Eternity is a good story first and foremost. The story is entertaining and funny and the characters are endearing and likeable. The novel centers around Carrie Montgomery, who is somewhat spoiled and used to getting her way. She runs a mail order bride business and falls in love with one of her clients, and decides she wants to marry him herself. The man she sends herself off to marry could not be more inappropriate for her...a very poor farm widower with two children.
Enter the romance, which was building itself up really well until about midway through the book, when it sort of took a back seat to the comedic side of the story. This didn't cause me to lose interest though, because it really was very entertaining even without the high level of romance (the problem was that Carrie was too much the aggressor). Then it turned from funny to sappy when Carrie's brothers rushed in to save the day and they end up more or less forcing the farmer (who is most definitely a less than memorable character) to marry her. The author gives the farmer some flimsy excuses from his past to explain his less than romantic behavior, but I would have liked a much more deserving hero for this heroine.
Jude Deveraux is a favorite author of mine because even when I don't necessarily love her characters or relate to her ideas of romance, I know I will still love her books. She is an exceptional storyteller with a talent for making the words slip right off the page. And even with the romance issues mentioned above, this is a better than average romance novel.