If only Heather can remember.
If only Jayden can forget.
Heather should have married Jayden years ago, but a witch at the Salem Witch Trials cursed her.
A curse that altered the fabric of the universe.
What is a guy to do to get the girl he loves to choose him?
Read Chapter One
“I choose you.”
As the words whisper over my lips, Kieran looks at me in shock. He murmurs disbelievingly, “Say it again.”
I feel the dark shadows, which always push and prod into me whenever I am with Kieran lean closer, invading my space, as I say it again. “I choose you, Kieran. I love you.”
He smiles. The smile lights up his face even here in the darkness where we are huddled close to each other against the cold November wind.
From somewhere behind me, I hear Jayden grunt unhappily and close by a crow squawks, the sudden sound loud.
I feel Kieran stiffen under the palms of my hands. Quickly he reaches for my hand. Gripping my fingers tightly in his, he insists, “Run. We must run.”
Bewildered, I step back from him. I have just told him that I choose him. For months, I have battled with my indecision. I love both Jayden and Kieran, but I knew I had to make the choice between them and now that I did, this momentous moment in my life is shattered.
A crow swoops down low over my head. I can feel the wind from its wildly flapping wings brush against my cheek. I look up and I see the moon glint off its black feathers in a rainbow of colours.
Jayden yells, “Run!”
I feel Kieran pull me along with him. I stumble over my own two feet and Kieran clutches my arm in a steel grip to pull me up again. We run toward the cliff. If we are supposed to be running away from danger, why are we running directly toward a dead-end, I wonder panicked.
I feel the crow clutch its claws into my hair, and I feel strands of it yanked out of my scalp. I scream in pain, but Kieran pulls me faster toward the cliff.
We reach the cliff and while we are still running, Kieran scoops me into his arms in one smooth action. He urges, “Close your eyes.”
Petrified I close my eyes tightly and then terrified, I am aware of him running over the edge of the cliff. I feel the nothingness beneath us, and for a moment, it feels as if we are just hanging there, suspended in mid-air. Then I feel an upward current of air lift my hair up and away from my face. It does not feel like we are falling, it feels more like floating, maybe we already collided with the ground, and I am dead. Probably the only explanation for the feeling of weightlessness I am experiencing.
Scared I open my eyes. A very small part of me is relieved I am not yet dead. The cliff face is passing by me, going upward, as if in slow motion. I can see every protrusion reflected in the sharp glare of the moon and I see Kieran’s black coat tails flap up in the wind in front of my face.
I close my eyes again, waiting with bated breath for the impact.
After moments, which seem like decades, I feel him miraculously land his feet onto the ground softly.
He puts me down and my legs feel weak. I stumble backward and Kieran lunges toward me, wrapping his arm around my waist to steady me.
Looking up at the incredibly high cliff, I turn back to look at Kieran. I feel the disbelief of falling down this incredibly high cliff and standing here unscathed, press down on me. He looks away and avoids looking back at me.
As I open my mouth to ask the question burning on my tongue, Jayden calls from in front of us, somewhere in the darkness of the night. “Come on, Kieran! We must leave.”
I see dark shadows dance across the cliff face menacingly, like the shadow puppets against the walls in our cottage. Shadow puppets Clara and I make when we are snuggled closely together in bed and before we blow out the candle. When we let our fingers stretch out against the knobbly wood and we tell each other scary stories.
Kieran pulls on my hand and shocked I turn away from the shadows moving down the cliff like a slow, pulsating waterfall.
I am running again.
As we get to the horse and cart, Kieran lets my hand drop and he makes a running jump onto the back of the empty farm cart.
Jayden clutches me by my elbow and he hurries me toward the front of the rickety wagon.
The horse, which is still tethered to the front of the cart, eats lazily from the bits of grass on the verge of the muddy road.
Kieran clambers over the wooden backrest of the cart and then sit down hurriedly. He leans forward to undo the reigns twirled around the front guard.
Jayden places his hands on my hips, and he looks down into my eyes pensively. He smiles sadly and then as he lifts me and I am face to face with him, he says softly, “I will always love you.”
I frown and immediately I feel remorseful for him. I know he heard me tell Kieran I choose him. Is Jayden still trying to convince me I should have chosen him?
Kieran yells, “Hurry up. They are coming.”
Jayden sets me down on the seat and then he swings himself effortlessly onto the back of the wagon as Kieran lashes the whip onto the horse.
The horse whinnies and then with a jerking motion the cart starts to move. Kieran prompts the horse to go faster by yelling at it and lashing the whip over its back.
Loudly I ask appalled, “Why are you doing this, Kieran?”
He glances toward me anxiously and whips the horse again. I do not recognize the look on his face.
“Why are you doing this? What is going on?” I ask him, pulling at his forearm to make him stop hitting the horse. The horse gallops faster and faster and the cart jump and skip over the rutted path.
Jayden climbs over the backrest from behind me and I move aside so that I am sitting between Jayden and Kieran. I lift my dress to make space for him and I notice the hem is mud-soaked and heavy.
I ask again, apprehensively, “What is going on here?”
Jayden starts, “There is this, um.”
Kieran interrupts him, “Not now, Jayden. I will explain everything to you as soon as we get you home.” His eyes do not look away from the road.
The moon is shining brightly, illuminating the tall trees and bushes crowding in onto the two ruts in the road. I see the dark gloom, which is recently always with me, filtering through the bushes on either side of us. I have never really been afraid of these shadows because once I got used to them, they seemed harmless and not dangerous at all. The shadows I saw earlier mirrored on the cliff were menacing though. They looked like long claw-like fingers reaching out toward me. Also, I do not know if it is because of Jayden and Kieran’s sudden panic and strange behaviour, but I now feel terrified of these shadows.
I yell involuntarily when I see a figure standing on the grass median between the two muddy grooves that the wheels of many, many wagons have made when they travel this busy road.
I hear Kieran gasp loudly.
Jayden reaches his arms around my shoulders and pulls me into him. He puts his palm over my ear as he pulls my face tightly into his chest. I feel smothered and then when he stiffens against my cheek, I hear a faint, far-away yell of frustration.
What readers are saying...
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Amazing Book
The love Jayden has for Heather is the kind of love I want , definitely recommend this to romance lover! Really wish I can read book 2 to find out what happens next. Emmy on November 17, 2016
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Amazing
The story was well written and easy to read. The author takes you on a journey and as the reader you never want it to end! Jessie on May 26, 2016
★ ★ ★ ★ Jayden was by far my favorite character
Though due to my nitpick-nature I will try to keep this review as spoiler-free as I possibly can. To say the least, I was rather impressed with how this story turned out so far, it’s very fascinating just all the detail that went into it. While initially the beginning felt just a little weaker to me, when the magic part of it kicked in, I gained a very serious interest in it. Being a bit of a history buff, a bit of a romance buff and a bit of a magic buff too at the very same time might have added to it, but really, this story is very fascinating. Even as a guy, I must say, Jayden was by far my favorite character. Though due to my nitpick-nature, I noticed a number of the flaws throughout it. Which is why I can’t give it a higher rating. And I recommend it to guys as well as the normal audience. Solid 4/5. Aduro Tri on January 18, 2016
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ A Novel of Love and Suspense!
ForNever has just the right amount of magic and supernatural elements woven through a three century love story to capture the reader’s interest and imagination. You will want to know how this ends and will keep reading until the final page. The ordinary existence of the sixteen year old heroine is painted with careful attention to the details that develop the story. As her understanding of love evolves through her parents’ divorce, she comes to value the many different kinds of love. The choice she faces between Kieran and Jayden, between safety and heart-thumping romantic love, has a universality of appeal. I enjoyed this well written book and look forward to the sequel! Jennie on January 15, 2016
★ ★ ★ ★ A Unique Love Triangle
I'm not much of a romantic, so I never find love triangles appealing in a book. Also, I found Heather's character to be annoying at times. I liked Jayden and Kieran. Though they had their moments, I can like them. Heather was difficult for me to relate to, but that could be for a number of reasons.However, others may not have that issue. I don't like giving spoilers. The story premise is interesting. I like that they are trapped in a loop waiting for a change of love to break it. I also love their backstory and their struggles. The author is an excellent writer. The story is smooth and doesn't feel like a burden to read. There were many moments were I really enjoyed the story. Naylene Rondon on January 7, 2016
★ ★ ★ ★ loverly read
A loverly story of cursed love, I was happy to read that this was about witches rather than the usual vampires so it was a refreshing change, the twists and turns keep you guessing who Heather will finely choose and the two young men have the reader hoping that she gets it right. This story is well written and keeps the reader entertained and shows that although love may not last forever with some it can with others if you are lucky to find the right one. Looking forward to the sequel. j harvey on December 23, 2015
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ A MUST READ! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time and I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It drew me in and captivated me from the beginning to the end! Loved the creativity! I found myself really sympathising with the story's main character Heather, as she finds herself having lost faith in true love after she encounters personal issues in her life. I was also rooting for poor Jayden and found myself going back and forth between feeling sad for Kieran and feeling angry at him. The book really managed to tug at my emotions which is a sign of a great book! I was thrilled with the ending and can't wait to read the next book in the series! Kindle Customer on December 22, 2015
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Can't Wait To Read Book 2!
ForNever came highly recommended to me from a friend, who said she could not put it down - and I have to agree. The love triangle between Heather, Kieran and Jayden intertwined with all of the magic, shadows, curses and sorcery can't help but pull the reader in. However, where I think Lynette Ferreira excels the most, is in her connection to the character of Heather. Heather is being confronted with changes in her life, changes which she has no control of. She is seeing her father as a totally different person in his new relationship and she is feeling a certain disloyalty to her mother for being supportive of him. Like many teenagers, she is caught in the middle and trying her best to please everyone. Heather's internal dialogues and struggles were very real to me because of thoughtful attention to detail and a strong feeling of empathy. The character of Jayden and his longing for what was, and what could be, also pulled at my heartstrings and once even made me cry. I can't wait to read Book 2. Just one more chapter! on October 13, 2015
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Love, dark, and darkness
I am normally a fan of thrillers and horrors, however this was a very well written, intriguing novel with a dark twist using the Salem Witch trials and a love triangle - I liked the way this kept you wanting more. lorenzo victory on September 29, 2015
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ This book was full of suspense.
I was often sitting on the edge of my chair, trying to encourage Heather to make the right decision when she jumped to the wrong conclusions. The author put it together well by letting you know just that little bit more than Heather did, building the suspense and drama… You knew Heather was making the wrong choice, and you knew there were bad consequences for the wrong choice… Making you want to climb into the book and set things right! It was brilliantly done. Love To Read! on June 30, 2015
★ ★ ★ ★ Good
I was given this book for review and although romances are not my preferred genre, it was well written with a nice touch of difference. I like the idea of the witch's curse and the possibility of reincarnation. I don't give spoilers, so it is difficult to say too much except that for lovers of romance, it is a good read. AlwaysReading on October 14, 2014
★ ★ ★ ★ Enchanting and Romantic
Heather is an English girl living in Ireland. The disintegration of her parents' marriage has left her bitter and unwilling to believe in true love. This proves inconvenient when she finds herself pursued by two young men. Kieran and Jayden are brothers. They are also sorcerers who have been following Heather throughout her successive lifetimes. Turns out the trio was cursed during the Salem witch trials and is destined to remain locked in a cycle of love and loss until Heather finally chooses the right brother. The reader knows which brother is the right one, and this adds to the tension. We watch Heather agonise and falter, unsure if she will follow her head or her heart. The only issue I had with FORNEVER is the author's tendency to weigh down her descriptions with a lot of historical information. As a reader, it's always nice to experience exciting locations. However, too much detail presented all at once can slow down the story and take us out of the fictional world. If you enjoy your love triangles with a paranormal twist, FORNEVER is a fun and often humorous read. clahain on July 13, 2013
Genres:Young Adult Fiction / Magical RealismYoung Adult Fiction / Romance / Clean & Wholesome