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A Season of Eden by J.M. Warwick
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Eden is a beautiful and sought after 18-year old senior at a prestigious Southern California High School. Her life seems perfect, if outsiders don’t look beneath the surface. Although Eden seems to have it all – good friends, a popular and good looking boyfriend, a ‘mansion’ for a house, and a luxury car she can call her own – she is a lonely girl who misses her deceased mother and can’t get her father to notice her since he’s married a superficial blonde who is only interested in his wealth. As an only child, she has no one to share her frustrations, concerns and sorrows…just a pet dog that joins her at home when she returns from school every day.

* Plot Spoilers*
It’s the first day of the last semester of senior year and Eden enrolls in an ‘easy A’ – Chorus Choir – where she sets her eyes on the most gorgeous guy she’s ever seen. Unfortunately, that gorgeous and charismatic guy is her new Choir teacher, Mr. Christian. He’s so young, so talented, so gifted with the piano, so passionate about music and engendering interest in his students. Engender interest he does! It’s clear from the outset that the females in the choir room are smitten by this new, young good looking and enthusiastic choir teacher. Eden wastes no time and begins to implement the all too familiar subtle flirtation strategies that many female students employ when they develop crushes on their hot young teachers. Except, most of these crushes go unnoticed and much of the strategizing is rarely successful…but…

Mr. Christian does not, in any direct way, enable Eden’s flirtatiousness. In fact, he does quite the opposite, warning Eden that her behavior is inappropriate and constantly reminding her that she’s a student and he’s a teacher. Eventually, Mr. Christian’s desire for and interest in Eden is too much to handle and he makes a move and kisses Eden passionately as she excitedly reciprocates. She’s 18, he’s 22 and she’s two months shy from graduating. What’s the big deal, right? Wrong! The pureness of Mr. Christian’s kiss confuses Eden and she feels as though she is corrupting his innocence. Eventually Eden overcomes her own lack of innocence and learns to deal with being in love with a man as pure and honorable as Mr. Christian.

The relationship between Mr. Christian (or James) and Eden, if it can be called that, is for the most part and emotional one and very little physical interactions take place between the two due to Mr. Christian’s firm belief that a romantic relationship between student and teacher is absolutely inappropriate. Eden grudgingly agrees to give Mr. Christian the time he needs (i.e. until she graduates) and lays off on her persistent pursuit.

Laurens writes an impeccable story with real characters who are tormented, confused, lonely and falling in love with each other. The story had a perfect harmony of ‘flow’ and it was wholeheartedly believable. Eden and Mr. Christian represent real individuals at any high school, and they were portrayed as absolutely normal people dealing with difficult situations as best as they saw fit. The one aspect of this book that puzzled me was the ending. Although I am a firm believer that not all good books require a neat and tidy ending that wraps up the entire story, I do think it’s important where warranted (i.e. where there is no sequel to close the loop on the story). As far as I know, Laurens never wrote a sequel to A Season of Eden ☹. If Jennifer Laurens reads my review…please, write the sequel…there is so much I want to know!

“I want to play you…” He pressed his forehead to mine, closing his eyes. “I want to play your body like an instrument.” – Page 196

by Eva Márquez
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Eva Márquez Loving it so far. Very well written!

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