When Never Comes

When Never Comes

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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When Never Comes Reviews

  • Camille Maio

    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

    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 it will resonate with readers who love a tale full of heart and soul.

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    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

    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 other person wasn't his wife.

    Christy-Lynn couldn't handle the press and snuck away in the middle of the night just like she did when she ran away as a child.

    Christy-Lynn was better off as an adult running away and found the perfect place to settle. She stopped and fell in love with Sweetwater,Virginia, and its residents. Missy and Dar became her friends and helped her through the days.

    When Christy-Lynn decides to stay in Sweetwater, she buys a bookstore and is happy again. She is happy again until someone from Stephen's past appears and "spills the beans" about who she really is.

    We follow Christy-Lynn through the good times and the bad as she recovers.

    WHEN NEVER COMES touches on healing, friendships, being there for someone, love, and is filled with lovely and not so lovely surprises.

    Another beautiful, touching book by Miss Davis. Her writing is warm and welcoming.

    Has a NEVER ever come true for you?

    Don’t miss reading WHEN NEVER COMES.

    LOVED IT. 5/5

    This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the author and NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  • Jen

    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

    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 animal instinct and run as far and fast as you can.

    Christy-Lynn had no idea her famous author husband was a philandering douchebag. When morgue photos are leaked of the topless blonde found in the car with said philanderer, she realizes she never knew him at all. She empties the safe and flees in the night, no longer willing to feel victimized by the incessant paparazzi.

    She finds herself in a small town with no intentions to stay, but soon realizes maybe this is where she can start over. When she is then struck by the news of an innocent child between her husband and his mistress, it brings her past rushing to the present. With a support system in place for the very first time in her life, Christy-Lynn faces what she has avoided and kept hidden for all these years. Her mother, her past, and the fact that just maybe- she is open to what love, life, and forgiveness can bring her.

    I received an advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  • Susan Peterson

    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

    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 slowly, carefully, fearfully cracks open those doors just a little bit. I found myself getting angry with her at times, because I was so emotionally invested in her life, and the lives of those around her! This is such a heartfelt, poignant story, which reveals the best and the worst about people, but mostly shows us that we all have the capacity to love and forgive and to be happy.

  • Rebecca Rosenberg

    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

    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 before her eyes upon her husbands tragic death. And it only gets worse. But Christy-Lynn finds a surprising way to overcome the lack of stability in her life. Page-turning, gut-wrenching, but ultimately uplifting read!

  • leslie hamod

    Incredible story of a woman's tragic loss a d the se rets which ultimately change her life. This book brought out my deepest emotions. Easy to read, introspective,with a soucount of psychological thriller, it is a book easily fitting most genres. One word, genious. A must read!

  • Maggie Grace

    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

    her? No momentos, nothing. Seemed a little w

    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

    her? No momentos, nothing. Seemed a little weird.

    3. If the main character lived on the street for two years after being brutally raped in foster care, how did she become a hot shot book editor and meet a hugely successful author? Nothing told about how that happened? How did she get into college? Where did she live, etc.

    4. Nothing is mentioned about the fabulously successful author husband, no background except for the fact that he plagiarized something in college and he got a trailer trash groupie pregnant. Why didn't he care for his child he had with trailer trash girl? Nothing left in a will. Another thing is, he was so hugely successful, along the lines of Tom Clancy, why didn't he have a will?

    Other than those huge questions, it was a good read. It had a happy ending. If that was what the author was aiming for, she succeeded. In the book she has the main character as a book editor who tells her author friend to dig deeper and do more character development. That's good advice, she needs to heed her own advice.

  • Mackenzie - Traveling Sister

    Sometimes learning to let yourself be happy is the hardest lesson of all…

    See my review

    Though the premise of this book may sounds like it veers towards thriller, it is anything but that—in a good way! Davis’s

    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

    Sometimes learning to let yourself be happy is the hardest lesson of all…

    See my review

    Though the premise of this book may sounds like it veers towards thriller, it is anything but that—in a good way! Davis’s

    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 readers will find this story to be a starting point to reflect on their own lives and identify the ghosts we all have following us around.

    Married to handsome, charismatic, best-selling author Stephen Ludlow, book-editor Christine has the perfect marriage. They live in the very house one of Stephen’s books was filmed in for the movie-adaptation. They have no children (by choice), and Christine has plenty of the independence and solitude she craves.

    Despite the outward perfection of Christine’s life, she has a dark past she’d prefer to hide from the world—even from her own husband. Christine grew up as Christy-Lynn Parker—the child of an addict who spent her life taking care of the very mother who should be caring for her. Christy-Lynn was never able to make friends because of a string of evictions, a parade of strange men through her home, and finally a foster home that she was forced to run away from. Now, Christy-Lynn has found peace, but not happiness, in her life with Stephen. While he is off basking in his fame, Christine is left with the independence and solitude she found comfort in as a child.

    Christine awakens to a knock on the door from the police, and some shocking news. Stephen was in a car accident and she is being asked to come identify his body. But there’s more—Christine is also asked to identify a second body. The body of a young blond woman who was in the car with her husband. As Christine’s world unravels, and the press are hounding her for answers, Christine does the only thing she knows—she runs. But this time, the running leads her to a place where she may finally be able to create her own life, the one thing she has never had.

    This is truly a story of resilience. Christine has spent so much of her life trying to just survive, that she has never really lived. With a childhood marked by pain and struggle that no child should know, Christine has developed a fear of loving anyone. And in turn, Christine has never really experienced the security and safety of someone else loving her.

    When Christine runs and ends up in the charming town of Sweetwater, she finds an opportunity to not only escape the shock of her husband’s secrets, but to create a new life separate from who she was. With her new life Christine is able to do things she was never able to in the past—make friends and choose a new career. And most importantly, Christine is able to learn that happiness is something she can choose. When she stops letting others dictate her life, Christine opens up a world of opportunities for herself that she never dared dream of.

    Thank you to Lake Union Publishing, to Barbara Davis, and to NetGalley for an opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jenn

    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.

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