My mother was a voice teacher at a small college. She was also the church’s choir director, and was used to working with people with a wide range of musical talent. She taught my brothers and I, as well as a number of students and choir members how to hit a note just right; so perfectly on pitch that it makes your voice box tickle.
One night, we were watching a comedian on television who was singing a song off key. He was so bad at singing, that it was hilariously funny.
When we turned the set off, my mother said “now, that was talent.”
“Talent?” I asked. “He was off key on every single note.”
“Yes,” she replied. “But people who don’t have talent are off just a little bit. He didn’t just pick a bad note; he picked the worst note possible. To be that bad takes a lot of talent. ”
“Eternity (The Friendship Series)” by Staci Stallings is a lot like that comedian.
The story is about three friends; two males and a female. All of the characters are likeable, honest, kind, gainfully employed, helpful and courteous. They go to clubs, take each other out to lunch, and watch football on TV. There are no villains, no chase scenes, no crimes, no dead bodies, no torrid sex scenes and no evil political plots that are going to destroy the world. You’d think a story like that would be boring, but it’s not.
These friends are in a sticky situation that starts out being awkward, and just gets stickier and more awkward as it goes. One of the characters is going to end up with a broken heart. You don’t want any of them to get hurt, but there’s no way for them to resolve the situation without at least one of them being devastated. At worst, all three of them will have their hearts ripped out by the others. It keeps you turning the pages because you can’t tell who is going to win at love and who is going to cry. It’s compelling, not because it’s action-packed, but because the author makes you care.
They say don’t judge a book by its cover. Don’t judge this book by its blurb. The description of what the book is about does not tell you how well this book is written. The blurb makes it sound like the roommate from Hell, but that’s not what it really is. It’s a story about good people doing good things, caring about each other, and putting their own wants behind the needs of the people they care for. And even though that sounds like it’s going to be a really boring book, it’s anything but. And as my mother pointed out, that takes talent.