29 Hours to Eternity

Title: 29 Hours to Eternity
Author: Elizabeth Noble
Publisher: JMS Books
Release Date: December 1, 2018
Genre(s): Fantasy Romance, Holidays
Page Count: 30 pages
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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Bottom line - I loved this unusual unexpected holiday story from Elizabeth Noble. From the very first page, we think we know what is going to happen and the tension builds as each chapter gives us a countdown of how many hours are left to eternity. But what happens between the expected and unexpected is wonderfully done.

Flight attendant Ian has a long long layover at LAX and meets a man, Race, whom he feels he has known forever, and marvels at their easy connection. They are both pagan and celebrate the winter festival of Saturnalia. FYI, Saturnalia was a major Roman holiday celebrating the god Saturn and we still see its influence in our celebrations of Christmas, Epiphany, the Feast of the Holy Innocents and the western European custom of a "Lord of Misrule." Roman poet Catullus called Saturnalia "the best of days." (Thanks, Wikipedia!!).

And although time is short, Ian feels he and Race (short for Horace) have indeed spent the very best of time together. The ending is surprising and it lends a bittersweet feeling to the tale but I love how Elizabeth Noble turns this holiday story into something unexpected and totally beautiful. 5 stars and a Recommended Read.

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