On the third book of the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyers, Bella and Edward are back together again, after the fiasco that of the second book when Edward left and Bella turned to Jacob for companionship and friendship. While Bella is happy that she and Edward are together again, the bond she formed with Jacob is unbreakable and she misses him terribly.
This is not just a battle for Bella’s physical well being and mortal soul, it is also a battle for love. Can you love two people, two men, at the same time? If you love someone enough, would you give them up if it is what would save them or make them happy?
This book, like the first two is still full of fascinating adventures with vampires and werewolves but its the relationships that intrigue me. I suppose you have to be a good looking 90 year old vampire to be able to be secure enough to be unselfish? I don’t know, but there was something really endearing about Edward allowing Bella to spend time with Jacob, even driving her up to the reservation and handing her off at the border. There is something akin to a ‘high-noon’ atmosphere the way I envision the exchange. How hurtful can that be, to watch someone you love walk into someone else’s arms who you know is equally in love with her are you? Someone who you suspect holds a great deal of influence over the person you love? I’d like to think I’m not the jealous type, but I think that much generosity would kill me.
The ultimate generosity for me, comes not when Edward and Jacob willingly put their lives on the line for Bella. It was the night in the tent when Bella was freezing and Edward being the cold blooded vampire that he is can offer no respite so he instead conceded to the warmth of the werewolf Jacob to warm up his true love.
Is it weird that through all the vampire battle gore and werewolf hunts these are the two scenes that stuck in my mind? What stuck in your mind after reading this book?