Ever After (Even Now Series #2)

Ever After (Even Now Series #2)

by Karen Kingsbury

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Overview

Two couples torn apart—one by war between countries, one by war within.

In this moving sequel to Even Now, Emily Anderson, now twenty, is attending college on a soccer scholarship when she meets the man who changes everything for her: Army reservist Justin Baker. Their tender relationship, founded on a mutual faith in God and nurtured by their trust and love for each other, proves to be a shining inspiration to everyone they know, especially Emily’s reunited birth parents, Lauren Gibbs and Shane Galanter.

Lauren and Shane still struggle to move past their opposing beliefs about war, politics, and faith. Shane believes it’s possible but Lauren doesn’t. So she says a painful good-bye to her long-ago love and returns to her job as a war correspondent in Afghanistan.

Both hearts are shattered, and Lauren and Shane believe that this time their relationship has truly ended forever. Then tragedy sends shock waves through all their lives. Can Lauren and Shane set aside their opposing views so that love—God’s love—might win, no matter how great the odds?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310337843
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 10/29/2013
Series: Lost Love Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 477,111
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Karen Kingsbury, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, is America’s favorite inspirational storyteller, with more than twenty-five million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen titles have topped bestseller lists and many of her novels are under development as major motion pictures. Her Baxter Family books have been developed into a TV series now available everywhere. Karen is also an adjunct professor of writing at Liberty University. In 2001 she and her husband, Don, adopted three boys from Haiti, doubling their family in a matter of months. Today the couple has joined the ranks of empty nesters, living in Tennessee near four of their adult children.

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Ever After


By Karen Kingsbury

Zondervan

Copyright © 2006 Karen Kingsbury
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-310-24756-X


Chapter One

Two blue and gray fighter jets raced low over the neighborhood and looped toward the barren mountains in the west. Lauren Gibbs heard the vibration in the subtle rattle of picture frames on the mantel, sensed it in the wood floor of the old house, felt it all the way to her soul. Training drills, same as most days. She froze long enough to watch them, long enough to catch her fiancé's attention.

"They still bug you."

It wasn't a question. Shane Galanter doled out the stack of plates in his hand one at a time onto the white linen tablecloth.

"Not really." Lauren grabbed the napkins and followed behind him, setting one at each place. She caught his eye and hesitated. No fooling him, not when he knew all the back roads of her heart. She released a slow breath. "Okay, yes." She set a napkin down on the next plate. "They bother me."

Shane didn't ask if her frustration was with the noise of the jets, or with the fact that they flew training maneuvers over the neighborhood where he lived, a few blocks from the navy's Top Gun facility in Fallon, Nevada. Or if it was something bigger. Like the fact that these were the very jets and pilots that would be used in battle if necessary.

He didn't have to ask. He already knew.

Because long ago he'd learned to know her mind, back when they first fell in love as kids. Yes, time and circumstances had separated them for nearly twodecades, and now that they were in their midthirties, they'd both changed. But even so, ever since they'd found each other again, Shane could still look into her eyes and know what she was thinking.

"Sometimes, Lauren." He crooked his finger and placed it gently beneath her chin. His eyes looked more tired than usual. "Sometimes I wonder about us."

Panic stirred and she felt her world tilt. She shouldn't have hesitated at the noise, shouldn't have looked out the window. "It's no big deal." An anxious laugh sounded in her throat. "This is your life. I can handle it."

He didn't look away. "It's about to be your life too." His tone was kind, careful. "Remember?"

"I know." She put her hand alongside his cheek and kissed him. "By then I'll be used to it."

He searched her eyes. "It's been six months, Lauren."

She refused to give fear a foothold. Instead she kissed him again, slower this time. "I'm trying." She breathed the words against his lips. "Give me that, at least."

The wedding was set for Christmas Eve-not by her choosing. She would've had them married by now. Every conflict resolved and nothing but a bright future ahead of them. Their nineteen-year-old daughter Emily felt the same, especially since her fall figured to be crazy-busy. She had accepted a soccer scholarship to Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, and she was about to start work in the public information office of the army base at nearby Fort Lewis. Following in her father's footsteps. "Make it a summer wedding," Emily had pleaded with them. "Before school starts."

But Lauren figured Emily wasn't worried about her schedule as much as she was worried about her parents working things out. Even so, Shane wouldn't budge. He wanted to wait and work through some of the issues that stood in their way. Faith, his career choice, their politics, and nearly twenty years between the first time they fell in love and this second chance ...

That was fine. Lauren would wait. She'd do whatever it took to prove to Shane that she could deal with all this. The smallness of Fallon, Nevada; the hour's drive west to the Fallon Airport every time her editors at Time magazine sent her on an assignment. And the incessant sound of fighter jets overhead. She could learn to deal with all of it, right? Even if there were days when being so close to a military base threatened her sanity.

Shane set the plates down and turned into her arms. "So you're saying-" he wove his fingers through her straight blonde hair-"I have nothing to wonder about."

At his touch, the warm tone in his voice, Lauren's world righted itself. She relaxed in his embrace. "Nothing."

"Alright, then." He kissed the tip of her nose. "I'll get the lasagna."

As long as Shane responded to her this way, as long as it took only her kiss to send him into her arms, then she could find a way to live here. She had to find a way. Yes, she was still writing military features for the magazine and flying around the country for interviews several times each month. Most of the time that was enough. So what if some days she wanted to jump on a plane and head back to Afghanistan, to her work as a Time magazine war correspondent. Never mind that she still mistrusted the government and the military and their roles in the Iraqi war. Never mind that her fiancé's political views were on the other end of the hemisphere from hers ...

As long as she had Shane, she could look past all of it.

The doorbell rang, and Lauren took a step back from the table. Their company had arrived. Three couples, none of whom she knew. Not really. Two of the guys worked with Shane in the training department, and the third was a pilot they were considering as an addition to the instruction staff. Each was bringing his wife.

(Continues...)



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Ever After (Even Now Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about how emily finds justin, and they start dating but hes shipped out to aphganistan and leaves emily behind. But i cant tell you more or itl spoil the ending! So good though! I cried and laughed throuout the book -izzy
marinewifesmith More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book! This book will make you even more proud of our military. This book reminds you of the sacrifices of so many military servicmember's. It tells the story of how tragedy, loss, and despair can bring joy, love, and peace even in the mist of the storm. In reading this book, I was reminded of this truth... That God teaches us to trust in Him in our pain and suffering and to rely on Him for healing. God can use suffering and bring good out of any circumstance. It's His gift of grace. The dangers our loved one's face in harms way will never alter God's sovereignty. God can and will redeem you no matter what circumstances you face. Faith is believing in God and trusting His sovereignty no matter how heavy our burdens may be. I am a marine wife of a wounded servicemember and this book deeply touched my heart in thinking about my husband's journey and the hardships he has faced to our journey together and everything we have learned. God has taught us how so much about trusting in Him and being joyful in all situations. God is in control and that's the deal! This book is a must Read for any military families. It will bring tears to your eyes and make you even more proud in your loved one serving his/her country!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me proud to be an American! I finished the book with a renewed thankfulness for the men and women who fight to protect our freedoms around the world.
SherylHendrix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A must read for anyone who has someone serving in the military, or who knows someone serving in the military, as well as veterans and their families; helps us discover the meaning of sacrifice, and the great love God has for us who sacrificed His Son on our behalf.
debs4jc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kingsbury gives us another tearjerker. The issue in this book is the war and the affect military life has on families. One couple is trying to get together after a long seperation--but their different political views on the war are keeping them apart. Meanwhile, their daughter Emily has a romance of her own--with a soldier, who predicably is eventually sent to Iraq. The author's conservative Christian spin on the war and the military comes through loud and clear in this book, which may be offputting to some readers. Also, if you like happy endings this is not the story for you.
je_kelley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The sequel to Even Now. This story brings back Emily and her parents and starts where Ever After left off. Lauren & Shane are working on their relationship and differences in hopes of getting married. They both still have differing views but are starting to put their trust in God to see the other's side. They are finally brought together.Emily is now in college and the story begins to focus on her as she attends college, plays soccer, and falls in love with Justin. Justin is in the Army and is deployed months after they meet and fall in love. The book follows their love as it is built and is an inspiration to Emily's parents. It also follows the tragedy that Emily faces and the hope that brings her through it. Kingsbury once again provides a wonderful story that is very realistic to today with a Christian perspective. It's the type of story that because it is realistic it doesn't always turn out the way that you had hoped with the perfect happily ever after you originally envisioned.
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This would have been a much better book if it didn't go on and on about Jasons death
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best sequel i have read so far. The story flows from Even Now to Ever After like it is one big book. Lots of tears but great and powerful story. Lots of smiles for the power of love and faith.
I_like_clean_reads More than 1 year ago
A good story, but it gets tiresome after awhile, so many of Kingsbury's characters being one believer and one who is not. I really did not agree at all with Kingsbury's definition of I Corinthians 13 saying "Love never fails" as my KJV Bible does not have that at all. A very predictable read.
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3939jje39 More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed both books although have not completed Beyond Tuesday Morning. I would give a rating of 5 stars
tpsoccer More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing eye opener on viewpoints of war. Great sacrifice of our military families. What a great book. I don't think I have cried this much over a book in a long time. I suggest you buy stock in Puffs and pick up a couple of boxes before reading.
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I love Karen Kingsbury. Honestly, it has been a long time since I've read anything that I literally had tears running down my cheeks for more than half of the book. But don't get me wrong, it's not a "downer" story. I have a new outlook on our military. I, like many others, hate war. But after reading this, I "get" it. It was so enlightening to live through these amazing characters and really FEEL what they went through. I loved Even Now as well. I would highly recommend both books!!!
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cpesings More than 1 year ago
As always, a good job by kingsbury. It did make me very emotional, but also made me really consider the sacrifices of our military and families.