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The words “For Lila, forever” adorned the front of the envelope in blue ink, the handwriting all too familiar. But it didn’t matter what it said. I didn’t have the heart to open it.

We couldn’t be together.

Not after everything ...

Leaving Rose Crossing, Maine was one of the most painful moments of my life—or at least it was until the day I came face-to-face with Thayer Ains
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350 pages
Published April 25th 2019
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Dilek VT
Apr 24, 2019 marked it as nope
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Vintage
One star for the writing, and one for the hunky cover.

This started out so strong and so promising with an awesome besotted hero, a strong heroine that knows her mind and a manipulative villain. Then we have the rest of the story. At the 50% mark it morphed into a Southern Gothic style manufactured angsty, stupid icky mess and a heroine that betrays her H. No, she doesn’t cheat, but her betrayal is as bad if not worse.

Rant..rant…rant…
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Anne OK
Such a disappointment. I was really expecting so much more. The blurb had me hoping anyway. But it wasn't to be. Too much stretching beyond my boundaries for realism and believability. At times it felt old-worldly, full of out-of-date characters from bygone days. There was so much potential for something really entertaining and momentous. However, nothing really felt fully developed and I never really felt any sort of connection with any of these character. The book was more of an outline and ne ...more
Debbie DiFiore
Again with the past and present chapters. Spoilers maybe/be warned

I really hate that. The book would have been better with the past and the present. All at once. Just not my favorite but this book was still so awesome. The Grandfather is truly despicable in every way. He is vile. Enough said. But wow this was probably the most amazing hero ever! He loved the heroine so much and h searched for her for 10 years and would not give up. Plus he was celibate!!!! For 10 years!!! I loved this story. And
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Dora Koutsoukou
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
2,5 💘💘🌟s

I expected an epic love story, but for me it was just a love story. It didn’t deliver emotions and the characters were not properly developed. Some of them just had a couple of appearances and later just vanished. The storyline had some angst, heartache and misunderstandings, but it felt passionless.
Anna
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great story. Quite short.
Safe, no OP scenes, no cheating.
Not 5 stars- don't like this jumps in the book between"past"-"present"-...5 years later.
Good epilogue.
Waiting for story for hero's cousin.
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Syndi
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I am expecting a angst feast for this book. I mean a young summer love between the grandson of billionaire and naive young maid. Romeo and Juliet that kind of love feast. And I got the love, the beautiful scenery of the tiny isolated island. The love blooms. The angst is there but not much. Lila is a likeable heroine. Young, naive, virginal and passionate loving her grandparents. She also have strict work ethic which is rare in her young age.

My problem with this book is with Thayer, the hero. H
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Lisa Aiello
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the story of Lila and Thayer, two young adults who meet on Thayer's grandfather's island when Lila comes to live with her grandparents after the tragic loss of her mother. Lila's grandparents are the caretakers of the island homes and families. Lila and Thayer have an instant connection - Thayer moreso than Lila, as Lila understands and is warned that they come from different worlds. Thayer pursues Lila, until she reluctsantly gives in to her feelings, and they share stolen moments. Thay ...more
hugsandcookies
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thayer Ainsworth🔥🔥🔥

I totally read this in one day, and I didn’t think I had it in me to finish it but I am so glad I did.

Don’t be fooled by the blurb cause what you think you know is not what happens but what became of their summer love. It’s a story about forbidden love and why they never could be together. Families always have a villain. It’s told in each of Thayer and Lila’s POV. It’s so much that you just fall in love with these characters that you never expect to have it broken by the secr
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Lila and Thayer meet as teenagers on his grandfather’s private island and he relentlessly pursues her. They must keep their relationship a secret from their families because both have voiced concerns about the two spending time together. However, Thayer returns from another semester at Yale to discover the Hilliard’s house empty and Lila nowhere to be seen. For the next decade, he desperately searches for her, only coming up with nothing. After a trage
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Alex ♈
I didn't quite get the story... I felt zero chemistry and many things were weird.
Aka Cinderella with the role of an evil step-mom played by his grandfather.

Kudos to him for being celibate for 10 ys!
-> 2 stars with 1 extra for the above issue (or better said, non-issue *lol*)
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Rochelle
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it
This was the first book that I have read from Winter Renshaw. This book was just ok for me. I am ok with the retelling of the past as a basis of why the characters are the way they are in the present however this story spent too much time in the past and that was a turn off for me. I understand that you want to have the reader know about the characters during the time that they have been apart but having the past-present time jumps throughout the book were a little much. This could have been don ...more
Myla
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing


In spite of the warning not to get involved with Lila, Thayer couldn't help himself not to get curious about the girl he's going to spend the entire summer with even though she's just the "help". He can tell she's different from other girls he'd known.

"She's an enigma.
A puzzle I want to solve.
A code I need to crack."


The moment Lila steps on the island, she was immediately warned to keep everything professional when it comes to the owner's grandsons. Lila has been doing that, avoiding them in an
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Monique
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The latest book from Winter Renshaw is a contemporary romance told in dual POV about a journey of a summer love to ten years later when they meet up again and all the ugly truths come out. Thayer and Lila meet on his family’s island where he holidays for the summer and she is there tending to their needs, being the granddaughter of the care takers. He was infatuated from first sight and after she learnt to trust him, they started their forbidden relationship.

I read this book in one sitting, ent
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Kitty
Jul 25, 2019 marked it as dnf
I am DNF-ing this book

I do not care enough to go back to those characters. so far so bland
I don't really like the writing style
I have too many books to read to dwell on this one

#movingon
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Angie
This is one of those stories where it's a journey. It's a touching story about a boy and girl who have been separated for 10 years by a meddling grandfather. I'm not a fan of flashbacks and this one does alternate for long periods of time from past-present-past-present. The majority of the book is centered in the past, so the ending with the grandfather and their HEA felt a little anti-climactic. For those who might be bothered by long separations and celibacy, you're safe with this one. His dev ...more
Iman
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it
A really cute story but : I do not like it when there is a past /present/past/Present structure, Why would you not tell the story in the right order????
Karen
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was a little bit slow to build up and for a great while I thought the book was young adult....but it does go ahead 10 years.

It has a clever plot and premise. The location was awesome....an island off coast of Maine for an entire summer.

So it was entertaining. Thayer was a bit unreal....beyond book boyfriend but it helps offset the harshness of life that Lila endures, just maybe....in fictional life, eh?
Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)
This story is told in past and present. I liked that about it the book. In some ways the past of Lila and Thayer was much more interesting to me. We know from the blurb that something dramatic happens.



Thayer and Lila together are sweet, new love on a beautiful island for the summer. Things seem perfect. Flashing forward, we know everything fell apart.

I honestly loved the book until the ending. So much time was spent developing their love story. When Thayer finds Lila again, I felt like the sto
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Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thayer and Lila will have you believing in love again. Thayer and Lila's journey began one summer when she was placed in the custody of her grandparents after the death of her mother. Thayer was drawn to Lila and the more time they spent together the stronger their bond became. When Lila found herself expecting a child, Thayer's grandfather intervened removing Lila and her grandparents so that Thayer would never know what happened or be able to find them but the power of love will always find a ...more
Flo Grugel
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sweet young love that Thayer and Lila never forgot or got over, For Lila, Forever is a story that spans 10 years and Thayers quest to find the girl who left him with no reason why.
Elaine
Apr 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked it, but I wish the story would have been more developed. I felt as if there were pieces that needed to be clarified or detailed, but overall it was a really good book. Loved the H's faithfulness and devotion. ...more
Renee
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book friends- For Lila, Forever has earned a 5-star glowing review from me! I knew I'd be posting a gushing review when I woke up at 4am, unable to sleep until I finished the story. If you are prone to manic book reading sessions take note! Perhaps dive into this book over a long weekend when you can supplement your sleep loss with naps? Just a suggestion. ;) Now let me detail why this book had me so excited.

The setting for this story (or at least the most pivotal moments) is an private island c
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The Smutbrarians
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Feels-3
Steam-1
Storyline-3.5
Overall Rating-3.5
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Reviewed by Stephanie

After the untimely death of her Mom, Lila arrives at Rose Crossing Island in Maine to spend the summer working with her grandparents who are the island caretakers. Right away she is warned to steer clear of Mr. Bertram's grandsons, Thayer and Westley and they both also receive that warning from their grandfather to leave Lila alone. It’s becomes a challenge for Lila rather quickly when Thayer, the old
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BookAddict
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This author creates such evocative, heartfelt stories and I’m always eager to get my hands on her latest book. Thayer Ainsworth was born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth and is the apple of his granddad, Howard Bertram's, eye. Lila Hilliard was raised by a single mom and goes to live with her grandparents after her mother's death. The blue bloods and the working class don’t socialize and certainly aren’t friends, especially since the Hilliards are employed by the Howard Bertram.

Des
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Deborah G.
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Eighteen year old Lila is having a tough time. Never having known her father, she has just experienced the untimely death of her mother & is now being transported to a private island off the coast of Maine where she will join her grandparents, Junie & Ed. They work for Howard Bertram, owner of the island & its family homes, one each for his married daughters, their husbands & families.
Howard, or granddad has millions, is a crusty SOB since his wife, the love of his life, passed away many years a
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Tricia
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ms Renshaw has written a gorgeous, sweet and heartwarming love story within the pages of For Lila, Forever. A story of forbidden first love which, despite obstacles in the way and the passage of time, manages to remain steadfast and true. Even though they only have one summer together Thayer and Lila form a bond which can’t be broken, even when they’re torn apart in the cruelest of circumstances. Their stolen hours together are charming, not over the top and have just the right amount of steamy ...more
Keri Loves Books
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Summer Love That Was Forever

They were supposed to stay away. It was never supposed to become a summer romance that would lead to forever.

Lila arrived on the island after her mother died. She finds herself living with her grandparents and working for the wealthy Mr. Bertram. The only rule was to stay away from his grandsons.

Thayer spent every summer of his life on the island. No internet, time to unwind and disconnect from technology and bond with family. Until he sees Lila.

Thayer was warned to s
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Bibliophile  Chloe
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ahhhh this story!! The title makes you swoon but then when you read this story and realize the meaning and setting for those words is just epic.

This is a story of star-crossed lovers, it is fresh and fabulous and I couldn't put it down until it was over.

The romance in this story is magical! The most pivotal thing that Thayer does for Lila is so huge, so over the top and it's also one of the most romantic things I have ever read.  And I read A LOT of romance novels.

The story is set up so well and
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Ga Books LoverX
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a great read from Winter Renshaw, I am truly in awe after reading this about the depths that people go when facing certain situations, both good and bad.

If you are looking for an easy, breezy read than this is not what you are looking for at that time. For Lila, Forever will break your heart then piece the puzzle back together and give you all the feels. It is absolutely worth the read and connecting with these amazing characters, but figured I would let y'all know that little tidbit! :)

The
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