Heart of Eternity by N. Jay

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Heart of Eternity by N. Jay
Publisher: Mirador UK
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (71 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 2 stars
Reviewed by Hawthorn

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?

Heart of Eternity is difficult to classify in any genre. It’s romance, but it’s not really; it contains vestiges of the paranormal, it’s spiritual and passionate.

N. Jay wrote a philosophical tale of love and the fight between good and evil. Rather than fully-fledged characters, Naida and Jay are the metaphors for light and darkness. When they meet, they realize darkness can only exist in opposition to light, and vice versa. In short, they cannot live without each other. Rather than a light romance, this is a story of spiritual love. It is surprising on many levels.

While I’m glad I persisted and finished the novella despite a very slow start, I must point out that the pace is slow throughout, and the protagonists don’t meet until halfway through the story. The flowery writing style, particularly at the beginning, doesn’t help speed up the plot. “How I wish to sow the seeds of my prayers around the peripheries of your being and nurture it in the shade of my love, replenish it with the warmth of my tears and mark infinity on each of its blossoming flowerets with the ink of my blood.” It does sound poetic, but when used in speech, it also sounds unnatural, and in places it bogs down the narrative.

Without much action, the story manages to relate strong emotions, describing the ultimate sacrifice one human being is prepared to make for a loved one. More than a romance between two young people, this is a tale of a difficult inner struggle. Unfortunately, despite the strong message, the novella loses some of its force due to bad editing. I was particularly bothered by the numerous cases of ellipses and other punctuation mishaps, and several instances of head-hopping.

While Jay’s inner voices gave us a great insight into what motivates him, his past – the reason behind his darkness – was discussed too briefly, not providing a substantial enough explanation for his actions. Some of the scenes would benefit from more showing rather than telling, but the scenes between Naida and her uncle Zach which involved her healing were done captivatingly.

Don’t expect a straightforward contemporary romance if you pick up this book, but if you like a bit of the metaphysical and a pinch of the philosophical with your love stories, Heart of Eternity might be just the book for you.

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