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The Book of Obeah (Crossroads Series 1) by [Carrington-Smith, Sandra]
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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 1980s. 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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  • File Size: 688 KB
  • Print Length: 313 pages
  • Publication Date: July 18, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003WEAIZI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542,526 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Rebecca Cox on 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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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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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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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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