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Number of Pages: 432
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2007
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)|
Emilee and Janie move to Atlanta, Georgia to live with Janies 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-Baptistes 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 Previews.com
Britney Adams5 Stars Out Of 5Searching for EternityDecember 2, 2016Britney AdamsQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I loved this complex and intriguing tale! Impeccably researched and beautifully written, Searching for Eternity sprang to life before my eyes. Each turn of the page drew me deeper and deeper into the drama, and thoughts of the story lingered long after the last word had been read. If you enjoy stirring historical fiction, I highly recommend Searching for Eternity!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
Rachs RamblingsBangor, MEAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5intriguing historical FictionNovember 5, 2016Rachs RamblingsBangor, MEAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really did enjoy this book, but it took some time before the book grabbed me. Parts of the book seemed to really drag so I would easily set it aside to do something else. That's rare for me. However, occasionally I set it down because of the heaviness of the read. This isn't an easy enjoyable beach read.
Real life occurs in these pages..difficulties, struggles, and challenges. The author deals with them well, and I loved the faith theme throughout the book.
I loved how it ended because it didn't end as a fairy tale....not everything was as the hero wanted. Life is like that. The ending, however, does feel a bit rushed.
This book takes real life situations and applies faith and forgiveness. I love the characters in this book as well. It being written from the point of view of a young male was brilliant.
I did enjoy this read and would recommend it. Some of it may be difficult for some readers especially the torture used in WWII. Don't let that deter you from reading a book that is much more true to life than most books portray.
I received this book through Bookfun for my honest opinion which I have given.
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Intriguing story of pain and triumphOctober 29, 2016MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This dramatic novel reads as if it could be torn from the pages of twentieth century history. From World War II to American Civil Rights, from Lyon, France, to Atlanta, Georgia, the authentic setting and well-developed characters sweep readers along in its compelling story. Much of the book deals with painful circumstances, including bullying, abuse, abandonment, and addictive personalities, but an element of hope remains throughout. Told in first person from the perspective of Emile de Bonnery, who is 13 as the story opens, we see him stretch and endure as he matures. He treasures the items from his fathers time in the French Resistance, which Papa gave him at each childhood birthday. The secrets behind these ordinary objects seem to symbolize the many secrets he finds in life. Eternity Jones, his best friend, also deals with a traumatic past but pushes past that to help Emile find answers. Some of the story was difficult to read, but the suspense and the way the main characters made me care drove me to the satisfying conclusion. I appreciate that it wasnt too graphic and recommend this historic tale. I was given the book by Book Fun (The Book Club Network), and this is my honest review.
Katherine9555 Stars Out Of 5Outstanding NovelSeptember 10, 2016Katherine955Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The story begins with Emile de Bonnery and his mother on a flight to America and he is furious. He does not want to leave his beloved father or grandmother to begin a new life in Atlanta, Georgia, especially since he has never met the grandmother he will be living with. He has been told that his father has abandoned him and his mother for another woman. Since Emile absolutely adored his father, this added to his fury.
Emile has a rough time settling into his new life, but one thing that soothes him are the cherished gifts from his father that he smuggled in his suitcase to America. Each of these gifts is introduced through a flashback and you read about his relationship with his father and how he wont accept that it was another woman that took his father. Rather, he thinks his father is a spy.
Eternity comes into his life and becomes a true friend to him. Through this friendship they each are able to maneuver through their teen years and all of the bullying, teasing and outright racism. Emiles American grandmother, over the years, shares her faith with Emile and Eternity, who both eventually come to realize Gods faithfulness to them.
This novel is one that includes some tough topics such as racism and the Civil Rights Movement, World War II and its genocide, death and alcoholism. Emile gradually sees that there are those who will standup for what is right, even if they are the only one doing so. His grandmother was a great example of this.
This is a story that lingers with the reader long after they finish the book. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to read a book with depth, great characters, and a bit of mystery.
AnnelrBrighton, MIAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Choosing to forgive and to loveSeptember 1, 2016AnnelrBrighton, MIAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Searching for Eternity by Elizabeth Musser is one of those books that makes a reader just say, "Wow! Just Wow!" The story, definitely not a light and fluffy tale, follows Emile as he is wrenched from his contented, reasonably serene life in France with his parents to the unknown world of Atlanta, Georgia. New schools with bullies and kids who tease the new kid on the block. Nothing is familiar, and he's homesick. He finally meets a friend--one who's "hoping for a fairy-tale ending for her thus-far tragic life." One who's childhood has been stolen and has need of a safe room. Where will their friendship take them? Can they navigate their world that is one of bullies and racism, abandonment, alcoholism, abuse, secrets, and lies? Where is God in all of this? Has He abandoned them as well? As these two friends move into adulthood there are many lessons to learn. Lessons like caring for others and also understanding it's a lot harder to hate a whole group of people when you get to know individuals, and knowing there is more to life than just looking for answers. How does one learn to forgive? Can they learn to trust that God knows and cares and will let them in on all the secrets in His time? Musser has given readers an amazing story of friendship, family, and faith blended with the horrors of WWII and the Resistance and the hunt for war criminals. Searching for Eternity is a raw, emotionally gripping novel--one that will leave a lasting impression on its readers.
I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.