Once Upon A ForeverOnce Upon A Forever by A.V. Scott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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A tale of love lost and found and maybe lost again this story takes you back to being a teenager and falling in love for the first time.
A time when you are unsure of yourself and concerned by the motives of others, it is difficult to know what is real and honest. A story about wanting to be yourself and answer to nobody.

Emma and Lizzie move to Ash Falls when Emma is seventeen. They move around a lot and Emma can’t wait to move away for good. Lizzie is the apple of mom’s eye and can do no wrong while Emma has to play the role of adult. One day, giving into Lizzie’s desire to go on the ferris wheel on the boardwalk, they meet Cooper for the first time. Cooper is supposed to follow in his father’s footsteps and run the family business, but all he wants is to run as far away as possible. That is until he meets Emma. He is consumed by her, and that’s bad news for Ariel, the girl the whole town thinks he is going to marry one day. After a misunderstanding Emma flees without telling anyone why, only to come back four years later for her mother’s funeral and to finally get the answers she needs. With twists and turns, and plot twists you don’t see coming, this is a nail biter till the end.

The story is not only written from two different perspectives but also different times so sometimes it doesn’t flow so easily, but the story is beautiful and if you were ever an awkward, self conscious girl, you will understand Emma perfectly. It brought me back to a time when I was willing to change my dreams for someone, and it made me grateful that I didn’t have to. It showed me it is never too late to follow your dream and just maybe everything works out in the end. I believe A.V. Scott has a talent that I am looking forward to see progress and grow.

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