"a fast paced, well-written paranormal suspense"
For generations the sword was handed down from woman to
woman. She would serve as a guardian for the sword and
pass it on to the next guardian before her own death. The
sword also attracts the guardians' mortal soul mate, as
well as untold evil and unscrupulous men only seeking its
For Dorel Everly the ancient sword her Grandfather left to
her in his will couldn't have come at a better time. She
had just been laid off from her job and was now homeless
because she had been house-sitting and the owners were
returning early. Not expecting too much money from the
sale of the sword, she went to a local gun show.
Mike Gabrielli had always felt his life was
lacking "something". He knew historical facts that
although accurate, very few people knew. He also had a
fascination with weapons, especially ancient Japanese
swords. So when he went to the gun show and encountered
Dorel, it seemed as if his life was finally starting.
Soon the couple is on the run from both the police and an
enemy far worse. Because Mike holds the sword, the power
it contains consumes him. Through visions of her most
recent past life, Dorel knows that unless the eternal
trust of the sword is somehow broken, she and Mike will
die and the cycle will start all over.
Melinda Rucker Haynes has written a pretty intense book.
I would say this was Paranormal Suspense and I was really
impressed with her writing style. To me, it seemed to
flow from one heart-racing occurrence to the next.
I really like the idea of having a connection to finding
your soul mate in every life. However, the tension
between Mike and Dorel was constantly there and because of
the situation they were in, it really made me wonder if it
was the type of attraction that comes more from your life
being in constant danger. If not for the eternal trust
(which I also thought had a unique purpose behind it) if
they had met under normal circumstances, would they have
clicked as a couple? While there is sexual tension
between the characters, the intimate scenes between Mike
and Dorel are insinuated, rather than graphically written
Dorel is an independent, intelligent woman. Some of this
was her soul learning from its mistakes; which I thought
refreshing. While she does have some "demons" that she
has to overcome, I really like how Dorel was finally able
to break the trust and thus free them from the control the
sword appears to have.
THE ETERAL TRUST was a fast paced, well-written novel.
The use of the previous lives helped add to my
understanding of the trust, and was not overwhelming for
the story. If you like suspense woven in with your story,
I would highly recommend this book.
Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted April 29, 2004