If We Could See Forever: A Tale of Love and Longing

March 22, 2020

 

Mountains, rivers, deserts and decades stand between them. Their countries are bitter enemies. Will these long-ago lovers find their way back together?

When Geddy Mason falls in love with 17-year-old Annie Yousefian, an exotic undergrad from Iran, he considers abandoning his dream to move to Israel. But when he graduates, he leaves Annie brokenhearted in Indiana.

2006, Israel. Canadian-born Geddy Mason has served in the army, married, raised his family in Israel. Yet 35 years of memories and guilt continue to haunt him and he still wonders about Annie.

Then he discovers Annie will be the featured speaker at a conference in Ottawa. He decides he must go to her, risk all his memories, try to make amends.

Will Annie turn him away? Or will she welcome him, putting an end to decades of estrangement?

 

A well-crafted Romance of love and longing.

Reviewed By Piaras on March 22, 2020 for Emerald Book Reviews

IF WE COULD SEE FOREVER by Gadi Bossin is a wonderfully written and richly descriptive novel with brilliantly drawn characters and settings. The author weaves a well-crafted romantic story of love and longing, based on true events, that will captivate the reader’s attention from the start. Skillfully constructed, this well-written story will have you turning the pages from beginning to end. There’s plenty of imagery in the writing style that makes you feel you are right there in the story, and that’s something I look for in a good book.

The book description gives a sneak preview: ‘When Geddy Mason falls in love with 17-year-old Annie Yousefian, an exotic undergrad from Iran, he considers abandoning his dream to move to Israel. But when he graduates, he leaves Annie brokenhearted in Indiana…2006, Israel. Canadian-born Geddy Mason has served in the army, married, raised his family in Israel. Yet 35 years of memories and guilt continue to haunt him, and he still wonders about Annie… Then he discovers Annie will be the featured speaker at a conference in Ottawa. He decides he must go to her, risk all his memories, try to make amends… Will Annie turn him away? Or will she welcome him, putting an end to decades of estrangement?’

This was a captivating read that had me immersed from the beginning. The story flowed from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling. I enjoyed the story, character development, and dialogue. There were plenty of intriguing moments that I didn’t see coming and that added to the book’s mystique. When I stopped reading to work, I found myself wondering what happened in the book, and replaying parts of the novel in my head to see if I could figure more out. It has been a while since I enjoyed a book this much.

There’s no doubt that IF WE COULD SEE FOREVER by Gadi Bossin is an exceptionally well written book. It’s one of those stories that come along occasionally that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader.

I’ll be looking forward to reading more from Gadi Bossin in the future. I would highly recommend this book and would add that it has a distinctly cinematic feel to it.

A well-deserved five stars from me.

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