St. Martin's, Dec 2001, 22.95, 240 pp.
Her mother giving birth to Lorna Kent so her Aunt Belle in Donneston, England raised her. Her father left Lorna when she was five, but staying with her beloved Belle was fine to the little girl. She especially enjoyed visiting her Aunt Mabel in Canterlow; a place that Lorna felt and still feels is her Eden.
In 1919 when Aunt Belle dies, Lorna is content staying with Aunt Mabel. Lorna soon learns that the isolated town is self sufficient with a personality of its own that turns ugly during tumultuous times. She falls in love with Adam an older married person with two children. Lorna knows nothing can come of this so she says nothing. However, after Adam's wife dies, he asks her to marry him, but someone wants to stop a wedding between the duo because she has personal plans for him.
There is a gothic undertone to A MORNING IN EDEN though the tale is more of a character study than usually found in that genre. The protagonist is a sweet person who mistakes infatuation for love. Her common sense approach to life and her upbeat innocence makes Lorna an appealing character. Though Anna Gilbert seems to overuse death to further relationships, fans will enjoy her unique voice.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner