by Belinda Palmer

March 2004
ISBN: 1-59088-269-5
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Diana Hillman is dreading her meeting with Haakon Black, the father of her sometime boyfriend, Dane. She has a feeling she knows exactly what the old man will do. Diana realizes that her relationship with Dane is more destruction than productive, but she canít help hoping he will fall in love with her. She knows a woman who grew up as an orphan with no family and no social standing besides being a successful businesswoman wouldnít matter to the patriarch of the Black family. Dane hadnít been willing to publicize their affair, so Diana could only believe that Haakon would try to buy her off at their meeting. So she heads to the Black mansion hoping sheíll be able to salvage some of her pride. As she pulls into the driveway, she is hit with the strangest sense of dťjŗ vu.

When Haakon Black returns for a trip to the Amazon, he finds his youngest son married with a baby on the way. To his disappointment, he finds that his middle son, Dane, has been leading some woman on. Haakon plans on convincing Diana that Dane isnít good enough for her and to never expect his son to fall in love with. At least that is the plan until Haakon sees Diana for the first time and realizes that after eight years of mourning, his heart has come back to life. In every move Diana makes, Haakon sees the memories of his late wife who had been killed eight years ago. Is it possible? Could Lisaís soul been reincarnated into Diana? Haakon is willing to be open-minded about it as he finds himself falling in love with her.

Dealing with their quickly developing relationship is bad enough for Haakon and Diana. Shadows are building around the Black mansion and Haakonís youngest son seems to be in the center of the storm. As danger explodes around them, they must fight to survive and stay together again in this life time.

Forever Yours is a fascinating glimpse into another world. All the characters are complex and driven by motives that we donít always know. Haakon is definitely an Alpha male, leader of his family. His open-minded acceptance of certain things in the beginning of the book makes it difficult to understand his resistance to other experiences in the end. While Dianaís easy acceptance of Haakonís feelings for her might come off as seeming a little naÔve, her experiences as an orphan can help us understand her reasons a little better. The story is multi-layered with a complex plot that can confuse the reader at times. It is a good beginning to what could be an interesting series of science fiction.

Reviewed in July 2004 by Jenni.

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