The Ever After Of Ella And Micha By Jessica Sorensen

The Ever After Of Ella And Micha (The Secret: Book Four)
Written By Jessica Sorensen
Published 03 / 12 / 2013
272 Pages
Thank you to Netgalley and Forever Publishing
The day Ella has waited for is just around the corner. It's the day she'll marry Micha, the love of her life, the light that guided her out of the darkness. It looks like it will be the perfect Christmas... Until an unexpected package arrives with a harsh reminder of Ella's past. Suddenly Ella doesn't feel as confident about her future. Can she really have a happily ever after if she's never even seen one?

Micha will stand by Ella no matter what she's going through-though he worries that she might leave him standing at the altar again. When he's offered a once in a lifetime chance to tour with his favorite bands for three months, Micha knows he can't leave Ella behind. But can he ask her to uproot her life to join him on the road?

Now Ella and Micha must find a way to balance their fears, their dreams, and their love... If they ever want to hear wedding bells.

Micha knew it was a possibility, but he never expected Ella to leave him standing at the alter. When Ella receives an unknown package on her wedding day containing her mother's past, she's left questioning if she and Micha can survive her depression. Returning home along with Ethan and Lila, the couple have decided to marry in their hometown of Star Grove, with their families present. The one person who is consuming Ella's thoughts won't be present, her mother, and as Ella begins to read through her mother's journal leading up to her marriage, the compulsion to run from her future has never been greater.

Micha can see that Ella is on the verge of fleeing, so he wants to do everything possible to keep her in his life, but the girl isn't making it easy. Bringing her home to where their friendship first began, Micha reminisces about the little girl next door who had far too much responsibility and sadness in her life. The two children formed an unbreakable bond over juice boxes and toy cars, and Micha is hoping to reinforce the couple's foundation. But her mother's journal is slowly pushing Ella into the depths of a depression that could destroy them both.

As their wedding on Christmas day draws closer, Ella realises that she has more in common with her mother than she first thought. But can Ella reign in her nerves enough to promise herself to Micha forever?

My Thoughts

As I begun The Ever After Of Ella and Micha, I realised that I had skipped book three in the series completely, but I'm not sure it mattered. Ella's life has always been dramatic, the tragedy of losing her mother, her mother's Bipolar illness and raising herself. To her brother and father blaming her for her mother's passing, Ella still blaming herself. But considering her depression, a turbulent past and with only a young Micha for support, her urge to flee seems to stem more from immaturity and having lost the ability to grow as a person. She doesn't come across as bring anything to the relationship, but Micha is in love with her regardless. 

Micha is a cross between a doting sweetheart and being blinded by sex. Where most would be hurt and angry at being kept dangling while Ella deals with her issues, he's far too accepting and seems to solve their relationship issues with a dose of hot sex and wrapping Ella in cotton wool. He's fearful that she'll run from their nuptials and flee, constantly seeking reassurance, while Ella seems to be on her own quest to prove her nerves are more than just cold feet at spending forever with the supposed love of her life. To put it bluntly, they are both fault riddled and imperfect, but together they seem to work.

Jessica Sorenson is the queen of the unrealistic relationship. A fantasy that's sexually based that readers can lose themselves in. The Ever After Of Ella And Micha shows the realistic side of living with depression, but sadly Ella seemed to be rehashing the same issue over and over, and the majority of the storyline was dealing with her inability to pull herself together, sex, another dramatic episode, more sex and coming to terms with how to move forward to become Micha's wife, and yes, more sex. It's one of the problems I have with new adult novels, the sex often compensates for character development and an in depth storyline. 

This will be the last new adult novel I read for quite a while. I'm not prudish by any means, but not everything can be solved with sex.


  1. Oh, interesting. A few of my friends really love this series so I keep meaning to give the first one a try...I'm really picky about NA though, so I was holding off until I saw more reviews. I may still pick up the first one sometime, but it's good to have realistic expectations.

    Sorry you were disappointed. I found a few great NA titles I liked last year, but yeah--too many of them focus too much on sex and not much else.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  2. Oh dear, I'm not sure I like the sound of this one, it kind of sounds unhealthy solving all your problems with sex and not dealing with them. Loving your new review format too, Kelly!


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