ARC Review: A Lot Like Forever by Jennifer Snow

Whitney Carlisle has everything under control—or at least that’s what she needs everyone in Blue Moon Bay to think. She has always faced the hard times in her life head-on and come out stronger for it. But this time, she isn’t so sure. Whitney knows she needs help, but how can she put that burden on Trent, her fiancé? How can she crush his dreams by telling him the plans they made for a future together have to change?

All Trent Connolly wants is to get married, have kids, and spend the rest of his life loving Whitney. Their relationship has had its share of ups and downs—like any other couple—and they’ve always managed to get through it unscathed. So when Whitney is clearly struggling with something, Trent is ready to help. His fiancée’s strong will is part of what draws him to her—but this time, it feels like it’s pushing him away.

Whatever Whitney is hiding from everyone has to be big. Possibly life-changing. She must believe that revealing her secret would do Trent more harm than good, even if it crushes her under the weight of it. The only thing he can do now is be there for her in whatever way she needs…until a secret of his own comes to light that threatens to steal their chance at forever.
I was so looking forward to reading  A Lot Like Forever. I've been really enjoying this series and the characters within it. I love the friendship between the three heroines in this series. Time and distance haven't had any effect on their friendship. Even when they weren't all living in the same town they stayed friends. 

It's one of the reasons I have been liking this series. Really enjoyed books one and two and I don't know what happened with Whitney's story. For me, it went off the rails of a romance. It's more women's fiction with touches of romance. I understand the author needs to write the story as she sees it in her head but I kinda wish I had a warning.  

First off this story starts with Whitney and Trent already being in a relationship. They've been together for a very long time yet aren't married yet. For me, Trent is very loving and likable in the story but Whitney comes off as closed off. She has a secret that she's keeping from everyone. Once you find out what it is you have to wonder why she didn't talk to Trent about it. Her reasonings sounded silly to me. Now I know that people often shoot themselves in the foot when it comes to being afraid to deal with life change things so I did give her somewhat of a break. 

Most of the story happens in the present and past. You flip so much between the two time periods that there is no real focus on their romance. In fact, I didn't even feel anything coming from her, just Trent. Because of how much I liked Trent I kept going with the story. Now don't get me wrong I like Whitney too I just didn't care for any of her choices. 

Even the ending felt like Trent doing everything he could for Whitney and her just taking it. Now I know it sounds like I totally hated this story but I didn't there is stuff in here that I enjoyed. I just felt that this story is more about Whitney and what's going on in her life and Trent is a side note. And what does happen in his life is like a cliche. Not totally enjoying this story won't stop me from reading other books by this author. I think this is the story she had to tell and unfortunately, it didn't totally work for me. I'd love to know your feelings on it if you read the story.


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