Long distance relationships are never easy. It is even more difficult when 50% of the partnership is in prison. Yet this is what happened in Yours for Eternity, the real life story of Damien Echols and Lorri Davis. Echols was wrongly accused of murder and spent a total of 18 years in jail and on death row. After watching a documentary about the case Davis was inspired to write to Echols and what began as friendship developed into love.
Echols and Davis’ love story is the focal point of this narrative. It is almost incomprehensible that the couple managed to sustain their love in such dire and murky circumstances. However, that is the one thing that you do not doubt in Yours for Eternity. It is almost overwhelming and I guess at times it is also a little scary. Their love is so powerful it almost jumps off the page.
Some could argue that it is in poor taste to release a book like this – exposing not only themselves but also their love, something that is personal but overall it kind of gives people hope. If a love can be sustained in such desperate measures then surely other people in the world can make their relationships work?
The book was a fascinating account of the American judicial system and how sometimes we put our trust in things and people and they can let us down. It was also an eye opener in the sense that having never been in prison myself I was invited into a world – a truthful real life account – which I have no other way of knowing about. The loneliness, isolation and sheer depressing nature was cleverly – yet I am guessing, not intentionally – juxtaposed with the hopeful optimism of bourgeoning love. It was very dramatic.
I won’t lie to you, this wasn’t an easy book to read and unlike a fictional story there is no easy build up to a conclusion. You begin to feel as desperate as you would imagine Echols and Davis to have felt. There seemed to be no reprieve from the prison sentence. Yet the ending just appears – bang – out of nowhere and you feel like the story is done. And as much as I have sung the praises for the love story between these two characters, once again, it isn’t easy to read about. Love hurts and this is an even more harsh account of the daily toils of a relationship. So if you are looking for something that is light and fluffy, this isn’t the book for you, however, if you want something gritty, experience expanding and don’t mind a little realism then pick up your copy today.
Yours for Eternity by Damien Echols and Lorri Davis is available now.