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The Book of Obeah (Crossroads Series 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sandra Carrington-Smith , Dena Patrick
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Winner of International Book Awards 2010, Multicultural Category

"The Fate of All Rests with a Universal Awakening"

Upon the passing of her beloved grandmother, Melody Bennet receives startling instructions that she is to take the ashes of Grandmama Giselle to southern Louisiana. Melody must step far outside her comfort zone in the suburbs of North Carolina to fulfill this dying wish.

She finds herself blindly navigating the exotic, sometimes hostile environs of New Orleans and Bear Bayou, and immersed in a subculture based on an ancient West African religion.

At this unexpected crossroad, she discovers new cultures and beliefs -- and new dangers -- and awakens to a new way of seeing the world and her role in it.

Melody learns that a different perspective can indeed change your perception of reality.


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The Book of Obeah is a fascinating novel, poignant and mesmerizing from the first few pages until its climactic end. An emotional journey deep into the dark and haunting world of voodoo. A powerful book which will forever impact the reader. --Natalie Kimber, Operations Manager, Office of Scholarly and Literary Publications at Georgetown

The Book of Obeah is a spellbinding read, laced with intrigue, ancient magic and modern day adventure. A refreshing original with a dose of New Orleans Voodoo sprinkled in, sure to capture the attention of all who are interested in secrets, mystery, romance and spiritual truths. --Cherie Lassiter, Spiritual Teacher, psychic, Tarot

Dave Fennoy's narration makes this audiobook! When Melody Bennet embarks to fulfill her grandmother's final wish to have her ashes scattered in a remote bayou in Louisiana, she has no idea of her family's voodoo connections. The story just about passes as a thriller Melody is pursued, threatened, and doesn't know whom to trust but where it excels is as an education on all that is voodoo. But even when the action seems to have stalled and the research is being crammed in, Fennoy keeps the listener entranced, imbuing every character with such life and so beautifully evoking the atmosphere that one can't help but mop one's brow in the heat and watch out for snakes. --AudioFile Magazine

About the Author

Sandra Carrington-Smith is an Italian-born author who relocated to the United States in the late 1980's. In order to become fully integrated, Sandra tapped into her love for reading, and over time her vocabulary grew extensively. After giving birth to three wonderful children and devoting most of her time to raising a family, Sandra decided to revisit her deepest passion since childhood writing. Her first novel is The Book of Obeah, an extraordinary literary work of paranormal suspense, and winner of a 2010 International Book Award.

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All rests with a universal awakening.... April 21, 2010
Format:Paperback
Last Friday night I came home from work and found The Book of Obeah by Sandra Carrington-Smith in my mailbox. I had selected this book from Review the Book based on the out of the ordinary synopsis. I decided to pick the book up after supper and read a little before bedtime; at least that was the plan. This book captured me from the start and would not let me go. I kept looking for a stopping point, a place I could relax and take a breath, set it down and go to sleep, but there was none. I was physically attached to the characters and the prose and I could not stop until it was over, at 4:30 am. The last time a book took hold of me this way was a long time ago. And I have delayed writing this review because I have not wanted to scrutinize why this story touched me the way it did. But, review it I must.
Melody Bennet's beloved Grandmama Giselle dies and leaves her one last request. She is to take her grandmother's ashes to New Orleans, have them blessed by a Voodoo Priestess and spread them on Bear Bayou. Melody has lived her entire life in North Carolina with no awareness of her family history on the Bayou, the culture or practice of Voodoo or of any living relatives on the Bayou. What she finds is more than she bargained for and changes everything in her life forever.
This book is steeped in mystery, spirituality, lessons, love, loss and traditions. It makes you question your assessment of Voodoo and other religions and I kept wondering how much was fact and how much was fiction. It has led me on a quest for more information. And, I've had a wonderful conversation with the author herself who I have found open and delightful to talk to.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book of Obeah April 20, 2010
Format:Paperback
Hailing from suburban North Carolina, Melody is thrown into, what is for her, the mysterious and exotic world of New Orleans voodoo by her Grandmama, a white practicing voodooist. Melody encounters many well developed characters along her journey of finding the powerful Book of Obeah. As a first novel for Sandra Carrington-Smith, "The Book of Obeah" is a shinning achievement. Though not derivative, Carrington-Smith's work has some of the mysticism, pace and suspense of "DaVinci Code" and a bit of the feel of the film, Skeleton Key. "The Book of Obeah" is actually filled with suspense and towards the end it works really well as a psychological thriller. "The Book of Obeah," the novel is a complex book in much the same way as the famed real life Book of Obeah. Carrington-Smith's book is part novel, part teaching text, building a better understanding of the intricate complexities of voodoo and its multi-hued practitioners.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much exposition to be effective as a novel. October 6, 2010
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I was really excited about this book. I really was. As a practitioner of hoodoo, and a long-time student of African Diasporic spiritual traditions, AND as someone with a 150+ year family history in New Orleans, I was REALLY excited about this book. The authors background made me even more hopeful that this would be a truly fantastic read.

Unfortunately it just wasn't very well written. The author relies in exposition for nearly everything, not allowing the characters themselves to bring the story to life. While I figured that in the beginning the mini-lectures on "NOLA Voodoo 101" were necessary and probably no easy way to have the story itself bring it out, I let that go thinking that now that the info was out the book could take flight. But that never happened. Even when a character would go to tell about themselves, readers would get a paragraph of dialogue followed by the invisible narrative force taking over to summarize those background elements. It seemed that the dialogue was just a tool that got the book from one expositional piece to another. I kept waiting for the author to allow the characters to speak for themselves, but it never really happened. The dialogue wasn't bad, but it wasn't particularly strong or riveting when it did occur. Even the more interesting characters just felt under-developed and I never really gained any real attachments to any of them.

There were plenty of historically and academically inaccurate bits that rubbed me the wrong way, which had the narrative been a bit more artfully crafted and polished would have been completely forgivable and I wouldn't have probably even mentioned them here.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Journeys into your past can change your future April 21, 2010
By Lolly
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If you have ever looked into your own heart, and were surprised by what you found; if you have ever read your grandmother's old letters, or cleaned out her attic, and were shocked by what you learned about her; you will love The Book of Obeah and you will keep your eye on this author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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The Book of Obeah is representative of the author who wrote it. By that I mean the novel is gentle, informative and multi-layered, opening a world of spirituality that I had not before encountered.

I was fortunate to meet Sandra Carrington-Smith through a professional group to which we both belong. I was immediately drawn to her easy, open personality. When I found out that she had authored two books, The Book of Obeah and a non-fiction book, Housekeeping for the Soul, I quickly ordered them from Amazon. It's important to me to support local authors; but in this case, I felt compelled to not only purchase the books, but to also actually read them. As soon as I started The Book of Obeah, I was hooked.

As an editor, I noticed some technical issues and some copy-editing items the publisher had missed, but putting those minor points aside, I quickly became engrossed in the plot, the rich setting, the characters and the spiritual voice of the novel. Up until this read, my only knowledge of Voodoo was imparted through Hollywood thrillers and cable documentaries. The Book of Obeah quickly set some of my prior conceptions on their ears.

Sandra Carrington-Smith brings a unique perspective and knowledge to her writing. She was raised in Italy in a spiritual cocktail of a family: her maternal grandmother was a Strega witch; her paternal grandmother, a Christian healer; her father, a devout Catholic; and her mother, a Voodoo priestess. By following the well-known writers' adage, "write what you know," Sandra invites the reader into a spiritual world marked by enlightenment.

Do yourself a favor and not only buy this book but also move it to the top of your reading pile. Your soul will sing in appreciation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Descriptive
When I find a book that is set in Louisiana, New Orleans, or mentions a Bayou, it immediately raises certain expectations from me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sharon Joan-Figuerola
4.0 out of 5 stars Fear itself
This story is intriguing. The characters are believable and the story is about the similarities of the beliefs of people the world over.
Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth Hanson
5.0 out of 5 stars Spiritually revealing
This well written book captured my interest from beginning to end as the main character goes from losing a loved one to discovering a deeply hidden family secret which places the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed reading this book. I am from Louisiana and the book is set in Louisiana and Voodoo.
Published 4 months ago by Roberta Guidry
5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner!
My own Louisiana roots piqued my curiosity about this series. It did not overwhelm me with difficult to follow explanations of voodoo, signs and spells. Read more
Published 5 months ago by missgurl501
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great find!
What an amazing find I happened upon with this book! Ms. Smith's book was well written with well developed characters that kept me reading page after page. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ashley Elizabeth
1.0 out of 5 stars Stereotypes & More
I absolutely hated this book. As a Priestess of Orisa/Ifa it is outrageously disrespectful!
It's filled with stereotypes of the wicked Black people, the poor white damsel,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sonya Perkins
4.0 out of 5 stars The Book of Obeah. Vol.1
I'm loving books about the South and its customs.Voodoo,hoodoo and all the religions all have so much in common . Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars An okay paranormal read with a disjointed plot and too many characters
This was an okay book. The plot was interesting to a point but then all these crazy coincidences started happening. Read more
Published 5 months ago by ahammerquilts
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and a Good Read
For those interested in different religions and their origins, this is in an easy readable format. It also broadens the knowledge base regarding New Orleans.
Published 6 months ago by Sharon Clousing
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More About the Author

Sandra Carrington-Smith is an Italian-born author who relocated to the United States in the late 80's after marrying a US soldier who was serving overseas. Although writing was Sandra's deepest passion since childhood, her dream of becoming a published author had to be placed on hold for several years. Moving to a new country provided several challenges, the biggest one being the language barrier she encountered when she first arrived. In order to become fully integrated, Sandra tapped into her love for reading, and over time her vocabulary grew extensively. She gave birth to three children and devoted most of her time to raising a family. By the time she was in her late 30's, Sandra decided to revisit her old passion for writing, and penned a novel of paranormal suspense, The Book of Obeah, followed by a self-improvement book, Housekeeping for the Soul: A Practical Guide to Restoring Your Inner Sanctuary. Both titles were sold to the same publisher and released in 2010, and The Book of Obeah went on to win an international book award. Currently, Sandra's new novel, Killer in Sight, will be released at the end of May 2012. Sandra Carrington-Smith lives in Raleigh, NC, with her husband, children and three cats.


Coming soon...


KILLER IN SIGHT, A Tom Lackey Mystery

Tracey Newman is a young and beautiful professional who relocated to North Carolina from St. Louis, Missouri, for a job as a physician assistant. When her body is found in the woods of a park in Raleigh, NC, her case is assigned to Lieutenant Tom Lackey, a veteran detective from the Raleigh Police Department. With the help of Kathy Spencer, his longtime girlfriend, and his partner, Gene Parker, a grouchy but kind-hearted detective, Tom Lackey unravels a mystery laden with psychosis and unexpected revelations.While Tom is busy following the multiple clues pouring in from different directions, Kathy gets to work to prove her own theory: The last image viewed by the dying person can be lifted from the eyes of the victim to identify the murderer. Using her background in photography and her passion for iridology, Kathy enlists the help of Dr. Greer, the medical examiner, who allows her to take shots of Tracey's eyes. Her findings are puzzling but they are soon supported by Alexis Howard, the dead girl's ten-year-old half-sister who volunteers valuable information she claims was delivered to her by her imaginary friend Lily.As the investigation unfolds, Tom discovers that many people have a reason to want Tracey Newman dead. Could the killer be her best friend Shannon, or maybe one of Tracey's ex-boyfriends? Or could it be Donald Russet, the married hospital administrator she had an affair with? Or could it even be Mary Townsend, Shannon's violent lesbian lover who saw Tracey as a threat to her relationship?
With multiple suspects floating up to the surface and skeletons yanked out of unlikely closets, Tom must rely on his methodical expertise and on Kathy's insight to find the killer before tragedy strikes again.




THE ROSARIES

Book two of the Crossroads series. After risking her life to safeguard the prophecy hidden within the pages of the famed Book of Obeah, Melody Bennet thinks her life has finally settled into normalcy. Now the tables are turning and Melody is once again thrust into uncharted territory. As the prophecy closes in, new dangers are lurking at the door...



SHADOWS OF A TUSCAN MOON

A beautiful mother of two mysteriously disappears without leaving a trace, apparently swallowed by the darkness of a frigid winter night. The local law enforcement gets right to work, but as time goes by every lead turns into a dead end. Has the woman decided to run off and turn her back on her too-tight family life, or is her disappearance the work of a skilled killer who has left no clues behind? Many shadows lurk in the timeless beauty of a small Tuscan town; one of those shadows, maybe the darkest one of all, holds the key to a terrifying truth...

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