In Ever After, bestselling author Karen Kingsbury has created a moving sequel to Even Now. The book opens as Emily Anderson, now twenty years old, attends college on a soccer scholarship. Through an off-campus job at Fort Lewis, Emily meets a young Army reservist, Justin Baker. Their love-deep, emotional, and built on the foundation of a shared faith-blooms into plans for marriage. Even Emily's parents, Lauren Gibbs and Shane Galanter, draw inspiration from this shining young relationship.But Shane and Lauren are being tested as they themselves make wedding plans. Although Shane works as a Top Gun instructor, Lauren still strongly opposes the war in Iraq. As Lauren and Shane struggle to breach the gulf between them, Lauren decides that the task is impossible. She returns to her job as a war correspondent in Afghanistan.Emily must say goodbye to Justin as he goes off to serve in Iraq. Then tragedy changes everything. Can Lauren and Shane do what they think is impossible-set aside their opposing views so that God's love can win no matter how great the odds?Also available: audio CD edition.
by Karen Kingsbury
"Kathy Garver's gentle voice creates vivid personalities in her depictions of 20-year-old Emily Anderson and her fiancŽ, Justin Baker, an Army Reservist, as he prepares to leave for Iraq. In excited and poignant tones, Garver depicts the couple's anticipation at his return. Her portrayal of Emily's youthful exuberance brings smiles. Their shining example of new love provides inspiration to Emily's parents, war correspondent Loren Gibbs and top-gun instructor Shane Galanter, who have never married. Garver's use of subtle vocal idiosyncrasies gives the illusion of multiple narrators as she portrays characters of both genders and age groups. Further, she captures the rising tension of a country divided by war, yet supportive of its troops, with genuine emotions, tight pacing, and textured characterizations. Listening requires at least one box of tissues. G.D.W. 2008 Audies Finalist (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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