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Harmony had fallen in love with Aaron, but she knew he’d never feel the same way about her. So when Drew treats her so well, she decides that life with him would be better than no life at all. But her relationship with Drew started with deception, and that has a way of boomeranging. Will the mess they’d created just continue?
This didn’t read like the carefully constructed book I’m used to reading by Staci Stallings. It rambled on and on for much too long and seemed much longer than the 276 pages listed. The story idea was good, as were the characters, but it felt disconnected and almost shallow. I wouldn’t categorize it as “Christian” either. There was barely a brief mention of anything related to God, and He had no influence on any of their lives. The fact that Aaron didn’t sign the card with the present he left on Harmony’s desk made no sense to me when he told her he wanted to be more than just friends in it, and, of course, she thought it was from Drew, which prolonged things even more. Overall, this was just an okay read.
I probably would have been okay with this book being called inspirational. Well, maybe. But when the author added the note before the book's description, she implied this is a Christian romance. God is mentioned a total of five times. In the author's note, she refers to Christians going to church without the gospel actually penetrating their hearts. I'm in full agreement with that. However, not a single character in this book went to church or even mentioned attending church. The book is rife with lies, deception, drinking, and premarital sex, none of which is inspirational, let alone Christian. None of these characters is under any pressure that would lead to any of these actions.
Some might argue that Harmony saving herself for marriage is Christian. Not really. Her reasons have nothing at all to do with a belief in God's will for purity before marriage. They are based solely on her sister's experience. And even when Aaron and Harmony discuss waiting to have sex, it has more to do with wanting to make sure their relationship is based on love, rather than sex. Again, no mention of God, faith, or God's will.
Having said that, even as a romance, I found Eternity sadly lacking. Seldom have I run across a more pathetic heroine than Harmony. Poor, pitiful Harmony, nobody will ever love her, every guy leaves her, blah, blah, blah. Why? Just because she won't have sex? No, it probably has more to do with her horrible self-worth issue, and the fact that she's in love with Aaron. When Aaron quits, she's such a sad sack she can't stand to go to work without him? What is this, high school? Grow up, you'll see him after work.
Aaron is a poor excuse for a hero, too. Why doesn't he just tell Drew he was engaged to his ex-roommate, Mandy? Why is it such a big secret? That, of course, sets the scene for Drew to meet Mandy as well, but why wouldn't Mandy say, "Oh, hey, I used to live here." the first time she comes back to the apartment with Drew? And rather than say anything, Aaron climbs out the fire escape and goes to Harmony's place? Again, lies and deception, none of it necessary.
The friendship and conversations between Aaron and Drew were so girly that for a time I was concerned about the direction in which the relationship was headed. I'm not joking.
Finally, there were so many times in the story that made me stop and wonder, backtrack, etc. Harmony and Aaron have been friends for over four years and her family has never even heard of him? Things like that which made no sense. Add to that some typos and misused words (segue is pronounced seg-way and is its own word, not segue way, which is what the author wrote), I had a difficult time finishing this book. I just don't like to leave them unfinished.
I'm sorry, I just don't think I could recommend this.
lacking though. For starters I found that there wasn't enough detail. I was never really clear about what either of them did at work. In addition, Aaron seemed to really lack ambition and Harmony too. It seemed as though after he was fired he followed Drew's dream and never really discovered his own. The most glaring flaw for me though was the absence of Christianity. I realise that the book was an inspirational and not a Christian romance but still I would have liked to see some indictation that the characters acknowledged God. It would have rated higher for me if it were not for those issues..
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