Never Say Never by Victoria Christopher Murray

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synopsis

In this emotionally charged and inspiring novel about a love triangle, secrets between best friends threaten to blow up friendships and a marriage and change lives forever.

 

When Miriam’s fireman husband, Chauncey, dies while rescuing students from a school fire, Miriam feels like her life is over. How is she going to raise her three children all by herself? How will she survive without the love of her life? Luckily, Miriam’s sister-friend Emily and Emily’s husband, Jamal, are there to comfort her. Jamal and Chauncey grew up together and were best friends; Jamal and Emily know they will do all they can to support Miriam through her grief. Jamal steps in and helps Miriam with the funeral arrangements and with her children, plus he gives her hope that she has a future. But all the time that they spend together—grieving, sharing, and reminiscing—brings the two closer in ways they never planned. . . .

myreview

Chauncey and Jamal are best friends who share the same profession of being firefighters and happen to have wives that have been best friends (more like sisters) since their college days. This foursome has a strong bond and friendship that is quite solid until Chauncey dies in a school fire. Miriam, Chauncey’s widow, turns more towards Jamal for comfort than her girlfriend Emily and the issues begin.

“Michellelee asked me if were sleeping together and I didn’t tell her anything. She asked if you were the one who was here the other day and I told her no, but she didn’t believe me and I think she knows. She knows it was you and…”

Obviously as a reader, I already knew that Miriam and Jamal were having an affair but to read this is how Emily finds out still brought emotion out of me. Can you imagine you’re riding in the car with your husband, you see your best’s friend name come across the Bluetooth screen so you answer, and she immediately starts saying these things??? Boy, oh boy! And, I will leave it at that!

Never Say Never by Victoria Christopher Murray truly makes you think is there a time/situation when adultery, infidelity, and deceit are acceptable. Is there sometimes a justified explanation for our behavior and choices? Or, is it right and wrong without the possibility of wrong but I really have a good reason?

Victoria Christopher Murray is one of my most favorite authors because she consistently makes the reader think and there is always an element of Christian principles to her writing. Her characters are always memorable and will stay with you long after putting the book down. And, she does not disappoint with Never Say Never as it is one of the BEST books I have read so far in 2013!!!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Never Say Never from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

On a personal note, I was looking forward to reading Never Say Never so much I took it with me to Rome, Italy back in May 2013. Here it is with me inside of the Colosseum!!!

me and never say never rome

myrating

five

meettheauthor

victoria christopher murray

 

1.    What message do you hope to convey through Never Say Never?

I never try to write a message into any of my books.  Truly, I just try to write a great, entertaining book, have faith be a center part of the story, and then let every reader get the message they’re supposed to get.

2.     What was the inspiration for Never Say Never?

The inspiration for Never Say Never came from events that happened after 9/11.  I’d read about the situation in the NY Times and it even became a Law & Order episode.  The situations — several of the firemen who survived the WTC collapse, were leaving their wives for their friends (who died) widows.  I wanted to explore that story with my own twists.

3.     If Never Say Never were made into a movie, who would you have as your dream cast?

This is always a question I can never answer.  When I write my novels, I cut out pictures from magazines and place them on a white board in my office.  I never use celebrities, just ordinary people (well, if you can consider a model an ordinary person) and I focus on that picture as the character for my books.  So, I already have a picture in my head and it’s no one we know.  Once it’s been in my head for a year, it’s hard for me to come up with people to play the roles.

4.     Set the mood for us…when you’re writing, you have to…

Set up my iPad, get out the keyboard…and type.  I don’t have a mood.  I don’t need music, I don’t need it to be quiet, I can write anywhere…and I do.

5.     What has been the most surprising and upsetting part of your literary journey?

I’m surprised that my career has never taken off.  I’ve worked very hard on the craft of writing, I’ve tried to write intriguing plots and I’ve worked endlessly on promoting my novels, but I’ve made very little inroads in the sixteen years that I’ve been writing.

6.     When you’re not writing, what authors do you enjoy reading? What are you currently reading?

I read everything…and I read while I’m writing.  I’m not one of those people who can’t read while writing.  Thank God because reading is as important and enjoyable to me as writing. Right now, I’m reading the autobiography of Assata Shakur.  I’ve read that book before, but now that she’s been added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted TERRORIST list, I wanted to revisit her story.

7.     If you had to write your life story, what would the title be? How does that title portray your story?

Dancing Through the Storm….’nuff said.

8.     What are three things readers might be surprised to learn about you?

1. That I used to run marathons  2.  That I can’t run marathons anymore because I had my hip replaced, but that’s okay because I do Shaun T’s INSANITY.  3.  That I’m not too far from celebrating the Big 6-0!

9.     What can your fans look forward to next?

My novel, The Ex Files has been optioned to become a movie, and the producers actually asked for more “Ex Files material.”  So, I’m writing a Christmas novella called “Merry Ex-Mas” which will be out in October.  And then, my 2014 novel will be Forever An Ex.

10.  Thank you again for allowing me to interview you on Tiffany Talks Books. Are there any last words for those who are reading this interview?

Thank YOU.  And if anyone wants to read the first seven chapters of Never Say Never, visit Amazon or my website at www.victoriachristophermurray.com.

Comments

  1. excellent job on this one mate

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