Tuesday, August 24, 2010

4 A Season of Eden by J.M. Warwick

Title: A Season of Eden
Author: J.M. Warwick
Publisher: Grove Creek Publishing
Publication Date: October 20, 2008
Paperback, 248 pages
ISBN: 978-1-933963-90-7

He's my teacher. I shouldn't be alone with him. But I can't help that he's irresistible. I let the door silently close at my back. He stared at me, and a taut quiet stretched between us. "I like hearing you play," I said, moving toward him. He turned, in sync with my slow approach. He looked up at me but didn't say anything. I rested my clammy hand on the cold, slick body of the baby grand. "May I?" The muscles in his throat shifted, then he swallowed. "Eden." My knees weakened, like a soft tickling kiss had just been blown against the backs of them. "Is it okay?" I asked. His gaze held mine like two hands joined. He understood what I was really asking. "Let me stay," I said. "Please." "You're going to get me in trouble," he said.

I have to admit when I first read the blurb on the back cover I was a little creeped out about the student-teacher relationship. So before I go on I want to ease your mind a little, Eden is eighteen and Mr. Christian is twenty-two. Feel better? Me too. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about the story. This book is about so much more than just a student-teacher affair. It's more of a coming of age story about all kinds of relationships between friends, father/daughter and of course student/teacher. The story focuses on Eden. She’s a beautiful, smart, and popular girl who seems to have it all. However, Eden’s life is a facade. I liked the way the J.M. wrote Eden. She is a dynamically complicated character trying to figure out where she fits in. Anyone who is in high school or has ever been to high school can remember how that feels. Eden goes along day after day playing the same role until she meets her new music teacher, Mr. Christian. I have to say, if Mr. Christian had taught in my high school I would have had a crush on him too. Eden and Mr. Christian have great chemistry together. J.M. does a great job with this forbidden relationship. I thought this book was a great read. The plot is interesting, the story line flows easily and the characters are believable.

*picture and summary taken from Goodreads
* This book was provided to me by The awesome Jennifer Laurens and Grove Creek Publishing for the purpose of an honest review.

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