Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Never Say Never-Victoria Christopher Murray

Never Say Never

Victoria Christopher Murray

Touchstone, Jun 4 2013, $15.00

ISBN: 9781451695779

In Los Angeles, a fire breaks out at a charter school. Michellee tells her BFFs Emily and Miriam that over twenty children and three firefighters were rushed to the hospital. Miriam’s husband Chauncey and Emily’s spouse Jamal were part of the team fighting the blaze. Chauncey dies.

Miriam mourns her loss while feeling all alone as life without Chauncey is unlivable though she knows she must be there for their three sons. Chauncey’s best friend Jamal grieves deeply too as he struggles with survivor guilt that he lived and his buddy died. Miriam and Jamal find solace in each other’s arms though if Emily, counseling the survivors, finds out about the betrayals by her beloved mate and her best friend she will be devastated.

The cast is incredibly genuine as the affair participants know logically they wrong his caring wife/her BFF who deserves better from them; yet readers will sympathize with two mourners as their emotional traumas and the comfort in each other’s arms seem real. Readers will appreciate Never Say Never as grief overwhelms Miriam and Jamal whose respective faith has been shattered except when they are together.

Harriet Klausner

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