Kicking Eternity captures readers’ attention, not by a reach-out-and-grab-your-interest beginning, but by the characters’ personalities. They are real. Feeling curious about the lead character’s motivation for her choices, I read on.
Fresh out of college, Raine’s life seems buttoned up and neat, but it’s not so. She’s faced with troubling circumstances, due to her brother’s meth addiction—a sad reality many people suffer nowadays—the temptation to entangle herself with the unbeliever, surfer-dude Cal, a camp Rec director named, Drew, who seems ever at her side, and her father’s outdated attitudes toward woman which hinder her dreams of becoming a teacher in an African orphanage. But I had to wonder, did Raine truly long to teach in Africa, or was she attempting to escape her intolerable father and the memories of a childhood spent in subjugation? My question was never directly answered, but I assumed she longed to escape her or at the very least prove to her father that she was fully capable of making life decisions for herself.
I like that Ann Miller is willing to write about real issues and characters who battle with daily temptations and inner turmoil. Her characters are not the cookie-cutter characters one finds in far too many Christian novels of today. Raine, Cal, Drew, and even Raine’s father and mother are relatable characters.
Forbidden love, difficult family issues, unpredictability, and characters that learn the importance of spiritual growth all twine together in Kicking Eternity, making it a 4-star read for me.
I recommend this book. It grants readers a glimpse into the lives of flawed characters as they deal with difficult issues and how God works in their lives.
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Short Blurb: Fresh from college, Raine scores a teaching job at New Smyrna Beach Surf and Sailing Camp. A crush on the camp rebel/art teacher threatens to derail her plans to teach orphans in Africa. The broody recreation director spots her brothers meth addiction and Raine's enabling. Raine believes she is helping her brother--until lives are threatened.