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Book Review – This Time Forever by Rachel Ann Nunes

This Time Forever is a story of heartbreak, healing, and faith. It’s a single book that contains two cute love stories that is tenderly rolled into one. Definitely a clean Christian Romance. This Time Forever is book 1 of the Mickelle series written by Rachel Ann Nunes.

This Time Forever by Rachel Ann Nunes | Blushing GeekThis Time Forever by Rachel Ann Nunes
Series: Mickelle, #1
Published by 
March 10, 2011
Genre: RomancelChristian
358 pages
Format: eBook
Source: Free books
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Buy: Amazon FREE
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Mickelle Hansen never realized marriage could be so challenging. Her husband’s epilepsy has caused him to become cynical and verbally abusive, but with love in her heart and strength from her Heavenly Father, Mickelle is determined to make her marriage work. Then the worst happens, Can she ever pick up the shattered pieces of her life? Doing so seems impossible.

Meanwhile, Rebekka Massoni arrives in America to work for handsome widower Damon Wolfe, leaving all her hopes and dreams back in her beloved France. She has loved and idolized Marc Perrault since she was five years old, but he can offer only her friendship in return.

Can Rebekka forget Marc and learn to love another man? Both Damon and Samuel Bjornenburg, successful CEO of Corban International, hope to win a place in her heart, but Damon’s daughter doesn’t like Rebekka, and Samuel doesn’t share her faith. To make matters worse, Rebekka’s heart is still breaking over Marc. Suddenly she must make the most important decision of her entire life. Will it be the right one?

Join Mickelle and Rebekka as they search for love and self-discovery. This tender story of heartbreak, healing, and faith is one you will not soon forget.


This Time Forever is a story of heartbreak, healing, and faith. A wife who lost her abusive husband and is now afraid to take chances and to be in a relationship again. And a successful young woman who’s heartbroken because she’s always on a friend zone to the man she loved since she’s 5 years old.

To be honest, I really had a hard time reading the first half of this story. There’s different POV every chapter so I wasn’t sure who’s the main leads were. That said, I kind of hate its first half but what surprises me was that I still keep on reading it. The twists and turns were kind of amusing not because they’re bad but because it’s kind of corny for my taste. I LOVE romance, but I hate it when it’s corny or cheesy. But for this story, I dunno, I don’t hate it but I don’t love it either.

This Time Forever was the very first Christian romance (LDS) that I’ve read so the mention of religion and having such a great faith in God was kind of great to read. I’m not a mormon but this story didn’t faze me at all. It’s just kind of refreshing reading a story where the characters turns to God for strength and guidance.

I really love the whole idea of this story, I just think that the way it was presented didn’t set well on me. The different POVs every chapter was ok I think, but for this one, I find it quite confusing. Also, this book was composed of not just 1 story, but 2 which is really good I guess. Though, I prefer Mickelle’s love story hehe. There were quite a few characters you need to keep track of but almost all of them has their own role in this story that really matters or has a great impact for each of the main leads. I don’t have any characters that I really hate (though there were a time that Rebekka irritates me) since all of them portrays their roles pretty well. But it kind of gave me shivers whenever Rebekka and her older brother exchanges very sappy lines. I’m just used to stories were siblings always fights, I guess French people are just so sweet to each other *wink.

Aside from the “quite confusing” interchangeable POVs each chapter, I didn’t like the part where Rebekka is so eager to find the right man for her. She’s only 24! I understand her situation, imagine being in love with someone for a long time but that someone only sees you as a younger sister?! That’s definitely not good with the heart, but I don’t believe on the idea that you need to find someone right away to move on. I mean, going to America was a good move but going to America to find the guy for her wasn’t a good reasoning. Oh well, everyone of us has different ways of moving on I guess.

Also, this story was composed of very reader friendly words, so aside from the happy ending, I guess it was also the reason why I’m giving this story a 2.5 star rating instead of just 2. I still can’t see myself reading another story from the author and this story even has a second book! But I already think This Time Forever already has a good ending so I’ll pass the second book for now *wink.


Preview & About The Author

About Rachel Ann Nunes

Rachel Ann Nunes | Blushing GeekRachel Ann Nunes (pronounced noon-esh) learned to read when she was four and by seventh grade knew she was going to be an author. Now as a stay-at-home mother of seven, it isn’t easy to find time to write, but she will trade washing dishes or weeding the garden for an hour at the computer any day! Her only rule about writing is to never eat chocolate at the computer. “Since I love chocolate and writing,” she jokes, “my family might never see me again.”

Rachel has over thirty published books, including the popular Ariana series and the award-winning picture book Daughter of a King. She enjoys hiking, swimming, spending time with her family, reading, and visiting far off places.

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    • kindlemom1

      Sorry this didn’t quite work for you. I tried one of her mysteries years ago and liked it but I haven’t picked anything else up by her.

      • Hmm, I guess I will like her mysteries more

    • The POV changes would confuse me too 🙁

      • True. It would have been ok if it was almost on the ending, but it happened early in the story.

    • Not sure this would be the right book for me but thank you for the great review.

    • Hmm, not the right read for me I’m afraid . . . But if you read any of her mystery books, hope they work way better 🙂

      • Yeah, I hope it will. But I’m not yet sure if I’ll try 🙂

    • Too many points of view without maybe a mention of who it is before the narrative changes would confuse me, too. LOL, sorry it was too sugary and cheesey for you, but glad you found it somewhat enjoyable.

      • Yes, that true. It happened early on the story without even mentioning their character first so it was really confusing. Hehe true about the cheesy stuff, but I guess I was thankful for that because I was able to finish it hihi

    • I admit I tend to avoid religious books but this one seems like it enhances the story and not shoves it down your throat. What really makes me pause is the POV changes. I hate when it is confusing. Brilly review!

      • The religious aspect of this story was actually great, it’s just too bad, that the conflicting POV has to be present 🙁

    • I am sorry that this one wasn’t better for you. I am not a fan of too many POVs in a story either. I hope your next read is better.

      • I am reading a new book now and I guess it’s much better hehe. Thanks Carole 🙂

    • Sounds like a couple good elements but, yes, that much POV changing and multiple storylines with that would be hard, I think.

      • True. But I heard there’s a different book dedicated to each set of couples. I hope it’s better.

    • Oh sorry this book didn’t work for you, Vanessa. I get it. The constantly changing POV could so confusing sometimes. I hope your new read is way better. ❤️

      • I am reading a new one Geybie and I have a feeling it’s better 🙂 Thank you

    • I do like reading my Christian fiction from time to time as well. It sounds like this one was okay. It seems like a decent read and while the first half wasn’t that enjoyable, it didn’t scare you away either. Hmm…

      • Yeah, it was a pretty decent read but unfortunately, it didn’t set well for me. But I guess it was a little better since I finished it hehe

    • Karen

      TBH that blurb is totally confusing so I probably wouldn’t pick up the book at all. lol

      Sounds sweet though and I want to know who Rebekka ended up with lol.

      For What It’s Worth

      • I guess it’s ok to drop some spoiler? Hehe, Rebekka ended up with Marc and the proposal at the airport was really sweet 😉

    • eak sorry this felt a little corny for you

      • Yeah, but atleast it was able to amuse me a little thus making me finish it. It could have been a very good story

    • Two stories in one book, I’m not sure how I feel about that…

      Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

      • Yeah, quite confusing when you think about it actually. Plus, the pair-up kinda mixed up in the first half of the story (ssh, don’t tell anyone hehe) which makes it even more complicated and confusing.

    • I really don’t mind the religious aspect, but it needs to be well written. Sounds like this could use some straightening out, made clearer.

      • So true. It’s unfortunate because it could have been a very good read.

    • Oh I struggle with overt religiosity in anything. Think i’d avoid this like the plague. 🙁

      • I used to feel the same way before too, and then I stumble to this one. Definitely not a good book to start with this genre 🙁

    • Too many point of views does not always work for a book, sounds like it was a bit too much in this book. I don’t mind religion in a book as long as it’s not too prominent. It does sound like the book has a good premise, but the way it’s written didn’t quite work for you.

      • Yes, too bad. It would have been amazing but the writing style didn’t work out for me 🙁

    • Too many POVs can be confusing. I am sorry it did not work for you, but it does sound like it had potential.

      • Yes it has, unfortunately the confusing POVs and the cheesy lines get in the way. Hopefully the other books we’re better 🙁