What I like most about Everlasting is Camille. She’s strong, self-sufficient, and doesn’t let the social expectations of her time dictate every aspect of her life. The romance between Camille and Oscar occurs slowly, but it’s a nice change from the frequent love-at-first-sight occurances in books nowadays. I love all the intimate and memorable moments they share and I quickly fell in love with them as a couple. Angie Frazier also beautifully conveys Camille’s inner conflict surrounding her feelings for Oscar and the expectation for her to marry Randall, who, with his money, could save her from poverty. The class issues are touched on just enough so the reader remembers that there were in fact class differences during that time period.
The Australian setting appealed to me and is beautifully described, but doesn’t detract from the actual story. Although the plot moved a little too slow in the beginning for my liking, it held my attention and picked up towards the end. Ms. Frazier’s writing is clear, descriptive, and very fluid. She also has a talent for writing quick-paced action scenes and tender romantic ones.
Ms. Frazier has also created memorable characters that will stick in readers’ minds long after they’ve finished reading the novel. Even the supporting characters are memorable and very likeable. Ira Beam, anyone? 🙂 What helps make them so believable are their natural and unforced pieces of dialogue and actions.
I would like to end my review by congratulating Angie Frazier on having written a solid debut that I’m sure many readers will enjoy. Don’t let the cover fool you, though. Everlasting an action-packed and exciting novel that will appeal to fans of romance (as in YA, not adult), history, and fantasy. So, go out and buy a copy now!