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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Review: If We Listened

By guest reviewer Brandy Jones

If We Listened
by Jenna Bayley-Burke

Rachel and Evan Hansen are getting a taste of their own medicine. As teenagers they ran away and eloped, and now their daughter wants to follow in their footsteps. Looking back, Rachel and Evan wonder what would have been if they'd listened to the warnings instead of trusting their hearts.

(4 pages) Sweet
If We Listened is a short story set in the later years of a couples’ life. Rachel and Evan Hansen have been married for many years and in this story they are reminiscing on their past and whether their daughter, Julie should have their support in marrying at eighteen years old.

There is a strong sense of love permeating the story; the reader is given a glimpse at a marriage that has weathered storms, laughed, but most of all, loved. Rachel and Evan are still clearly IN love with each other, a caress, a shared look; all give the reader an intimate glance at the couples life. Married at a young age themselves, they come to terms with their daughter’s choice and never regret their own.

If We Listened is a sweet, romantic memory for a couple whose love has never faded, giving the reader a feeling of hope for love everlasting and a future filled with happy memories.