After all these years I had to read the last book of the Lost in Love-Green Mountain series by Marie Force. Not everything was perfect, but to see the entire Abbott clan in one place and to be back in Vermont again, was wonderful. Sure, a few pages seemed only to be stretching material, but the rest was reading pleasure. Does it sound odd when I say that it was about time to end this series? That it had become a bit too crowded? Read the book and judge for yourself.

Eine Ewigkeit Für Uns*
by Marie Force
Lost In Love Die Green Mountain Serie #15
The Butler, Vermont Series #9

Translation Lena Kraus
Original Title The Long And Winding Road
Publisher Fischer TB on October 25, 2023
Genre Novel
Pages 444
Format Paperback
Source Fischer TB

Max Abbott knows how much a broken heart hurts. First, his great love Lexi left him, and then the mother of his little son left him. That's why the young single father concentrates entirely on his small family and has sworn off women. Until he unexpectedly meets Lexi at his ten-year class reunion. Immediately the old feelings come back. But his life is different now and Lexi has dark years behind her. She knows all too well how fragile happiness can be. Can they still give their love a second chance?
Max and Caden are one team. No matter what, they stick together and act as one. So when Lexi shows up after years of no word, and Max discovers that he still loves her, the question is how to prepare Caden that he will have to share his father from now on.

The novel has a jump in time of around five years. It irritated me a bit at the beginning, but on the other hand there certainly wouldn't have been some sweet scenes with Caden, Max's little son, if it hadn't been for this time gap. To be honest, I lost track after just a few lines. The author often digs deep into the kitsch box and lists pretty much everything the Abbott family clan has to offer. Sometimes almost too much. The writing style is simply easy to read and often full of humor, charm, and a lot of wit. What I liked less is the author's habit of repeating many passages. In other words, she repeats things as if her readers couldn't remember one or two details.

There is a wonderful reunion with all the characters in the series. I liked Molly Abbott the most. How she helps Max and Caden through everyday life, explains things, and steers everything in the right direction was nice to see. I would have liked to have had a mother and grandmother like that. And seeing Will and Cameron from the first volume again was great.

A successful conclusion, even if some pages were unnecessary in my opinion. The background theme was a bit too dark for me, but seeing the moose again was totally worth it. This one scene eclipsed everything else. Delicious!

Happy reading

*This book was kindly provided to me by Fischer TB in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thank you. Therefore, the cover of the German edition is shown first in this review.

Deutsche Rezension

Der Roman hat einen Zeitsprung von rund fünf Jahren hinter sich. Hat mich zu Beginn zwar etwas irritiert, andererseits hätte es aber auch so manche süße Szene mit Caden, dem kleinen Sohn von Max, bestimmt nicht gegeben, wäre dieser zeitliche Abstand nicht gewesen. Um ehrlich zu sein, ich hatte schon nach wenigen Zeilen den Überblick verloren. Die Autorin greift oftmals tief in die Kitschkiste und fährt so ziemlich alles auf, was der Familienclan der Abbotts zu bieten hat. Manchmal beinahe schon zu viel. Der Schreibstil ist schlicht gut zu lesen und oftmals voller Humor, Charme und viel Witz. Was mir weniger gefiel, ist die Eigenart der Autorin, viele Textstellen zu wiederholen. Zwar mit anderen Worten, aber sie wiederholt die Dinge, als ob sich ihre Leser das eine oder andere Detail nicht merken könnten.

Es gibt ein herrliches Wiedersehen mit allen Figuren der Reihe. Am besten gefiel mir Molly Abbott. Wie sie Max und Caden durch den Alltag hilft, Dinge erklärt und so alles in die richtige Richtung lenkt, war schon schön mit anzusehen. So eine Mutter und Großmutter hätte ich auch gerne gehabt. Und das Wiedersehen mit Will und Cameron aus dem ersten Band war toll.

Ein gelungener Abschluss, auch wenn einige Seiten aus meiner Sicht unnötig waren. Das Hintergrundthema war mir eine Spur zu dunkel, aber das Wiedersehen mit dem Elch war das absolut wert. Diese eine Szene hat alles andere in den Schatten gestellt. Köstlich!

*This book was published in the English language by HTJB Inc. on January 17, 2023

Marie Force
Marie Force ©Pamela Sarinha

Marie Force is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author of contemporary romance. She writes series as well as stand-alone novels. While her husband was in the U.S. Navy, Marie lived in Spain, Maryland, and Florida, and she is now settled in her home state of Rhode Island.


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