Forever with You is book 5 in Farrah Rochon’s Bayou Dreams series. in this installment, widowed single mother, Leslie Kirkland is the president of the Parent-Teacher Organization in small town Gauthier and the Science-teacher/assistant principal IS Gabriel Franklin.
Leslie finds herself in the middle of a battle between the parents and Gabriel but works to remain unbiased while the two sides work through their differences. It doesn’t help that Gabriel is a sexy younger man that has ignited a passion Leslie thought died with her husband. Gabriel wants a relationship with Leslie and also wants what is best for the town and school. Can he work to have both? Readers will need to pick a copy of Forever with You to find out.
I liked the theme of younger man/older woman, and Ms. Rochon did a good job displaying Gabriel’s passion for his students, as well as his attraction toward Leslie.
Leslie was a tough woman to crack; she had several excuses why a relationship between she and Gabriel would never work, but he overrode her objections. Leslie was battling herself and past fears while still dealing with the grief of losing her husband. Leslie also did not want to diminish the community’s perception of her and finally agreed to see Gabriel in secret. These two had an uphill battle and once Leslie allowed Gabriel in, her feelings of guilt intensified to such a magnitude, that she allowed it to affect her relationship. Gabriel sensed Leslie’s fear and worked to alleviate it, but it was an uphill battle. He also enlisted Leslie’s assistance to calm the community and find a solution to ensure the town of Gauthier did not lose their school.
The story flowed well and engaged the reader to find out the outcome of the school as well as Gabriel and Leslie’s relationship Overall this was a good read.
-Reviewed by Deborah