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Eden Burning [Hardcover]

Elizabeth Lowell
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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company (Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006621274X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0066212746
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.1 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,888,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rerelease, Handle with Care 7 Dec 2002
By Farfalla VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Eden Burning I found to be a quite entertaining and well writen portrait of two people falling in love. (The only distracting thing, is if you know the dates for the eruptions that are talked about in the book, with modern periphenalia superimposed.) The hero, Chase, is a vulcanologist, and Nicole is a talented artist and scientific illustrator. She meets Chase when he comes to Hawai'i to save his married younger brother Dane, from the clutches of a homewrecker, namely, Nicole. Dane however tries to set Chase up with Nicole, with neither realizing what is being done.
Chase has divorced a woman two years ago who was only after his money, and manage to get full custody of their daughter in order to keep money coming in from her ex. Nicole came to Hawai'i after a difficult marriage. Her husband left her when her family lost their wealth.
All of the characters are fully fleshed out, so that there is reason and motivation for the actions of all the people involved. Chase's daughter Lisa, plays a key role in the book, and acts as much more than a plot device. She has been wounded by her own mother's rejection, and watching Chase and Nicole try to deal with their feelings for each other while not damaging the little girl is almost heart-breaking.
I enjoyed this book, and was sorry to see it end. Who cares if it is essentially a reprint.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book - but be careful! 29 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent story that will capture you attention from the first page and hold it until the last. The characters are well written and three dimensional, so that you really care what happens to them and their motivations are well explained so that you understand why Chase initially behaves as he does. The writing is powerful and emotional and I found myself with tears in my eyes when Nicole discovers Chase's betrayal.
If you like Elizabeth Lowell's other books, you are sure to enjoy this one. However, as with many of her others, this book is an expanded re-release of her original 1986 Silhouette story, 'Fires of Eden', it isn't quite the same but it is very similar and if you already have FoE, you might want to think twice about buying this book.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Drop "Eden Burning" Into the Nearest Volcano 24 Jan 2002
By Mason Dixon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
That's where this book belongs. As a long-time fan of Elizabeth Lowell, I eagerly await her new releases. I wish I had skipped this one; "Eden Burning" was a big disappointment. Chase Wilcox, professional vulcanologist, and Nicole Ballard, artist and dancer, meet on the island of Hawaii. Each has a tragic "secret" from the past that must be overcome before they can acknowledge their love. There is a great deal of drumming (Chase) and dancing to Tahitian music (Nicole aka Pele, goddess of fire) that is just too silly for words. The best parts are the descriptions of the island, the little bit that you get about its native population, and the fascinating material included on volcanoes. Ms. Lowell does her research. Save your money for the next book about the Donovan clan, or go back and buy one of Ms. Lowell's older works written as Ann Maxwell, such as "Tell Me No Lies."
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars REPRINT 16 Jan 2002
By J. Hudson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Be warned, this is a reprint of Lowell's Fires of Eden novel. The story is a good one, but don't buy it thinking it's a new one. I only gave 3 stars because it is a reprint, not as a reflection of the story quality.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars That makes two in a row 28 Jan 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Fool me once, shame on you..fool me twice, shame on me. This is the second EL book in a row that has been a huge disappointment. I know that it is a reprint of an earlier work, but I had not previously read it. After her last book, Moving Target, which was awful, I was cautious to pay the hardcover price. I decided that since EL has always been my favorite author I would try again. BIG MISTAKE. While this effort is better than Moving Target, it doesn't come anywhere close to the past writings of EL. I'm beginning to wonder if EL, or her publishers, ever bother to read the reviews written by the people who spend their money to buy her books. There was a wonderful cadence and rhythm
that was always present in her writing. EL created characters that we could care about, wove a wonderful story and let us escape for a while into a romance that was powerful. That, apparently, is her past style of writing. If you read the back inside cover she indicates that she no longer writes the kind of novels that we have come to love, which is terribly disappointing. It's time to start searching for a new author...one who writes like Elizabeth Lowell used to.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Lowell's best 30 Jun 2000
By Summer Belle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
EL uses the land as a metaphor for her romance - this one takes place in Hawaii - hence a passionate, hot romance. Unfortunately, this one doesn't really deliver. Our cynical hero, Chase, sets out to humiliate our heroine, Nicole in order to protect his brother & his brother's marriage. He humiliates her very well and proves himself to be a jerk. . . a total jerk. Nicole runs too hot & cold to be truly believable - flirts wildly, dances half naked and then wonders why men get all hot and bothered. She's also kind of a doormat - she forgives Chase for humiliating her, hurting her, saying the worst things possible - she should have told him to take a hike and find a guy who would treat her well!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little gem 22 Jan 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book, I understand, is a reprinted-reworked version of an older book. I never saw the original, but enjoyed this one very much. The ingredients are classic Lowell: the wounded hero and heroine, each thinking they have nothing to offer anyone after having been wounded earlier in life, she by an insensitive former husband and he by that stock romance figure, the bitchy, predatory, non-maternal ex-wife. The hero, Chase, makes a monumental error in judgment about Nicole and hurts her terribly, then has to figure out how to repair the damage, hoping against hope that he hasn't lost what he didn't realize he had until it was gone.
This is not a novel of great sweep; it is just a simple story of misunderstanding, conflict and ultimate redemption and reconciliation, but it is a delightful read. Lowell uses her metaphors well; the volcano, the dance, the drums, the delicate wildlife all add to the atmosphere of the place and flesh out the characters. No surprises, but well worth an afternoon or evening with a cup of tea (especially when you'd rather be where it's always 80 degrees and teeming with life).
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