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Forever Layla

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  139 ratings  ·  47 reviews
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" approa
Paperback, 170 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by AltWit Press (first published May 23rd 2014)
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Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have never read a story that has captivated my heart from the very first word, held me in suspense and awe the entire time, and ripped my heart to shreds only to be so tenderly and completely healed by the end. I read this book in one sitting, and I was literally crying as the end overtook me. Never has a book been shrouded in so much fascinating mystery and yet peaceful assurance that I was utterly helpless to let it go until the last word was read. What a brilliant and heartfelt masterpiece! ...more
George McVey
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE BOOK THIS YEAR MAKE THIS IT. I don't ever say that but this time I'm telling you this book was a could not stop till it was done read. Not only that but it is the first book I ever read that I then sat up the rest of the night thinking about. Here I expected a good book because I love Melissa's books but this was a GREAT BOOK. I wanted it made into a movie right then. The story was fresh and had several little surprises that overtook me some of which I didn't realize what th ...more
Megan Lewis
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
First and foremost, I must state that I got to read this fabulous novel for free from Story Cartel in exchange for my honest review!

I must say, this book had me skeptical at first. Just picking up a book and reading with no prior history regarding the author always puts me on edge because I never know what I’m getting into. However, the teaser for the book was all too enticing and I simply could not resist giving it a try. To my delight, I discovered this Forever Layla to be Christian Fiction an
K.M. Galvin
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs

3.5 Stars!!

This was sooooo close to being a five star read for me. It's actually hard for me to put into words what held me back. Reading the blurb, I was totally excited to read a time travel novel with a romantic element. The last one I read was the Time Traveler's Wife and I loved it. I think the best way to go about this is to talk about it in terms of likes and dislikes.

My likes!
If we take away the time traveling aspect of the story and focus just on the roman
Mar 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: disappointments, dnf
DNF(did not finish) -
I don't like doing DNF posts most of the time because I figure I might eventually go back to the book and change my mind but I figured I may as well write out my thoughts on this one real quick. First I want to say that it's not that I think this is a completely horrible book that no one should waste their time and money on, no it's not like that at all. I'm sure many people will and have loved this book I just was not one of those people.
First of all, and this is unfair to
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Forever Layla is a timeless love story. The book is well-written and the foreshadowing is excellent. Although Layla struggles to keep everything to herself, bits and pieces of the future are scattered throughout the story. It’s compelling and keeps the reader reading hoping the entire time that the clues don’t add up to the conclusion to which they point.

Labeling Forever Layla as a NA Romance sells the story short. There is so much more to the romance than new adults falling in love. I struggle
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free download of this book from Story Cartel, thank you!
This book was an interesting read and I enjoyed it. Towards the end, it was a little hard for me to keep track of all the time travelers, but I was able to figure things out and not get lost. I thought it was fun to read about a short interaction between two characters, and then afterwards realize, "Wait a second! That was an older/younger version of the same person!" Mind.Blown.
I was impressed by Layla's character, and how she
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure to receive a early ARC of this wonderful novel. Melissa Turner Lee did amazing job with this storyline. The characters in this story will have you to fall in love with them as soon as you meet them. The love from the two main characters stand the test of time, literally. They find each other over and over in many decades through time travel. I was in tears many different times with this story. It had me hooked from the first line in the book until the last word. I absolutely I ...more
Andrea Izaguirre
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful! Its a never-ending, everlasting love story. Loved it the moment I started reading it, and couldn't stop until I finished it.
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
I love time travel books and I really wanted to like "Forever Layla" but sadly to say this book wasn't for me.

Happy Reading
Emily Bradley-dorman
3.5 out of 5

Forever Layla is a sweet, unique and fast paced read that is like nothing I've ever come across before. It's complex in it's plot lines and every little detail cleverly knits together as the book progresses. It is a story that will have you holding you breath as you wait for the last piece of the puzzle to slot into place.

Now this is where I would usually try and go into the plot a little bit but for a short book it has a rather complicated story, so I'll try my best, although I thin
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Lovely book. It’s a page turner and soul touching book that let me dream of pure love, the time travel machine invention and the cure for cancer.
My attention was kept from beginning till the last page and I found myself laughing, crying, praying, thinking so deep & craving to read more.
This story is about an impossible love that comes true only with the help of time travel machine. It’s about pure love; sacrifice for the loved ones, forgiveness and about all of us. It’s an emotional book th
Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed

Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks?
Forever Layla by Melissa Turner Lee is a beautiful story of love, sacrifice, and time travel. The characters, Layla and David, are fully fleshed out in within this book. Knowing the future is a curse. Especially for Layla. Her duty to her family and ultimately the world astounds me. She carried it all on her shoulders. What a strong character! David was amazing too. His loyalty and dedication to Layla was never ending. The plot was gripping and flowed nicely.
Lynda Dickson
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 14+
In April 1994, David gets a visit from a beautiful young woman who seems to know him but who has no memory of. When she won't tell him her name, he calls her Layla after the song that's playing, and she freaks out. After a bit of prompting, Layla claims to have come from the future (2014). Of course David thinks this is a prank, but slowly he starts to believe, ultimately discovering that he himself will one day unlock the secret of time travel. As David and Layla get closer, we learn that they ...more
Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
**I received this book from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.**

David Foster is 17 years old, a few days away from being 18, on the road as a sound guy for his best friend, Michael's Band, and his life is about to change forever.
Layla is 24. She's in town from California and when she see David for the first time, like this, she's not quite sure what to do.
How does Layla know so much about David? Did his friends put her up to this as a prank for his birthday? But Layla knows things
Amanda Peake
I find myself hard pressed to write a review that would do this book justice. So I will tell you my emotions from it instead. Joy, Pain, Frustration, Joy and finally peace. I know that doesn't tell the average reader enough does it? Well this book had to be finished in one reading and that hasn't happened in a LONG LONG LONG TIME! This book is mysterious and a bit of time travel with a WHOLE LOT OF AMAZING CHARACTERS!!! This is a book that will stick with me for a very long time. The romance in ...more
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was an amazing, time-traveling, pull at the heartstrings type of book. I have only found a few time travel books that I like, but this one is near the top of that list. Melissa Turner Lee has such a unique voice. The beginning seemed to be slow, but hold on because then you are pulled through the story. Hope to read more from this author in the very near future.
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this story! The characters drew me in from the start to the finish and it also had me crying! This is the first book I've read by this author so good job Melissa Turner Lee because I will be reading more and thank you for sharing Forever Layla with me!
Karen Tribble
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was freaking WONDERFUL! I loved it! I want MORE! I can't imagine how hard it must be to write books about time travel...but ultimately this book is about unending LOVE! How love of parents, grandparents, children, husbands, wives & friends can literally change our world! Thank YOU Ms. Lee for this book and changing MY world! U are awesome! ...more
Joy Whiteside
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this was an amazing read. This book kept me interested from the moment I started reading, till I finished the last word. You cannot help but fall in love with these characters and you want to see them overcome everything in their way.

A must read, no doubt about it.
Ah, time travel. How you vex me so.

Here is a story which tries to avoid paradoxes and treat time travel incidentally. And yet it is a huge part of the plot. Although the book is largely character driven, there is still the backdrop of that pesky time travel going on.

This book actually does have a great story. Although it sets a circular time pattern in motion, it compensates for the general lack of scientific detail by concentrating on the characters. Layla is a woman out of her own time. Part o
Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
Very unique, very original. A different view on time travel than the others I've read. It's beautiful in it's own messy way. :) It's a story that I will remember forever. Review soon!

Even though I don't like fantasy novels, my week spot has always been time travel and aliens. For that reason, I signed up for the blog tour of Forever Layla. And boy, am I glad that I decided to join despite my busy schedule because it's one of the most original and amazing time travel books I've ever read.

In the s
Aaron DeMott
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Fair notice: I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.
(Short version of the review: It was so good I bought a Kindle and paperback copy. And no, I don't know the author.)
First, the genre. It's being marketed as romance. If you don't like romance, but love time-travel books, you still need to buy it. I'd call it sci-fi and romance.
If I'm counting right, this is Melissa Lee's fifth novel. Her first few were good, and they keep getting better and better.
I love everything about this
Lelia Taylor
May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: full-reviews
Time travel fiction is tricky to read and must be even trickier to write. There are certain parameters that have been almost set in concrete for years and years, such as the idea that one must never meet oneself, but a few stalwart souls have ignored this in recent times. Most notable right now is the TV show, Continuum, which just happens to be one of my must-see shows these days and which mostly handles the problem by having multiple timelines. Melissa Turner Lee has also chosen to not let it ...more
Apr 12, 2014 rated it liked it
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Whatever happens, the pain and sorrow will be worth it in the long run.

When I signed up for the blog tour for Forever Layla and read the synopsis it peaked my interest. However, when I finished the first chapter I became hooked! I’m normally easily confused when it comes to time travel, it’s a complex concept to have in stories and most times authors do a poor job at covering all their bases. This however was not the case for Melissa.

The story is split from being told from David’s perspe
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My Rating: 4.5/5

A super sweet and delightfully romantic read about how far love can transcend, Forever Layla was a fantastic romance. I really liked this amazing book. It was a true gem of a read.

Layla was a lovely heroine. She was strong enough to live her life without regrets, even knowing what would happen to her. My only issue was that she referred to her life with David, several times, as a duty to the future, to ensure that David lived up to his full potential. It made it seem like David w
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I Just finished reading Forever Layla and to be honest im rather speechless. Coherent thought has all but shut down. I want to see Forever Layla on the big screen. I see it so beautifully in my head.

When I first began reading Forever Layla I groaned inwardly. Im sure when I signed up for this tour that I looked at the cover and liked it well enough to sign up. But as I began reading I was so confused I didnt know which was up and thought I would never make it through to the end. Clearly I was su
Moon Love
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm not even sure where to start with this book. I'm used to reading mostly contemporary and historical novels. I've read a handful of books that tackle time travel and have generally loved them. When the opportunity to join this book tour came about, I was a little hesitant but decided to go for it; I'm so glad I did.

When I first started reading, the book was a little slow to get into, but it picked up at about 20% and after that I didn't stop reading. I was a little confused about Layla and w
Tony Parsons
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Michael, Travis, Joey, Mark, & David Foster (PhD) (24; soundboard) played in a rock band: Head Trauma. In 1994, they were at Myrtle Beach, S.C. doing a spring break gig. David meets Layla (18; California; Chesnee HS).

Fast forward & the 2 fall in love. How will their lives turnout? What is in David’s notebook?

My favorite place to party Myrtle Beach SC.

A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well bizarre mysterious young romance written book. It was very easy to read/follo
Kelcie Fox
Jun 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway so I feel kinda bad giving it a one star, but this was possibly the worst book I've ever read. It was very instalovey and i didn't really feel the love connection between the two characters at all. It took me forever to finish this book and it was so bad that it made me just not want to read at all. The characters were really boring and they didn't have a lot of emotion. The ending was very confusing and I didn't understand it at all. I actuall ...more
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