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Author Barbara Davis deftly explores an emotionally charged landscape of pain, loss, and despair—and the risk one woman will take in the hope of loving again.

As a teenage runaway and child of an addict, Christy-Lynn learned the hard way that no address was permanent, and no promise sacred. For a while, she found a safe haven in her marriage to bestselling crime novelist St
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing (first published April 1st 2018)
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Connie In my opinion, all of the "disturbing" content was relevant to the story line. There isn't any gratuitous sex. Drugs and alcohol are certainly not rev…moreIn my opinion, all of the "disturbing" content was relevant to the story line. There isn't any gratuitous sex. Drugs and alcohol are certainly not revered (the main character avoids both with good reasons). There are moral dilemmas worked out in a positive way. I found it less disturbing than most news articles I read.(less)
Janene Walker I am wondering this as well. I would love to see Rhetta's health improve and to have Iris blossom in her new environment.

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Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Sometimes learning to let yourself be happy is the hardest lesson of all…

See my review here!

Though the premise of this book may sounds like it veers towards thriller, it is anything but that—in a good way! Davis’s When Never Comes is a beautiful story of resilience, finding yourself, and learning to be open to happiness. It’s a story about a woman who ran away or hid her entire life, until she was forced out of hiding. This book is an incredible addition to Women’s Fiction in 2018. I think many
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leslie
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Barbara Davis is incredible. Her books flow like water..comfort like the softest blanket and keeps the reader's attention with a gentle yet firm embrace.
She writes masterfully and emotionally moving stories with beguiling characters and this book does not disappoint!
Wonderful characters and a moving plot, it is immediately engrossing.
Well written and easy to read, lovely to read and one of her best works yet!
Highly recommended!
Jenn
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wouldn’t say that I hated this book, but it became a chore for me to get through. Just like Christy-Lynn’s critique of Wade’s manuscript, I wanted to put the book down halfway through because I just...stopped caring. It wasn’t the storyline itself so much as the fact that it was riddled with holes, particularly when it came to timelines. And it was a bit predictable overall. I managed to finish, but just barely.
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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From rags to riches. From running away as a child to running away as an adult.

Christy-Lynn had her share of bad times as she was growing up and thought when Stephen Ludlow, famed author, married her she was done with struggling and bad times.

But...Stephen Ludlow wasn't exactly who he appeared to be. When he was found in an icy river after a crash, details were not something Christy-Lynn wanted to know. Stephen wasn't the only person in his car when they pulled him out of the river, and the othe
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Rebecca Rosenberg
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literary
I have volunteered at a Children's Home for 15 years, and know many children who have been traumatized by the actions of their parents. Barbara Davis brings these issues to life in When Never Comes. It is a heart-wrenching story that kept me guessing with it's unpredictable twists and turns. Barbara Davis is masterful in developing characters we care about and root for, and others we hate. While everything that happens to Christy-Lynn, from addict parents to a near-perfect marriage that crumbles ...more
Maggie Grace
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This review contains SPOILERS. SPOILER ALERT! I liked the book because it goes pretty fast and it kept my interest, but I had a few unanswered questions.
1. Why was her husband driving around with his half-naked girlfriend in the car, when he was a successful writer and could afford a hotel room. How did he crash his car? Why did he die, but they had no scarring, they both looked beautiful upon death.

2. How could the main character just up and leave her home with only two important documents with
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Susan Peterson
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I will start by simply saying that I LOVED this book! I was captivated by Christy-Lynn's story, a young woman so deep in the throes of despair, so torn with guilt and regret, that she won't let herself love anyone, or let anyone love her...she doesn't feel deserving of love. Her life is full of nevers, the doors she keeps closed to protect her heart. The emotions in this book leap off the page...I found myself holding my breath waiting to find out what decisions Christy-Lynn would make as she sl ...more
Jen
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story captivated me from start to finish. When Never Comes is an emotionally engaging, compelling, beautiful, uplifting, and simultaneously heart breaking and heart warming story. This is the story of Christy-Lynn, awoken in the middle of the night with the news that her husband has died in an accident. At the morgue to identify his body, she's given the news that he was not alone in the car and a mystery woman has also died. Hounded by the press, she escapes town and hides away in a small ...more
✨Susan✨
When a young girl is put in the harrowing position of having to take care of her alcoholic/drug addicted mother, she as an adult, decides to live a somewhat guarded and disconnected life. After the sudden death of her husband, her whole monotonous, uneventful life starts to get the upheaval that maybe it needed. This story kept me wanting to get back to it. A very good contemporary with believable characters.
Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
3.5 stars

I almost DNF'd this one in the very beginning - I thought it was a mystery/thriller type book. I read a few reviews and decided to continue anyway. Throughout the book I waffled on the rating. Christy-Lynn is the wife of a famous writer. He dies when his car goes off a bridge and a partially nude woman is with him. Christy-Lynn escapes the media circus and the unanswered questions in a small town miles from her home. Here she tries to begin again and reconcile her husband's death, her p
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Jen
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my first Barbara Davis book and let me just say- she has a new fan with me. For lovers of Elin Hilderbrand and Karen White- this one’s for you. And hey- I saw it’s a Kindle First. Seriously, pick up When Never Comes- now.

What do you do when you find out your dead husband didn’t die alone? When said husband is famous and the vultures are just waiting for the right moment to feed on you, armed with this tantalizing information? You run. Like any seasoned runaway will do, you act on that a
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Linda Zagon
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Review Of ” When Never Comes” by Barbara Davis

I was captivated and enthralled by “When Never Comes ” by Barbara Davis. The genres for this book are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. The story takes place in the past and present as it pertains to the characters and events in the story.

The author describes are characters as complex, complicated and confused. How can the past traumatic events in a character’s life effect the present and future? Christy -Lynn , was a teen-age runaway, believing there
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Sue
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Never Comes is another wonderful book by Barbara Davis. It's about finding your future by letting go of your past. It's about love and family and starting over. This book is a must read and you don't want to miss it.

When Christy-Lynn is told by the police that her husband, a famous author, has died in a car accident, she also finds out that there was a half naked woman in the car with him who also died. She had no idea that he was having an affair but once the news becomes public, the media
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Camille Maio
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once again, author Barbara Davis has pulled me out of everything I need to do and planted me right in the middle of her compelling characters and story. When Never Comes is the story of a woman trapping herself in her past, limited by all the ways she was hurt by others. But when love prevents itself in new and unexpected ways, she has to face all the doors she's closed...all the nevers she's clung to. This is a story of love, hope, redemption, and of rediscovering who you were meant to be and i ...more
Laurie Buchanan
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although I'm nearly a grandmother now, I was a teenage runaway. So when I read the description in the "First Reads Books" email that I received from Amazon, it piqued my interest, and I selected it. Not disappointed in the least, the story in the pages of this captivating book lives up to the well over a thousand positive reviews it's received. I highly recommend this engaging read!
Missy
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The blurb of this book had me interested. I thought it was going to be this suspense, ah ha, I got you now kind of book you cheating husband. But it was so much different than that. This was a book about Christy-Lynn Parker (Christine Ludlow) who wakes up to the knock on the door from the local police to come identify her husband's body. But what she did not know is that he had been carrying on an affair with another woman, who was also to be identified. Thus, sets in motion the story of finding ...more
Kristin
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barbara Davis is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. I got this from Kindle First and I was thrilled. It's been on my wishlist since I found out it was coming out. I was so excited that I didn't have to wait a month until it comes out in the stores.

Christy-Lynn is a pretty damaged character. She's had a rough life and can't catch a break. I kind of knew what was going to happen but it still wrenched my heart wide open. The end for me was a complete tear jerker. I wish I hadn't whipped thr
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Christina
Quick Read

It’s a nice book to read in one sitting or while stuck on an airplane. There’s nothing spectacular about the book but it’s by no means a bad read. It was an enjoyable enough experience.
Michael
This had the potential to be a really amazing book, but the story got really lazy at the end. I liked it in the beginning when Christy was trying to understand what her husband last moments was before he died. It seemed like she was more concerned with the woman he was was with than anything else. I did not think it was a character flaw but it did not make that much sense to me. As far as the story, it was really good in the beginning but then it became to inconsistent.

I tend to disagree with th
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Stefanie
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Never Comes was my Kindle First Selection and I am so glad I picked it!
Barbara Davis wrote such a beautiful, heart-warming novel that sent my emotions soaring. It was the first book I have ever read by her and I definitely don’t plan on it being my last.
Christine (Christy-Lynn) is dealing with the loss of her husband and boy does that open the door to all kinds of emotional turmoil. This book deals with the pain of loss, the fear of new relationships, the hardship of starting over, and the
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Carla
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read, kept me interested the entire book! Read it in 5 days, which is rare for me. My insomnia helped , but I finished it between 3-5 am- passing on the gym to find out what happens.
Lynda Kelly
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my Kindle First choice for the month it was released, though it's sat in my downloaded file for a couple of months. I enjoyed it, though it's your typical chicklit story. I take a break with one of these in-between my usual diet of murderation for some light relief at times.
I can't say this was particularly a stand-out read or really anything I've not read before but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The characters are ones you warm to, mostly, though I wanted to shake Christy at times !! It wa
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Jamie Rosenblit
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
An important story about what makes a family and how you can find the people that will become more like family to you than your own flesh and blood, in the unlikeliest of places. This was my first book by Barbara Davis and I am eager to read more from her backlist! I expected one thing from this story, more mystery, less heart - and I have to say, I’m incredibly pleased with what I got!

I received an advance copy. All opinions are my own.
Lesley
I picked this as a first read from my amazon choices!
This is a sweet story from not so sweet circumstances!
Liked it more than I thought I would
Judy Churchill
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Topic and content were good. The process was a little tedious but still a good read.
Patricia
My rating is really closer to 2.5 stars, but since the writing was decent, I rounded it up to 3.

This book had an interesting premise but required one to many stretches of the imagination to be believable. It was also about 100 pages too long. I knew exactly what was going to happen very early into the book, but it took until the very end of the story to get the full resolution.

Issues with the book (spoiler alert!)
1) Hard to believe the main character Christy-Lynn didn't have a SINGLE friend/acq
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Joan
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt this was a compelling story although I figured out the ending about halfway thru. At some point I really got annoyed with the main character and her self pity though. I get that she had a horrible childhood and is understandably bitter and angry about that as well as about the circumstances of her husband's death. But she also has so much money she can just buy a house and a business on a whim and still have so much left that she doesn't know what to do with it. And said new business is i ...more
Kemmy Bookaholic!
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I'll give this book 3 stars. It was a a bit slow at first and boring but I pushed through till the end. Fine storyline about a woman betrayed first by her drug addict mum who failed her and secondly by her husband who had extramarital affair. It was a steady, long road to recovery.
Hailey Fish
I LOVED IT SO MUCH I WAS IN MOURNING! What if the life you thought you knew turned out to be a complete lie? Christy-Lynn Parker wakes up the a knock on the door: her husband has been found dead in the river. That wasn’t even the worst part: he was found with a naked nameless woman no one knows who she is. After being bombarded by paparazzi because her husband was a best-selling author, she moves away to a small town in Virginia to “escape from reality” and start over. To whoever reads this revi ...more
Renee
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, what I got and what I thought I was getting were very different. I thought, based on the description, that I was getting a book about a girl that was going to redeem her own past by taking on the child of her dead husbands affair. I wanted to read about that ... what I got was a not altogether convincing story about a women with lots of baggage who still ends up finding a picturesque life, with amazing friends, and the scruffy but hot knight in shining armor. Throw in the kid, sort of, and ...more
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