The Other Eden Paperback – 2 Jan 2006
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This riveting adventure proves irresistible from beginning to end -- Booktrust
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"That night, I dreamed of Eve for the first time in many years. She rocked me while I cried, as she had not rocked me since the night my mother died, and spoke softly of a place called Eden "
Devastated by the death of the beloved grandfather who raised her, precocious young pianist Eleanor Rose heeds the words of the unknown woman in her dream. Leaving the security of her privileged life in Boston, she heads for Edens Meadow, a Louisiana estate which she has never seen, and which has been closed since her grandmother died there mysteriously twenty-five years earlier. She longs for a tranquil haven in which to nurse her grief and concentrate on her music, and at first Edens Meadow seems to be just that. But Eleanors shocking discovery of a forgotten painting, the timely arrival of a letter from a man who seems to hold the answers to the questions it raises, and her growing love for an enigmatic Russian musician draw her into a labyrinth of past and present deception, which ultimately threatens her sanity and her very life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
On the ngative side, the setting is oddly nebulous: the characters seems more C19th english than early C20th American (and I only know they're early C20th because they reference the sinking of the Titanicand the Russian Revolution).
Howver the story itself is engaging with charcters who are more than the usual cardboard cut-out figures (though they do deteriorate a little towards the end) and the melodrama is subordinated to the story-telling.
Not a literary masterpiece, but a really entertaining and unobtrsuively written story that kept me up late turning the pages to read just one more chaper before sleep.
It's the first time I have read a novel like this. I am a big fan of Historical fiction, but I have never read a novel that contained information on Classical music. I'm not really even a fan of Classical music and yet, I found myself completely taken in with this book.
The author described the surroundings with a lot of detail and I was taken in by the story, I felt as though I was there with them, and I was living Eleanor's life with her, going through each trial in trying to solve her Mothers past. In the chapters when Alexander and Eleanor played the Piano together and also at other times on their own, I was taken in by this and I was able to visualise the effect the music had on them, it seemed to reach out to me. This was one of my most favourite parts of the book. I'm now considering listening to some Classical music. See what this novel has done to me! ;)
I could go on to describe lots more about this book, both Eve and Elizabeth play an important part in this novel, but to go on would only give the plot away and possibly ruin it for others.
For me this book was a beautiful love story that I didn't want to end, but it was also sad. If you like novels that contain history, hauntings, suspense and romance, then this book is for you.
This is one of the best books I have read this year. I will definitely be reading more by this author.
All in all, very enjoyable and worth a read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sarah Bryant is a remarkable story teller! She weaves a
tale filled with an intricate plot line, colored by a
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I do not think you have to be in the music professional to grasp The Other Eden. You have to just appreciate a good story, but also be prepared to be a little bit in tears whilst... Read morePublished on 25 July 2006 by Mr. P. Datta