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Soul and Shadow (A Lily Evans Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Susan J. McLeod
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In ancient Egypt, a young priestess of the goddess Hathor is laid to rest in a beautiful tomb with everything she needs for her journey into the afterlife…

Three thousand years later, archaeologist Ursula Allingham discovers the mummy of Amisihathor and is confronted by a mystery. Is the man buried with the priestess really her husband? Or was she actually in love with a scribe called Kamenwati and separated from him in life as well as death?

To answer these questions, Dame Ursula turns to Egyptology student and artist Lily Evans, who reluctantly agrees to help. Lily learns that she is psychically linked to Amisihathor and experiences a strange, unsettling phenomenon—the memories and emotions of the Egyptian woman. Luckily, Lily has her beloved pet Cleocatra and her irrepressible friend Katy to keep her grounded in reality. Or so she hopes.

Dealing with the challenges of falling in love with Ursula’s grandson Kent, the reappearance of her ex-fiance Stephen and the demands of her mother and her boss Professor Briggs, Lily soon realizes she has taken on much more than she bargained for.

Editorial Reviews:

"SOUL AND SHADOW is a deep and complex tale of deceit, danger and love. Well plotted and extremely engaging this novel is more than your typical romance, it's full of vivid images and a story so engrossing that I couldn't put it down. Ms. McLeod knows her Egyptology and she manages to weave a story that is bold and yet never left me feeling confused.” —Romance Junkies

“Filled with greed, desire, romance, Egyptian history and betrayal…a beautiful story about two very different women and can be read by young and old alike.” —Linda Tonis, Paranormal Romance Review Team

"Engaging...a double-storyline that weaves seamlessly back and forth between the present and the past through a clever plot... Recommended to readers of mystery, romance, and those who are captivated by ancient Egypt."—Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands

"Soul and Shadow has twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat...McLeod mixes romance, mystery, and paranormal to create dynamic read."—Debra Gaynor, ReviewYourBook.com

"Interesting twists and turns along the way and an unexpected ending...adventure, romance and history."—Sunni Morris, author of Haversham Hall

"Greed, desire, politics, love, betrayal, and romance are timeless."—Todd A. Fonseca, author of The Time Cavern

"Finely-crafted...two love stories wrapped in a mystery. Beautifully done."—L.C. Evans, author of Talented Horsewoman

"A highly entertaining and suspenseful story, complete with plenty of romance, action and intricate historical detail...moving and touching."—James A. Anderson, author of Deadline


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About the Author

Susan Jane McLeod has been writing since she was seven years old. At age eleven she won a county-wide essay contest and her professional career was launched. By the time she was nineteen, her poetry had appeared in several magazines, including American Girl and Seventeen. She also won an honorable mention in The Writer. She grew up in Rochester, New York, with her three sisters and one brother. In her early thirties she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and given a 50-50 chance to live. She survived only to have the cancer recur, necessitating more surgery and an aggressive course of chemotherapy. Today she is cancer free. The best job she ever had was managing a bookstore, surrounded by her passion: literature. Susan has published several short stories and two novels. The first, Soul and Shadow, is an award-winning paranormal historical romance. The second, Fire and Shadow, is classified as paranormal suspense. Both have garnered impressive reviews. Susan believes strongly in several causes and has raised money for the American Cancer Society, Foodlink, and the House of Mercy homeless shelter. She still resides in Rochester and will always call it home. She can be contacted at http://www.susanjmcleod.com and https://www.facebook.com/SusanJMcLeodAuthor

Product Details

  • File Size: 445 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Imajin Books; 2 edition (December 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006IYGHMW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,869 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Soul and Shadow
Susan McLeod
LuLu, 2008
ISBN: 9780615178448
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor ReviewYourBook.com, 02/09
5 Stars
Mystery, paranormal, and romance...
A strange woman approached Lily and insisted on telling her a story. They were looking at the exhibit of the mummy of Amisihathor. The woman was Dame Ursula, a famous archaeologist, the one that found the tomb of Amisihathor (Ami). She wanted Lily to assist her in finding away for Ami to be reunited with her lover in the spirit world. She felt that Ami could not rest; her spirit could not move on.
Susan McLeod is a creative author. Her book Soul and Shadow has twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. I read this book in one sitting. I was so engrossed I read late into the night. McLeod mixes romance, mystery, and paranormal to create dynamic read. I've always been fascinated by Egyptian history, and this book did not disappoint me.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem of a Book December 3, 2008
Format:Paperback
Soul And Shadow, by Susan J. McLeod, is a gem of a book, a treasure trove of enjoyment packed into a mere 124 pages. The story is compelling, mysterious and beautiful, yes, but the writing is also impressive. McLeod's brevity of style makes for a quick-paced read and yet nothing seems to be missing. The primary characters as well as the environments in which they interact are clearly defined and the story is well-constructed. As a writer myself, I was struck (in a good way) by the simplicity of the writing and how - in spite of the simplicity - nothing is lost in the complexity of the story as it unfolds. When you get to the last page you feel as if you must have just finished reading a novel that surely must have been at least double it's size. To put it another way, it's sort of like thinking you picked up a quick meal at McDonalds only to find out you were mistaken. Somehow you were served a gourmet dinner at an upscale restaurant. Personally, I found it worthy of a sizable tip. Whatever Ms. McLeod cooks up next, I'll be reserving a table. Check please.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written December 15, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I was so surprised when I began to read this book, because it's so different from anything out there in its genre. Although it deals with the paranormal and has historical romance qualities, it's also written in a lyrical, literary style. The prose is almost formal, but the imagery it evokes is vivid and lasting. I found myself thinking about this book long after I'd set it down, and that's when I realized all of these elements just came together and clicked. Definitely one I'm going to be buying as an XMas present for the readers on my list. I recommend this even to those who don't usually read in this genre (paranormal).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Appropriately Titled February 10, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
An eccentric stranger with an historical archeological past is convinced by Ms. Lily Evan's paintings that Lily is a clairvoyant to events unknown to her in the physical realm. She arranges a meeting that Lily thinks is by chance, to engage her as a medium to right a wrong in Egyptian history. In this fantastical tale Lily finds herself in a romantic tryst as she unknowingly becomes the catalyst in bringing down her mentor who has kept its secret under wraps for his own lustful benefit. Although short in structure, the author creatively impacts each written page with an ancient accounting of then and now to make reading this tale an engagingly thrilling adventure.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read this one! December 29, 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Have you ever wished to find a tall, dark, handsome stranger to fall in love with? And rich to boot? Just one of the perks Lily Evans encounters in this enchanting story. Enchanting because it is actually two stories on one - Lily finding clues to an ancient puzzle; and Anisihathor torn between two loves and good versus evil in ancient Egypt. If you wish to know the outcome of this fascinating tale, it is highly recommended to buy and read this book! You won't regret it!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Echoes of the Past November 23, 2008
Format:Paperback
Egyptologist and illustrator Lily Evans finds her visions and dreams of ancient Egypt inspirational for her paintings. A wealthy and famous English archaeologist happens upon Lily's work and believes that they are the result of a connection Lily has with the unsettled soul of an Egyptian priestess - Amisihathor. While Lily does not believe in such things, her visions and dreams become more and more intense as does her romance with Kent - the grandson of the very archaeologist who discovered the Amisihathor's tomb. Lily begins to learn of the priestess' long buried secrets and soon finds her own life at risk as she gets closer to the truth.

Susan McLeod's Soul and Shadow provides an interesting look a the social parallels of ancient Egypt and today; greed, desire, politics, love, betrayal, and romance are timeless. I especially enjoyed the sections of the novel which recounted the life and times of Amisihathor. McLeod's writing, cadence, and style is spot on in these sections and her considerable research and expertise in this area shines. I did however find the early romantic interactions between Lily and Kent a little forced early on in the novel though this improves as the story evolves.

Soul and Shadow is a brief novel at 124 pages and I longed for more of the ancient Egyptian parts of the story. McLeod's writing style is very refined and enjoyable to read; I look forward to her next offering.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very beautiful and well- developed- Adored the take on Egypt
This book seemingly follows the lives of tow different woman. One- Lily- an Egyptologist and the other Amisihathor- a long- dead Egyptian priestess. Read more
Published 1 month ago by snyderyan93
5.0 out of 5 stars Legends From the Shadows, Stories From the Soul
In this intelligent, sensitive, well-crafted first novel in the Lily Evans Mystery Series, the reader is ensnared by well-researched Egyptian historical magic, lulled by a deep... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jesse Giles Christiansen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fantasy with strong female main character
I really like historical fantasy, this has it all, paranormal activity, history and characters I could relate to/with. A quick read.
Published 9 months ago by JLC
4.0 out of 5 stars A Light Interesting Read
The subject of Egyptology one of my interests so I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the characters and the story. The author has created a likeable character in Lily Evans. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Paulette Webb
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not my usual type of read
I did enjoy this book, but it is by far not the type of book I most enjoy.. The book in written mostly in the first person, but still enjoyable. Paranormal, mystery and romance. Read more
Published 10 months ago by I Am Retired
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprise ending!
Was disappointed at the ending of the book, however I did enjoy reading the book which is unusual because this type of book Is not my cup of tea. Read more
Published 11 months ago by HELEN WARREN
5.0 out of 5 stars love suspense mystery
It is a very good book from the first chapter to the last. Couldn't put it down and I bought all 3 in the series
Published 12 months ago by Teresa Jacquez
2.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
I should have realized this was part of a series, and as such, wasn't really a stand-alone story. There were several unresolved issues with the love interests, but I wasn't... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Tomereader
4.0 out of 5 stars good
It was a good book to read. It is the first time I read her books and would read her books again
Published 13 months ago by Nelly DeCaesteker
4.0 out of 5 stars Soul and Shadow
Very good book. Your alway expecting more goust to come out. I't would be interesting to read another book of SusanMcleod.
Published 14 months ago by Bernice Strandgard
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More About the Author

Susan J McLeod was born in Rochester, New York, on October 22, 1957. She began writing at a very early age, when she discovered that she could invent worlds that were much more fun than the one she lived in. Worlds where candy grew on trees and rivers of chocolate milk flowed. Where adventures were always waiting to happen and no one had to go to school.
Over the years, Susan visited ancient Rome, medieval England, and resided for a long spell on a starship orbiting Orion. A recent stay in Pharaonic Egypt resulted in her romantic suspense novel Soul and Shadow, which won a silver medal in the 2011 Reader's Favorites contest. It has been published by Imajin Books. Fire and Shadow, the second story in the Lily Evans series, was released in October 2012.
Susan also writes short stories and poetry, and has won awards in both mediums.
She works for a non-profit family foundation that supports Zara's Center, a haven for AIDS impacted orphans.
U2 sums up her philosophy in life when Bono sings "We're one, but we're not the same/we get to carry each other, carry each other."

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