Eye of the Beholder by Elissa Gabrielle

Paperback: 246 pages
Publisher: Peace In The Storm Publishing
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1497518571
ISBN-13: 978-1497518575
Price: $15.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Description

The true measure of our existence begins with the way we view the world. Jerusalem “Jay” Jones has experienced the uglier side of life. As an Iraq war Veteran, he is a hero for bravely putting his life on the line to serve his country. But that unselfish act resulted in him lying in a Veteran’s hospital with injuries he sustained from the war. His present circumstance should be a cakewalk for Jerusalem considering what he has witnessed both as a child and while in the heat of battle. The pleasantries of love, laughter and life have always seemed to elude him. From his early days as a child growing up abused and terrorized on the tough streets of Newark, to being all that he could be in the military, Jerusalem’s life has been anything but pleasant and attractive when viewed from the surface. Now, vulnerable and reclusive, he must face the world he joined the military to escape, armed with only dark secrets from his past, a bruised and burdened psyche and limits to him physically. Jill Lopes longs to fix the wounded and broken, but before she can heal the sick, she must first mend her own battle scars of unhappiness and resistance, and find a way to push past the experiences that haunt her. When fate boldly steps in and introduces itself into Jerusalem’s and Jill’s lives, they realize that the challenges we meet in life hold the power to open us to a higher, more meaningful existence. Will they both be able to view the world for what it really is under the clear truth of who they are and what they are capable of becoming together? Does beauty really lie in the eye of the beholder? Experience the power of love on this redemptive journey where the purpose of the tribulations in one’s life, will be empowered to reveal the gifts they bring.

Review

I heard great things about Eye of the Beholder. So when I received it as a complimentary copy in exchange for a review, I was excited to read it. I technically don’t read romance novels, but this one is different. There were multiple layers, and back stories. It isn’t your average or typical love story. There are deeper messages, which made me stop and think. I caught myself crying a few times throughout the book too.

Eye of the Beholder had to do with a man by the name of Jerusalem Jones who winds up in the hospital after being injured in war. God spared his life, however, his face and parts of his body were severely damaged. He was in pain physically and emotionally. He was despondent and lost all hope, in a way, he wished he had died. But, in walks Jill, the nurse assigned to his care. She sees he has given up, and is determined to change all that. She slowly nurses him back to health; not only physically, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually too. In the process, they fall in love.

The one thing that stood out for me in this story is the power of unconditional love. Jill was selfless and poured into Jerusalem. She demonstrated what love in action looks like, which is very rare to see nowadays.

Elissa Gabrielle’s writing style is rich, poetic and lyrical. All in all, it was a beautiful and touching story which I highly recommend.

Elissa Gabrielle is a powerhouse in the literary industry. The author of multiple poetry books, numerous novels and contributor to several anthologies, Elissa has proven herself to be well-versed in artistic creativity. Elissa Gabrielle has the uncanny ability to take newcomers and mold, shape them into literary superstars and has created multiple award-winning authors and best-selling books in the process. Her colloquial and imaginative creations have lead to sensual and seductive inclusions in Zane’s Purple Panties, Erogenous Zone: A Sexual Voyage, Mocha Chocolate: A Taste of Ecstasy, The Heat of the Night, Historie Chocolate D’Amour, Pillow Talk in the Heat of The Night, Zane’s Busy Bodies: Chocolate Flava 4 and more. Elissa Gabrielle is the author of several short stories including Nights over Egypt, The Other Side of Midnight, An Appetite for Destruction and Saved by Grace. In addition to these innovative achievements, Elissa has graced the covers of Conversations Magazine, Big Time Publishing Magazine, Disilgold Soul Magazine and has been featured in Urbania Magazine and Black Literature Magazine. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.