Story Plant hardcover

ISBN: 978-1-61188-102-8

Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-1-61188-103-5

Publication date: Sept. 10, 2013

272 pages

The Forever Year is pure pleasure from beginning to end, beautifully written and emotionally rich.”

– Susan Elizabeth Phillips, New York Times bestselling author

Jesse Sienna doesn’t believe that love can last. His parents’ marriage was caring but passionless, and his own romantic history tells him that love can burn bright, but that it cannot burn for long. So when his elderly father, Mickey, moves in with him and seems unable to understand Jesse’s no-strings-attached relationship with Marina, his current girlfriend, Jesse barely pays attention. It’s just another example of how different they are – and more evidence that he and his father will never connect on any meaningful level.

But the truth is, Mickey Sienna knows more about love than most people learn in a lifetime. More than half a century ago, he discovered the endless rewards of investing your heart and soul in someone…and he knows the devastating costs of letting the perfect someone slip by.

When Mickey sees Jesse taking an extraordinary woman for granted, he decides it’s time to tell Jesse his story – a story he’s never shared with any of his children before. It is a story that will change both of them profoundly.

At once a stirring family drama and a touching romance, The Forever Year is filled with richly drawn characters and powerful situations. You will respond personally to the people you meet in this novel, and you will find yourself deeply enmeshed in their stories. And you might find yourself looking at love in a new way.

The Forever Year is a wry, tender, beautifully written novel…. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down.”

– Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author


The Forever Year 

Lou Aronica

“Better than Nicholas Sparks’s best. There’s more wit, more wisdom, and yes, there are tears.”
– John R. Maxim, New York Times bestselling author

The Forever Year is a warm, engaging story with a valuable contemporary lesson inside – it is well structured and funny and keeps you turning the pages till the very end to find out what happens. It may even make you rethink your own attitude toward love! I really enjoyed it.”
– Suzanne Vega, multiplatinum recording artist


The Forever Year is a true keeper of a book.”

– A Romance Review


“It feels real, will keep you glued to the pages, and will touch your heart.”
– Bookloons

The Forever Year is a biting and sweet story at the same time. It’s sweet romantic fiction with a tad of the Nicholas Sparks but without the soppy quality of the latter; and thus the entire tale seems more realistic and endearing! Nicely done, Lou Aronica!”
– Crystal Book Reviews


“The love story that is told is so touching, and really made me evaluate my own relationship and understand how special it really is. I fell for this book, and I hope you will too!”
– Chick Lit Plus


“A delightful family relationship drama with a wonderful romantic subplot.”
– Midwest Book Review

“If you enjoy heartwarming stories about family and relationships, particularly love stories, I highly recommend The Forever Year by Lou Aronica.”
– My Book Retreat

“A heart-warming account of family relationships.”
– With a Good Book

The Forever Year is a delightful family relationship drama with a wonderful romantic subplot.”

– Allreaders

“An enduring story that should be read by all. This is a story that will have you seeing your parents differently, wondering how your own children see you, and falling in love again. An emotional read! Heartwarming! A love story on many levels. Strongly recommend!”

– CMash Reads

A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Lou Aronica is known for the uncommon depth of emotion to his stories and the vivid realism of his characters. New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips called The Forever Year “pure pleasure from beginning to end, beautifully written and emotionally rich” and Blogcritics said that Blue was “like experiencing a lucid dream with depth and detail that play on all five senses.”