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Ten Minutes of Forever by Andrew London: Book Review
What if you knew you are
dying of cancer? What if you loved a
woman for years but never had the chance to meet her in real life? What would
you do? And how far would you go to meet the love of your life and spend with
her those Ten Minutes of Forever?
The excellent romantic nautical adventure, Ten Minutes of Forever by Andrew London is a well written and highly entertaining romantic adventure novel; it should appeal to romance and adventure fans across the globe.
In the story Ten Minutes of Forever, the main character Bartholomew Hart Peterson (Percy) is dying of cancer. Being aware of this he is ready to captain his own boat and dive headfirst into long dangerous sea adventure. He takes his sailboat down the Mississippi River into the Caribbean and out into the open sea, coming across angry storms, hungry sharks, cruel cannibals and all the way fighting with his incurable illness.
The reason for that was the woman he truly loved but never met in person. Gioia May Chow (Wren) lived in China and for fifteen years they had been pen pals. Their friendship had begun as a high school social studies project and with time it passed into a beautiful feeling called Love.
The book Ten Minutes of Foreverimpressed me very much, because it reveals many things that are very actual nowadays: conservation, cancer fighting, true love…
We love our family, our friends, our country, our life, and ourselves. These are all the things we hold dear to us in all the choices and plans we make. To lose them is to lose everything.
Some live their life and have never found the time to find a true love. Love has not changed at all over the course of history and this makes it the most important emotion in the human mind, body and soul. In Ten Minutes of Forever, the main character found that true love...
Yes, first of all it is a love story because only love makes us stronger, courageous, caring, loving, kind, patient, etc. Only loving someone we are ready to face everything in this life. And only this beautiful feeling made the main character to make that dangerous sea trip alone facing all the danger in his way.
The main character of Ten Minutes of Forever, Percy, found his true love but hasn’t had the chance to meet her. The following is a passage taken from the book where we can read the touching moments of daily ritual of reading her love letters:
“As he read the letter, a single tear creased his handsome face as the memories came flooding back. This became almost a daily ritual. Every time he got into his car, he would randomly pick a letter and read it, thus reliving the exact moment when he read the letter for the very first time. It was always a painful ritual, since he was here and she was there, but it was a ritual that he performed daily out of love and devotion. The miles that separated them were astronomical.”
It touched me very deeply and it brought tear to my eyes when by the time his mother realized that he could never go back.
Being a man, the author managed to show us the amazing feelings of a mother towards her child. The scene is very emotional:
“They embraced as only a mother and son can embrace; deep and loving. She carried him within her womb for nine long months, and her body nourished his, as his grew within hers. There is a bond there than cannot be broken, yet at this moment, she could feel it breaking.”
Being in his very unsafe
way to meet her, he always had her in his thoughts.
“And then he thought about Wren, her fair skin and black hair, those piercingly dark eyes and petal soft rosebud lips. He missed her, yet that puzzled him. How could he miss a girl that he had never physically met? He had never heard her voice or looked into her eyes or touched her soft warm skin. All he had was the letters and an old photograph; nothing more. But still, there was a yearning in his heart.
He missed her.”
Even though he has never meet her, he loves her very deeply. This is a perfect example of long distance love. This illustrates how love, if persevering, can live forever.
“Love is not only the means to an end, it is the end itself. It is the reason for being.”
Long distance love is very actual nowadays, due to the Internet. But we really have the same scenario like the main characters of the book with the difference they were pen pals.
This universal theme seems to repeat itself through all of time. From Romeo and Juliet, to Percy and Wren, it is proven that love lives on. It has been established throughout time that love, when strong, can conquer all.
Only when I finished reading this wonderful romantic story, I have understood the true very deep meaning of Ten Minutes of Forever! I was overwhelmed with emotions because it really touched me very deeply!
The book Ten Minutes of Forever is really beautiful and won’t leave you indifferent.