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Sunday, May 16, 2010

AFRICA's SNOW-WHITE ... The serialized version of the popular romantic-thriller by Jonathan Eloff.


Here is part of the review by the most senior South African ambassador in the world:A delightful read. It evoked in me memories of my own teenage years, growing up in Cape Town ... I look forward to reading Jonathan’s sequel to this book, as I am sure there will be one.” —Ambassador Leslie Manley, Ambassador from South Africa to Panamá, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Perú
Disclaimer: I really wanted to keep the connection between my Son's latest novel and my family as quiet as possible, as it is quite a scandalous shocker, but as you can see from VICKI's comments/review on AMAZON below, that's clearly not going to happen now. I am naturally proud of my son's awesome accomplishment in writing this novel, the sequel of which is being readied for publication as I write this blog post. Any other pride I may have had has long since been knocked out of me through what life has thrown my way - and anyone who has read this book knows that I'm not saying that lightly. Anyone reading this novel will quickly realize why I would have preferred to keep the link to me and my family a secret, but if not, by the time the sequel is done, there should really be little doubt as to why I would have preferred that to be the case - It's downright embarrassing having had a mother like Snow-White! So life has managed to keep this introvert quite humble, as anyone who has emailed or chatted with me will confirm, and in any case, in the end I think it's better to be that way - humble, that is. We are what we are because of our life's script for the most part, and because of what God has done for us - and what "that other guy" has thrown our way to complicate life. How (and if) we rise above those complications is really key to survival. I hope these books will inspire their readers to rise above their own circumstances and any cruel, undeserved and unwelcome challenges imposed on them and their families by others. Some may view these books as revenge ... no, just simple long-overdue justice for all the "queen's" victims - some of whom paid the ultimate price.
So it's no secret anymore - My youngest son, Jonathan, has written a romance/mystery/thriller based on my family's story. It follows the real story 90% accurately - though Jonathan has taken liberties with conversations and minor details, but he does so very well. Here are excerpts below of what a couple of people wrote on Amazon.
VICKY, in her AMAZON review, blew my "rather delicate" cover, and as we cannot remove her review from AMAZON, I've just had to "come clean". Here is VICKI's detective work:"I feel like a reporter for the national inquirer or something. When I ordered Jennifer Eloff's low-carb books back in January I noticed a new novel with an interesting title listed alongside them on Amazon as well. On a hunch I ordered the novel -- and what a find! Not only is it exactly the kind of romance novel I like to read, it is also a scandalous thriller with a plot worthy of any Agatha Christie murder-mystery. Except this novel is based on a true story. Given that Jennifer's surname is very unusual, I googled ELOFF and soon realized that it is very South African --- as, it turns out, is Jennifer originally. From reading her blogpost of October 28th it is quickly apparent THAT THE AUTHOR IS HER SON! This all starts to make sense as he would have had the necessary access to inside information in order to write this novel, and believe me - you cannot make up a story like this, it's way too unusual. That leaves a few more mysteries, but one in particular. If the author is her son, then who is she in the book? There are really only two good candidates -- Denise who is a striking blonde with green eyes, and Elizabeth who has brown hair and blue eyes. Looking at her photos in her website and on the backs of her books, the answer is almost certainly that JENNIFER ELOFF IS DENISE in this novel. Just as well since anyone having a mother like the unfortunate Elizabeth definitely would have a very heavy burden to bear throughout life. Based on this novel I would have to say that Elizabeth has deservedly earned her place in literary history as `Africa's Snow-white' -- and her mother is definitely as sinister as the queen in that old fairytale. This novel is appropriately named. But this means that somehow Denise and Elizabeth meet and become friends, as how else would Denise know so much about Elizabeth's life to be able to relate the story to her son? My suspicion is that Nicholas, their mutual love-interest, somehow is responsible for them meeting. I can't wait to read about that. Believe me when I tell you that this book is the kind of novel that is very rare now days and it is tough to put down once started. I really just cannot wait for the sequel. This young author is truly gifted. I MUST know how it all ends!!! If anyone else has any insights into Jennifer's life growing up in Africa, please share."
COMMENT: Vicky is mistaken; see if you can figure out who is who.
Janet Hammerlund (Brown) said:"Africa's Snow White: Summer Love-Jealous Winter, is a tastefully told tale of pure young love that is thwarted at every turn by time, distance, and a diabolically self-centered real-life antagonist. The story (based on real people and incidents) is full of unexpected twists which continually piqued my curiosity and rapidly drew me into the next tender (or tense) story segment. I experienced conflicting emotions as I approached the final chapters of the book. One side of me couldn't wait to see how the story would end. The other part of me didn't want to finish the book...I was enjoying reading it too much. I appreciate the author's meticulously honed prose and his graphic descriptions of a distant land. This is a difficult story to tell, but Jonathan Eloff has written it with great sensitivity. I am purchasing three more copies of this book for relatives and friends. What better recommendation can I give? This is a most promising young author. I eagerly anticipate purchasing and reading the sequel to this engrossing novel."
COMMENT: Anyway, I needed to share that Jonathan has written this book so beautifully, even although he admits it was difficult for him and that it is not his preferred genre. It is a story that needs to be told, and in a way it is a real-life example of God's justice playing out - that my mother's grandson, whom she never knew, whom she disowned along with me many years ago, should be the one to tell the story. I hope many people will be helped by reading our story and seeing how it all turned out and why it turned out favorably for my family in the end. If anyone is dealing with a malignant narcissist in their family - this is a good present for that person, but it is also a very human story - an ultimately triumphant love story (forced to endure much pain and sorrow)unfolds within a far greater love story.
The front cover of the book is a painting of me at 15 going on 16 (little did I know what lay ahead in the next 40 years) and ... well, no point in divulging "his" identity as that's a crucial part of the story. So my lips are sealed except to say that decades later I am still chauffeur-driven on dates in a classic embassy Mercedes limo flying a certain country's flag mounted on the front RHS fender, in a land "far far away". (wink) Yes, I know - I was a brunette at that age, but I was golden blonde as a young girl and then again later as an adult and somewhere along the line I acquired a set of emerald green contacts and ditched them again - other than that, at 53, I have changed nothing about myself, no surgery ... just Low-Carbing.
One can also order the book at a discount from our secure ordering which has been in place for 17 years now: Order from us instead.
Here is Jon's website: jonathaneloff.com I have a permanent link under Blurbs about my Cookbooks to the right on this BLOG.

4 comments:

Steve Parker, M.D. said...

Congratulations to Jonathan! I'm sure you're very proud of him.

-Steve

Jennifer said...

Hi Steve - thank you for your kindness. I am proud of him. We're having faith that God has a plan for him and for his writing. Jonathan has a disability - tendinosis in all his fingers and his forearms. We're just about to take him to doctors here to get a definitive diagnosis. Then we have to see how one can treat it. It has been 5 years for Jonathan and lately he has hit an emotional rock bottom (almost) where his condition is concerned. It is frustrating. He used speech recognition software and a head mouse (sometimes a foot pedal) to write his book on the computer. He persevered until he had that down pat - quite difficult in of itself as the software is not perfect. If you have any insight into this condition, I'd love to hear it as would Jonathan. I'm wondering what sort of specialist Jonathan should see. I guess the doctor here would know. I'm a little leery of MRI's. Should I be? Thx. :-)

Mary E. Bannister said...

Wow Jennifer,

And here I thought you were just a fabulous Low Carb Cookbook author. Now I find out that there is drama behind the woman!

Congratulations to Jonathan ... and to Jonathan's mother. Was it all those low carb treats at work?

I plan on getting the book to read ... I can't pass up the opportunity to find out more about you!

Mary

Jennifer said...

Hi Mary,

I Hope SPRING has finally sprung in Ontario. I remember when we lived in CEDAR SPRINGS (on the Niagara escarpment above Burlington) how welcome it is and how beautiful it gets! For the last 4 years we have lived back in the Tropics, far-far-away again, and we have only spring (I live in a National park high up in the mountains where it is 23 deg Centigrade or thereabouts year round) and so we have no anticipation of it each year - not that I'm complaining, mind you.

Well, I'd rather have not had to elope at 49 with my family, but my birth-mother was a real Snow-White's mother - and there is only so much of that one can take. We moved to Canada in 1979 to try and make things work with her, but alas, 27 years later, whilst living across Lake Okanagan from her (unbeknown to her mind you) she did something so wicked, so vile, that I asked my Hubby to please take us all as far away from her as we could possibly go. And so our quest began (in Our Nissan Quest Minivan) 23.5 days later and 11,000km - a perilous journey to be sure, the road and our quest ended, and we set up home in a new land from which there is no going back now. The past is now firmly in the past and we have PEACE - at last. So finally Jonathan is writing about a story that is too strange to dream up - and I find it both ironic and just that he should do so. The sequel is due out in 2 months, so Book-1 will make good SUMMER reading at the cottage, and book-2 will be available as soon as you are done reading book-1 and before Summer is done.

Enjoy your AWESOME Spring, Summer and FALL! I remember them fondly.