When Never Comes by Barbara Davis

When Never Comes

Author Barbara Davis deftly explores an emotionally charged landscape of pain, loss, and despair—and the risk one woman will take in the hope of loving again.As a teenage runaway and child of an addict, Christy-Lynn learned the hard way that no address was permanent, and no promise sacred. For a while, she found a safe haven in her marriage to bestselling crime novelist Stephen Ludlow—until his car skidded into Echo Bay. But Stephen’s wasn...

Details When Never Comes

TitleWhen Never Comes
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreFiction, Romance, Contemporary

Reviews When Never Comes

  • Mackenzie - Traveling Sister
    Sometimes learning to let yourself be happy is the hardest lesson of all…See my review here!Though the premise of this book may sounds like it veers towards thriller, it is anything but that—in a good way! Davis’s When Never Comes is a beautiful story of resilience, finding yourself, and learning to be open to happiness. It’s a story about a woman who ran away or hid her entire life, until she was forced out of hiding. This book is an inc...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    From rags to riches. From running away as a child to running away as an adult.Christy-Lynn had her share of bad times as she was growing up and thought when Stephen Ludlow, famed author, married her she was done with struggling and bad times.But...Stephen Ludlow wasn't exactly who he appeared to be. When he was found in an icy river after a crash, details were not something Christy-Lynn wanted to know. Stephen wasn't the only person in his car wh...
  • Rebecca Rosenberg
    I have volunteered at a Children's Home for 15 years, and know many children who have been traumatized by the actions of their parents. Barbara Davis brings these issues to life in When Never Comes. It is a heart-wrenching story that kept me guessing with it's unpredictable twists and turns. Barbara Davis is masterful in developing characters we care about and root for, and others we hate. While everything that happens to Christy-Lynn, from addic...
  • Jenn
    I wouldn’t say that I hated this book, but it became a chore for me to get through. Just like Christy-Lynn’s critique of Wade’s manuscript, I wanted to put the book down halfway through because I just...stopped caring. It wasn’t the storyline itself so much as the fact that it was riddled with holes, particularly when it came to timelines. And it was a bit predictable overall. I managed to finish, but just barely.
  • Susan Peterson
    I will start by simply saying that I LOVED this book! I was captivated by Christy-Lynn's story, a young woman so deep in the throes of despair, so torn with guilt and regret, that she won't let herself love anyone, or let anyone love her...she doesn't feel deserving of love. Her life is full of nevers, the doors she keeps closed to protect her heart. The emotions in this book leap off the page...I found myself holding my breath waiting to find ou...
  • Camille Maio
    Once again, author Barbara Davis has pulled me out of everything I need to do and planted me right in the middle of her compelling characters and story. When Never Comes is the story of a woman trapping herself in her past, limited by all the ways she was hurt by others. But when love prevents itself in new and unexpected ways, she has to face all the doors she's closed...all the nevers she's clung to. This is a story of love, hope, redemption, a...
  • Maggie Grace
    I liked the book because it goes pretty fast and it kept my interest, but I had a few unanswered questions.1. Why was her husband driving around with his half-naked girlfriend in the car, when he was a successful writer and could afford a hotel room. How did he crash his car? Why did he die, but they had no scarring, they both looked beautiful upon death.2. How could the main character just up and leave her home with only two important documents ...
  • Jen
    This is my first Barbara Davis book and let me just say- she has a new fan with me. For lovers of Elin Hilderbrand and Karen White- this one’s for you. And hey- I saw it’s a Kindle First. Seriously, pick up When Never Comes- now. What do you do when you find out your dead husband didn’t die alone? When said husband is famous and the vultures are just waiting for the right moment to feed on you, armed with this tantalizing information? You r...
  • Jen
    This story captivated me from start to finish. When Never Comes is an emotionally engaging, compelling, beautiful, uplifting, and simultaneously heart breaking and heart warming story. This is the story of Christy-Lynn, awoken in the middle of the night with the news that her husband has died in an accident. At the morgue to identify his body, she's given the news that he was not alone in the car and a mystery woman has also died. Hounded by the ...
  • Debbie
    3.5 starsI almost DNF'd this one in the very beginning - I thought it was a mystery/thriller type book. I read a few reviews and decided to continue anyway. Throughout the book I waffled on the rating. Christy-Lynn is the wife of a famous writer. He dies when his car goes off a bridge and a partially nude woman is with him. Christy-Lynn escapes the media circus and the unanswered questions in a small town miles from her home. Here she tries to be...
  • Linda Zagon
    My Review Of ” When Never Comes” by Barbara DavisI was captivated and enthralled by “When Never Comes ” by Barbara Davis. The genres for this book are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. The story takes place in the past and present as it pertains to the characters and events in the story.The author describes are characters as complex, complicated and confused. How can the past traumatic events in a character’s life effect the present and fu...
  • Sue
    When Never Comes is another wonderful book by Barbara Davis. It's about finding your future by letting go of your past. It's about love and family and starting over. This book is a must read and you don't want to miss it.When Christy-Lynn is told by the police that her husband, a famous author, has died in a car accident, she also finds out that there was a half naked woman in the car with him who also died. She had no idea that he was having an ...
  • Christina
    Quick ReadIt’s a nice book to read in one sitting or while stuck on an airplane. There’s nothing spectacular about the book but it’s by no means a bad read. It was an enjoyable enough experience.
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    An important story about what makes a family and how you can find the people that will become more like family to you than your own flesh and blood, in the unlikeliest of places. This was my first book by Barbara Davis and I am eager to read more from her backlist! I expected one thing from this story, more mystery, less heart - and I have to say, I’m incredibly pleased with what I got! I received an advance copy. All opinions are my own.
  • Kristin
    Barbara Davis is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. I got this from Kindle First and I was thrilled. It's been on my wishlist since I found out it was coming out. I was so excited that I didn't have to wait a month until it comes out in the stores. Christy-Lynn is a pretty damaged character. She's had a rough life and can't catch a break. I kind of knew what was going to happen but it still wrenched my heart wide open. The end for me was a...
  • Lesley
    I picked this as a first read from my amazon choices!This is a sweet story from not so sweet circumstances!Liked it more than I thought I would
  • Stefanie
    When Never Comes was my Kindle First Selection and I am so glad I picked it!Barbara Davis wrote such a beautiful, heart-warming novel that sent my emotions soaring. It was the first book I have ever read by her and I definitely don’t plan on it being my last.Christine (Christy-Lynn) is dealing with the loss of her husband and boy does that open the door to all kinds of emotional turmoil. This book deals with the pain of loss, the fear of new re...
  • Joan
    I felt this was a compelling story although I figured out the ending about halfway thru. At some point I really got annoyed with the main character and her self pity though. I get that she had a horrible childhood and is understandably bitter and angry about that as well as about the circumstances of her husband's death. But she also has so much money she can just buy a house and a business on a whim and still have so much left that she doesn't k...
  • Laurie Buchanan
    Although I'm nearly a grandmother now, I was a teenage runaway. So when I read the description in the "First Reads Books" email that I received from Amazon, it piqued my interest, and I selected it. Not disappointed in the least, the story in the pages of this captivating book lives up to the well over a thousand positive reviews it's received. I highly recommend this engaging read!
  • Carla
    Great read, kept me interested the entire book! Read it in 5 days, which is rare for me. My insomnia helped , but I finished it between 3-5 am- passing on the gym to find out what happens.
  • Conchita
    Great story
  • Teri Pre
    I don't have issues with the story, but I DO have issues with safety. Riding in a canoe without a life jacket is like having sex without a condom. Oh...wait. That happened too. If Ms. Davis wants to know how to write about safe sex, she should read Robyn Carr's Virgin River books.
  • Lori
    Solid 3.5! Somehow I feel like I shouldn’t like this book as much as I did! 🤔 Despite the predictability, I really cared about the characters and enjoyed the story overall. Nothing deep or earth-shattering really, but an engaging read that left me feeling good and satisfied. Time well spent.
  • Veronica
    I had thought that "When Never Comes" by Barbara Davis might have a bit too much romance for my liking but I was pleasantly surprised to find that the book was more than I thought and what romance there was suited the story and was not over done in the least.Christy-Lynn is living a comfortable life as the dutiful wife of a very successful novelist far away from her nightmare of a childhood with a parent who was a drug addict and her own years as...
  • Patricia
    My rating is really closer to 2.5 stars, but since the writing was decent, I rounded it up to 3.This book had an interesting premise but required one to many stretches of the imagination to be believable. It was also about 100 pages to long. I knew exactly what was going to happen very early into the book, but it took until the very end of the story to get the full resolution. Issues with the book (spoiler alert!)1) Hard to believe the main chara...
  • Rebecca
    Widow (Christine) struggles to move on after husband (Stephen) dies in a car accident, along with an unknown woman (Honey). Who was the woman, and why was she in the car with him?In order to avoid the media frenzy surrounding the death of her bestselling crime novelist husband and subsequent media scandal surrounding the unknown woman who died along with him, Christy-Lynn (aka Christine) moved to the small town of Sweetwater, Virginia to start ov...
  • Emily Cavanagh
    When Never Comes by Barbara Davis is a heartfelt and insightful look into the long-term damage of a traumatic childhood and the possibility of happiness in its wake. When Christine Ludlow’s famous author husband is killed in a car accident, alongside his mistress, Christine, formerly Christy-Lynn, travels South to unravel the mystery of her husband’s life. What she finds forces her to question the choices she’s made in her life and how much...
  • Marleen
    The word Never in the title "When Never Comes" refers to the doors someone closes forever. The preconceived notions that happiness, love, contentment are only for the deserving. That's pretty much the mindset of Christine Ludlow, or Christi-Lynn Parker as she calls herself after the death of her husband, a so-called famous crime novelist. Peter isn't the only one dying in the car when he accidentally drives off a bridge. An unknown half naked wom...
  • Pam
    When Never Comes is by Barbara Davis. This novel is well-written and very realistic. It comes with tears and laughter and good feelings as well as not-so-good ones. If possible, save yourself plenty of time to read as you will not want to put the book down. The story is told by Christy-Lynn Parker as a young girl and as a woman who is suddenly a widow. All her life she has run from her problems and now isn’t different, she gets in her car and r...