Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrative: Third Person
Finally back in the warm embrace of his family, Travis McCoy relishes every moment he gets to spend with his wife and son. After almost losing them due to his own selfishness, he makes the decision to never let go of his family again. With his plan set in motion, Travis, Penelope, and Max start a new journey, one that leads them to forever.
"The Journey to Forever" is the third installment in The Journey Series. I have to say I loved it just as much or more than the other two.
This story revolves around something we all experience in our lives. Transition. Since I've had a bit of experience writing and living a transition, I was able to relate to the trials that Travis goes through to establish himself within his new family. On his road he has to learn how to be a father, how to be a husband, and what kind of career to choose. As he hits a few bumps along the way, his family is right their beside him to help smooth his path.
From page one, I didn't feel like an outsider looking in. I felt like I was sitting on Travis' shoulder experiencing everything with him. It is so refreshing to be able to experience that kind of connection with a story, especially one written in third person.
Lisa Bilbrey has touched my heart once again with the conclusion to a tale of love, loss, and redemption.
Travis McCoy stood in front of the mirror in his bedroom, straightening his tie and trying in vain to get his hair to lay flat. His dark, curly locks didn’t want to cooperate, so he gave up. No point in fighting a losing battle, after all.
“I don’t understand why I can’t go with you.” At the sound of his son’s voice, Travis shifted his eyes up and looked at Max. The boy was sitting on the edge of the bed, balancing his football in his lap and glaring at the floor.
“I told you,” Travis said. “Mom and I are going on a date. You’ll have fun with Gramps. He’ll probably let you do whatever you want, like run with scissors and play with matches.”
“Yeah, I know.” Max shrugged his shoulders. “Are you nervous?”
Travis took a deep breath before he turned to face his son. “Yeah, I am.”
“You shouldn’t be.” Hopping off the bed, Max smiled. “She’ll say yes.”
“How can you be sure?” he asked. “It’s only been a few months.”
“But she’s loved you for, like, ever,” Max scoffed, rolling his mocha-brown eyes. “Dad, trust me on this one. I know women.”
“How do you know women?” It was Travis’s turn to scoff. “You’re not old enough to even like girls yet.”
“That doesn’t mean they don’t like me. And that’s not the point,” Max stated. “Women like Mom don’t fall in and out of love. They’re in it till the end. Just woo her; make her feel pretty.”
Travis stood there, staring at him. “Who are you, and what have you done with my son?”
Max rolled his eyes and walked out of the room. “Yeah, real funny, Dad.”
Travis laughed before sitting on the side of the bed and opening the drawer of his nightstand. Lifting the small, black velvet box out, he placed it in the palm of his trembling hand. Tonight, he planned to propose to the woman who had owned his heart since he was Max’s age: Penelope Stone.
Lisa Bilbrey is a mom of three and has been married to her high school sweetheart since 1996. Finding a love in the written word, she started writing as a way to express herself. From the first word she wrote, she'd found her heart and soul. Always willing to learn, she's spends much of her time trying to improve as a storyteller.
In late 2011, Lisa opened Renaissance Romance Publishing with Michele Richard and Laura Braley.
"The Journey to Forever" Tour Schedule
June 17—Elizabeth M. Lawrence
June 18—Mandy Anderson, I Read Indie
June 19—Kim, Ready Your Writes
June 21—Lindsey Gray
June 22—The Hive
June 23—N. Wood
June 24—Fandom Fanatic
June 25—R. E. Hargrave
June 26—Rose Caceres
June 27—Jude Ouvrard
June 28—Tracy Riva
June 30—Ali, Ali’s Bookshelf