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Past Forward- A Serial Novel: Episode 8

Past Forward-A Serial Novel: Episode 8 by Chautona Havig


Past Forward is a serial novel released weekly on Kindle.

Alone without friends or family to comfort her after the death of her mother, Willow Finley’s idyllic life is over—and just beginning.

When Willow Finley awakes on a hot summer morning, she is unprepared for the grief that awaits her. Jerked from a life of isolation with her mother, Willow learns what alone really means when she finds her mother still in her bed, never to awaken again in this life.

From the moment Willow arrives in the police station with her startling announcement, Chad Tesdall fights the friendship he knows he can’t avoid.

In this episode, Chad wrestles with truths he’s not ready to acknowledge while Willow becomes a little better acquainted with both sets of grandparents, discovering things about each she wasn’t prepared to handle.

Follow as Willow’s story unfolds past forward.

Released weekly as a serial novel.

Past Forward-A Serial Novel: Episode 8 is perfection. But this episode also has to be prefaced with the other seven episodes. This is the defining episode that marks the identity of this novel.

Unlike last weeks, this one had me engaged from the start. Taking place just before Christmas its interesting how Chautona Havig addresses Willow’s isolation during the holidays. Her apparent naïveté to Christmas traditions is refreshing.

This episode addresses one of the “elephants in the room,” Willow’s grandparents. Their characterizations fall into the suspected coloring with their previous introduction to the reader. I’m shocked at the deceitfulness and depravity that doesn’t become known until the end of this episode. And yet I should have, I mean if you can raise a man to rape a woman, that’s an reflection on the people you are.

The drama and conflict in this episode is more subtle than in the previous ones and you know it’s about to rise to the fan. It’s also developing more branches of conflict as ones from previous episodes come to a close.

If you haven’t started reading this serial novel you really should. I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy taking the time to invest in a serial novel. As this is the first one I’ve ever read coming back to it is quickly becoming one of my sweet of the week.

I give Past Forward-A Serial Novel: Episode 8 5 out 5.

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Past Forward-A Serial Novel: Episode 7

Past Forward- A Serial Novel: Episode 7 by Chautona Havig  
 
 
Past Forward is a serial novel released weekly on Kindle.

Alone without friends or family to comfort her after the death of her mother, Willow Finley’s idyllic life is over—and just beginning.

When Willow Finley awakes on a hot summer morning, she is unprepared for the grief that awaits her. Jerked from a life of isolation with her mother, Willow learns what alone really means when she finds her mother still in her bed, never to awaken again in this life.

From the moment Willow arrives in the police station with her startling announcement, Chad Tesdall fights the friendship he knows he can’t avoid.

In this episode, Chad discovers a way to help Willow deal with her grief, while Willow experiences her all-American Thanksgiving. While she makes plans to reconnect with her grandparents, Chad connects even deeper with the beauty that is her life.

Warning: Here We Come spoilers in this episode.

Follow as Willow’s story unfolds past forward.

Released weekly as a serial novel.

And cue the meddling family… Past Forward-A Serial Novel: Episode 7 is the seventh episode is this amazing serial novel. The second episode after Past Forward-A Serial Novel: Volume 1 which encompasses the first five episodes. This episode takes place in November; it finds Willow being included in Chad’s Thanksgiving celebration.

More so than any other episode I feel like a voyeur, reading about the development of a woman kept in captivity. I’m excited that she’s starting to adjust to being around larger groups.

This episode highlights that Chad Tesdall is comfortably living not in Fairbury or Rockland but a town named Denial. He’s so much deeper than he can imagine. When he realizes it’s going to be like a slap and punch to the face, and a kick in the gut. Even when he starts getting close, he doesn’t even try to trim the hedges of the bush.

Even with nothing really happening I’m too invested to be disappointed. Every episode is just that an episode to be enjoy. It’s more entertaining than anything offered on television. If you haven’t invested in Willow’s story, Past Forward-A Serial Novel: Volume 1 will get you caught up with episodes 1-5, volume 6 and 7 are out now.

I give Past Forward-A Serial Novel: Episode 7 3 out 5.

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Past Forward- A Serial Novel: Episode 6

Past Forward- A Serial Novel: Episode 6 by Chautona Havig



Past Forward is a serial novel released weekly on Kindle.
 
Alone without friends or family to comfort her after the death of her mother, Willow Finley’s idyllic life is over—and just beginning.
 
When Willow Finley awakes on a hot summer morning, she is unprepared for the grief that awaits her. Jerked from a life of isolation with her mother, Willow learns what alone really means when she finds her mother still in her bed, never to awaken again in this life.
 
From the moment Willow arrives in the police station with her startling announcement, Chad Tesdall fights the friendship he knows he can’t avoid.
 
In this episode, the foundations of Willow’s life are shaken from several sides. Suffering from a blow that will take months to recover from, Willow is also given the opportunity of a lifetime. To accept would change everything, but is she ready for her life to turn upside down?
 
Follow as Willow’s story unfolds past forward.
 
Released weekly as a serial novel.





Released on 02 Aug 12, Past Forward- A Serial Novel: Episode 6 is just as good as the previous five episodes, but I think the real conflict of this novel was revealed. At first I was so disbelieving that Willow would be that naïve. Then I remember that she IS that naïve. Then it was like WOW.
 
We live in a world, which the public has foster, to be intrusive on Public Figures’ personal lives. How couldn’t you see it coming? I’m literally three hours away from Mayberry. I could see this one coming. Why couldn’t Chad, maybe he really isn’t ready for Rockland.
 
This episode just makes me feel sad sympathy for Willow Anne Finley. I don’t pity her, that’s exactly what comes to your mind as you’re reading this. She’s like a child discovering Santa Claus isn’t real. [If this just shattered your reality, I’M SORRY. It hurt when I realized it too.] The secret that has defined her life is out there for the public.
 
Intentional or not Chautona Havig gives an example of how desensitized we have become. It’s the reporters fault but I really can’t blame him he was just ‘doing his job.’ You can’t blame the vulture for pickin’ at a carcass. It’s just another example of how old world values clash with modern values.




I give Past Forward- A Serial Novel: Episode 6 4 out 5.

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Past Forward- A Serial Novel: Volume 1

Past Forward-A Serial Novel: Volume 1 by Chautona Havig



Alone without friends or family to comfort her after the death of her mother, Willow Finley’s idyllic life is over—and just beginning.

When Willow Finley awakes on a hot summer morning, she is unprepared for the grief that awaits her. Jerked from a life of isolation with her mother, Willow learns what alone really means when she finds her mother still in her bed, never to awaken again in this life.

From the moment Willow arrives in the police station with her startling announcement, Chad Tesdall fights the friendship he knows he can’t avoid.

This collection of the first five episodes of Past Forward starts with Willow’s life-changing discovery and gently guides the reader through aspects of her life–the past weaving through the present and into the future. Experience her first morning in church, her first movie, and the culture shock of her first trips to the city. A birthday party and a street faire add welcome diversion from butchering, canning, and the beating of area rugs. Disaster strikes. Will she be able to continue her life, or will an offer in the city change it all? Find out in this first volume.

Follow as Willow’s story unfolds past forward.

Past Forward is a serial novel released weekly on Kindle.


Past Forward-A Serial Novel: Volume 1 is the first five episodes of Chautona Havig’s thoroughly engrossing serial novel released weekly. These first five introduce us to Willow Anne Finley, a character whose character and upbringing illuminated just how convoluted out lives really have become.

There’s a quote something like “You can never have time, if you never take time.” This is the philosophy of Willow’s life. Kari, her mother, has raised her in an almost Amish life style. They are as self-sufficient as one’s in modern society can be. Together they developed their own world. When Kari died it shattered.

This world they created isn’t without problems, this introduce Chad Tresdall, a sheriff’s deputy on the Fairbury force. It’s through his eyes that we see Willow. It’s their friendship that is the driving force behind these first five episodes and the new experiences that Kari’s misguide ways sheltered Willow from.

For me it was a journey that I looked forward to read. During the fourth and fifth episode I lost my uncle, he left as sudden as Kari. It helped me to empathize with Willow more. As Willow finally started to process her mother’s lost, I was in the throes of grief. These past couple of weeks, it wasn’t just an amazingly written story. It’s an escape for me to clear my head and read about how this character is continuing their life after a lost.

If you have missed any episodes or you want to catch up, this is the perfect for you. At the time of this writing there is only one more episode out, Episode 6. I hope you find the time to join the rest of us, Past Forward.


I give Past Forward-A Serial Novel: Volume 1 4 out 5.

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Past Forward- A Serial Novel: Episode 5

Past Forward- A Serial Novel: Episode 5 by Chautona Havig

Past Forward is a serial novel released weekly on Kindle.

Alone without friends or family to comfort her after the death of her mother, Willow Finley’s idyllic life is over—and just beginning.

When Willow Finley awakes on a hot summer morning, she is unprepared for the grief that awaits her. Jerked from a life of isolation with her mother, Willow learns what alone really means when she finds her mother still in her bed, never to awaken again in this life.

From the moment Willow arrives in the police station with her startling announcement, Chad Tesdall fights the friendship he knows he can’t avoid.

In this episode, the foundations of Willow’s life are shaken from several sides. Suffering from a blow that will take months to recover from, Willow is also given the opportunity of a lifetime. To accept would change everything, but is she ready for her life to turn upside down?

Follow as Willow’s story unfolds past forward.

Released weekly as a serial novel.

 

Past Forward- A Serial Novel: Episode 5 is bittersweet. This week my oldest uncle died this week, so I was dealing with the grief of his death. The impact of Willow hitting the depression state of grieving had greater impact on me.

People rallied around Willow just like all of my extended family. This episode was strangely surreal when I read it. Willow’s drama in this episode was a comfort more than entertainment. It let me escape the pain and drama.

It helped because, not only was she starting to grieve but she was physically not at her best. It made her more vulnerable than I think she’s ever been in her life. This reliance on other people is the catalyst for this most unusual woman by today’s standards to begin the grieving process.

 

I give Past Forward- A Serial Novel: Episode 5 4 out 5.

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Past Forward – A Serial Novel: Episode 4

Past Forward — A Serial Novel: Episode 4 by Chautona Havig

 

 

Past Forward is a serial novel released weekly on Kindle.

Alone without friends or family to comfort her after the death of her mother, Willow Finley’s idyllic life is over—and just beginning.

When Willow Finley awakes on a hot summer morning, she is unprepared for the grief that awaits her. Jerked from a life of isolation with her mother, Willow learns what alone really means when she finds her mother still in her bed, never to awaken again in this life.

From the moment Willow arrives in the police station with her startling announcement, Chad Tesdall fights the friendship he knows he can’t avoid.

Follow as Willow’s story unfolds past forward.

 

 

Past Forward — A Serial Novel: Episode 4 this is just as amusing as any television show. I’ve trying to figure out what’s going to happen next. Just enjoy the revelation of the story.

Episode 4 is a welcomed returned to form. I was apathetic to last week’s episode. This week’s had parts that made me laugh, not so much as they were funny but I made erroneous assumptions. This is what makes it such a joy to read. It makes you see the world differently.

Willow is the driving force behind the novel. But our journey is really with Chad. The episode more than any of the previous ones you see the noticeable changes happening to the character.

Even after four episodes, it still amazes me Chautona Havig shows us how much we take for grant. The one also highlights the differences between country and city life. It’s a question posed to Chad and something he’s going to have to deal with in the future.

 

 

I give Past Forward — A Serial Novel: Episode 4 4 out 5.

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Past Forward – A Serial Novel: Episode 3

Past Forward – A Serial Novel: Episode 3 by Chautona Havig

 

 

Past Forward is a serial novel released weekly on Kindle.

Alone without friends or family to comfort her after the death of her mother, Willow Finley’s idyllic life is over—and just beginning.

When Willow Finley awakes on a hot summer morning, she is unprepared for the grief that awaits her. Jerked from a life of isolation with her mother, Willow learns what alone really means when she finds her mother still in her bed, never to awaken again in this life.

From the moment Willow arrives in the police station with her startling announcement, Chad Tesdall fights the friendship he knows he can’t avoid.

Follow as Willow’s story unfolds past forward.

 

Past Forward – A Serial Novel: Episode 3 is the first one in the series that I felt ambivalent about. I realize why because I’m scared for Willow. Her mother was raped and she has three me showering her with attention that she may not understand.

Although she’s an adult she lacks that social interaction between the sexes. I don’t think she recognizes that Bill and Chuck are infatuated with her. Not to mention Chad who does realize it himself. It leaves me scared for her.

I don’t know what to expect from Chautona Havig in this story. I don’t think she would harm Willow but you can never know. It would be the sort of thing that could be used to galvanize other characters. It’s because she is such an innocent character.

Okay. So I’m going to stop trying to anticipate this story. Just let it unfold. May the chips fall as they will. From the very first paragraph Past Forward drew me in, even with my ambivalent to this episode; I can’t wait to read the next one. .

 

I give Past Forward – A Serial Novel: Episode 3 3 out 5.

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