June 16, 2013

Never Say Never by Victoria Christopher Murray

Never Say Never by Victoria Christopher Murray is an emotionally believable story that involves love, friendship, death, betrayal, and forgiveness. This love triangle isn’t your typical story, but this isn’t your typical author either. Be prepared for a very memorable story that will keep you engrossed in the story for longer than you expected.

Book Description
In this emotionally charged and inspiring novel about a love triangle, secrets between best friends threaten to blow up friendships and a marriage and change lives forever.

When Miriam’s fireman husband, Chauncey, dies while rescuing students from a school fire, Miriam feels like her life is over. How is she going to raise her three children all by herself? How will she survive without the love of her life? Luckily, Miriam’s sister-friend Emily and Emily’s husband, Jamal, are there to comfort her. Jamal and Chauncey grew up together and were best friends; Jamal and Emily know they will do all they can to support Miriam through her grief. Jamal steps in and helps Miriam with the funeral arrangements and with her children, plus he gives her hope that she has a future. But all the time that they spend together—grieving, sharing, and reminiscing—brings the two closer in ways they never planned.” – Never Say Never

My Thoughts
Never Say Never is a novel that shows the bonds of friendship, family, and shows infidelity in a different light than you’d normally read about it. I don’t like to give spoilers in my reviews, so I won’t do that. I am also not condoning being unfaithful at all, but this novel is artfully crafted by the author to show that it can sometimes be understood, even if it isn’t morally right.

Victoria Christopher Murray does an excellent job in this book with the characters. They are emotionally driven and as a reader, you care about them. The story itself is interesting yet very real. This is something that can (and does) happen in real life. People die, love, cheat, and everything in-between. This isn’t a fantasy world, but one where you can probably relate to at least one of the characters.

If you enjoy good novels that are highly character driven, this is definitely one you’ll want to read.

* Thank you to the publisher of Never Say Never, Touchstone, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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