Wednesday, June 11, 2014

TOUR STOP: Forever Layla

ISBN: 0615984452
Pages: 170
Source: Itching for Books

What if the woman you envied most is the person you are destined to become?
In 1994, high school senior David Foster was the lackey and soundboard geek for his best friend's grunge band. During spring break, the band lands a dream gig playing at a motel in Myrtle Beach, SC. David expected all the girls to ogle the guys on stage, but when a beautiful blond "Bond Girl" approaches him and calls him by name, he's shocked to find out she knows more about him than a stranger should.
She even knows about his notebooks and his visions of time travel.
What she thought was a quick time-travel-sightseeing trip takes a surprising turn when she meets the young adult version of the man she'd heard stories about as a child. His fairy-tale romance with the woman he'd loved, Layla, inspired her to accept nothing less than a love just as strong...but hopefully not as tragic. When she won't tell the younger version of him her name, he calls her Layla--and the world as she knows it changes forever.

Hey guys! Welcome to my tour stop for Forever Layla by Melissa Turner Lee! Don't forget to click the tour banner above to check out the rest of the tour stops!

Forever Layla is a beautiful timeless (get the pun) love story about two soul mates. I have to admit that I was really confused at the beginning. Judging from the summary, I wasn't sure what to really expect from this book, I knew it was going to be about time traveling and love, but I didn't think it would be quite as complicated.  Let me explain. We start with Layla, she's 24 years old and madly in love with David, her scientist boyfriend who is 18. David's parents do not approve of their relationship at all, but they move in and get married anyway. So everything's pretty chill. Then, David goes off to college to study in the sciences and another David appears, from the future. On top of that, Layla knows what's going on and pleads for him to leave because it's just weird if an older version of your hubby shows up when your actual hubby isn't home. It's the 20th century, people still get suspicious. I think at that point I was a bit confused. What tripped me up the most was that line in the summary: The woman you most admired was the woman you'd become. There was just so many puzzle pieces that were thrown at me I couldn't really get my bearings straight.

At the same time, the story is so touching and bittersweet. You can seriously get the vibe of how timeless love is, especially David and Layla's. Future David constantly goes back in time to visit Layla because he can't stand living without her. Their interactions (present) are adorable as well. Layla knows what's going to happen so she treasure every single moment that she has with David knowing that soon, in the immediate future, she will have to leave him. At first, I thought it was because her time travel ticket ran out and she had to go back into the future, but that wasn't what I got. I won't tell you so you can experience the heartbreak by yourself because it's pretty damn heartbreaking. :) I feel so cruel… XD

So, I said before that there were a lot of puzzle pieces just floating around my brain at the beginning. Well guess what? They all fit into one nice picture at the end of the story. Everything suddenly made sense and I was really pleasantly surprised to see how things turned out. It's definitely a very unique twist on time-traveling and again unbelievably beautiful. I do wish that we could have gotten a little bit more, like maybe an epilogue because I was so pumped that I had figured everything out and I wanted more. But no, it just sort of ended there and leaves you feeling two things:
  1. You go off dreaming about what happens next
  2. NO! WAIT! I don't want to come up with my own ending!! GIMMEEEE!!
Yes, you go through that struggle.

Needless to say, I definitely enjoyed Forever Layla and y'all should go read it. It is pretty confusing at first but if you push through it's definitely worth it. Again, this book was really absolutely beautiful! :)


About the Author

Melissa Turner Lee holds a BA in Communications with a concentration in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. She has studied fiction writing since 2008, attending various writing conferences and workshops, along with guidance from professional writing coaches. She resides in Spartanburg, SC with her husband and 3 sons.

3.5 out of 5 stars

Foreverly Obsessed,