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11 March 2011

The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

I can totally see why this book (and author) were included on the Breathless Reads Tour!  It had me holding my breath and guessing until the very end!

Goodreads  synopsis:
Haven Moore can't control her visions of a past with a boy called Ethan, and a life in New York that ended in fiery tragedy. In our present, she designs beautiful dresses for her classmates with her best friend Beau. Dressmaking keeps her sane, since she lives with her widowed and heartbroken mother in her tyrannical grandmother's house in Snope City, a tiny town in Tennessee. Then an impossible group of coincidences conspire to force her to flee to New York, to discover who she is, and who she was. In New York, Haven meets Iain Morrow and is swept into an epic love affair that feels both deeply fated and terribly dangerous. Iain is suspected of murdering a rock star and Haven wonders, could he have murdered her in a past life? She visits the Ouroboros Society and discovers a murky world of reincarnation that stretches across millennia. Haven must discover the secrets hidden in her past lives, and loves¸ before all is lost and the cycle begins again. 

So basically, small-town Tennessee girl, Haven, has weird visions and faints a lot.  She does some research and finds that it may be visions of a past life.  Her holy-roller Grandmother thinks that she is possessed by the Devil and tries to convince the entire town to believe the same (except her Haven's friends, Leah and Beau).

Haven contacts the Ouroboros Society based in New York City, a "secret" society for people who have had past lives to help her.  Some stuff happens with her Grandmother, and Haven runs off to New York to meet with the Society (and hopefully Iain!).

*Ok, point of order here---have we not learned ANYTHING from The DaVinci Code and The Liar Society?  Please keep in mind that secret societies are generally BAD NEWS!*

Haven is convinced that Iain is really Ethan, her love in many previous lives (Iain is also a gazillionaire playboy who happens to be accused of murder).  He wisks her off to Italy, and then back to NYC.  But, he's keeping secrets from Haven, secrets that, lets face it, if he told her, would save a lot of time and heartache (but wouldn't make for a very good book!)

I loved this book!  The character of Haven is thoughtful and well written and Iain is believable in both "good guy" and "bad guy" roles!

The only real point of contention I have with this book is the fact that Haven and Iain's relationship progressed really fast into the physical.  Yes, one can argue that they have been lovers in many past lives so it shouldn't matter, but seriously, get to know each other a little in this life first.  That being said, the Romantic part of my brain is going to go put a serious hurt on the Pragmatic part of my brain.

If I was a High School teacher, I wouldn't have any problem having this book on my shelves.  Yes, the characters do have (whispers) sex, but it doesn't go into any detail.  I give this book 5 stars, it was one that I will probably read again! 

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