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Monday, August 8, 2011

Review - This Time Forever by Linda Swift

Title: This Time Forever

Author: Linda Swift

Publisher: Champagne Publishing

Buy This Time Forever Here

Rating: You GOTTA Read

Reviewer: Val

The Civil War brought casualties beyond the bloody battlefields as North fought South. Philip Burke, against his family's wishes, volunteered to defend the Union and became a prisoner of war who bartered his medical expertise to remain out of prison. When the Union Army invaded Tennessee, Clarissa Wakefield's antebellum mansion became a Confederate hospital. Philip was placed in charge and against propriety, she volunteered to stay on and help nurse the wounded. Clarissa's husband was a Confederate soldier and Philip's fiancee waited for him in Oswego but the fire between them soon raged out of control. As the opposing armies fought for possession of Chattanooga, Clarissa and Philip faced their own battle. Caught in the passions of war and love, with hurt inevitable either way, would they be faithful to their vows or listen to their hearts? 

If you are looking for a fascinating read that will keep you on your toes, look not further as Ms. Swift has just provided you with this very book. My first thought when I finished the last sentence on the very last page was "Wow, just wow". No matter how good of a review I give this book, it can not adequately describe my feelings and how much I fell in love with this book.

The depth of the characters is a vital element in this story. If this book had not delved into each character as much as it did, I believe it might not have been as captivating. Yet with just the right amount of background information and character development, I felt myself completely immersed in the story line.

Clarissa's character is a strong young woman who holds fast in her convictions. Not above putting herself in a position where gossip and rumor might surround her, Clarissa takes on the duty of being a nurse. Here she meets Phillip, an integral part of this book. Clarissa's life will never again remain the same. With full bodied characters, I could not help but feel connected to each and every character. Even the villain in the story held credibility and at times I felt almost sympathetic towards him.

This Time Forever is set amidst the tragedy that we call The Civil War. Rich in heartfelt emotion, be prepared to be swept away with compelling characters as well as an intriguing plot line. Ms. Swift has captured the essence of this time period in the little details of the characters behavior, their dress and even down to the way they speak. I was fascinated with the interaction through letters between those in the battlefield and their loved ones.

This Time Forever will captivate you through the heartbreaking and graphic details of a time when war bred hate between states as well as brother against brother. The twists throughout the story stole my breath and left me surprised but eager to read on as I just had to find out what happened next. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a captivating romance. Although I am a huge fan of Ms. Swift, I have to say that this is the one book that stands out from the rest and is my personal favorite.


  1. I agree 100% with this review! This book is also a personal favorite of mine!! It's a must read for sure! It could also be a great movie!!

  2. What a wonderful review, Linda. I know you had to be walking in the clouds on this one.

  3. A great review of a great sounding book. I have strong Confederate ties to the War and want to read this book.
    Jude Urbanski

  4. Wonderful review, Linda! It doesn't get any better than that!

  5. Great review and very well-written! I love CW stories but there aren't that many, so I'm really excited about this one. Move over, GWTW!

  6. A wonderful review for a very talented writer!

  7. Thank you, Kaye, Sarah, Jude, Ellen, Michelle, Jacquie, and M.J. for your kind comments. I won't take up space here to reply to each of you individually. But please be assured that I appreciate all of you for taking time to read and leave your posts. Linda

  8. Congratulations, Linda. This was awesome! If this doesn't make one want to read "This Time Forever," nothing will.

    I plan to get my autographed copy when we meet.

    Did I say I love the title, too? It makes me think of a time travel like "Somewhere In Time."

  9. Thank you for your kind words, Laurean. And I agree, if Val's review doesn't bring me sales, I can't think anything would. And I'm still working on that meeting you spoke of. I'll keep you posted. Linda

  10. great review, Linda and great reviewer as well, Val. Congratulations.

    Emma Lane

  11. Thank you, Emma. And I agree that Val is a great reviewer. She can make any book sound good, and any author! Linda

  12. Great review, Linda. I have this on on top of my TBR pile and am really looking forward to delving into the Civil War dilemmas. Congratulations!


  13. Many congrats, Linda! I've downloaded This Time Forever on to my new Kindle, and will be starting it very soon!

  14. Thank you, Jude. It's heartwarming to know that so many people like you will be reading THIS TIME FOREVER. It is my hope that you will love the story as much as I loved writing it. Linda

  15. Hi Paula, and thank you for reading this review and for buying this book. Congratulations on your new Kindle. I love reading on mine, especially when on a long car trip like I've had the past two days. Let me know your comments when you finish the story. And I will let you know mine on His Leading Lady. And congrats again on the success of that book. Linda


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