|Art Credit: Carrie Schmidt|
Here are a few snippets of her review:
My Rating: 5 / Fantastic!
"In short, I fell in love. With the book. With the characters. With the settings. And especially with the message of letting go – of fear, bitterness, and burdens we were never meant to carry."
On the precocious Maggie and Grace:
"These two elderly Scottish sisters were a handful! ... Between Grace’s precious confusion and Maggie’s rebellious determination to steal the keys and drive off into the sunset, there was never a dull moment on the page!"
On our hero:
"And now for Ian. Oh girls! You will LOVE Ian! That is, as long as you go for the brooding, tender, passionate guys with a sense of humor. Who also happen to be SCOTTISH. ...The thing I appreciated most about Ian is the change that goes on within his heart. Camille Eide does an exquisite job of capturing his completely-reasonable anger as well as the gradual healing that takes place over the course of the story. And watching that man fall in love was truly a pleasure."
So was writing it. :) I'm so pleased to hear that his anger and heart transformation comes across realistically, like it might feel for you or I. That's my aim in writing fiction.
"Like There’s No Tomorrow is so much more than a love story. I would almost say that the romance is only a small part in the overall story, but that’s not exactly true either. The romance becomes the backdrop onto which Camille Eide paints a beautiful landscape of truth and hope and most especially courage."
That's it! I believe Carrie has answered the question I have long been trying to answer: exactly what genre is this stuff I write? On what shelf does it belong? Is it Romance? Not entirely. Is it inspirational, issue-driven Women's Fiction? Not solely.
Is a blend of gripping romance and equally gripping spiritual themes acceptable?
I hope so.
"Camille Eide has a way with characters. They get into your heart and set up camp, and you are all the better for having spent time with them. She also has a great talent for creating a scene that appears one way at face value but in fact can be immensely symbolic as well. Like There’s No Tomorrow will linger with me for many reasons – the characters, the setting, the romance. But especially the message of courage – of living life in spite of your fears – and of cherishing each day as though it’s all we’re to be given."