Searching for Eternity
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Searching for Eternity

Bethany House / 2007 / Paperback

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When Emile de Bonnery moves with his mother from France to Atlanta, he's angry and suspicious. Struggling to adapt to new surroundings and tormented by classmates, he searches for his missing father. Emile's only real friend is a girl who's hiding secrets of her own. Will the answers they find change everything? 432 pages, softcover from Bethany.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 432
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 076420372X
ISBN-13: 9780764203725

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Publisher's Description

Forced to move with his mother to the US from France, a young man finds a new life and solves the riddles of his past.

Author Bio

ELIZABETH MUSSER, an Atlanta native, lives in southern France with her husband and their two sons. The Dwelling Place is her fifth novel.

Elizabeth Musser’s book, Searching for Eternity, chronicles the life of an adventurous and mysterious young Frenchman, Emilee De Bonnery. Emilee and his mother, Janie, are forced to leave France after the sudden and ominous disappearance of Jean-Baptiste De Bonnery, their kinsman who had acquired many enemies 20 years earlier when he fought the Nazis as a member of the French underground.

Emilee and Janie move to Atlanta, Georgia to live with Janie’s very elderly mother in 1964, right in the midst of the civil rights movement, protest marches, and racial tension. Emilee begins school in Atlanta, where he meets the iconoclastic and conniving Miss Eternity Jones. Eternity and her siblings, Blithe and Jake, have about as many secrets as the still-missing Jean-Baptiste. Jean-Baptiste and his parents were part of the French Resistance during World War II, thus leaving many mysteries about Jean-Baptiste’s current work and whereabouts. Emilee and Eternity delve into the mysteries of the French Resistance, as well as the mysteries of their youthful hearts.

Overall, this book provided an adequate story. It starts out very slow, but once the mysteries and questions begin to fall into place, it picks up speed. Searching for Eternity would have made either a tantalizing spy novel or a heart-warming romance, but the two together made the book a concoction that seemed off-balance or misdirected.

Searching for Eternity comes with a message of love and forgiveness. And as many secrets are hidden and revealed in this book, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys searching out mysteries. -- Elizabeth Winebrenner, Christian Book

Publisher's Weekly

Musser’s competent writing marks her latest lengthy foray into inspirational fiction. The novel spans four decades of the life of Emile de Bonnery, a French-born boy who, at age 13, unexpectedly must leave the only home he’s ever known for Atlanta in the 1960s. Torn between his belief that his father has abandoned him and his mother for another woman and the idea that his father is a spy, Emile’s anger and grief hinder his transition into American life. Then, he meets the odd and strangely attractive Eternity Jones (hence the word play on the title) and is plunged into issues of poverty, racism, alcoholism, faith and abuse. Musser is an excellent writer, but some of the plot developments seem contrived, as when Emile’s grandmother pays for a room for an African-American neighbor of Eternity’s to celebrate the hotel’s desegregation or invites Eternity’s family to her home for Thanksgiving dinner. The second half of the too-long novel loses steam. Historical and cultural details enrich the text but the excessive newspaper clippings feel like padding. Although the happily-ever-after ending forgoes any loose ends, Musser keeps the reader guessing about Emile’s father until the final pages. Fans of The Swan House should enjoy this. (Oct.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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