For All The Evers by Debra Anastasia
Published by Indie on December 18, 2016
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Fallen Billow should be in college like most of her friends, but instead she’s raising her brother and working as a housekeeper at a vintage local hotel. It’s back-breaking work, but not nearly as challenging as fending off unwanted advances from the hotel’s owner.
Thomas McHugh is fighting for our country, across the globe and decades before Fallen Billow was even born. So there’s no way they’re soul mates. There’s no way he can be desperate to see her, hold her, kiss her. Except there is.
Is it a dream when he inks his name on her skin? Is it a delusion when she puts her hands on his face and says she loves him? Nothing has ever felt more real.
Fate has etched paths for Thomas and Fallen that even time cannot touch. A Purple Heart proclaims Thomas’ valor and bravery. And his death. But Fallen dares to dream of the impossible. She wants Thomas to stay. Just stay.
A tribute to all who have served our country, this novel honors the impossible beauty of love and the endless power of hope. Come open your heart and celebrate the many facets of bravery with Fallen and Thomas.
I want to get this out of the way first. Reading this book is the perfect example of why you should never just read one book by an author. I will admit that I read another book by this author and could not finish it. It pains me to say that because if you know me, I will do everything I can to power though a book. I don’t like leaving things unfinished. Yet, I had to with that book. When the blurb for For All The Evers came out, I knew I needed to read it. It was completely the opposite of what I’ve read from the author and I needed to give it a chance and I’m so happy that I did. I would have been mad at myself if I missed this opportunity.
For All The Evers is first an foremost a book that honors a war veteran where the author’s hope is to share his experience (albeit somewhat fictitiously) and to bring more awareness for those who have served our country. The personal touches in the story brings such a powerful message about honor, love and support and almost everyone can relate to something. I appreciate the author honoring her uncle, Sergeant Thomas F. McHugh.
Fallen Billow has had a rough childhood. With an alcoholic mother, she was forced at a young age to act as the mother to her younger brother. Now 21, she is working a new job at a hotel doing housekeeping. A job that is supposed to be just a way to make ends meet somehow becomes the lifeline that Fallen didn’t know she needed. Who would have thought she could have found true love?
Thomas McHugh is in the Philippines fighting for his country during WWII. It isn’t pretty, as we all know and the only solace and happiness he gets his when he meets him “dream girl” when he is sleeping. But when those dreams seem more real than ever, he had to wonder what is going on and how he can get to the love of his life.
I will admit that in the beginning of the book (after the prologue), I wasn’t really sure where this was going and it took me a little to move forward. Even though I know books are fictional sometimes, it takes me a minute to get back if something could really happen or not. I only say this in case anyone else feels that way at first. All I can tell you is to keep going. You won’t regret it.
The struggle that Thomas and Fallen went through, to fight just to make sure they got to see each other was hard. I was pulling from them from the start. They have this instant connection that is so powerful and raw that you are just begging for a happy ending. Both characters were well developed and brought a lot to each other. They were both in very hard times in their lives in very different time periods but together they learned the other person was the one to help ease their pain and suffering.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. If you are looking for a unique story about unbelievable love and the powers to overcome all obstacles, then this is the book for you. If you get anything out of this, just join Debra Anastasia in celebrating and honoring those who have or are currently fighting for our country. Well done.
Debra Anastasia has created a website for Thomas McHugh – the veteran the book is in honor of. (It is recommended that readers look at this website AFTER reading the book)
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“I bet you were adorable.” He put his knuckle under her chin and encouraged her to lift her head. She rolled back over and settled against his shoulder.
“I don’t want to be adorable. I want to be impossible.”
“How do you mean?” He kissed her forehead.
“I want to be impossible for you to forget, impossible for you to keep your hands off of.” She leaned up for a kiss.
“You’re my impossible then. Have no fear.” He tenderly reminded her he was her impossible, too, with his lips.
She put her hand against his stomach and snuggled in. “This is my spot. Right here. With you—it’s home.”
He swallowed before talking to the ceiling. “My heart was like a fist. Where I am? It’s not a place you plan to survive. I’ve been there for years, and it’s not about skill; it’s not even about luck. You get strapped into a machine, and fate’s driving. You can’t get out even if you want to. So you submit to it. You harden your soul. You get ready to die.”
He shifted, rolling on top of her. She sighed in contentment. Being beneath him made her feel safe and secure.
He kissed her lips, then the tip of her nose, before continuing. “But with you, it’s like my heart’s opening up, and I’m terrified to feel, after all this time. Yet I don’t have a choice. No matter where I am, I draw your face whenever I get a scrap of paper.”
He laughed a little. “We found a puppy, and I named it Fallen, just so I could say your name over and over. The guys think I’m crazy—such a strange name for a dog. But I don’t care. I’m gasping for you every moment I’m awake. And I’m making choices to keep me alive through the week.”
His eyes searched hers. “What if I’m not as tough as I was in the beginning? God, I hope no one is affected by my distraction with this. But in the end there’s you. Only you. Do what you have to to get back to me when you’re awake. You have to. I need you more than air, more than life right now. The softness of you, the tenderness in your eyes when you see me. I’m trying to force fate to throw me in your direction. To hurl me at you somehow. I don’t know if it will work. But I’m praying for it.”
Fallen touched his face, then his neck. “I will do everything I can to find you.”
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