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In the time honored tradition of such beloved novels as Bridges of Madison County, The Notebook, Summer Harbor, The Lost Valentine, and Class Reunion, as well as the hit Meryl Streep movie, Hope Springs, comes from bestselling author R. Barri Flowers, FOREVER SWEETHEARTS, a nostalgic and poignant tale of young love gone awry, second chances, and new beginnings.

Taylor Holland, forty-six, is a professor of women’s studies at Michigan State University. She has been married for nearly twenty years to a criminology professor, Paul Holland, and has a nineteen-year-old daughter, Audra, attending Oxford University.

After ignoring the underlying tensions in her marriage, they come into greater focus when Taylor receives a phone call from a hot new reality television series that reunites old lovers, called Forever Sweethearts. She is invited to appear on the show with her first love and college sweetheart at MSU, Vaughn Mitchell.

Taylor had not seen Vaughn in twenty-five years–not since he inexplicably broke off their engagement, leaving her devastated and disillusioned. Though wary of going down that road again, Taylor agrees to participate in the reality series’ reunion in New York City.

Taylor hopes that by doing so she can finally put closure to that part of her life, where feelings and frustrations had continued to linger. She had not counted on Vaughn’s determination to “make things right” or her renewed attraction to him.

Vaughn Mitchell, forty-seven, is a Harvard Law School graduate and corporate lawyer living in Chicago. Divorced with a twenty-year-old daughter, Nicole, Vaughn seeks out his first love for old times’ sake, stirring up memories and desires neither can ignore.

After reuniting on Forever Sweethearts, a reluctant Taylor begins corresponding with Vaughn by e-mail, leading to discovery, rediscovery, passion, promise, and the bridging of twenty-five years that were lost in time, distance, and regrets.

Forever Sweethearts will remind readers of other heartwarming relationship novels written by some of today’s bestselling authors such as Nicholas Sparks, Kristin Hannah, Richard Paul Evans, Danielle Steel, Nicholas Evans, and Jodi Picoult.
This novel is available in eBook , print, and audio.

FOREVER SWEETHEARTS is available from Audible, Amazon and Amazon UK.


“R. Barri Flowers writes with the passion and knowledge of someone who truly knows his craft.” — Allison Leotta, bestselling author of Discretion on MURDER IN MAUI

“Infidelity and murder in paradise lead to a one of a kind case for PI Skye McKenzie Delaney, and an enjoyable ride for the reader. Definitely put this one on your list.” — John Lutz, Edgar winner and bestselling author of PULSE on MURDER IN HONOLULU

“A gripping novel in what promises to be an outstanding series, featuring a truly unforgettable detective. A terrific read!” — Douglas Preston, #1 bestselling author and co-creator of the famed Pendergast series on MURDER IN MAUI

“An exquisitely rich and masterfully constructed mystery.” — Jon Land, bestselling author of Strong Vengeance on MURDER IN HONOLULU

“Gripping writing, wonderfully rounded characters you really care about, and vivid locations.” — Peter James, bestselling author of Dead Man’s Grip on MURDER IN MAUI


R. Barri Flowers is the bestselling author of more than sixty books, including thrillers, true crime, relationship fiction, young adult mysteries, and criminology books.


He has also edited three anthologies, including the bestselling, MASTERS OF TRUE CRIME.

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