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But I Said Forever

(Parker Sisters #2)

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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  102 ratings  ·  43 reviews
A British chick lit romantic comedy novel.
This book is part of the Parker Sisters British chick lit series, but can be read as a standalone (no cliffhanger).

Expect little, forgive much?

After a whirlwind courtship, Brittany Beresford married her Prince Charming and looked forward to living happily ever after. Five years later, she’s been reduced to a not-quite-desperate h
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Kindle Edition, 202 pages
Published November 12th 2014 (first published November 1st 2014)
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Elaine
Nov 10, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Early Daze by the same author but this book didn’t really hit the spot for me.

Polly has everything a girl could wish for. At the age of 23 she lives in a beautiful home with surgeon husband Philip, baby son James and nanny Carly. It is not enough for her, she needs to get out of the house and mix with adults and the story starts when she gets a job working at a local bakery. That was my first problem with the book. Why a bakery? She has money, she doesn’t need a job where she ea
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Amy
Dec 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you haven't figured this out already, life is not - ever - a fairy tale. While there are occasional happily-ever-afters, those oftentimes tend to be the exception and not the rule. They also tend to require a LOT of work, the stuff you don't see Cinderella and Prince Charming having to do. There is a reason why the fairy tales end when the happy couple comes together and not five years into their marriage.

Such is the realization Brittany now faces. She was eighteen when she met Phillip, and h
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Debbie
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sophie
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it

Posted originally http://www.reviewedthebook.co.uk/2015...

Brittany Beresford is married to a complete and utter jerk. That’s the first thing I picked up on in But I Said Forever – which is a short, fun story with an entertaining set of characters and lots of humour along the way. Phillip, Brittany’s husband and father of her son James, annoyed the hell out of me. (He was meant to). He was rude and arrogant and had the strictest, most ridiculously outdated views on women who are wives and/or mot
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Linda
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eighteen year old Brittany was caught up in a whirlwind romance when she met Phillip Beresford, an upcoming and prospers surgeon who was seven years older than her. She fell in love with him and it didn't take long to marry. It took her some time to get through proper etiquette and she had a son, but rarely saw her husband. She wanted adult conversations with adults and a purpose other than being a mom and arm candy for Phillip's hospital parties. She decided to get a job, but after five years o ...more
Stacey
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second story in the series but it can be read as a standalone. I haven't read the first book, about Brittany's sister, Mel, but I was able to follow along no problem. There were points I wondered about Mel and her relationship with Will but it didn't alter how I felt about this story. It just makes me consider going back to read the first book.

I liked Brittany. Married at 18, now 23 with a young son, she decides to take a job at a bakery against her husband's wishes. When she discove
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Tracey
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brittany has the perfect life, on paper anyway. A beautiful home, a successful husband and a gorgeous baby. She's living the life her parent's expected of her. But something about the latest move has unsettled Brittany and she's starting to question if her life is perfect at all. Her husband, Phillip, rarely pays her any attention and she isn't feeling as maternal as she expected to be. A stroll around the Cornish town ends up with Brittany getting a job in a bakery and suddenly she's feeling em ...more
Skhan
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book through a goodreads giveaway and felt it would just another boring and uninspired story of a young woman who is not happy with her extravagant married life despite having everything she could ask for. It felt very 1950's from the synopsis and the reviews on here but I was pleasantly surprise. At the end of the day I think this is a story about growing up and finding yourself. It reflects the hardships that come with following your heart but also the happiness and joy. It's a ...more
Agi
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I have started reading "But I Said Forever" after a book that hadn't blown my mind away, and after few pages of the story I felt my spirits rise a little, my mood lifting up and my whole being altogether feeling a little bit cheerier. As it was my first Jennifer's book, I was more than happy to finally make myself comfortable and start reading this short book with this colourful, beautiful cover.

Brittany married Phillip when she was very young, only 18, and everything seemed so promising and opt
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Parisan
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It wasn’t as funny as the Dr. Pepper Prophecies and there wasn’t quite enough romance but it was still a cute and light read.
Arielle Jagow
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted on my blog www.LifeWithJoyBlog.wordpress.com

My Thoughts in a Nutshell

But I Said Forever is an amusing romantic comedy about what comes after the ‘Happily Ever After’. It’s a story about learning to let go of a marriage that is no longer filled with love. Throughout Brittany’s journey of self-discovery, it was beautiful to see how friends can rally together to tackle issues and come out on top, successful in their attempts to make their lives better. This novel was inspi
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Jennifer
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed both of the Parker sisters books. Nice light reads with great casts of characters. I'm looking forward to reading more about the sisters in the next books.
Rebecca
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on http://beccasbooooks.blogspot.co.uk/

I'd like to begin my review by wishing the lovely author Jennifer Gilby Roberts a very happy publication day, and I'd also like to thank her too, for providing me with a digital copy of her book But I Said Forever. I was super excited to get started with this one, the intriguing blurb and gorgeous cover immediately caught my attention, and I'm very happy to say that I was not disappointed! I hope publication day is filled with lots of spar
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Emily
Nov 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book ended up being pretty much what I expected it to be. Light, fluffy romance with a bit of drama thrown in. Brittany is married and things aren't going as great as she expected them to. Her husband doesn't spend any time with her or their child and she's getting bored staying at home doing everything her husband expects of her. So she goes and becomes a *gasp* WORKING MOTHER (the horror) and ends up working with a big slab o
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Josselyn Radillo
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Summary:

Expect little, forgive much?

After a whirlwind courtship, Brittany Beresford married her Prince Charming and looked forward to living happily ever after. Five years later, she’s been reduced to a not-quite-desperate housewife, with a husband who spends more time flossing his teeth than holding meaningful conversations with her.

She braves his disapproval and turns working mother and, other than feeling far more drawn to a handsome baker she works with than him, things seem to be
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Jody
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review first posted on my blog: http://spoonfulofhappyendings.blogspo...

The novel tells the story of twenty-three-year-old Brittany Beresford who has moved to a town in Cornwall together with her controlling husband Phillip and their nine-month-old son James. When Brittany married Phillip when she was just 18, she was in love and sure she was making the right decision. However, these days Brittany isn't very happy; Phillip only wants her to be the perfect housewife and stay-at-home mum, while sh
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Elizabeth Ray
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was one of the beta readers of this book and then was given an advanced copy of the final book in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book!! We get to know Mel's sister, Brittany, who we were briefly introduced to in The Dr. Pepper Prophecies. Brittany's fairy-tale, happily-ever-after is not going the way she expected. She doesn't find fulfillment in being a stay-at-home wife and mother. She feels distant from her husband. Brittany finds minimum wage employment in a bakery in the beginn
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Gingercat
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book after receiving an advanced review copy from the author in return for an honest review. This is the first of JGR's books that I have written and I can honestly say that I really enjoyed it.

The book follows the story of Brittany Beresford who always believed that her path in life was to be a wife and mother. She married young and was brought up to believe that marriage lasts forever. After several years of marriage, Brittany finds herself playing the part of the dutiful wife, wit
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Simona
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

23, married and mother of a son, doesn't this sound wonderful?! Well, not for Brittany, she doesn't like being a home alone mum and the relationship with her husband Philipp seems to be cold. When she finds a job, he doesn't like the idea of her working. She cuts her hair and he doesn't want her to walk around like that... It's embarrassing. Additionally, he barley spends time with her or their son James. Oh and this tone, rude and re
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Shay VanZwoll
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brittany has the storybook life: At age eighteen, she married a doctor and now - five years later - she has a gorgeous house and a nine month old son. But while the storybook romances always end with a wedding and a "Happily Ever After" you never see the tale after - when Prince Charming because Prince Vanished and the Stepford life isn't satisfying anymore.

Brittany's world is turned upside-down when she first gets a job in a bakery (against her husband's advice) and finds out that her husband m
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Jo-Anne
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-requested, own
Brittany always expected to be a wife and mother and also expected the marriage to never end. Her parents taught her that marriage was forever and she fully believed it. She has now been married for 5 years and doesn't feel like a loved partner but a possession of her husband's. Against her husband's wishes, Brittany gets a job at a local bakery. She loves having a job and talking to someone other than her baby.

I loved the way Brittany grew and made friends with the other staff at the bakery. Oh
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Maria
Nov 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brittany has the "perfect" marriage, an attractive husband, a big house, a little son and a lot of money. But her life is not as perfect as it seems; her husband is never at home, she feels lonely in the big house, her son Jame is too little to talk and the money doesn't help with the solitude. So she decides to search for a job... and this will be the start or the end of her "perfect life".
I know the moral thing that if you are married, no matter what, you have to stay married. For me it's an i
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Nash Norden
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, romance
I haven’t read the first book of the series, but I think, But I Said Forever, would be good as a standalone.

Brittany Beresford married young and hoped that her marriage will be a happily ever after. But after years of getting married, she began to feel lonely. Her husband barely had a conversation with her. Brittany decided to take a job at a bakery and found her passion. Then, Brittany found out that her husband had a strange hobby, one that she could not accept.

Brittany was a likeable charac
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BestChickLit.com
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poor old Brittany’s life isn’t all it was cracked up to be. She’s an intelligent, fun-loving woman whose husband is keeping her firmly in her place. And that place is under his thumb: at home, being the mother of his son and the ever supportive, perfect Stepford Wife. Except she’s not. Though she loves her son, she’s not a natural mother and craves adult company and comradeship, and misses a time when her husband wanted to talk to her.

After a move to a small Cornish town, Brittany for once puts
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Christie72
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sweet, chick-lit
Brittany married young and expected happily ever after. But, after several years of marriage, she begins to see cracks in her marriage. She is a stay-at-home mom who loves her son with all her heart, and she loves her husband too. Yet, her husband barely notices her. Against his wishes, she takes a job at a bakery and discovers she has a talent for baking. Life for her seems to open up more as she meets a whole new cast of characters. She begins questioning staying in her marriage or moving on, ...more
Julie Baswell
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brittany is living the dream of every young girl. She’s married to an affluent doctor, has a baby, and a beautiful home. Since moving to a new town to be closer to Phillip’s job, their marriage seems to be growing distant. And on top of that, Brittany is going stir crazy being shut in with the baby day in and day out. When she hires a nanny and goes job hunting, Phillip shows his displeasure but thinks that she will tire of it and go back to being just a housewife and mother. After working a mon ...more
Jo Hughes
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to say thank you for to author Jennifer Gilby Roberts for allowing to read this as part of her beta readers team. I am privaliged to give a fair and honest review.

Brittany married Phillip after a whirlwind romance, now she is left wondering what to do with her life. Phillip has little time for her since his career has taken off. Philip wants Brittany to be the prefect stay at home wife, who does as he says when he says and doesn't ask questions. She loves her husband or she thinks s
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Sara Christopher
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brittany is living live most girls dream of, She has married Phillip who is a well off doctor, they have a baby together and a beautiful home. They have just moved house to a town that is closer to where Phillip works. But with all of this their marriage seems to be going stale and Brittany is finding it very hard being shut in the house with the baby every day.
Brittany decides she needs a change and a challenge so she hires a nanny and goes job hunting, Phillip is not happy about Brittany's dec
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Ella Drayton
**I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

But I Said Forever has officially made it onto my "absolute favorites" list! I am in love with this book. As someone who was a single mother early in life and a stay-at-home-mother for the first four years of my daughter's life, I could definitely relate to Brittany. I could also empathize with her feelings about motherhood. There are some parts of this book that felt like they were written specifically for me. I also loved t
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Teresa Kander
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
**I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

This is the first book I have read by this author, but I now look forward to reading more. This book presents a more realistic look at marriage than the typical "happily ever after" ending. The main character learns to stand on her own two feet, and to make choices that will benefit herself and her son, regardless of the way those choices may be viewed by family and friends.Her husband was the least likable character in the boo
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Jennifer Gilby Roberts has a degree in physics and a postgraduate certificate in computing, so writing fiction was inevitable really. She was born and grew up in Surrey/Greater London, but now lives in Richmond, North Yorkshire with her husband, small daughter, two middle-aged cats and a lot of dust bunnies. She also has a grown-up step-daughter and a large extended family (by marriage).

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