I totally love every book by Karen Kingsbury that I've ever read. I think this may be moving to the top of my favorite list of her books I've read. Ever After is the sequel to another wonderful book Even Now. You can read about both books on the Karen Kingsbury website.
This book really opened my eyes to the reality of the war in Iraq and the sacrifices made by our soldiers as well as their families. The theme of the book is summed up well in this line: "Love is not possible without sacrifice, and sacrifice is not possible without love." This ties in so perfectly to what Jesus has done for us. I would highly recommend this book. Read Even Now first though!