Review

Until the End of Time

by Danielle Steel

When Bill meets Jenny in 1975, he knows immediately that she is his destiny, his future and his soul mate for all time. Her love of life and fast-paced job in New York City's fashion industry are a vivid contrast to Bill's dutiful law career in the family firm where he has done little more than live up to obligations imposed by his parents and siblings. Even though his judgmental family is strongly opposed to his marriage, Bill weds Jenny against their wishes and begins the life of which he has always dreamt. He even garners the courage to make a significant career change that fulfills him emotionally in a way that practicing law never did. 

"At first glance, the two separate stories in UNTIL THE END OF TIME may seem unconnected. Once the reader delves into this heartwarming novel, though, it's easy to see how the main characters in these loving tales connect in a supernatural way. "

When Bill's career choice requires relocating in order for him to secure employment, Jenny, because of her deep love for her husband, is willing to throw her lot in with his and make a change that puts her career on the backburner. The most important thing in her life is Bill, and the sacrifice is one she makes lovingly. Together they start a new life in Wyoming, a far cry from what they're used to in New York City.

In 2013, Robert is working night and day to establish his publishing company and put it on the map with a bestselling novel that flies off the shelves. When he receives a submission that's handwritten in 12 spiral notebooks and wrapped in a woman's apron, he's intrigued to find out what this mystery lady has to say. As Robert reads the touching story about a farm girl from the country who travels to the city and finds adventure, he finds himself moved by the emotion of her words and the simple, effective style of her writing. He must know who this woman is, and he has to publish her book. As far as he's concerned, its success is not in question, it's assured.

After doing some research, Robert learns that the author of the book, Lillibet Petersen, is a young Amish woman who has rarely set foot off of her family's farm and who has taken a great risk by writing and submitting her work for publication. He arranges to meet her at a local dairy farm so Lillibet can maintain the secrecy that shrouds her novel and keep its existence from her demanding father.

When Robert and Lillibet meet, they feel an instant connection that makes no sense to them but is as real as the air they breathe. Unfortunately, the Amish are unable to marry outside of their own community, and the pair knows that there is no hope of a future for them. Luckily, however, fate has a way of playing a part and making the impossible possible, and Lillibet's life takes turns that she never thought could happen.

At first glance, the two separate stories in UNTIL THE END OF TIME may seem unconnected. Once the reader delves into this heartwarming novel, though, it's easy to see how the main characters in these loving tales connect in a supernatural way. Is life simply all that we see from our limited perspective, or are there bigger forces at work that enable lovers to maintain their connection throughout not just one but many lifetimes?

Reviewed by Amie Taylor on January 31, 2013

Until the End of Time
by Danielle Steel

  • Publication Date: January 28, 2014
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Dell
  • ISBN-10: 0345530896
  • ISBN-13: 9780345530899