4 out of 4 stars
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One Moment, Just an Eternity, written by Smaragdi Mitropoulou, is a novel that consists of two parts. The first part, which makes up almost half of the novel, narrates the love story of two people whose lives are forever changed by an irreversible incident. The second part consists of eight short stories, with the themes of love and chasing one’s dream running through most of them.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the love stories in One Moment, Just an Eternity. There was something about the love stories that struck a chord in my heart and made me sympathize with the characters. Indeed, from the first page to the last, I was engrossed in the novel, turning the pages as fast as my fingers could allow.
Furthermore, I was blown away by the author’s exquisite writing. Often, it felt as though I were reading poetry — beautiful, delicate poetry that took my breath away and left me hanging onto every word for dear life. Take, for example, the following excerpt from the novel: "For years you've waited for a word, a move from me! For years I've waited for a word, a move from you! How did you and I become strangers? All the time… all the time I kept thinking about you. Even when…” (p. 62).
The one thing I liked most was the emotional nature of the novel. Most of the stories were poignant yet inspirational. Truly, I found inspiration in “The Dance of Ayse” and was affected deeply by “The Tale of Shehrazade.” All these stories narrate powerful tales that I believe will stay in the mind of the reader for a long time to come.
Nonetheless, I had one issue with One Moment, Just an Eternity. The novel started at a slow pace, which made it quite difficult for me to understand the story from the beginning. As a result, the initial pages were a bit difficult and boring to get through. Apart from that, however, I enjoyed the rest of the novel quite well.
Considering the aforementioned points, I rate One Moment, Just an Eternity 4 out of 4 stars. Undoubtedly, I had a pleasant time reading the novel, and so the minor issue mentioned above could not persuade me to deduct a star from the perfect rating. Finally, I would recommend the novel to anyone who enjoys reading romance novels. Most importantly, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading novels filled with exquisite writing that could just take one’s breath away.
One moment, just an eternity
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