**I was provided an ARC of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. **
Maybe Forever is the follow up to Maybe Baby by author Kim Golden. Laney, desperate to have a child met Mads through an agency that would potentially help her have a child with or without her then long time boyfriend Niklas. They fall in love, have an affair, Mads leaves Niklas and the two are married with children and living a life of perceived bliss. Laney has everything she has ever wanted– a man who is deeply in love with her and children.
Four years later, Laney is trying desperately to hold on to the fairy tale she thought she was living. She and Mads are on child number two. Mads is on the verge of great success with his furniture design company. Laney is at home with two young children and feels alone, on edge, desperate for a break. And it seems like everyone sees it but Mads.
In an attempt to make things better, Mads sets up a date for the two of them. A lovely restaurant, a night at a hotel, an overnight sitter. Excited that this could mean the return of her husband and the passion they shared before the children and the heavy cloak of spouse-and-parenthood descended upon them.
But Mads doesn’t show up. “I’ll be there in fifteen minutes,” turns into a over an hour and still no Mads. Knowing he’s at his workshop, Laney goes to find him and comes upon a scene that is any wife’s nightmare.
Laney disappears, leaves Denmark and heads to the US without telling her husband where she’s gone and taken their children. Something inside her is broken. The marriage, the love, the fairy tale is broken. It is up to Mads to wake up and repair it and hope that he can reach Laney before the damage is irreparable.
A few weeks ago some online friends of mine were having something of a vent session. As a single person, it’s hard for me to put myself in the shoes of a person who has always had to put others in front of herself. Husband, children even pets. It’s always just been me- I don’t even have plants– so I sit back and I take in the frustrations of wives and mothers, those who are expected to be nurturing and selfless and giving, who take care of everything, because if it’s left undone, it’ll stay undone.
I can imagine that the job of wife and mother can be thankless even when you have a lot of help. When your spouse is never home and when he IS home, he pays more attention to the children than you, and then collapses into bed talking of work and is gone before you awaken again… it tends to sound like a prison. All this to say, that I’m SINGLE and I understand Laney’s feelings and her reactions, her near madness at the situation.
I can’t imagine if I was living it. I read this book with my thumbnail in my mouth. Dreading Mads not waking up. Hoping he does. And turning page after page and letting the story unfold.
I loved that this story was realistic. I think romance needs more stories that are about husbands and wives stoking the home fires, keeping the love and passion alive after the I Love You, After The I Do. What happens during the Happily Ever After? Is it always happy?
A great read from a talented author.
At the end of this book is a hint toward’s July’s release, Maybe Tomorrow. I’m REALLY looking forward to this novel because I think Eddy has put up with QUITE enough and I’m looking forward to her Happily Ever After.