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Heart of Eternity was globally available for pre-ordering from December 23, 2013 onwards by a traditional publisher, Mirador Publishers, UK and has already sold more than 10,000 pre-ordered copies in less than two months of its publication time.The fan page on Facebook alone has more than 19000 likes.
The story revolves around a man`s struggle with his own inner darkness coinciding with someone who decides to fight against a traumatic disease through spiritual healing.When their paths collide, a beautiful love story takes shape.It is a tale of love, sacrifice and about discovering oneself. So far, it has been getting excellent reviews from all across the globe. It has been reviewed as *A Brave and Unusual book* by Times, New York and *A heartbreaking read but still manages to be hopeful and uplifting* from The Guardian, UK.It is also one of the nominees for the Man Booker prize 2014.
You can find all the details regarding, reviews, book trailer, summary and work sample here to see if it best suits your reading interest.Genre is Romance with strong metaphysical/paranormal aspects.
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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…
This novel was presented to me as a "new age" romance, which featured mystical and metaphysical content. I think this was an accurate description. It crosses genres and never lands solidly in any particular nitch. That's not to say this is a bad thing, since most novels do to some extent contain elements of multiple genres.
Being an ancient, medieval and classical literature-trained reader, I appreciated the reference and subtlely borrowed themes from Milton and Dante. I appreciated the lyrical and eloquent language, the romantic quotes and angst-filled emotion that pulsed at the heart of the novel's spirituality.
Once or twice the author's romantic heart beat too close to the overdramatic exuberance of Bollywood, but for the most part there was nothing that would be truly annoying to a less widely read reader. In fact, it was the diversity and unique elements that most attracted me to this work.
The ancient universal theme of good versus evil with the expected outcome holds the plot together and moves the characters along emotionally if not always physically.
I do think that perhaps this novel may not be for just any reader in an American audience. Certainly it would leave fans of straight-forward contemporary romance feeling a bit confused. If the reader expected a spiritual awakening with obvious streetsigns, they would have wondered why there was so much romance. It doesn't contain the standard conflict and sexual tension of a book on that shelf though.
I'll wager a guess that even though the language is sophisticated but quite understandable to most audiences, there will be those who find it a bit more work to follow and understand than they are willing to invest.
Marketed correctly, which I did feel this novel was, any reader confusion is not the fault of the author. She delivered what she promised. I enjoy a Gothic feel and dark angst and themes in a story, so I enjoyed this.
BOOK BLING gives this novel 4 STARS!
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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