Kicking Eternity

Rated 4.67/5 based on 12 reviews
Fresh from college, Raine scores a teaching job at New Smyrna Beach Surf and Sailing Camp. A crush on the camp rebel/art teacher threatens to derail her plans to teach orphans in Africa. The broody recreation director spots her brother's meth addiction and Raine's enabling. Raine believes she is helping her brother--until lives are threatened. More
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About Ann Lee Miller

Ann Lee Miller earned a BA in creative writing from Ashland (OH) University and writes full-time in Phoenix, but left her heart in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where she grew up. She loves speaking to young adults and guest lectures on writing at several Arizona colleges. When she isn’t writing or muddling through some crisis-real or imagined-you’ll find her hiking in the Superstition Mountains with her husband or meddling in her kids’ lives. Over 100,000 copies of Miller’s debut novel, Kicking Eternity, have been downloaded from online retailers.

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Reviews of Kicking Eternity by Ann Lee Miller

Sarahplatt807 reviewed on March 16, 2018

Y'all don't really need another review here, but when I read a terrific novel, I just have to thank the author and encourage others to read it. This is a fantastic story!
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Cadee Brystal reviewed on April 27, 2014

The characters in Ann Lee Miller's Kicking Eternity are believable and the reader can relate to them. They are challenged by contemporary life and the temptations we find in today's world. Sometimes they stumble, but as the story progresses, we see each of them trying to overcome these temptations and turning to their Christian faith for assistance.

Miller writes in a way that is easy to follow and flows well. As a fan of Christian romance, I enjoyed both the story and the telling of the story. I especially liked they way she brought in other elements of today's world, referencing shows and other books. She touches on the "languages of love" as described by author Gary Chapman in "The Five Love Languages".

I strongly recommend Kicking Eternity!
(review of free book)
Daleen reviewed on March 2, 2014

A beautiful story...with real characters. Good mixture of drama, romance and suspense, but most of inspires and changes your life. As any good christian book should!
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Erika Nortje reviewed on Feb. 19, 2014

I'm not much of a reader, but I could not stop! Touching, inspiring and fun! I love the way Ann has with words, she makes them alive. Her characters are real and entertaining, lovable. I like how I become part of them by knowing their thoughts and their prayers. Their uncertainties, and confusion at times, are very relatable. Obviously having God in it is a win-win. The ocean in the background, a twister and a gun-threat, the battle for ones dreams – all makes for an amazing journey with the characters. I wanted to be there around the camp fire praising God with them. I’ll be back for more and also look forward to seeing more titles added to Ann's list. Thanks for the inspiration!
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Dii reviewed on March 3, 2013

Ann Miller has written another great book that demonstrates that even with a strong faith, life can still be confusing, particularly when dealing with matters of the heart!

Raine has her future planned out. She feels God is calling her to go to serve as a missionary in Africa. To earn money for her trip, she spends her summer working at a Christian Camp where she finds she is attracted to two totally different young men who return her feelings. Meanwhile, she has gotten off to a bad start with her room mate, and only needs to get to know her to find how well they can relate.

Each of the four main characters, Raine, Cal, Drew and Aly are flawed. They are human, they are young, their emotions are real. Some of them rely on their faith to help give them strength, but each one of them still have personal struggles. For Raine, it was confusion in love. She feels something for both Cal and Drew, she does things out of love for her brother.

I think Ann has done a wonderful job of showing her characters as young people with growing pains, all striving to do the best they can, and NOT using God as a shield or crutch, but as a guide. They make mistakes, they learn from them. That is real life.

What I really like best about Ann's books? They are well-written and take 'the fear of reading Christian books' away! What Ann writes is current to today's teens/new adults and is easily related to in a smooth flowing way that puts the reader in the story completely!

I highly recommend her books for anyone who is or have ever been caught in the throes of young adulthood!
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Charissa Stastny reviewed on Aug. 28, 2012

Very clean romance with a unique love triangle that kept me wondering far into the story who Rainey would choose. This story is set in a bible camp in Florida where Rainey is a bible teacher as she waits to go to Africa to be a missionary. Drew, the activities director and a childhood friend, teases her; Cal, the art teacher and a rebel to the Christian values his parents espoused, draws Rainey in with his handsome looks and charm. Issues brought up in this book are Christian values, meth use and addiction, and hard family relationships when dealing with a user. I enjoyed this story a lot. It was well written, fast paced and I learned a lot from it.
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Jutzie reviewed on June 7, 2012

Kicking Eternity by Ann Lee Miller
This book follows the lives of four young adults. There is Raine who has always dreamed of going to Africa. Her heart is for the orphans there but is her motive to escape from under her dad’s thumb or her brother’s dependency upon her? She is teaching Bible at the Triple S Christian Camp for the summer. When her new friends tell her she hasn’t experienced life being home schooled and not out in the world, her faith is challenged. Will she wait to hear what God desires for her or will her physical desires rule her decisions?

Drew has been living the past years in a blur. He has lived waiting for the love of his life to walk back into it. Drew is the Rec Leader at the camp. He remembers the younger Raine who has now become a beautiful young woman. Drew struggles with dealing with the past and deciding on the future. Will the Lord give him a wife and family? Will his old flame return and if so, is it what he still wants?

Cal is from the family where dad is a preacher and brother runs the camp. He is rebelling against giving into God. When he sees the beautiful Raine, something inside him wants to become a better person for her. But is he being led back to God or only trying to meet human expectations?

Aly has been a lost little girl for some time. Her goody two shoes roommate wants to be friends but what does Raine know about life? Aly’s dad has been out of the picture for years so she’s replaces her dad with other guys to fill her need to be loved, yet she always ends up feeling empty. When she realizes there is one guy that 's always been there for her….and has cared for her….it’s too late. He is in love with someone else. And the big question she asks herself is, "Can God forgive someone as sinful as me?"

Ann brings these characters to life. They are imperfect. A few think that drugs will help while others look for human comforters. One is just enabling another. As they hang onto their pasts or look into their futures….you will be pulled along into their lives. On the roller coaster of relationships that always take that sudden turn or drop off when you least expect it. It does have romance in it but so much more. Looking forward to her books coming out later this year.
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Liz Bellgardt reviewed on June 2, 2012

Until I read Kicking Eternity, I'd forgotten the stomach-churning feeling of getting the guy I'd wanted so badly - only to realize it was a mistake. Ann Lee Miller captures the dilemmas of love, difficult choices, and mistakes. And the reminder to pray. Although it seems somewhat predictable in the beginning, the twists life throws keep it from being tied up neatly with a bow - and Kicking Eternity is difficult to put down once you become involved with the characters. (I read it in two days because I couldn't put it down!) The September release of The Art of My Life is a long time to wait to follow two of the characters whose tangles aren't resolved in Kicking Eternity.
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Nikole Hahn reviewed on May 31, 2012

Kicking Eternity by Ann Lee Miller takes on a subject that is like talking conservative politics at a Green Peace convention: home schooling. And she tackles the subject in an endearing story of love and friendship.

Raine grew up home schooled by a father who believes a woman never has any authority. Once she marries, her husband then has authority over her choices. We meet Raine at the start of camp. She’s a Bible teacher with a murky past. Cal, a typical, surf-board-hit-over-the-head dude who loves to surf, drink, and live unfettered begins to flirt with Raine. Drew is just getting over a past love that dumped him after high school. Cal is an unbeliever hired to teach art by his brother, Jesse who hopes the Christian camp would have an effect on Cal. It’s Raine’s crush on Cal that sends this home schooled girl into spiritual turmoil.

Raine has a passion for Africa. Against her father’s wishes, she intends to fly to Africa and teach Bible. There’s more than passion behind her yearning for Africa. Family drama, sexual attraction, and the fear of falling in love with the right man before she can flee the States for her dream makes camp more than just a pause before the rest of her life. The story’s wonderful unpredictability and characters drew me deeper. I thought of the story even when I had to step away from it and still now, but not all of it was good.

I gave Kicking Eternity four stars. I would read it again, but I didn’t care for the father’s attitude or how the story seemed to back up that attitude with Drew affirming her father’s archaic beliefs even towards the end. That’s very damaging for someone who comes from an abuse situation. Raine is twenty-one and is an adult. Her motivation for going to Africa should be brought into question as you get deeper into the story, but the father’s attitude is never addressed properly. Raine’s mom appears not to hold any authority either when Raine argues about her dream of going to Africa. Yes, her father is concerned for her safety, but that attitude where she has no choice unless a male figure makes it hits a raw nerve. Since not enough story has been given to Raine’s father to dissect if this attitude is abuse, I am not ready to penalize the entire novel for something I disagree with.

Ann bravely shows the good and bad of home schooling in this interesting story. The love story cannot be predicted at first. Both Cal and Drew are falling in love with Raine, but it’s unclear how deep that love goes until you’ve gone most of the way through the novel. It’s a wonderful read and very diverse. Some of the elements in the story are unusual in a Christian novel, but not offensive; it’s real life, real temptations, and real forgiveness.

*Book given by author to review.
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Joan Carpenter reviewed on May 28, 2012
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I enjoyed this book very much. Ann developed these characters so well I'd like to meet them. She also has a great talent for describing every setting Although listed in the Young Adult category, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will be recommending this book to everyone from my granddaughters to my adult friends. We will all join Ann Miller's Fan Club and anxiously await more of her work.
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