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Even Now (Lost Love #1)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  13,392 ratings  ·  391 reviews
Sometimes hope for the future is found in the ashes of yesterday.
Shane Galantera 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 a successful international war correspondent who gave up on ha
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Paperback, 333 pages
Published December 9th 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
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
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
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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Maria
Oct 10, 2009 Maria marked it as to-read
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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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
Shelly Ann Haselden
A very deep soul searching story, for any teen especially a Christian
teen going through this situation today. This book will inspire those
to help locate loved ones and family members, exct...very good
as always.
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
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.
Danielle
This book was really good because it showed how 2 families were torn apart because of 2 people who did not stay pure.
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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Tess Mertens-Johnson
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L. Lim
Even Now is a gorgeous book.

Karen Kingsbury crafted this in an amazing way, and was very carefully worded. It was one of the first books that had me bawling [not really, just tears], and up late - really late to finish it.

Let me tell you, Kingsbury is very well known for her inspiring, and heart-wrenching Christian romances, and she makes her talent known through this book. It was also very sweet, the relationship between Shane and Lauren, and how he gave her a ring, with 'Even Now' engraved on
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Alexis
Mar 28, 2012 Alexis rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christians, Romance Fans
Recommended to Alexis by: Jessica Ripley (a friend)
I read this book a couple years ago and I really liked it. I usually don't read christian fiction books (because I'm more into the fantasy genre) but a friend of mine reccomended it to me and it became one of my favortie books. I love the way Karen Kingsbury writes her stories. She uses all different type of perspectives so everyone can relate. I love how all the events tie in nicely to each other in this book. It really gets your emotions envolved and its hard not to get teary-eyed reading this ...more
Om08189
In this book, a boy and girl, who have known and loved each other for a very long time, make a bad decision and their life changes forever. Shane and Lauren find out that they are pregnant and they decide that they will do anything they can to stay together and to keep the baby. Their parents however have a different idea. Shane's parents decide that they are going to move him out to California to stay away from this girl and keep up appearances and Lauren's parents agree and go right on along w ...more
Elisabeth
I just started to read this book this week. It’s very interesting how parents react when their teenage girl and her boyfriend tell them the news that she is pregnant. Have you ever wondered why teenagers make wrong decisions? Well in this book Lauren's parents were surprised by the news. They never thought this would happen to her. Even though they knew that she is not ready to be a mother, they supported her decision to keep her baby.On the other hand Shane's parent didn’t what her to keep the ...more
Linda
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Tammy
It is a good thing that this is not the first Kingsbury book that I have read, because if it had been, I would not have read another and that would have been a loss. The constant emotional pain that the characters in "Even Now" endure (most of it brought on by themselves) for a solid eighteen years and 333 pages left me wrung out and exhausted. Even when the happy ending came, I couldn't feel the joy.
The experiences shared by the seven main characters were told and retold endlessly through ea
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Sarah Carper
Where do I start? Karen Kingsbury is one of my all time favorite authors. Even if you don't enjoy reading Christian Fiction, I highly recommend you read her stories. Her stories encompass amazing messages! Even Now definitely did not disappoint! This story really did pull at the heart strings and really made you feel for the characters in the story. A mix of lost love, uncertain beginnings, failure and successes, I enjoyed every moment of this story. When reading about the characters in the book ...more
Ns
Even Now is part of the many stories about second chances and lost loves in which I've found myself reading lately. Nonetheless, it was a wonderful read that stood out in my mind.

Despite having a pretty good idea of the events that would follow and feeling prepared for the emotional journey, the story was still engrossing and compelling. After several chapters, it became evident that the focus wasn't going to be on lost love as much as it was on forgiveness and redemption.

Lauren Anderson and Sh
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Ajoque
Jan 13, 2009 Ajoque rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: christians or anyone opened to reading a christian fiction
A true page turner! I could not put this book down and when I had to I couldn't focus properly on the task that called me away. My mind was too occupied with figuring out the quickest possible time I could return to the book.

She writes with such easy prose that this novel read like scenes from a movie. Usually I read and enjoy a book so much, and then get excited at it's prospects of being turned into a film. This one was different, she writes in a way that (both emotionally and visually stimula
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Ananth
The book is excellent except for two things one.logic of book doesn't settle well, 2 decades searching with private investigator turns out to be futile for bill and angela while simple google search by emily does it all to find shane, and even lauren couldn't find shane with her own PI. second the author tries to put too many things in this book first it starts as a love story then goes into spiritual and finally and politics to it. Anyway the story was never a drag and a good one too .
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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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