Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DEAD MENTORS

DEAD MENTORS
By Sandra Nichols
Life is a conglomeration of thoughts, actions, emotions, and living

This novel contains many metaphysical teachings and beliefs and so may be a little difficult to understand for some readers.  The narrator of the story is John Burns, a clairvoyant therapist who has been working with Sophia Deming, a middle-aged, married Canadian woman residing in southern Florida with her second husband, Nigel Deming. She is the youngest of three sisters, Louise the eldest and financially secure, and Cynthia, the middle girl who is talented and a writer.  The parents of these girls were George and Amelia Kelly, both deceased by the end of this story, but Amelia was very talented as a painter and writer.
Sophia is working with John because she is so miserable at this stage in her life.  When young, she was only interested in getting married, which she did and Nigel is her second marriage and then she became a nurse.  Because of such a talented mother and sisters, she feels she has failed in life and now she works as an administrator in a hospital to support herself and Nigel, plus she is taking college courses to improve her standing.
John, in his therapy, recognizes her as a Libran and she is extremely talented, if she would only let herself go. She has a beautiful voice but won’t sing and whenever a new facet of life is suggested to her, she refuses even thinking about it by saying “but.”  Through the years Sophia has studied Jung, different religious thoughts and books of psychology.  She hates it in Florida because of the heat and she can’t grow the flowers she loves.  Finally in desperation, she returns to Canada to be with her sisters and her father is dying.  While she is gone, John can keep track of her actions and thoughts through remote viewing and often sends her mental messages to help her.
Sophia always thought her mother didn’t love her, which often occurs with children, but it seemed to be mostly caused by her intense awareness of her mother’s talent as a painter.  When her father dies and she is going through his household effects, she comes across a story entitled “The Antiquity” written by her mother during the two week before her death.  Sophia feels that her mother is trying to tell her something since she left a note saying it was for Sophia.  The story is included in this novel and then Cynthia convinces Sophia to let her do a play of it, which she does and the entire play is also included in this story and it is difficult to determine if both of these are saying the same things because they are not verbatim.
The story is well written but it will present a difficulty for some readers because John off and on goes through pages of dialogue expounding on his philosophy, which is most difficult to understand and then the original “The Antiquity” and the play do the same and the reader is at  a loss as to what the author is attempting to project.  Much of it made no sense to me, but the last chapter is narrated by Sophia and she explains what was meant because she finally has reached that pinnacle.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.

Monday, September 29, 2014

EMPTY SHELL

EMPTY SHELL
By Ashley Fontainne
A mystery encompassing the flow of human tides in life

The author has done it again and come forth with another brilliant “who done it?” mystery.  Take Jack and Melody Dickinson married for twenty years, throw in two pairs of pink underpants owned by Serena Rowland discovered by Melody causing her to become aware of her husband’s infidelity with Serena, and then add various characters from Melody’s best friends, to her employer, Roger, and police investigators, a double to look like Jack, and hidden motives, and you will be buried reading a page-turner.  The author is expert at describing her characters so that the reader absolutely is involved with them and she is also expert at throwing in cliff hangers off and on throughout the story.
I was totally immersed in this tale and recommend it to all readers who enjoy this genre.  Although there are many dark actions, there is also a tremendous offering of religious thoughts, which demonstrate how human suffering can be alleviated and understood when using this particular philosophy.

This book was given to me as a complimentary copy for an honest review.