Guest Review by Wenisa Conedy
Ryan and Julia. You want to root for their success. You want to go for them to be together and have their happily ever after.
Best friends in college, they both have deeper feelings for each other but they were afraid of ruining the friendship so they never said anything. But now that college is over, Julia is off to the west coast to try her luck in Los Angeles. Ryan is heading to Boston to be a medical student at Harvard. The impending Separation has made them realize they need to be honest with each other as each person feels pain at just the thought of being a part and not seeing each other for many months.
The Future of Our Past
is first of a trilogy and shows how Ryan and Julia open up to each other about how they feel, their plans for the future, their budding romance and how they deal with the separation. For me, book one’s story development is a tad slow. There are a few chapters I thought were added for fluff rather than plot or story development. A few characters and situations were introduced that could have added a bit of conflict to the story but didn’t.
I applaud that the author didn’t make Julia a simpering wallflower who would cave to the demands of Ryan. She is independent yet caring. She takes care for Ryan, but doesn’t sacrifice her ambitions because he demands something else. She is emotional yet strong. Ryan would do well to take a page out of her book and trust in her decisions.
I would have liked to see more of how they both mature from where they were in college. I was hoping that there would be some character growth and maturity, more plot development – laying a solid base for book two and three. Sadly book one did not have that.
I am, however, intrigued and invested to find out how this ends for Julia and Ryan — enough that I am not giving up on this trilogy and plan to purchase book 2 shortly.
About the Book
Julia Abbot and Ryan Matthews have been inseparable best friends since the moment they met. Each of them fight an internal battle unwilling to risk their incredible friendship but unable to quell their deep longing for the other. On the verge of his departure to medical school and to her new job on the opposite coast, Ryan and Julia are forced to face the undeniable truth of their deeper feelings.
About the Author
Kahlen is an award-winning author of sizzling hot, deeply moving contemporary romance. Her stories are filled with intense love, passion, angst and emotion that breathes life into her characters and leaves her readers captivated. She lives near Omaha, Nebraska with her daughter, Olivia and their three dogs. Creative by nature, she enjoys the arts, music and theater… But the love of her life is writing!
Represented by Elizabeth Winick-Rubinstein of McIntosh & Otis Literary Agency, the first two books in her series; The Remembrance Trilogy are available now. Follow her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter, or visit her website.
About the Reviewer
Daughter, wife, friend and aunt – thats me in a nutshell. There are a handful of important things in my life: My husband, my family my friends, my pup and my books. I am a life-long lover of books who discovered reading at age 5 and grew up in a such a humid environment that I locked myself in the only cool room in the house to read – the bathroom. Reading takes me to realms and worlds where I can spend long hours meeting unforgettable characters (Hello Fifty), savoring, living and experiencing their exciting, glamorous, dangerous, adventurous, angst filled or humor riddled lives from the safety of my favorite armchair. I love discovering new books and stories and recommending them to my friends and family.