Saturday, December 19, 2009

"Eyes Like Mine" by Julie Wright, Reviewed by Tristi Pinkston

"Eyes Like Mine" is the new offering from best-selling author Julie Wright.

From the backliner:

William has been missing for two days. And even though the rest of the wagon company has decided they must continue on to Zion, Constance Brown refuses to go any further until she finds her husband. All she can think about is the last time she saw him—he lovingly touched her face and then sang their baby girl to sleep. Will that memory be all Constance has to hold on to?

In a future time and place, Liz King is a teenager struggling with her identity in the modern world. The embarrassment she feels because of her parents’ divorce and her family’s newfound financial problems turns to bitterness.

Through an inexplicable twist of fate, Constance and Liz are brought face to face. Liz recognizes Constance’s name from her mother’s endless lectures on their family history, and she also recognizes her eyes—they are exactly like her own. Were these distant relatives brought together in order to help each other?

Will Constance be able to return to her own life and find William, and will Liz be able to keep from telling Constance how her story ends? In this irresistible novel filled with gripping adventure and heartfelt emotion, two young women from drastically different times and settings learn that the challenges life holds for them are not so different after all.

Time travel with pioneers makes me nervous. The possibilities for triteness are so great, the chances for missteps are so many ... in fact, I've only ever seen it done well, twice. The first was in Willard Boyd Gardner's "Race Against Time." And the other?

In "Eyes Like Mine."

I love Julie Wright, not only as a phenomenal writer but as a good friend. She has a way of bringing light into a room whenever she steps into it, and that's what her writing does, too. You open a book by Julie and that light surrounds you until you're done reading. I found her story intriguing and compelling. The solution didn't come about quite as the characters hoped - they had to work a little harder for it, and I liked that. I appreciated the way she wove history and genealogy and modern-day trials into one cohesive tale. And you betcha, I can't wait for her next book.

(This book was published by Covenant Communications in 2009.)

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