Shy, reserved, seventeen-year-old Sophia Bandell is a little hesitant about her invitation to spend the entire summer at Charleston, South Carolina. The phone call was unusual—to say the least. But, it was her friend Mandy Stuart, who she hadn’t seen in four years, so she hops on the plane to meet her.
Mandy, full of smiles, is at the airport waiting for her. Sophia spots something hidden in Mandy’s manner but can’t quite put a finger on it.
Sophia meets Mandy’s fiancé, Matt Cobain, and the three of them have the entire summer planned out—that is until the gorgeous Tate Forester enters the picture. He puts a whole new twist on things for Sophia. She normally doesn’t believe in love at first sight, but Tate was the exception. She doesn’t know how she will ever go home, come August.
Tate and Sophia instantly hit it off and begin dating, but Sophia begins to see a change in Tate—something hidden that she didn’t think she saw in him before. They have a huge fight and Sophia believes they are done when Tate refuses to commit to their relationship.
A convoluted turn of events brings Sophia to her knees when she finds out that Tate, Mandy, and Matt, all best friends, had been killed eight months earlier in a car accident, and all three of them are actually ghosts. She finds out that the reason they are ghosts is because they had unfinished business when they died. Once this unfinished business is satisfied, they will go on to the next level, heaven or whatever this may be. She is also warned of the bad ghosts, the Livids, who are trying to keep the good ghosts stuck in limbo so they can’t move on. The Livids can also burn and blind mortals with their eyes, so Sophia must be careful.
Sophia is stunned and left to suffer, not only for their untimely deaths, but also in her continual pining for Tate—a forbidden love that she can never have.
She turns to her old crush, who is also Mandy’s older brother—the successful, yet devious lawyer, Aaron Stuart, and tries to use him as a crutch—a tool to force Tate out her mind—all the while knowing that this will be impossible.
Her plan works for a moment, and she begins to fall in love with Aaron—even making plans to marry him. But she finds out that he is deceitful, trying to steal the millions that Tate left for her from his Aunt Lidia Forester, using the money for his own advancement.
She also must fight off the Livids, the bad ghosts that are threating to make Tate one of their own. Just as they are about to carry off a haggard and beaten Tate, she defeats them. But Tate leaves suddenly. He doesn’t want to come between Sophia and Aaron.
The night before her wedding, she can stand it no longer and seeks Tate out one last time before she becomes a married woman, waiting to join him.
Targeted Age Group: 14 and up
L.K. Kuhl lives in Nebraska with her husband Gene of twenty-nine years, young son, Nathan, and Greg, their Black Lab dog. She has two older daughters, Morgan and Brittani and son-in-law, Trevor. L.K. has been writing for over twenty years. She first began writing children’s books and poetry, moved on to writing music, and is now writing Young Adult and Adult novels. She loves spending time with her family, vacationing, writing, reading, and taking long walks. It’s the characters who write their own stories in her novels, and she is just their messenger, sharing it with the world.
A few months before L.K. Kuhl began writing Everlasting, her brother-in-law passed away. One night he came to her in a dream and stood right beside her bed. She was able to ask him questions and he answered them so directly, she felt it was real. Everlasting was born because of this dream. L.K. has incorporated some of the answers into Everlasting.
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