Forever Sunshine

Rated 5.00/5 based on 11 reviews
Cherisse Bridwell focused solely on completing college and beginning her career until one evening when her frightened sister, Shelly, arrives looking for help from her abusive husband. Fate delivers police sergeant Brandon Nicholson. With his strength and guidance, Shelly regains her life and Cher falls in love. He teaches them how to face every day with hope even when it seems all hope is gone. More

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Words: 93,360
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452474243
About Collette Scott

Always composing stories in her head, Collette began her first novel at the age of eight. Since then, she has obtained her bachelor’s degree in English literature and master’s degree in education while squeezing in her writing whenever possible. The author is currently hard at work on her best-selling Evans Family Series and recently released book four, Kat's Last Chance. Her previous novels include Hannah's Blessing and the critically acclaimed Forever Sunshine, which was voted #35 in the Heart Press Publishing’s Best Women’s Fiction poll. The New England native now resides in Arizona with her family and multiple family pets.

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Review by: Tiggah on Jan. 23, 2012 :
omg, never read this book in public especially then end, I have had to stop so many times, so emotional but a wonderful book, making you appreciate everything you love in your life.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Kimmie on Dec. 19, 2011 :
Be prepared for a rollercoaster of emotions when reading this great story and have at least 5 boxes of tissues on hand. I have never been so affected by a story, Collette
Scott is now going to be one of my favourite authors.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Linda Hawley on Oct. 04, 2011 :
This author has found a way to take powerful subject matter and weave it into a love story in a way that I've only ever seen Nicholas Sparks be able to do well. This story is so well written that the reader is compelled to invest in the characters, wonder what will happen next, and simply not be able to put the book down. Long after I finished Forever Sunshine, the characters were stuck in my head--like great fiction should. Collette Scott has just won me as a new reader for her novels, and I have willingly gone! I rarely rate a book five stars. I only do it when the balance between characterizations and plot is perfected, the writing superb, and the storyline unique. Buy the book; you won't regret it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tima Murrell on Sep. 28, 2011 :
Cherisse takes a call from her sister that will forever change her life. Her sister Shelly is living in an abusive relationship and needs a place to stay until her husband calms down. But it doesn't go exactly as planned. Before the night is over Cherisse will meet a man that will help not only her, but her sister.

The book deals with abuse, grief and love. The Prologue begins with Cherisse writing about how her doctor told her that perhaps writing about her grief would help her get past the pain. So you know that there will be sad parts from the very beginning. The author warned me that the book would be sad, but it was also nice to have the warning at the beginning. Just in case I wanted to have some tissues handy.

There are some books that capture your interest from the very beginning and never let go. When I get a book like this I am so into the book that I fail to notice what is going on around me, I don't notice if something is worded wrong or misspelled. The world fades and I begin living the story.
This is just that sort of book. I couldn't put the book down. The subject of spousal abuse was handled so well. It really showcased what is going on in the lives of these poor women. This book is labeled as fiction, but truly felt like I was reading a true story. The main character is telling her story in first person. So I felt like I was given an even closer look into her life by hearing the story in her own words.

I arrived early for an appointment and finished this book in the car. I sat in my car and cried my eyes out. I HATE sad stories, but I would read this book again, it was that good. And also to be fair, only about 2 chapters are sad. The story ends well and left me feeling thankful for my wonderful husband in more ways than one. I appreciated the way the author showcased a beautiful marriage and an abusive one. It leaves hope for the abused wife that there are wonderful marriages out there.

I would highly recommend this book and can't wait to read the author's next book.

I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sandra Keys on Aug. 28, 2011 :
Forever Sunshine by Collette Scott
Cherisse Bridwell is young and naive, and is focused solely on finishing her college degree and beginning her career. Her life changes in one evening when her sister Shelly turns up at her home. Shelly is in an abusive relationship. Shelly's husband comes to Cherisse's home and the police have to be called, that's when Cherisse first meets Sergeant Brandon Nicholson.
With the guidance of Brandon both Cherisse and Shelly learn how to get on with their lives through the many ups and downs and trauma's they encounter.
This book begins as a story of Shelly's abuse at the hands of her violent husband and how she attempts escape and a new life. The book deals with the subject of Domestic Abuse clearly and truthfully. It really is what happens, statistics back this up. It shows how hard it is to leave, how hard it is for the children to trust again. Then it flows into a whirlwind love story, that's so tenderly written, where everything is going perfectly only to be hit by a tragedy. The book shows how the characters pick up the pieces and carry on with life. Then finally it also deals with the danger of being on the police force.


This book may be a novel but it is so true to life, it could have actually happened. Brilliant book that I read in only two sittings! i have tried so hard not to give away any spoilers in this review that the only other thing I can say is "Get that tissue box handy ladies , because with this book you will surely need it!"


Just had to add to my review that my 74 year old mother read this on my kindle and thought it was fantastic, in fact, she asked if had really happened? Was it a true story? My mother found the whole writing about the domestic abuse really accurate and true to life. She said it was the best book she had read in ages. (and yes she did shed quite a few tears too!!)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: kara douglass on Aug. 06, 2011 :
This book is great.

Would recommend it everyone.

I would also wish for a sequel, with maybe the continuation of Cher's story.

Many thanks on a GREAT READ!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: KC Stone on July 14, 2011 :
Love is a powerful feeling to say the least. In Forever-Sunshine, Collette Scott not only captured the vital emotions associated with love, but she also revealed the true meaning of it. Cherisse… young, vibrant and inexperienced in the “real world” was my best friend from the beginning. She is forced into reality with a simple knock on her door by her sister, Sherry, and her life would never be the same.
Miracles can come in strange little packages that are sometimes disguised as handsome, powerful, and mouth-watering men, like Brandon. Brandon walked beside Cherisse from the first “accident” to the very last, guiding her and giving her the strong embrace that would see her through it all. Every good woman should have a Brandon in her life!
This novel is truly amazing from the first page, however, it shares an ugly truth with its readers. Domestic violence is a slithering poisonous snake waiting in the weeds. You may not see it in your daily talks with your neighbor, at your school PTA meetings or even at the family barbeque. But while trying to stay hidden and out of sight, this snake with strike leaving everyone around it in fear and turmoil. Collette Scott does a wonderful job shedding light on this dangerous issue by writing a compelling love story that proves the pain, joy and triumph of true love. You will smile at the flirtatious comments, become breathless with the passion, and will fight back the tears with little success.
It was my pleasure to read such a touching story.
KC Stone
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jay O'Neal on July 07, 2011 :
I bought this book in paperback a few weeks ago and finished it in one day. I couldn't put it down. From the very 1st chapter, I was pulled into the story and felt like I knew the characters personally. The situations are real and easy to identify with. This book will leave u wishing for a sequel.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Blanche Elizabeth on July 06, 2011 :
A fantastic new writer! I started this book last night and could not put it down. I was up until all hours, engrossed. The writing is clear, crisp and fast-paced, and the character development is so good I feel as though I would recognize any of them on the street. The story itself is amazingly emotional. You feel the character's love, anger, sadness and joy. I was so wrapped up in the story that I did not want it to end. Absolutely fantastic!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: May Shan on May 28, 2011 :
This book is breathtaking, emotional, and an amazing first novel. It made me think about the story for a while afterwards, and I found myself wanting to keep reading even after it was over. It was very deep, very well written. Forever Sunshine definetely gave me a different prospective on what goes on behind closed doors. Great story, but be prepared to shed a few tears at the end.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Geoffrey Brennan on May 02, 2011 :
I've read books that I can't put down, that grab you in the first few pages and draw you into the characters lives. This book does all that and leaves a lasting emotional impact. Great character development with a storyline that goes deeper than a typical romance. The story is well developed and current. Definitely a good read.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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