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- Book 1 of 2 in Crossroads Series (2 Book Series)
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I understand this is a badly written novel trying to capatilize off of other peoples cultures
She should have called the book something original
Voudou has nothing to do... Read more
I really would rate this book a 3.75, but I gave 4 stars as I liked it enough to finish it. There are both positive and negative aspects of the book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by whitney dyer
I bought this book because i thought it was a book about voodoo, but its a ficition novel. So i would say I misunderstood the advertisement.Published 7 months ago by Abayomi
I liked this book. The setting was one in which I was not familiar, and I enjoyed the immersion in cajun and voodoo culture. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jonathon K
Sandra Carrington-Smith is uber talented, and takes you right into a story with her detailed and exciting storytelling. I highly recommend this author and any of her books.Published 15 months ago by T. Tompkins
This is a story that is both entertaining and enlightening; the author's personal involvement with the subject, and her own deep spirituality, will be experienced on every page. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Neil Daniel
Loved the story, but the author doesn't develop a clear voice. Makes the whole book feel clinical... "Melody did this, Melody did that. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Lisa "Nose in a Book" Martin
Kept my interest. Great characters. Full of surprises and thought provoking events. Good read! Looking forward to the next book!!Published 20 months ago by E. Heard
When I find a book that is set in Louisiana, New Orleans, or mentions a Bayou, it immediately raises certain expectations from me. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Avid Reader 637
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