Alex Thompson is the daughter of a wealthy US Ambassador. Several weeks overseas with an exchange program is just what she needs to get out from under her over-controlling parents.
They only have five weeks before they go back to their homes.
They have completely different lives.
The last thing either of them want or need is to fall in love.
I fell in love with the writing of Charles Sheehan-Miles a few years ago when I first read A Song For Julia. I followed up that book with Just Remember To Breathe. But A View From Forever is actually where that story begins. Before he broke her heart, this is the story of where it all started and I fell in love with Charles Sheehan-Miles work all over again.
You do not need to read Just Remember To Breathe before reading A View From Forever. This is Alex and Dylan’s story, but this is the beginning of it.
Dylan was not in her league. He didn’t come from wealth, he wasn’t vain, and his GPA wasn’t phenomenal. But he had a passion. He wanted to be on this trip. He wanted to see the world. He was getting a second chance and he was going to take it.
Alexandra knew one way of life. She was the daughter of an Ambassador. She has lived in various places around the world. She was well bred and well schooled, but she wanted something different from her life. She wanted to be something other than what her parents had in mind. Being right in the middle of her group of sisters left her in a predicament. Her older sisters didn’t do what their parents wanted. One married a rock star, one went into biology… and now it was her turn for her parents to shape and mold her into the next US Ambassador. But she didn’t want that. But what she did know was that this boy from Atlanta was going to change her world.
There was an immediate attraction between Dylan and Alex. They came from two different worlds and they are here with two different futures in mind. But they can’t fight whatever it is that is staring them in the eyes. They have a connection. But how can they possibly think about a relationship on a trip like this. She is from San Francisco, he is from Atlanta. This trip is not a long one. They live in different worlds. But they both feel it.
Will his past and future be too much for him to overcome? Will her family be the end of them? Will their moment in time be ruined because they can’t move beyond their differences or will what they feel be enough to see them through it all?
You think you know Dylan and Alex, but that was after… this is where it all started and true to his wringing, Charles Sheehan-Miles has completely touched my heart with their story, their beginning.
This is a beautifully written story and touching too. It is about more than these two people in this place in time. It is about politics, religion and war, all of the things that can make or break any relationship, whether it be between countries or people. It all comes full circle This book made me step back and think of how much I have in my own life that I don’t pay much attention to. How those with so much less, appreciate so much more and how the power of our beliefs can change so much of how we view the world.
This is a powerful book, but for me it was more than a cute love story. It was reality, religion, tourism and trust. It is so much more and as all of his books do, it touched my heart, caught my breath and moved my soul.
About the Author
Charles Sheehan-Miles has been a soldier, computer programmer, short-order cook and non-profit executive. He is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books, including the indie bestsellers Just Remember to Breathe and Republic: A Novel of America’s Future.