Together Forever by Sian O'Gorman
Published: 1st April 2018
Available in Paperback and on Kindle
When life demands that you make a choice, how do you know you are making the right one? A beautiful family drama, full of love, life and destiny. Perfect for the fans of Alice Peterson and Dani Atkins.
Tabitha Thomas gave up on a happy family life with Michael her absent, high-flying husband long ago. Instead she concentrated her energies on their daughter, Rosie, and her career as head teacher at a local primary school. However trouble looms on the horizon…
While Rosie struggles with the most important exams of her life, Tabitha’s eco –warrior mother is protesting outside the school gates to save some trees from the bulldozer. And best friend, Clodagh, a top TV news broadcaster, is self-soothing with Baileys, as she’s edged out of a job by an ambitious flame-haired weathergirl. Finally, with the return of an old flame and a political expose to deal with, Tabitha is forced to confront a decision she made a long time ago and face the life-changing consequences she has lived with ever since.
Together Forever is a lovely heart-warming novel which highlights the strength of female relationships and the importance of following our hearts.
Tabitha Thomas has been married to politician Michael for eighteen years and has long since given up any hope of affection from him, instead she pours her love into daughter Rosie and the children at her primary school Star of the Sea. She’s happy enough with her life until her old flame Redford Power returns to Dalkey. Memories of how happy she used to be make Tabitha question if she really did make the right decision all those years ago.
Tabitha was a lovely character, totally dependable and willing to help anyone she’s the perfect example of a headmistress and politicians wife. Her love and concern for daughter Rosie shines throughout the novel. Quite how she put up with Michael for so many years is beyond me, he was just awful. He had no idea what was going on in Rosie’s life or how she felt about her looming exams and college life. His use of the word “Mammy” was also incredibly disturbing.
I loved the obvious chemistry between Tabitha and Red, especially when reading the short flashbacks throughout the novel and felt sorry that their relationship had not worked out as its quite clear to anyone reading this that he’s far more suitable for her than Michael.
I really loved that there was such a mix of characters in this book which added to the community feel of the novel. Some of my favourites were Bridgit, Flinty and Mary as well as gorgeous Red.
This is a novel which covers a variety of themes from romance, family relationships, exam pressure, environmental activism, politics and journalism all of which have been portrayed in a realistic way to make this a very enjoyable read which is relatable. It’s a book which despite its more serious themes also has moments of comedy which add to the enjoyment, Michael and his milk obsession being a big part of this for me.
Together Forever is a wonderful novel which celebrates the true bonds between families and teaches us to be true to our own principles and to follow your heart.
Thank you so much to Aria and Netgalley for sending me a copy to review honestly and for inviting me to be part of this blog tour.
About the Author
Sian was born in Ireland, is an RTÉ radio producer and lives in the seaside suburb of Dalkey, Dublin with her seven nearly-eight-year-old daughter, Ruby.
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