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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
There is a lot to unpack in Return to Eternity, Jenni Barnett's colorful and character-driven drama. I appreciated the preface certainly, as it grounded me in the factual history of colonial Australia that the novel expands upon. This is more than historical fiction; it's a familial drama, a character-focused narrative with multiple main characters we get to study and is, overall, an adventurous read. Rex was a fascinating character to me. As an autistic individual, his perspective and writing tone was much more stylized and stilted. I think this is due to the talents of Ms. Barnett in portraying the calculating mind of a man on the spectrum. However, that's not all he is and I enjoyed that the story sort of acknowledged the autism as just another facet of his personality rather than the primary motivator of his character.
Set against some beautiful images of Australia's scenery and wilderness, the story unfolded well, with some twists and turns that I was not expecting. The Griffins sure were a crazy family. I'd actually like a deeper history and exploration of them, perhaps on their own, as they offered some of the book's more interesting characters and one of the longest segments of the book anyway. Jenni Barnett showed skillful handling of the material and made me interested in exploring more historical fiction set in Australia.