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- Print Length: 246 pages
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- Publisher: TCK Publishing (January 26, 2018)
- Publication Date: January 26, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078QMXKPL
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This book could have been something great. The plot and idea behind it was very different from anything I’ve read and the twist ending is not something you’d ordinarily find in a romance story. Anyone who knows me knows how much I appreciate and respect that. Authors who can awe me with originality and passion of their written world is usually what draws me to their art in the first place and keeps me intrigued and invested. Sadly, even if the story was original and unique, it was far from enough for me to see the passion behind it and feel the intrigue. There was nothing to keep me on my toes and invested reading this.
The main reason as to why I could not get invested in it was the fact that very little was actually happening in the story to begin with. Sure, the naked weird protagonist had some bad dreams and a real strange and special cat (I’ll get back to that in a second). But the rest was just ... blah. It was following everyday ordinary life with cleaning, work, cooking, class and hanging out with friends (or in this case friend). I don’t know how it is for other bookworms like me out there, but when I read, it is to escape everyday life and forget about it for a while. Not to be thrown right back into it. I mean, if I was interested in following a day of work and doing chores I could just have done it myself in real life instead of reading about it.
The book does not pick up and become somewhat interesting until at least halfway through when we start to learn of past lives and what the dreams actually mean. Though, the author did not really pull her readers into the story and events even then. It felt more like she recapped the events for us rather than actually having us experience it along with the story. There were no depth or detailed descriptions to make it feel important and the story therefore progressed too rushed. So even though I started to get into the storyline and started liking it, the author did not take that extra step to lead me deeper into it and feel for the characters and experience what was happening, to make sure I could fully enjoy it. She just brushed by it instead of actually slowing down and go into depth. She just went back to square one. Yet she made sure I had to sit through boring everyday lectures and work conversations explained into detail instead.
Then we come to personalities. Why I approve of giving the characters a bit of an edge and som unique qualities, they just weren’t relatable or that likable. Their unique quirks just got on my nerves because no one with a sane and realistic mind acts or say stuff like that. They couldn’t have normal hobbies or ordinary fashionable clothes or even good humor. It was always a bit too much in the wrong direction. Give them some unique traits, sure, but not all of them. It’s too much.
And then we have Winston, the cat. No offense meant to the author, but cats don’t in a million years act like that. Cats are not social animals, how cute and cuddly the may appear and sometimes are. This cat can’t handle being alone and he comes running because he missed her when they’ve been apart. He cuddles with her at night to soothe her distress after a nightmare and tries to protect her from threats and danger. A cat in real life would never do that, because their mental capacity is not made to understand others emotions or even care about others (it comes with the whole unsocial nature). The sad truth is that cats only are social and cuddly with the promise for food. That’s how most have learned to get an extra treat. Also a cat would never come to you with a leash in its mouth, excited for a workout. A. Their body is built to run really fast in short stretches, so they don’t have muscles built to handle sprinting longer treks. B. Because they are unsocial creatures they rather be alone and explore and hunt when they are outside. Putting it on a leash and forcing the cat to be near you at all times and deciding where it should go (even having it on a leash alone on the front porch with minimal space to move and go) is miserable and in my book, borderline abuse. Winston behavior is much closer to a dog than a cat, so maybe Winston just should have been written as a dog instead. That would have been much more realistic and believable.
Overall, I feel that this book should be at on and a half star, but since it isn’t possible to rate it with half stars I’m putting it at two stars in total. This book could use some work and changes, but it was not all bad. The writing was okay and I did enjoy the journeys to the past, even if the characters unrealistically suddenly could do it without struggle or a learning process.
Beloved Lives is a small, delightful gem of a first novel. Marilyn Evans combines a near encyclopedic knowledge of various schools of thought concerning psychic phenomena and spirituality, with a wryly humorous narrator voice in her heroine April Robins, who experiences personally the consequences of being psychic and a reincarnated soul. Evans even walks us through imagined lectures on the subject, without becoming preachy or academic. April, Mitch, and Trish are quirky, humanly developed characters with real roles to play in the story narrative. Winston (an enormous black cat who affectionately rules April's house and jogs with her on a leash through the neighborhood) often steals scenes. A man who would be April's love interest turns out to be something entirely other, but I won't spoil your reading by telling you what.
If you're expecting the Great American Novel, you won't find it in this book. The narratives are straightforward, even if they might seem a bit familiar to some readers. But if you're up for a few hours of unabashed romantic entertainment and whimsy, this is a very worthwhile book and time well spent. I'll look forward to reading Evan's next novel, in whatever story line.
Adding to the experience, the editing and proof reading of the book are near perfect -- courtesies lacking in too many self-published ventures on Kindle. I offer this observation from my 60 years of reading SF and Fantasy, and the several hundred reviews done on Amazon.
Fair disclosure: I was provided a free copy of the book in return for a fair review. I don't do a lot of five-star reviews, but I'm pleased that this is one of them.
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