The Between Review/ Heart of Eternity


Heart of Eternity : When you are invited to dance with the muse of love, when you are driven to the edge by the pain of the past, when you hold the remedy for what ails you in your arms you will find yourself in the heart of eternity.

Set in the Blue Mountain’s town of Black heath in New South Wales, Australia, the novel Heart of Eternity introduces two very different characters, Jay and Naida, who encounter each other at a challenging time in each of their lives. Their individual expressions of the feelings they provoke in each other give rise to a turmoil that could ultimately claim their lives. When two people understand so deeply the pain each other has faced will it force them into the abyss of darkness or will their combined need for healing allow love to enter both their hearts?

The Author

N. Jay, found the inspiration of her romance novel Heart of Eternity in her own life history and folklore—- By drawing on the power of her personal experiences, she has created characters whose desires are circumscribed by the landscapes and pasts they can no longer escape. Coming from a culturally diverse background, N. Jay received an M.A. in Literature in 2009 and teaches in the areas of comparative literature, composition, and language pedagogy.

My Review

I was intrigued with the focus of this story, faith, ancient healing, and the metaphysical realm of the duality of our inner being. However, N. Jay offers her first novel to the world as a romantic suspense, but for me, it fell short of reaching that lofty goal. There was little romance and even less suspense.  Heart Of Eternity sent me on a spiritual journey into the mystical, not sure what genre that would fall under.

Jay, the bad boy, is the ultimate dark handsome charmer, who can draw any woman with his dark allure. This heart-breaker has no interest in love, he’s a danger junkie with no redeeming qualities.

Naida is portrayed as Jay’s opposite. She’s  light, love and purity in human form. Diagnosed with cancer she seeks spiritual healing with the help of her uncle, Zachriel who is a spiritual healer.  During a healing sessions she encounters a darkness that pulls at her both spiritually and physically, consuming her thoughts.

After what I term an ‘out-of-body experience’ they meet and fall in love instantly. What follows is the story of Naida’s attempts to heal Jay and herself through religious mysticism.

I enjoyed the story as far as it dived into the metaphysical, touching on the `Divine’ inhabiting both the dark and the light within all of us. I wish it was more of that spiritual mystery and the journey of two souls suffering to find themselves from within.  However, it was too short to truly explore the enlighten paths of both characters fully.

N. Jay wrote a lovely story with an creative use of word play, however at times there seemed to be two voices, two writers, which I attribute to editing since I think American English is her second languish.

Heart of Eternity is an compelling story on self-discovery, healing, and overcoming one’s past  but as far as a Romantic Suspense story, not so much.  I gave N.Jay novel 3 finger-snaps.

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The Between

N. Jay resides in Dubai, UAE, with her husband and two year old daughter. She finds the internal world of human beings to be a constant source of fascination and loves the more emotionally laden side of life.


I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Copyright © 2013 Glynis Rankin

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