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The Eternal Engagement Audible – Unabridged

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
In high school, William Lincoln first dated and fell in love with Mona, and then his next girlfriend Katherine. On their graduation day, Lincoln secretly proposed to both women, and also asks them to wait for him as he enlisted in army for four years. Both promise to wait, but do not hear from him for years. Their lives take drastically different paths as they grow up and both hold on to hope that their first love and high school sweetheart will one day return and finally marry them.

Mona Lisa is a fire cracker that knows how to let her hair down and have a good time, and unlike Katherine, she plans to date around and have fun until Lincoln returns. Although she hasn't spoken to Lincoln since he proposed, she continues to hold onto the engagement ring he gave her and awaits the day he calls her. She eventually gives in to her old high school flame, Steven, and ends up marrying him because he is nice, adores her, and can provide for her every need. Steven seems to have an unlimited amount of money and soon Mona becomes curious about what he does for a living. To her dismay, she finds out with her own eyes, but it's too late to remove herself from the situation, so she goes along with it. Mona is highly intelligent, but will she be able to get herself out of the mess his profession creates? With a crazy obsessive husband and a now tainted past, what will Mona do when Lincoln finally contacts her?

Katherine tells Lincoln she thinks she's pregnant right after he proposes, but that still doesn't urge him to contact her during his time in the military. With an extreme amount of help from her mother, they raise his son and she manages to graduate college and follow her dream of being a newscaster.
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I have read all of Mary B Morrison books. I think this is the worst book I have read all year and I read a lot of books. Thank goodness I loaded it on my Ipad the kindle verison which made it a lot cheaper. I will not get the sequel. The book started off with a nice pace but that didn't last long. Please save your money on this book. If you got to read it go to the lirary but its not worth your time.

I love reading but it was hard to finish this book.
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Format: Hardcover
Hello,
I am an avid reader and have read several of your previous books. I was extremely excited when I saw The Eternal Engagement in Barnes and Noble. So excited, in fact, that I chose your book over Pearl Cleage's new book. Big mistake. I will be returning the book to the store after work today and picking up Pearl Cleage's book. The set up of the book was awful the time flew by in the first half and then the second half all took place in one month. The ending was horrible. And being a HUD/VASH social worker for the VA, this portion of the book was totally off base. No way would a primary care physician be handling Housing Choice Vouchers. I was so disappointed with this story. It is very unrealistic to think that someone would wait for a guy they dated in highschool for ten years.

I will definitely think twice about picking up another one of your books in the future. :-(
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Format: Hardcover
I am huge fan of Mary B. Morrison's book, so it hurts me to write this review. This book was horrible. I felt like I was being tortured. I wish I would have never found out about this book. This is the reason I do not buy books. I go to the library first. I would absolutely hate to spend money on a book that sucks like this one. It was one of those books that is boring and the storyline sucks big time, but you are torn between throwing the book in the street or skipping through it to the end to see what happens. I kinda regret reading most of the book to find out what happened in the end. I hate the beginning, middle, and the end. This is not the first book where I was disappointed by the end. It is rare that I read a book that read a book that is guaranteed to have a part two, and I don't have an interest in reading part two. I could care less what happens to these characters. I can not recall reading a book where I did not like any of the characters. There was not one character in this book that I favored or had sympathy for. They were all week and stupid in some way. I can't believe she wrote this book.
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Format: Hardcover
I've read everything Mary B. Morrison/HoneyB has put out and have been a fan! Although, I agree with others when I say this isn't her best work, I will say that it is a good read. The book kept my attention and I would definately like to see a part two. The journey of Lincoln was heartbreaking because there are soldiers who go what he did and it's not widely recognized. I am happy with the way Lincoln's character developed and I applaud Ms. Morrison for bring such issues to light. Anyway, I will continue to hope that Ms. Morrison decides to do a sequel because the book just ended abruptly, leaving me wondering what happens to Mona Lisa, Katherine and Lincoln.
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I took a chance on The Eternal Engagement because I wanted to take advantage of it being on audio book. So this review will reflect both the book itself as well as the audio production. My experience with audio books has generally been positive. It's an easy way to get some "reading" done while you physically can't put your nose in a book. I listen while I'm driving, grocery shopping, and walking around. I thought this story would be a compelling read, but I was disappointed.

The story itself focused on four characters whose lives and relationships are entwined disastrously. Lincoln somehow manages to propose to (with the same style ring) and impregnate both his girlfriend Katherine and his ex, Mona-Lisa literally moments before his high school graduation. The rest of the book follows Lincoln's ten-year stint in the Army, Mona-Lisa's impulsive and volatile marriage to long-time friend, Steven, and Katherine's attempts to maintain her image while raising her son as a single mother under her judgemental mother's eye.

To its credit, this book is aptly titled. It never seemed to end. Morrison's style of bouncing from the perspectives of each character was unnecessary and is probably why the book dragged along for so much longer than it needed. That, coupled with frustrating characters and a plot that was neither believable nor compelling, meant that the only reason I finished was simply to have the satisfaction of getting through it.

The character development was lacking. Each had their basic development and rarely deviated from it. Mona-Lisa was completely self-centered and only out for her benefit. For her being an adult, her thought processes and actions were extremely juvenile.
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