A story of family that transcends time. William has been missing for two days. And even though the rest of the wagon company has decided they must continue on to Zion, Constance Brown refuses to go any further until she finds her husband. All she can think about is the last time she saw him — he lovingly touched her face and then sang their baby girl to sleep. Will that memory be all Constance has to hold on to?
In a future time and place, Liz King is a teenager struggling with her identity in the modern world. The embarrassment she feels because of her parents’ divorce and her family’s new-found financial problems turns to bitterness.
Through an inexplicable twist of fate, Constance and Liz are brought face to face. Liz recognizes Constance’s name from her mother’s endless lectures on their family history, and she also recognizes her eyes — they are exactly like her own. Were these distant relatives brought together in order to help each other?
Will Constance be able to return to her own life and find William, and will Liz be able to keep from telling Constance how her story ends? In this irresistible novel filled with gripping adventure and heartfelt emotion, two young women from drastically different times and settings learn that the challenges life holds for them are not so different after all.
Eyes Like Mine by Julie Wright
Constance Miles Brown is on her way to Zion and is searching for her husband William, who has gone missing from their wagon train. The last time she had seen him, he had kissed her and their baby Eliza to go look for the horses. The wagon train decides to go on without her and she is blinded by anger against God for sending her to Zion, when all of a sudden she finds herself hurtling through time. When she comes to a stop, she runs smack into her 5th great granddaughter, Liz King, while Liz is busy at the stables with her horse Sassy.
Liz has been angry with life, has shunned her friends, wanting to exclusively be around her best friend Sassy. Liz is totally shocked at Constance's arrival, esp in her pioneer clothing and strange behavior and strange accent. Constance doesn't understand why she's been flung into the future, but soon begins to understand her purpose in helping Liz and her mother Claire. Liz is angry at her dad for leaving and marrying another woman who she has issues with. Claire begins withdrawing from her family, spending more and more time in her bedroom sleeping.
It isn't until a harrowing accident occurs that Constance and Liz come to understand how much they love each other and just how much human friendships are. When both Liz and Constance find proof of Constance's future, things get topsy-turvy. Even Liz's childhood friend Garret seems to be attracted to Constance!!! When Constance makes plans to return to the past, Liz freaks out, since she doesn't want to feel abondoned like she has with her dad leaving.
When Liz gets to visit Constance's birth home while on her mission, she knows she has come home. This is a great book for YA and adults to ponder our heritage and what we can learn from our ancestors.
Forever Friends Rating 5 Stars by Teri
Until Next Time, See You Around The Book Nook.
* Publisher: Covenant Communications, Incorporated
Pub. Date: July 2009
* ISBN-13: 978-1598116250
I was so thrilled to get another Julie Wright book and I was not disappointed! I love Julie's characters and the way she tells a story. As an added benefit, I'm more motivated to learn my own family history than I ever have been before. I can't wait to see what she comes out with next.
I really enjoyed the book from cover to cover. The story line was excellent and the characters had depth. It was very creative. This would be a great book for a book club!
A book that makes you think. A book that makes you grateful. A book that strengthens your faith.
Through a time-travel phenomenon, Constance Brown is transported from the pioneer trail into the life of her great grandaughter, Liz King. What unfolds is an incredible story as both women must find their destiny, together.
The last several chapters were just brilliant. This is a great YA novel and the characters were true-to-life. If you've read Julie Wright's other novels (especially My Not-So-Fairy-Tale Life), you know she has the knack for getting inside the angst of the teenage mentality. She combines humor, heartache, romance, and great storytelling into a terrific read.