When you are invited to dance with the muse of love, when you are driven to the edge by the pain of the past, when you hold the remedy for what ails you in your arms you will find yourself in the heart of eternity. Set in the Blue Mountain's town of Blackheath in New South Wales, Australia, the novel Heart of Eternity introduces two very different characters, Jay and Naida, who encounter each other at a challenging time in each of their lives. Their individual expressions of the feelings they provoke in each other give rise to a turmoil that could ultimately claim their lives. When two people understand so deeply the pain each other has faced will it force them into the abyss of darkness or will their combined need for healing allow love to enter both their hearts?
Naida is a very physically sick woman with a great deal of faith and a spiritual healer like her famous uncle. She has run from her father and the medical treatment she needs in hopes of healing herself with her own soul-deep powers of healing. Her uncle sees a great capacity to be as good as he is, but Naida has a vision that stops her in her tracks, a dark demon-like entity with green eyes in need of her guidance.
Enter Jay. Jay's life has been full of pain and sorrow. Unfortunately, he's let his inner demons rule his life and ruin every chance of happiness. When he meets Naida, he finds someone who refuses to give up on him and insists on guiding him back to the the light. Learning to control and master his demons and dark side is no small feet. Can he do it in time to save Naida?
This book has some very interesting spiritual concepts. The language is very descriptive without being excessively flowery. There's sweet romance and doggedly determined love. This would make a very safe work read or poolside companion. However, the pace is on the slow side. It takes a diligent reader who understands the ending is worth the wait. Don't expect a lot of action and fast paced sequences with our resident bad boy Jay. He's naughty, to be sure, bu the redeems himself very nicely in the end. I'm giving Heart of Eternity three and a half stars. The pacing is the only reason I'm NOT giving it four.
Soft lines of emotion crossed his forehead as he turned and looked into her eyes one last time, confused as to why she seemed so familiar and all the more frustrated at his own dark side for not breaking out in front of her. Jay forced himself not to look back, to pretend as if Naidah had never existed, and to be cold and alone again just the way he liked it. He disappeared eventually, basking in the heat of his own hell.
But Naidah stood there as if she’d been waiting her whole life for him. Her soulful eyes locked on his every move, craning her neck as far as she could to lock his towering frame in her eyes forever, feeling her breath stop as distance grew between them, wanting to reach over but not being able to move an inch, the distant recesses of space pulling Jay infinitely away from her till he vanished from her sight. A sharp and tangible pain ridged between her heart and ripped away her soul. She caressed the folds of his jacket. The feeling flooded her with his scent. It was engulfing. Crouching down where Jay was standing a minute ago, Naida cupped the sand up in her palm and held it there as if trying to confirm the veracity of his existence, to tell the difference between her vision and reality.
All that happened afterwards was a mere blur for Naida; Eva’s shout, the lifeguard’s queries, the crowd eyeing her drenched body with curiosity, murmuring conjectures. Everything gyrated around her in full swing but she stood there, unmoving… unnerved.
The sand in her palm slowly slipped away in the wind and took her with it and the only part that ever remained there was the one that did not belong to her anymore…it belonged to him…
About the Author
N. Jay, found the inspiration of her romance novel Heart of Eternity in her own life history and folklore---- By drawing on the power of her personal experiences, she has created characters whose desires are circumscribed by the landscapes and pasts they can no longer escape. Coming from a culturally diverse background, N. Jay received an M.A. in Literature in 2009 and teaches in the areas of comparative literature, composition, and language pedagogy. Currently, she resides in Dubai, UAE, with her husband and two year old daughter. N. Jay finds the internal world of human beings to be a constant source of fascination and loves the more emotionally laden side of life.
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