Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
I Will Follow: To Eternity And Beyond is an historical romance written by Ju Ephraime. Growing up in an orphanage run by the nuns was a lonely experience for Catherine. She didn't seem to have anything in common with the other children living there, and the nuns were preoccupied with their devotions and caring for the children. One thing that bothered her the most was the fact that on holidays, when all the other orphans had relatives to visit, she was always the one to stay at the home. She wondered who her parents were and what happened to them. She also wondered why they didn't keep her. Catherine had plenty of work at the home to keep her busy from sunup to sundown, but what she enjoyed most was preparing herbal concoctions and remedies under the tutelage of Mother Agnes. When she could, Catherine would escape the confines of the home and walk for hours. She loved animals, and they seemed to respond in kind to her as she made her way through woods and fields. One day, as she was trying to catch a particular little rabbit she hope to make into a pet, she veered into the dirt path just as a car was roaring past. The driver swerved to miss her, but the bumper still clipped her, throwing her into the woods. She woke to find a man looking down at her and then felt him carrying her to his car. As she attempted to focus her gaze, she was struck by the intensity of his blue eyes and the way his hair was tangled and wavy. He was the most amazing creature she had ever seen.
Ju Ephraime's historical romance, I Will Follow: To Eternity And Beyond, is a heady and sensual romance about a love that transcends time and place. Catherine and Cameron are marvelous characters. She's the guiding star that he's inescapably drawn to, and he's the knight in shining armor who snatches her from the clutches of an unscrupulous nun who means her nothing but harm. This novel is set in the pre-WWI years, and the author does a beautiful job of setting the scene, especially in the care she takes with the descriptions of the landed gentility and the growing inroads the automobile makes into the British countryside. While there are a number of scenes involving love-making and sensuality, they are well-written and appropriate for an adult audience. The paranormal aspect of this novel is also enticing and adds a touch of mystery to the plot. I Will Follow: To Eternity And Beyond is most highly recommended.