A married couple going through the empty nest syndrome are struggling to define their relationship and the way it’s changed over the years. Cue the husband meeting a young woman who dazzles him, and you’ve got a classic setup questioning what you would do for love, and which of these loves is real.
Sounds like the plot to how many <fill-in-the-blank> romantic comedies or dramas?
But this is FAR from your normal love story.
And by far, I mean another universe, not merely the town next to yours.
Lewis dives deep, breaking the cliches of the genre and introducing unanticipated concepts to this triangle love story, ranging from past lives and psychic visions to dark and vengeful spirits. While there are possessions, rape, and other disturbing content, it was never gratuitous or over the top but rather there to serve the story.
What I found most interesting, however, was that as a reader I was never really sure which couple I should be hoping for. You felt the pain and yearnings on both sides, and Lewis does a great job of not interjecting her own judgement into the story but rather leaving it up to the reader.
For those looking for a different kind of love story, Forever certainly delivers.