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432 pages
Sep 2007
Bethany House

Searching For Eternity

by Elizabeth Musser

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Elizabeth Musserís book, Searching for Eternity, chronicles the life of an adventurous and mysterious young Frenchman, Emilee De Bonnery. Emilee and his mother, Janie, are forced to leave France after the sudden and ominous disappearance of Jean-Baptiste De Bonnery, their kinsman who had acquired many enemies 20 years earlier when he fought the Nazis as a member of the French underground.

Emilee and Janie move to Atlanta, Georgia to live with Janieís very elderly mother in 1964, right in the midst of the civil rights movement, protest marches, and racial tension. Emilee begins school in Atlanta, where he meets the iconoclastic and conniving Miss Eternity Jones. Eternity and her siblings, Blithe and Jake, have about as many secrets as the still-missing Jean-Baptiste. Jean-Baptiste and his parents were part of the French Resistance during World War II, thus leaving many mysteries about Jean-Baptisteís current work and whereabouts. Emilee and Eternity delve into the mysteries of the French Resistance, as well as the mysteries of their youthful hearts.

Overall, this book provided an adequate story. It starts out very slow, but once the mysteries and questions begin to fall into place, it picks up speed. Searching for Eternity would have made either a tantalizing spy novel or a heart-warming romance, but the two together made the book a concoction that seemed off-balance or misdirected.

Searching for Eternity comes with a message of love and forgiveness. And as many secrets are hidden and revealed in this book, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys searching out mysteries.


Elizabeth Winebrenner, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

French-born Emile de Bonnery lands in the strange environment of 1960s Atlanta with decidedly mixed emotions. Some memories make Emile want to believe the best of his father. Others cause him to fear the worst. Does his mother know more than she's willing to tell?

Determined to learn the truth, Emile finds an ally and friend, who seems to be hiding secrets of her own. Together they search for answers--and what they find changes everything.