intense love she felt for Josiah. Rather than wait for him to break her heart, she abruptly ended the romance and shifted her focus to her career and parenting.

Josiah, heartbroken and devastated by Ariana's sudden decision to dump him, accepted a position in Florida, leaving North Carolina and Ari behind.

Both eventually married and rose to the top in their legal careers. Ari married the person that she felt was safe to love. Josiah married the woman that he thought he had grown to love, but something was missing.

Wanting more than an empty marriage, Josiah filed for divorce, closed up his successful Florida practice, and returned to North Carolina determined to prove to Ariana that they were meant to be together.

Finally deciding to open her heart to Josiah, Ariana experienced the most fulfilling love she had ever felt. Unfortunately, Ariana's decision to take a chance on love came at a time when her body was desperately fighting off the cancer that silently lurked for at least a year. Her impending death meant mourning the time lost, and opportunity to love, and be loved by the man that she ran away from years ago. Was the path of safety worth it?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162852612
Publisher: Tonza D. Ruffin
Publication date: 12/06/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 625 KB

About the Author

A graduate of East Carolina University, Tonza D. Ruffin earned her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Women’s Studies. She went on to earn her Juris Doctorate Degree from Georgia State University College of Law. After being admitted to the North Carolina Bar, Tonza began her career, twenty years ago, as an attorney in Eastern North Carolina where she has dedicated her career to defending individuals charged with crimes that range from capital murder to minor misdemeanor offenses.

In addition to running her legal practice, Tonza has served on the Faculty of the Felony Defender Trial School at the UNC Chapel Hill Institute of Government, the Board of Directors for the Center for Death Penalty Litigation, the Board of Directors for KIPP ENC and the North Carolina Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities. In 2015, Tonza was selected by the North Carolina Indigent Defense Services Commission to receive the “Professor John Rubin Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Indigent Defense Services Training Programs”.

In 2016, Tonza decided to pursue her passion for writing and began her blog SouthernMomJD. SouthernMomJD was filled with many heartfelt, funny, and transparent stories about Tonza’s journey as a southern woman, southern lawyer, and southern mom. SouthernMomJD has not evolved into Tonza D. Ruffin LLC, a digital media company committed to unifying and empowering women across generational lines. In addition, Tonza is a guest columnist for her hometown newspaper, the Bertie-Ledger Advance, is a co-author in the anthology, Divorced…Not Devastated and is the author of Pieces of Me, Vibin’ With Tonza: Affirmations and Activities to Encourage Women on Their Path to Empowerment, and Gregarious Gabby: Not Your Typical Girly Girl.

Tonza’s most important accomplishment, she is the proud mother of three beautiful girls; Sierra, Alyssa, and Gabriella!

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