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Even Now (Lost Love #1)

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  14,689 ratings  ·  445 reviews
UNABRIGED, APPROXIMATELY 13 HOURS, READ BY KATHY GARVERSometimes hope for the future is found in the ashes of yesterday.Shane Galanter---a man ready to put down roots after years of searching. But is he making the right choice? Or is there a woman somewhere who even now remembers---as does he---those long-ago days . . . and a love that hasn't faded with time?Lauren Gibbs-- ...more
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Published December 26th 2005 by Zondervan Publishing Company (first published January 1st 2005)
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Cathy
A+; Emotions ranging from heartbreaking to triumphant in this lovely novel. If you've ever doubted the power of one moment, you won't after reading this. Ms. Kingsbury is without question the best in Christian fiction, delivering a powerful message that does not come across as preachy or ignore the realities in life. No goody-two-shoes characters cripple her prose. Real people struggle with their faith issues and come out closer to God and each other because of it.
Tiana
I've been putting off writing my review on this book because I'm not sure what to say. Generally, I don't especially like Christian fiction. This book is an example of why I don't like it. The story felt contrived and forced, like the author tried to imagine everything that could possibly go wrong and made it happen. I just kept feeling frustrated that the characters weren't using common sense to prevent these horrible things from happening. But worse was that I felt like the author was trying t ...more
Ky
I feel like I'm really going against the grain here by saying this book was OK since Karen Kingsbury is such a famous author. However, I just wasn't caught up in this book. It was very "average" for me. In my opinion, the characters were forgettable and the development was slow. There were elements of the story that were somewhat implausible - I found myself thinking "why on earth would she do that?" or "how could she not know that" a couple of times. There were definitely some stretches. I just ...more
Sam
It wasn't outstandingly beautiful prose, or a praise-worthy plot line, but this book made me cry. And for that, I give it 5 stars. There have been around, maybe 6, 7, books in my life that have had me sobbing (it's not easy to get my tears going in books) and this one had me wailing into the book in the middle of the night. Even Now had me smiling and laughing and making some sort of sound in my throat that sounded like sobbing and choking all at once... When Lauren and Shane were finally reunit ...more
Tracey
Let me start by saying that had I known this was Christian fiction I may not have picked it up to begin with. I sometimes find the religious writing a little too over-the-top for my liking. I had a couple of issues with this story line:
1.The parents of these two teenagers conspire against them by taking deliberate steps to separate them from each other. One family moves across the country and the other into the suburbs and neither leaves a forwarding address. My issue ... the author implies that
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Mariann Ryckman
Not a huge fan of Christian fiction with a few exceptions. This was one of the most contrived story lines I've ever read. None of the actions made sense - all of the consequences were extreme. The outcome was just too neatly worked out. If you're looking for an easy read where you can just skim pages while people are whining or making dumb mistakes, this is it.
Maria
Oct 10, 2009 Maria marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Lost Love Series

EVEN NOW
The first book, Even Now, is the story of a young woman seeking answers to her heart's deep questions. A man and woman separated by lies and long years. . . yet who have never forgotten each other. With hallmark tenderness and power, Karen Kingsbury weaves a tapestry of lives, losses, love, and faith and the miracle of resurrection

EVER AFTER
In Ever After, the moving sequel to Even Now, Emily Anderson, now twenty, is attending college on a soccer scholarship when she meets
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Loraine
"A young woman seeking answers to her heart's deep questions. A man and woman separted by lies and long years...yet who have never fogotten each other. With hallmark tenderness and power, Karen Kingsbury weaves a tapestry of lives, losses, love, and faith--and the miracle of resurrection."

Two families the Galanters and the Andersons - close knit with a son and daughter who grow up together, fall in love, and make a tragic mistake which tears the two families to pieces. Karen Kingsbury has writte
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Glenda L
A very well written Christian novel about a teenage pregnancy and how it affected two very affluent families. The novel is written over a 19 year span ... what happens to the teens, the parents and the baby? I enjoyed this book very much. It was a little predictable, but good.
Amber
Great Karen Kingsbury Story! It starts out about two teenagers who fall in love and Lauren (the main girl) gets pregnant. She decides to keep her baby instead of giving it up for adoption much to the dismay of her parents and her boyfriends parents. Her boyfriend Shane's parents are trying everything they can to get them to change their mind. They want to get married and raise the baby together because they are in love. The come up with a plan and it keeps them apart. Lauren has her baby and som ...more
Sophie Gaines
This book was amazing! It made me feel at times, happy, sad, over joyed, shocked,etc. Above all, I established a relationship with every single one of the characters in the book.
Kristi
I fell in love with this story. The characters were amazing. Lauren and Shane's love for each other was flawless, even as kids. They grew up without each other. And their child little Emily. Found them and tried to get them back together. I love it. Emily was adorable. Her character was awesome. Karen Kingsbury made a great contrast of characters.
Although it was in ways similar to one other book I read called The Chance. But I overly enjoyed both books.
This book was Heartbreaking, sad, heartwa
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Jana
I am wavering between 2 and 3 stars. I listened to it as an audiobook and didn't like it's production so maybe that gives me a dim view of it. The woman reading the book read painfully slow, would mess up the meaning of sentences through her inflection and used annoying baby talk at times for an apparently smart college student.
About the book though, it was ok. I found it predictable and frustrating when people who were said to be smart were so slow to do obvious things.
I do appreciate the fact
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MMatchak
Emily Anderson was born to teenage parents who were separated by their own parents as a result of her coming into the world. Emily is raised by her grandparents who have been searching for her mother, Lauren, who has been missing since Emily was just weeks old. Once Emily is old enough, she begins searching, too, only her search expands to find her father, Shane, as well, whose parents moved to California to keep him away from her mother. It is a story of lost love, but one I found rather predic ...more
Brooklyn Smith
Even Now by Karen Kingsbury is a 338 page novel. Is a very good book, very well written, and definitely keeps the reader interested. The overall theme of this book is about a 17 year old girl named Emily, who lived with her grandparents, after her mom and dad left her. However, neither of them meant to leave their only child. This book is a very inspirational book, as it explains that anything can happen. Throughout this book, time is really the only thing that matters. Time is what separated Em ...more
Victor Muthoka
A painful read on forgiveness.

This was a real sad read & my first ever by KK & I wasn't disappointed.

Shane & Lauren are two high school teens from the quintessential American suburban family. Nice grades, well behaved, a good living & all a teen could ask of life. Until it all goes awry. In love w/ each other since they could both remember, one thing leads to another & Lauren gets pregnant.

This tears the whole fabric of the two formerly close families apart as each family s
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A. R.
Let me start out by saying I had sworn off of Karen Kingsbury books because they were beginning to feel formulaic and saccharine. I wish I could say this one was different, it wasn't but there were still some nice touches that I appreciated.

First let me get out of my system what I didn't like. In all of the Kingsbury books I've read, she ALWAYS used the same scripture (Jer. 29:11) And although I love the message of the scripture (That God is aware of you, and wants to give you hope and a future)
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Sara
My mom loves Karen Kingsbury and has been passing them down to me... so I finally picked one up. Very nice story, just lacks character detail, suspense etc. Also thought very slow moving and somewhat cheesy. But easy read... all wraps up nice.
Mattie
VERY GOOD. Page turning and in the end I felt like I knew the characters.. especially Lauren. My mother recommended this to me and I am very glad she did. Can't wait to get the next book!
Laura Espino
This is the very first book I literally loved! Loved of LOVED! I think teenagers and young adults will enjoy! I liked it very much! I always read it on my bed or something! Its good to now.
Anita Lewis
This is the second Karen Kingsbury book I read this year. The first one was good but this one was much better. Not predictable so it held my interest to the end.
Susan
Lousy job of the proofreader

It was a very good story. I really liked it. However, you have to figure out what some of the words are. They are real words, which makes it very difficult to figure the actual words she is trying to say. Got an example, "as far as" is supposed to be " a sofa". Like I said, it takes time to figure that out. The story and the characters were great. I just couldn't make sense out of all the word deciphering of the words, which were many. If I didn't have to do so much o
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Ann
First off, I read this on my Kindle. There were so many typos that it just drove me crazy. They were real words, but out of context, such as "allow edit" instead of "allowed it". It makes me crazy to see typos in books, there is just no excuse for that.

Overall, the story was ok. Christian romance/drama. I did get a little frustrated with characters who seem to have no common sense at all. Parts of the story were unbelievable to me.

It was a quick read, and a page turner. There was a bit of the
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Danielle
This book was really good because it showed how 2 families were torn apart because of 2 people who did not stay pure.
Emily
What can I say that I haven't already said while I was reading... Horrible editing, spelling mistakes nearly every page wherein a space was moved/added/removed, making the intended words into completely different words... but still real words, albeit ones that didn't make sense in the sentence. Continuity errors. Contrived plot points, characters lacking common sense. I was interested in the basic plot, but it could have been done SO much better. Though she's quite prolific and popular, I haven' ...more
Janelle
The plot is pretty far-fetched in some places, but I like it for a light read.
Betsy
If I could give 2 and a half stars that is what this book would be. This was the first Kingsbury novel that I have ever read and it didn't make me want to run out and pick up another one. Unfortunately I knew almost everything that was going to happen in the story after just reading the the introduction. This was an extremely predictable and sappy tale that needed no thought at all. If there had been a little more unpredictability I might have been able to cry while reading the book.

On a side no
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Kristy
Rating: 4.5/10

Emily is the best part of this book, though I keep confusing her with a 13 yr old when she is 18. Her parents, Lauren and Shane didn't win me over. Their parents.....don't get me started.

I found the concept of Lauren and Shane being kept apart really annoying. It annoyed me that their parents did everything possible to separate them and this was dwelt on for a considerable amount of the book. It made me angry but I didn't like Lauren and Shane enough to want them to be together. I
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USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America’s #1 inspirational novelist. There are more than 15 million copies of her award-winning books in print, including several million copies sold in the past year. Karen has written more than 40 novels, ten of which have hit #1 on national lists.

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