I'm a big proponent of happy endings. I think in a life that is so unpredictable, it's nice to know that our favorite characters will end up together.
That being said, From This Day Forward ends in a cliffhanger. There isn't this great resolution that ties up all the loose ends nicely. Why? Because it wouldn't be realistic. Life isn't an old sitcom where every problem is resolved within the thirty minute timespot.
Also, it wouldn't have felt right to rush the characters through certain emotions in order to get an ending that would please everyone. That's why I split it into two books. I know a lot of readers hate being surprised by CH, so I'm doing everyone a solid and mentioning it up front.
Believe me when I say that the second book will be grittier, but it will have a HEA for our main character.
So, sit back and enjoy the read.