Eternal is a collection of short stories that, to me, embodies love in all its forms. Some of them made me laugh, and some brought a tear to my eye. I found each one a small gem, sometimes delving into those places we don’t often revisit, making me think joyfully or wistfully of things long forgotten. Jennie Orbell’s ability to transport you into her realm is absolute. She’s a master of her art, and has that not often seen, magical way of conveying exactly what the people that walk through these pages are thinking or feeling, straight into your heart and mind. Expect also unexpected, but delightful twists and turns.
A Promise Kept starts off this journey of love with a bond between mother and daughter, that not even death can defeat. Obediently Yours heads into deeper waters, where love can turn ugly, and has a most satisfying outcome. The New People is a clever twister of a tale, and Thicker Than Water brings to view the love of siblings in a melancholy way. Where The Truth Lies was one that I particularly connected with. Life would be a lot simpler if we always went to where the truth lies. Beach Hut beautifully did what most lack the courage to do, showing the darker deeds committed for love. A Mothers Love reveals the suffocation that love sometimes resembles. Grandma’s House, and Somewhere Out There, I read twice, just to have another really loud chuckle or two. While showing love in twisted forms, they are just fantastic stories that I know I’ll revisit when I need to smile. And finally Eternal. True love.
Not only is each story beautifully written in its own right, the way that they all meld into one single whole is nothing short of brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and highly recommend it!
Really enjoyed reading these short stories there is a supernatural/other dimension kind of theme to the collection but the author has the ability to make the stories plausible. Each story stands very well both on its own and in its own world. Some dark tales, some uplifting, others close a chapter on one life and open on to another.
An entertaining read.
This Author writes with such passion and the way she describes everything is amazing. Each story is so different. I would love to read some more books written by Jennie Orbell
In Eternal, Jennie Orbell has put together a collection of riveting short stories that will keep you glued to your Kindle! She tackles most of the major themes in literature: relationships, adultery, jealousy, madness, greed, lust, undying love, and even the supernatural realm.
Each of her stories offers the reader a glimpse into another world, one that we would prefer to dwell in only for a short period of time and from a safe distance… for to be trapped in such a world could be hell.
Eternal is a must
This is a wonderful, well-written collection of short stories that reminded me, with their surprise endings, of the episodes in the television show Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Most of Ms Orbell’s tales have a macabre hook to them, and I enjoyed how the author contrasted the gritty, blood-and-guts descriptions with clean, crisp writing. Ms Orbell’s style combines the realism of an accomplished author with the disorienting feeling one gets in those really good nightmares.
To read these stories is to often times embark on a tour of the darkest corners of the human soul – and to be returned safe and sound to one’s bed at the end of (most) tales.
I truly enjoyed this collection, and I look forward to reading more fiction by Jennie Orbell