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Forever Country

(Rose Farm #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  392 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Ten years ago, Abel Kennedy was anxious and excited to leave his country upbringing behind, and find his way in the world as a professional boxer.

Abel now returns home for the holidays to his country roots after his championship fight with Bobby Grether.

During his visit home, Abel learns how little a person needs to be truly happy.

Will Abel pursue a relationship with th
Kindle Edition, 228 pages
Published January 1st 2016
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Amy Sperry
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just when you thought you couldn't love the "bad guy" BAM Brenda throws you a curveball!! To not fall in love with these books is to not be human. (that's my opinion, and i'm stickin to it) You will laugh, you might cry, you might even stay up all night to finish it. :) But in the end it is worth it. Yes it is part of a triology and yes it is a cliffhanger. But there are two sides to every story and this show's Abel's side. A character continued from a previous triology, Forever Country brings y ...more
Jun 22, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Dove Bailey
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After the brutal loss to Bobby Greether, Abel Kennedy decides to hang up his boxing gloves for good and head back to his home town of Rose Farm, Ohio. Little did he know the country life he left years ago would soon creep back into his heart after returning home. You can take the man out of the country but you can’t take the country out of a man. And let’s be honest who doesn’t love a hard working country boy!:) After returning home Abel realizes just how much he’s missed out on. Abel’s trying h ...more
D.B. Jones
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was one of the lucky people that had the opportunity to read Brenda Kennedy’s new book, Forever Country, before publication. Brenda captured me from the beginning with her characters and the story of country life in Ohio, and the warm innocence of the residents of the small community of Rose Hill Farms.
Brenda’s ability to drawn me into the story was uncanny. I felt I was living there, experiencing the trials, struggles, joys, and love of the people who resided there. She added just enough sus
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the new trilogy from Brenda Kennedy. For those that do not know it yet, Ms. Kennedy is the queen of cliff hangers and she has done it again in this book. This book takes us on the story of Abel from the last trilogy. He goes to his hometown to take a break after retiring from boxing and is only planning on staying for a little while.....then he meets a girl..... This first book is one of the best so far, in my opinion. Especially if you have country roots. I can't wait ...more
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Faith is a wonderful thing.

This is a very calming read. Not sexual at all. Just a polite soothing family and friends type book.. Sometimes we all just need to read books that make us stop and reevaluate our heart. This book is good for the soul. Enjoy!
Jessica Means
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Can not wait to read the next one. You can really feel the characters in this book. It really started to pull you in around chapter 3. This book has left me wanting to read the next book so I can find out what happens next and that's a good book.
Peggy Pattee
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Any book written by Brenda Kennedy is a must read. I believe I have read all of her books she has written so far and always looking to see if she has a newly released book.
I have even recommended this author to several of my friends who enjoy reading.
Kimberly Jean
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Left me hanging! Onto book 2!
John R. Green
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Well written, BUT....

This author is a very good writer. The real problem I have with the book is that it isn't complete. When you get to a climactic point the book ends. You need the next book in the series to get a temporary answer. This is like the serials they used to show in theaters. Personally,I have an ethical problem with this. When I order a book, I expect a complete self contained story. If I am forced to buy another book to get closure I consider it a form of blackmail. I refuse to pl
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To say I'm a Brenda Kennedy fan would be an understatement. I've reread the freedom trilogy three times and it still takes the same emotional toll on me. That's what amazing writing does, it sticks with you and even though you know how things will end, you feel for the characters each and every time.
The first book in the Rose Farm Trilogy is just as amazing as her previous work. While I was screaming at the end and contemplated yelling at the author instead of my kindle, I took a few minutes to
Zoe Wilson
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of Brenda's previous books and loved them all. We first met Abel Lee in the Fighting To Survive trilogy and to be honest I didn't like him as he was arrogant and standoffish.

In Forever Country,Abel has retired from boxing after he lost his championship title to Bobby Grether. He has returned to his home town of Rose Farm after being away for 10 years. Abel only intends to stay for a short while before returning to New York. As the story progresses he sees the poverty that is rif
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book. Brenda Kennedy has done it again. She has pulled off her best book yet. As soon as I began reading this book, I lost all sense of self, as though becoming part of each story. This author immediately captivates you in her magical and intriguing web with a well paced story line and filled with characters who are so in depth that you find yourself feeling like you know them on a personal level. Brenda Kennedy's imagination and perception of how this stories should really be told is co ...more
Heather Cicio
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the priveledge of receiving an ARC of this book from the author. This review may contain slight spoilers. I was hooked from the cover alone. After losing the boxing championship to Bobby Grether, Abel Kennedy decides to go home to the country to spend some time with his family, back to his roots. What he had planned to be a visit for Christmas has turned into an eye opening experience as he meets new people, makes new friends and learns about the sacrifices that his own family has made to ...more
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Abel left his hometown and became a boxer. He did well until his last fight and he decided to go home to Ohio. He didn't realize how bad the economy hit his little hometown. He decides to give back to the community. He meets Savannah Mae and her son Sawyer. But his past is coming back to haunt him.
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How can you not love when a writer wraps you into a blanket of love of 2 characters falling for each other?
Abel Lee has a mysterious dark past that creeps in ever so slightly and then...
He's a pure mamas boy and a heart of gold but doesn't want to be recognized for it. He does a lot for his childhood small town. Abel Lee finds himself changing his life, falling for a strong beautiful woman, loving an amazing little boy, murder mystery, stalker... And the list goes on.
Savannah Mae small town co
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first read by Brenda Kennedy, and boy did I pick a good one to start. Forever Country is a contemporary romance about a professional boxer that goes home for Christmas after being gone many years. He meets a new girl, makes new friends, and finds out some of the sacrifices his family and town have made during his absence. This is not a stand alone. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. I'm anxiously waiting for the next book, so some of unanswered quest ...more
Mar 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First person. present tense. I, I, I, ...I ..I ... I....

Bullet point sentences:

I drive through Crooksville.....
I watch the people....
I look around....
I consider stopping......
I wonder if ....
I'm not the same person......
I look down....
I stop at......
I put on my cowboy hat......
I make my way to the bar. After I order a Bud Light, I take the only seat left at the bar. It's beside a girl with long brown hair. I don't complain.

I look around the bar and drink my beer. When the band begins to play,
Melissa Harvey
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I went to into this book with no expectations. I'll admit I wasn't sure how I would feel about Abel after getting a glimpse of his character in Brenda's last series. However I can admit that yet again she sucked me in and left me wanting to know more. As I was reading I could literally visualize the country scenery. I found myself falling for all the characters and wanting to know more about them. As always Brenda's writing gets better and better. The book left off on a cliff hanger so I can' ...more
Teresa  -Poised Pen Productions
Forever Country is one of the best written books that I have read in a long time. I fell totally in love with the characters and the small town life and atmosphere. This is a heart-felt, heartwarming, true-to-life story that will have you crying one minute and laughing out loud the next. Ms. Kennedy has outdone herself with this one. This is truly a must read that is not to be missed. I can't wait for the next book by this wonderful author.
Shanda Rader
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved it

Wow is all I can say. This is new author to me and now she isn't. Lol. Love finding a book and then seeing somewhere close to wear I grew up. And still live close by. Can't wait to read what is going to happen next. Love stories that take place in Ohio.
Rina Smith
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved Abel

A really sweet returning to home book, but so much more. This one has a little bit of everything along with the fret characters. I will definitely be reading the next one to see what happens.
Delfina Grasso
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just want to say that brenda out did herself on this book. It was given to me as arc book to review as I was reading it i couldn't put it down and was dreading for it to end. Thank you again for a marvelous. job well done. I'm so jealous of savannah to have capture. able eyes.
Sarah Green
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cliff hanger.

Ahhh, love a good cliff hanger, but not when I can't buy book 2 straight away. Love the characters and the dialect. It's awesome reading another's roots, through text on how they speak and their family values. Can't wait for the next one.
Janet Hammons
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

Great book. It is suspenseful, funny and sad. Loved the story line. Can't wait to read more of the series.
Caitlin Huckins
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing

This book is so so so good. I can't put it down. Love love love love love it so much
Mandy Menasco
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read
Andrea Fleury
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book!!!!

Very deep and suspenseful. Love the characters and there growing connection. Love the biblical references throughout. Sweet romance as well.
Michelle Nageldinger
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great read

Love Abel and Savannah. What a great story. Yes it ends with a cliffhanger and I hope the next one is just as good
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story but a little jumpy.
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