My rating: 5 stars / It was amazing
The first love story on earth... Haunting... Lyrical... Unforgettable...
In a world where everything is perfect, yet the same day after day, Eve must decide if she wants to live forever in the garden with Adam and never know what lies beyond the walls. When she makes a choice with terrible consequences, the pain of mortality is swift. As she and Adam explore their new world, and her body changes, Eve discovers the sweetness of first love with the man who has always been at her side.
I loved reading this perspective on Eve and the choices she made in the Garden of Eden. It shows what her her thought process might have been as she desires further knowledge and to multiply and replenish the earth. The author chose to write Eve's perspective from the first person point of view, and Adam's from third person, which I thought was very effective in showing his perspective while still allowing the story to belong to Eve. The thing that stood out to me the most was how the Garden of Eden began as a peaceful place, but when Satan makes his appearance and begins tempting Adam and Eve, the anxiety becomes palpable until Eve finally makes the choice to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Their experiences outside of the garden are fascinating as they battle the elements and learn to fend for themselves in a harsh world. The love and affection they show for each other as man and wife in the garden is portrayed as innocent, and when they become mortal they become aware of each other in a more physical and romantic manner. The author does a tasteful job of depicting this awareness with its range of emotions, including shyness, hesitance, anticipation, fear of rejection, and devotion.
(Thank you to Ebooks For Review for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)