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Posted April 17, 2014
Can love survive the test of time – and an evil curse?
DISCLAIMER: I was given a copy of this book by the author (via Goodreads/Shut Up and Read/Read It And Reap) in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
ADVISORY: This book contains mature, adult situations and dialogue.
Emmaline and Adrian are just days away from their wedding when, in a fit of jealous rage, an immortal witch, Madeleine, places a curse upon them -- one which dooms them to spend an eternity apart. Madeleine kidnaps Adrian and causes him to lose all memory of his life before. She convinces him that his name is Adam, and that she is his wife, Marie. Even though she is with him she can’t make him love her, and his dreams are haunted by a dark-haired beauty. An old enemy of Madeleine’s turns up and she makes a run for it, so Adrian is finally able to escape from her clutches, and goes on to pursue a life of travel and adventure.
Madeleine’s curse on Emmaline purposely didn’t remove her memories of Adrian, because Madeleine wants to torment her for eternity. Over time, Emmaline follows clues, and one night finds her face to face with Adrian. But he doesn’t remember her, and they are separated before she has the chance to try and establish a connection with him. She eventually uncovers information that is valuable to the immortals. She also learns of the Valthreans (the immortal good guys), and chooses to align herself with them -- rather than with the evil Cult of the Snake (home to Madeleine and her cohorts). Over the centuries, she assists the Valthreans during times of war and peace, all the while searching for Adrian. They have some near misses, but fate and time do not seem to be working in their favor.
However, when an earthquake occurs and the devastation is broadcast around the world, Adrian (now known as Adam) is among the survivors. Emmaline (now known as Emma) uses her connections with the Valthreans to track him down, and travels to London to try and meet with him. Adam senses a connection and is strongly drawn to Emma, but his ordeal with Marie has left him damaged, suspicious and cautious. And with good cause, because Emma isn’t the only one who saw that broadcast. Now both Emma and Adam are on Madeleine’s radar … Can Emma find a way to break the curse, or will Madeleine destroy them all?
I thought “An Eternity of Roses” was pretty good. It had an interesting storyline spanning several centuries and exotic locales. Emmaline/Emma was the main character, and as such was very well developed. Adrian/Adam’s character was less so, but he’s got less story-time. I hated Madeleine/Marie – justifiably. She was manipulative, evil, and bat-shiat crazy. Some of the minor characters were OK, but kind of glossed over. However, my favorite was Max. (I look forward to reading *his* story.)
Posted April 6, 2014
Madeleine de Brandeville works for The Cult of the Snake has her sights set on Adrian Segrave~Viscount Bournemouthe. There's just one problem he's engaged to Lady Emmaline "Emma" Deramore. Adrian and Emma share an unique bond that Madeleine is desperate to break. So Madeleine hatches a plan to separate the two lovers for all time by making each of them immortal. When Adrian goes missing Emma is devastated but doesn't give up that she'll find Adrian someday despite what Madeleine says. Emma learns that there are two groups of immortals The Cult of the Snake and The Vathreans. Emma catches glimpses of Adrian during their separation. Will Madeleine get what she deserves? Will Adrian remember the truth? Will Emma be reunited with Adrian? Your answers await you in An Eternity of Roses.
I loved how this book spanned not just years but centuries! I was fascinated by the history and culture presented. Adrian and Emma's love is timeless. I loved that Emma didn't give up on finding Adrian. Adrian would only catch glimpses in dreams of his true love. I despised Madeleine from the first. I look forward to reading more of the series.
Posted February 17, 2014
Five star roses
Imagine falling in love then losing your love not for a couple of years but a couple of hundred and all due
to the jealousy of another person, then you meet your love again and they have no memory of you.
Hard to imagine but it makes you feel for Emmaline and she is such that you like her from the start
but as she grows through the many years you have a much greater understanding and affection for her.
Adrian/Adam also gathers your sympathy as he goes through the centuries never knowing who he is,
you are cheering for them to meet and know that their love would be strong enough to last through
the centuries. I hope that there will be more books in this series as there are different characters we
meet that I would love to know more about as they caught your attention and affections in such a way
that makes them unforgettable.
I received a free copy for an honest review
Posted July 7, 2013
**Received for an honest review** 1807, England. All of Society is anxious and excited for the marriage of Lady Emmaline Deramore and Viscount Bournemouth, Adrian Segrave. All, that is, except for Lady Madeline de Brandeville, who despises Emmaline and craves Adrian. Just days before their wedding, a series of events occur that tear Emmaline and Adrian apart, leaving Emmaline without her love and Adrian without his memory of her. Though the story centers around Emmaline and Adrian, it also includes the Valthreans, a society of immortals that have been around for centuries. Their history is given in the Prologue, and is woven beautifully throughout the story. But this isn't just a story about two people who are madly in love with each other. It's a story about a love that is lost and found, that transcends time and distance, that perseveres and triumphs in the face of hopelessness and despair. Adrian and Emmaline's love for each other is beautiful and pure at the beginning, and it burns more intensely and a hundred times brighter when they are finally reunited. This was a wonderfully moving story with memorable characters and a plot that not only kept me interested but had me anxious and excited when that climactic moment of finally finding each other happened between Adrian and Emmaline. And I can hardly wait to read more of this series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 21, 2013
Ms. Owens has penned a tale that spans centuries and a few countries as well. Her characters pulled me into their world and held me captive. Her descriptive words easily allowed me to visualize each scene and feel every emotion. I found myself rooting for the likable hero and heroine from the beginning. I also realized I loved to hate the villainess.
While reading, I found myself entering a fascinating paranormal world where I secretly wished I was one of the good guys.
I am very pleased that Ms. Owens will be continuing the series. I can't wait to read more about the world of the Valthreans.
This story is definitely going into my "To be Read Again" pile.
Posted January 13, 2013
Review of An Eternity of Roses
The Valthreans #1
Natalie G. Owens
Reading this book was truly a delight-and I use that word intentionally. A fast-paced, loving, lovable, romp through time and character and romance and horror, with characters who are so fully fleshed that I felt they were standing beside me, “An Eternity of Roses” is only the beginning-this is the first entry in a new series called “The Valthreans,” about a race of immortals who commenced almost before recorded time.
Lady Emmaline and Viscount Adrian are so very deeply in love, and are soon to marry. It’s 1807, a time when Society is all, and marriages are almost always arranged for convenience, politics, or matters of wealth. But these fortunate two are in love; until the villainess interferes. Madeleine put me in mind of the infamous Countess Elisabeth Bathory (yes, one of my favourite historical characters) in her depths of evil, the ambition of her evil, and her arcane murderous practices. She rules by fear, and she desires Adrian: nothing will stop her, or can she be stopped?
Natalie G. Owens writes prose as if she is writing poetry, truly. The imagery is superb, and almost every sentence contains a wonderful description that makes the reader want to pause to savour it. I can’t wait to read the next in the series; in the meantime, “An Eternity of Roses” is a definite re-read.
The author provided me with an e-book copy in return for my provision of a fair and impartial review.