Title: The Forever of Ella and Micah
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Series: The Secret #2
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Ella and Micha have survived tragedy and heartbreak. When they’re together, anything seems possible. But now they are thousands of miles apart, and managing their long distance relationship will put their love to the test.
Ella is back at school, trying hard not worry so much about her future. But with her father in and out of rehab, she’s having a hard time making it through the days. All she wants is Micha by her side, but she refuses to let her problems get in the way of his dreams.
Micha spends his days touring the country with his band, but deep down he knows something is missing. Being away from Ella is harder than he thought it would be. He wants her closer to him-needs her with him. But he won’t ask her to leave college, just to be with him.
The few moments they do spend together are intense and passionate, but it only makes it more difficult when they have to part. They know they want to be together, but is wanting something enough to get them to their forever?
The Forever of Ella and Micha is the continuation of The Secret series and picks up where the first book left off. Ella and Micha are headed in their own directions, pursuing their separate dreams while trying to hold onto each other. Their love is tested multiple times during this story and their plans for the future are called into question. Lila and Ethan also return in this book, teasing me with their easy and entertaining chemistry and uncertain relationship. Jessica Sorensen has written a great follow-up novel with this one, answering many of my questions about Ella and Micha’s future without completely satiating my thirst for more of this fantastic couple.
“Everyone who lays eyes on you can see it and is envious of it because that kind of love isn’t supposed to exist.”
Both Ella and Micha grow a lot during the course of this book. As much as I didn’t like their separation, Jessica Sorensen did a great job at forcing them to follow their own paths. Both have been through a lot and the first book brought them so many emotional trials, that I was content in seeing them take the time to get to know themselves and grow into their own. The ups and downs of a long distance relationship were genuinely portrayed, giving me everything I needed to invest myself further in Ella and Micha’s happily ever after. My favorite part of this story was watching Ella mature and make peace with herself and her past. Jessica really gave this character depth with this book, depicting Ella’s personal evolution in a way that was raw, gritty, and entirely real.
“People never mean to do things that are hurtful, yet sometimes it just happens, through an intense moment, through brief rationalization, or by simply speaking words that only belong inside one’s head. Or simply by giving up for a second. People hurt each other all the time.”
Emotions continue to run high in this book, although now they center less on a painful past and more on an unknown future. As far as the storyline goes, I absolutely hated seeing Ella and Micha apart after they finally got together. The distance between them, both physical and emotional, tugged on my heartstrings as they fought to find their forever. There were instances when the plot seemed a little sluggish, but the moments of self-reflection and doubt that slowed the pace of the story were ultimately necessary to the character development. Jessica Sorensen was careful to clear up several lingering questions about their relationship and the events taking place with their families. I felt satisfied with the resolution she provided, but not closed off from the story. Jessica left me happy, but hooked to Ella and Micha, ready to know more about their life in the future. This book is a must read for anyone who has fallen in love with Ella and Micha.
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Don’t miss the rest of the The Secret series:
The Prelude of Ella and Micha (The Secret #0.5)
The Secret of Ella and Micha (The Secret #1)
The Temptation of Lila and Ethan (The Secret #3)
The Ever After of Ella and Micha (The Secret #4)
Lila and Ethan: Forever and Always (The Secret #4.5)
Ella and Micha: Infinitely and Always (The Secret #4.6)