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Eventide Paperback – February 6, 2006
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"Eventide" is a story of a man and a woman whose desire to understand the past draws them in an ever-tightening circle toward a young woman on her deathbed. Carrie, the dying woman, is a former love of Graham, and the best friend of Lauren. Their attempts to unravel old mysteries drive wedges between them, while also offering chances to draw them closer than ever. Along the way, Carrie's adoring husband and likeable son are pulled in as well.
This is a story of haunting beauty, profound insight, and intrigue. While wearing certain colors of a mystery and a romance novel, it takes on hues all its own--hues that match Martinusen's ability with words. For those longing for rich stories and characters, look no further.
Martinusen Coloma,and I have not been disappointed
in any of them. As an author, she has such feeling
for the storyline and the characters. She has such
depth, I feel like I'm reading about real people.
Her descriptions are beautiful. I have written down
in a notebook many phrases she has used to describe
the character's feelings or the situation they may be
in. Many great authors have famous lines from their
books. I have found those in Cindy's books. I have
been truly inspired. She is an inspirational writer,
her faith is evident in her books. That should not
stop a person without Christian faith not to read her
books. She has a great knowledge of the landscape of
Europe and northern California, her home. Her first
three books are a trilogy connected only by an heir-
loom brooch but you gain a great deal of knowledge of
the World War II years that lead to the present day.
She has co-authored a new book just coming out that
I am anxious to begin. I want to find her part of
the book apart from her co-author.
It was a moment, just a brief moment that established a connection for three American teenagers in Italy at Eventide.
"Good night to the sea, to the sun and the day.....This night would be a marker in her life, the ending of one age and the beginning of another."
This is a story of an enduring friendship between two women and something buried in a far away land.
Carrie is a creative, artistic lover of life. Her life is filled with wonder and imagination. Lauren is studious and loyal with a mental file cabinet filled with realistic quotes that she frequently utilizes to bring her best friend back to reality when their conversations become to idealic.
They travel to Europe during the summer of 1989 and meet Graham Michaels s in a little village by the shore. Graham and Carrie fall instantly in love, prompting a promise between the three to
"...be together always. No matter what the future holds".
Secrets from Grahams past hold him captive. They prompt him to betray Carrie. He tells himself 'it is for her own good'. His fear filled view of love is:
"..It was vulnerability with carelessness, delivering near fatal blows.
In the end, love made secrets that no one cared to hear.It created a loneliness that no one could touch."
Years pass and Carrie recovers, with Lauren's help. Carrie marries and has a child. Now Carrie is dying and her best friend sets out to recover the buried box and offer it to Carrie in the hope it will help her bring closure to that very painful part of her past.
This is a magnificent story of redemption, friendship, and faith. Others may choose differently, but my hero in this novel was Carrie's husband, Jason Myles. In this character, the Truth of what it means to be a christian is displayed.
Rich, elegant story telling is the hallmark of Cindy Martinusen's writing. I have not found any that compare to the emotional depths and insights she presents in her novels. It was a wonderful treat to read that the location in this novel is the same as 'The Salt Garden', another wonderful read from Ms. Martinusen.
From the beginning of the novel through to the end, faith and wisdom are heralded as described in the use of this C. S. Lewis quote from 'The Last Battle':
"But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever:
in which every chapter is better than the one before."
This novel also gives a wonderful description of the last days of a dying christian, no fear, only longing. Read this story and you will take away a very different view of the last days in Christian's life.
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