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Ms. Klingler skillfully weaves a tale of student life on a church-run university campus, where curfews are the norm, and church-sponsored activities prevail. She is adept at recapturing the feelings of being new on campus, the excitement of being on your own for the first time and feeling overwhelmed by the newness of campus life.

Ms. Klingler capably develops all the characters in the book and has a talent for recreating all the people we recognize from our high school and college years. She accurately and affectionately depicts life in an apartment-like dormitory, where lasting friendships form over boys and chocolate, where there's always a shoulder to cry on or a friend with whom laughter is shared.

This was a good first effort from Ms. Klingler and a nice perspective of college life from the LDS point of view.

This book is different from other books, which have been reviewed for Writers Unlimited in that it was written by a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) and is written with the LDS reader in mind. As such, there are references in the book beyond the knowledge of the non-LDS reader. For instance:

As he is leaving for Massachusetts, Lauren gives Ben a "quad." This is shorthand for what the Latter-day Saints call a quadruple combination: The Bible, The Book of Mormon, The Doctrine & Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price. These books are considered standard works in the church and are part of the Latter-day Saint life.

Ms. Klingler also states that Ben and Lauren belonging to a "ward." A ward is the same as a parish or congregation; a stake is made up of several wards. A bishop and two counselors preside over a ward; a stake president and two counselors preside over a stake.

In order for Ben to go to the temple, he must obtain a "recommend" from his bishop. A temple is different from a meetinghouse. It is a building specifically set aside for the proxy work for the dead that all Latter-day Saints are commanded to do. Strict adherence to church rules must be followed in order to receive a recommend. A recommend is only granted after one has proven to their bishop and stake president that they live in accordance with church standards. On the other hand, a meetinghouse (or church building) is where day-to-day activities and meetings are held. Sunday services ("Sacrament") are held in meetinghouses and games such as basketball and volleyball are played.

*Note: this review was written by a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. --Writer's Unlimited

Love Beyond Tomorrow is an impressive debut from a writer with a gift for capturing the reader's heart in the first chapter and holding it long after the last page has been turned. --Kerry Blair

In Love Beyond Tomorrow, Erin Klingler masterfully draws her readers into the lives of these likable characters. You can't help but laugh at their innocent foibles, feel empathy for their struggles, and cheer at their triumphs. As a writer and avid reader of LDS fiction, I was pulled right into this story, and enjoyed it through to the satisfying ending. For those of us who love to read about love, Love Beyond Tomorrow will capture your heart! --Tamara Norton

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Erin Klingler's first foray into LDS Romance is charged with the strength of youth and new love. Her portrayal of college life and the trials of both education and relationships delights younger readers and often reminds older readers of their own wonderful college days. But no better praise can be given than by one's peers. Kerry Blair, best-selling author of "The Heart Has Its Reasons" says, "'Love Beyond Tomorrow' is an impressive debut from a writer with a gift for capturing the reader's heart in the first chapter and holding it long after the last page has been turned."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Windriver Pub Inc; 1 edition (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886249121
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886249127
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,205,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ben Morrison is a sweet guy who falls like a rock for Lauren Holt the first moment he sees her... but she's been scarred by life and won't even consider dating anyone. So, he settles in to be her friend, hoping she'll learn to trust him in time. Lots of fun banter between them and some very natural conflicts, between Lauren's hopes and fears, and especially between the newly-converted Ben and his very-non-Mormon family. The author does a great job of setting up a very convincing crisis of love and faith, and then resolving it in a satisfying way.
I'm not a Mormon, so there were things that went over my head, but overall I still really enjoyed reading this.
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Ben Morrison has been disowned by his family for embracing a faith they have little time for. He leaves Harvard and moves to go to university in Idaho, hoping to rebuild his life and find a new path for himself. There, he meets a beautiful young woman and falls instantly in love.

Lauren, just starting college, is wary of men and of love. She's been burned too many times before. She also knows that men hate competitive women who can beat them at anything they like to feel good at. Yet the first time she meets Ben she's pitching to him in softball. She strikes him out... and he isn't angry! Gradually, that first encounter leads to friendship, and before long he's the best friend she's ever had. He gets along well with her family too, especially her favourite brother, with whom he has some shared history. But can he be trusted with her heart?

This is a sweet, romantic story of best friends learning to become more. As we read, we discover that it's not only Lauren's past which threatens the trust between them, and that love is never just handed out on a plate. Will Ben and Lauren have a love beyond tomorrow?

I found this book hard to get into at first; it is a Mormon romance and, as such, laden with references to the Mormon faith and living it on a daily basis. As such, Klingler caters very well to her intended audience, who will, I am sure, love it. For those not part of the Mormon church, or who aren't accustomed to overt religious references in their romance reading, these parts may jar - especially when we see that if Ben wants to marry Lauren his family will not be allowed to attend the ceremony. But it's easy enough to whizz past them and enjoy this book for what it is: a well-written romance debut by a promising author.

I hope to see more from Klingler and particularly hope that she publishes a mainstream romance.

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This felt like an unhappy marriage between a teen romance and a more grown-up premise. "Lauren Holt is tired of the dating scene and the heartache of dead-end relationships." I'm sorry but very few teenagers are mature enough to have a real relationship, let alone have been around the block so much they've become this jaded. That is more the premise of a twenty-something woman later on in college or in the post-college/career stage, not an 18 year old girl with the typical high school dating experience. Scrapping the fresh out of high school details, aging Lauren and her friends a bit, and making Lauren relationship-hesitant instead of ten-times burned would have nailed this. Everyone else had the depth and maturity of a realistic college/adult romance story.

To get through, I tried to reconcile the premise with the characters and plot by mentally doing as I described but that's honestly too much work creating what should have been done by the author.

All that said, there was a lot of good stuff here. The book was well-written and the characters were real and likeable. The interactions were fun and realistic, the romance developed well, and I loved Ben and Lauren's brother. This is a very promising start. The author has tons of potential and I'll definitely give her next book a try.
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