About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Forever Music by Hope Toler Dougherty: Review & Giveaway with Celebrate Lit

About the Book

Book:  Forever Music
Author: Hope Toler Dougherty
Genre:  Sweet, inspirational romance
Release Date: May 19, 2020

College history instructor, Josie Daniels is good at mothering her three brothers, volunteering in her community, and getting over broken hearts, but meeting aloof, hot-shot attorney Ches Windham challenges her nurturing, positive-thinking spirit.

Josie longs to help Ches find his true purpose, but, as his hidden talents and true personality emerge, will she be able to withstand potent his charms or will she lose her heart in the process?
Rising star in his law firm, Ches Windham is good at keeping secrets.

He’s always been the good son, following his father’s will to become an attorney and playing the game for a fast track to partnering with a law firm. Lately, though, his life’s path has lost what luster it ever had—all because of his unlikely, and unacceptable, friendship with Josie. He struggles between the life he’s prepared for and the one calling to him now. Opposing his father has never been an option, and spending time with Josie can’t be an option. The more he’s with her, however, the more he wants to be.

When a crisis tarnishes his golden future and secrets are revealed, Ches is forced to reexamine the trajectory of his life. Will he choose the path his father hammered out for him or the path that speaks to his heart?

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Forever Music vividly shows the value of being loved and appreciated by your family. Josie Daniels's joy and happiness is very evident and she has always felt treasured by her parents and her brothers. Ches Windham has never felt loved by his parents and being an attorney is what his father expected of him. Josie immediately notices the haunting sadness in his eyes, and in a poignant moment she asks Ches, "Are you going to live his life for the rest of yours, or are you going to live the one you were meant to live?" Will Ches accept her advice? Can he overcome being ruled by his critical, unloving parents?

This is an intriguing story of two very different people who find each other when they least expect it. Their reluctance to see each other as more than friends is very apparent and author Hope Toler Dougherty throws in many complications as their relationship continues. I love Josie's vibrant personality and when she finds herself thinking unkind thoughts, she always asks God to help her change those thoughts. It is, however, Ches's character development that especially thrilled me. He changed from an aloof and uptight guy to someone who enjoyed having fun with Josie and her brothers. He also recognized that even though he didn't have his parent's love, he has always been loved and treasured by his aunt and uncle!

Forever Music is an enjoyable contemporary romance with great characters and a strong faith message running throughout the story. I recommend it to all who like Christian romantic fiction and I am looking forward to reading more books by Dougherty.

I received a copy of this book from the author. A positive review was not required. These are my own thoughts and opinions.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Author

Hope holds a Master’s degree in English and taught at East Carolina University and York Technical College. Forever Music is her fourth novel. Residing in North Carolina, she and her husband enjoy visits with their daughters and twin sons.

More from Hope

We love holidays at our house. A couple of months beforehand, my grown children begin asking, “So who’ve you asked? Who’s coming?” Never mind that with our six, my brother’s seven, my parents, a few aunts, uncles, and cousins, we have at least twenty to begin with. They want a crowd—friends, neighbors, and even strangers.

The bigger the better.

For Thanksgiving 2015, people started rolling in on Tuesday night, including a British friend who’d never experienced an American Thanksgiving. I already had some dishes prepared, but when old high school friends began arriving to visit my home-from-college children, I kicked into high gear.

I felt like I cooked pretty much round the clock from Tuesday through Sunday morning.

And I loved it.

I remember just repeating, “Thank You, God! Thank You, God,” like a mantra as I retrieved another casserole from our oven or stirred another dish. The house vibrated with laughter and conversation and love.

It’s one of my all-time favorite weeks.

Forever Music shares the love story of Josie and Ches, but it’s also a nod to close-knit families. Josie and her three brothers portray a teasing, rollicking, loving family. Whether it’s a full-blown holiday or just a weekend supper, they enjoy time together, sharing jokes and jabs over food, games, or projects.

I am blessed beyond measure with my nuclear and extended family and was grateful to model this fictional family on my real one. I hope readers will love the Daniels family as much as I do!

Blog Stops

Batya’s Bits, June 10
Genesis 5020, June 11
Emily Yager, June 13
Pause for Tales, June 20
Artistic Nobody, June 23 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)


To celebrate her tour, Hope is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card & a copy of the book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Thanks so much, Connie, for participating in the blog tour and for your kind words about Forever Music!