Forever by Karen Ann Hopkins Review

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Title: Forever
Author: Karen Ann Hopkins (Twitter)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publish Date: January 28, 2014
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 336
Source: Publisher

All I want is my happily-ever-after. That's all I've wanted since meeting Noah Miller.

From the day we met, the world has tried to keep Noah and me from being together, but now that I'm carrying his child, no one will be able to tear us apart. Or so I hope. But Noah and I have made some mistakes along the way, and the consequences are impacting the people we love. Worse, there's a storm on the horizon, and it's sure to cause serious devastation.

If we can get through this, we'll finally be Rose and Noah; a family, forever. But first we have to survive the road ahead. And happily-ever-after is a long way off.
This is the third novel in Karen Ann Hopkin's Temptation series, and I must admit that from the start, this has been a guilty-pleasure series for me. I'm generally the type of reader that wants rough, tough and gruff contemporary fiction, and I have a penchant for quickly discarding what might otherwise be considered sappy romance. However, Forever earned a spot on my review pile, simply because there is something inherently alluring about a forbidden romance - especially one that crosses cultures and beliefs. Forever, once again, brings us back to Meadow View with Rose and Noah as they attempt to navigate new obstacles blocking their paths to happiness, yet again. 

For those of you unfamiliar with the series, Forever and its predecessors are the tales of an Amish boy, Noah, who falls in love with an English (non-Amish) girl, Rose. While much of the setup for the previous novels felt a bit trite and cliche, this third and final installment in the series offered a surprising amount of new depth  to a pretty dramatic tale. Noah and Rose were rather reckless with their love for one another in the previous novels and, while they knew that their love would have consequences, they gave it little to no thought at all before. This time, however, we see Noah step up and mature, which I found really helpful for a series such as this. It would have been so easy for the author to simply settle for the drama of an unplanned pregnancy, but we actually get to see Noah take ownership of his actions and their subsequent repercussions. I was, however, still frustrated with Rose. There are serious strings attached to their relationship at this point, yet she still felt the need to hide it from her disapproving father. Colour me mad, but I would have loved to see the same level of maturity and growth from her as I did from Noah.

In terms of writing, Ms. Hopkins doesn't disappoint. Her prose is simple but sweet, and it has a delicate nature that doesn't feel overtly flowery or pretentious, but it weighs lightly on our hearts while it pulls us into this web of a story. Like I said before, this is not the type of series that I'd normally love, but it's engaging, and you can't help but root for two such characters. The ending was a bit neater than I might have liked. I like a bit of an open end, if only to keep me thinking about the story long after I close the book on the final page, but Forever gives readers what it's promises from the start - a happily ever after. I do wish we could see Rose and Noah grow a bit more together as friends, rather than just lovers, but I suppose that's asking a bit much of such a series.

Overall though, Forever is a fitting conclusion to a romantic forbidden love story. It was an interesting take on cross-culture relationships and, while often a bit cheesy, it was sweet, and it's a fast-paced read you can easily finish in a night. I give it a high 3.5 out of 5, and I recommend it to all fans of YA and contemporary romance novels.

I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.


  1. I do wonder if I would get annoyed or not

  2. I have to admit, this sounds like it might be a bit too sugar-sweet for me. I like romance in my novels but I'm not a fan of purely romantic books. I like there to be a bigger plot and for the romance to be just one aspect, you know?

    The prose does sound just beautiful though! I'm glad this was a good read for ya!

  3. I do love those guilty pleasure reads. There's just something about it! I think I'd be a bit frustrated with Rose's lack of maturity but otherwise, nice!

  4. I haven't been tempted by this series, but I'm glad to see it has been an enjoyable one. I love the bright colors on the cover too. Great review, Melissa!(:

  5. I've seen this series for some time now and I've wanted to read it because the idea of two young people from different cultures entering a romantic relationship is not only interesting, but also important in this day and age. I like sweet romances from time to time and I think I could like this one a lot. It's great that Noah grew in the third book. Glad to hear you enjoyed it, Melissa! Lovely review, Melissa! :)

  6. This sounds pretty interesting! I ended up with a copy of the second book, and I'm definitely considering starting the series now. I'm glad the conclusion was better than the previous books. Great review :)

  7. This series is ddefinitely a guilty pleasure for me. It's really pretty silly yet addicting. I'll have to pick up Forever.

  8. I haven't read any of the books in this series, but I do love a good guilty pleasure read! I love that Noah really steps up to the plate in this one and shows some maturity, it's a shame Rose doesn't do the same, but as long as one of them does that's pretty satisfying. Gorgeous covers on this series too, love them:)


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