REVIEWER: Susan Plummer | RATING: A
SYNOPSIS: After her latest ill-fated attempt to find a forever relationship of her own, Tori Kennedy is content with connecting the dots for others, bringing them together in pursuit of lifetime love. Fresh off of the demise of her marriage, she decides to take advantage of an opportunity to do something a little - okay, a lot - crazy, and heavily fueled by an overload of emotions.
REVIEW: Christina Jones’ new novel Finding Forever is a hilarious and entertaining portrayal of a matchmaker who ironically is afraid of trusting love.
When successful matchmaker, Tori Kennedy’s most recent relationship ends in divorce, she decides to single-mindedly focus on finding love for her clients. Tori is no longer interested in finding love but a weekend away opens the door to a mutually satisfying tryst. Unfortunately, an amazing night with handsome entrepreneur, Avery Anderson turns into a morning full of regrets. Tori is more convinced to stick with making others happy. Her decision is tested when Avery recruits her to find his soul mate. Imagine Tori’s astonishment when the matchmaking program choses her as Avery’s perfect match! However, Tori disregards the data and selects other matches for Avery. Avery tries to connect with Tori’s choices, while she finds herself falling for him. This time, Finding Forever maybe closer than Tori realizes but while Tori is afraid to follow her heart, Avery maybe closer to finding forever with someone else.
Jones weaves a captivating story throughout. Avery Anderson is successful, good looking and very clear about the parameter of his relationships. His outlook changes when he meets Tori and for the first time; he wants what he can’t have. Tori Kennedy is brilliant and beautiful and she has always wanted to find the right guy. Sadly, she is so disillusioned by the time she meets Avery; she refuses to give him a chance. What makes Tori’s dilemma most ironic is that she makes a living finding love for others. Several other great characters also shape this captivating story including Brandon Jensen, who gets his own story in CHASING COMMITMENT.
The dialogue is contemporary and animates the characters. The points of view are spot on and perfectly reflect the character shown. Avery is open and honest in his communication with just about everyone. Tori, however, is not always as forthcoming, mainly because she has been hurt before and has difficulty discussing her feelings. There are many comical moments throughout the novel including an exchange between Tori and Brandon on the beach. Dialogue definitely plays a huge role in creating a story filled with real life live scenarios.
Finding Forever is funny, moving and overall very entertaining. The characters are current and relatable and could embody a relative or friend. The plot is not complex or loaded with anxious moments but is engaging because of its humor, realistic situations and a beautiful ending.
29th September 2014 | firstname.lastname@example.org