by Hilde Aardal

October 2003
ISBN: 1-4137-0725-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Publish America
Trade Paperback

Coming from Norway, Hilde Aardal gives us an interesting romance. We meet two people who seem to fall in love though emails and phone calls. The question that must be asked is can two people fall in love when they have never met. Can they trust the words that the other one is sending them?

Hedda Valen gets bored one night with her life and lack of love life. She places a personal ad on the internet. She’s young, intelligent and successful. She has friends she enjoys doing things with. Her relationship with her parents is strained, but she has learned to deal with it.

Michael G. Henderson teaches school in Iceland. He’s moved from England to get away from the crowds. He spends his weekends drinking. He’s messy and shy. He isn’t terribly happy with his life. One night he answers Hedda’s ad and a new relationship is started.

Though they talk honestly and openly about their thoughts and feelings, is the truth really being told? How much can be conveyed through the internet? As they read and talk to each other, Hedda and Michael begin to grow closer. Yet, are they just projecting on each other what they want that person to be like?What will happen when they meet face-to-face? Will the love they feel for each other through their emails survive spending real time together?

A story that is relevant to our times, The Mind’s Eye takes us through the evolution of an internet relationship. Ms. Aardal does a good job showing both sides of the characters. Michael seems to grow out of his shyness. Hedda grows out of her boredom. The characters are well developed as we learn what has brought both of them to this point in their lives. Ms. Aardal shows us how easy it is to make up a person and personality just from words without actions or emotions behind them.

Reviewed in June 2004 by Jenni.

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