"Insightful character study"
Her mother died giving birth to Lorna Kent so her Aunt
Belle in Donneston, England raised her. Her father left
Lorna when she was five, but staying with her beloved Belle
was fine to the little girl. She especially enjoyed
visiting her Aunt Mabel in Canterlow; a place that Lorna
felt and still feels is her Eden.
In 1919 when Aunt Belle dies, Lorna is content staying
with Aunt Mabel. Lorna soon learns that the isolated town
is self sufficient with a personality of its own that turns
ugly during tumultuous times. She falls in love with Adam
an older married person with two children. Lorna knows
nothing can come of this so she says nothing. However,
after Adam's wife dies, he asks her to marry him, but
someone wants to stop a wedding between the duo because she
has personal plans for him.
There is a gothic undertone to A MORNING IN EDEN
though the tale is more of a character study than usually
found in that genre. The protagonist is a sweet person who
mistakes infatuation for love. Her common sense approach
to life and her upbeat innocence makes Lorna an appealing
character. Though Anna Gilbert seems to overuse death to
further relationships, fans will enjoy her unique voice.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 3, 2001