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Catching Feathers in the Wind Paperback – September 2, 2015
About the Author
Diane Hall is an author and channel who writes novels, non-fiction, magazine features, comedy scripts, meditations and songs about love, spirituality and the joyful challenges of communication between dimensions. She is inspired by her guides and the angelic realm, to create books that touch the heart with memories of Heaven. She also adds a sense of fun to the genre of spiritual fiction. As a freelance writer, she has contributed to a number of new thought publications and websites, including Soul & Spirit and Kindred Spirit magazines. She writes from a desk, or sometimes from the safe confines of a sofa bed 'book nook', surrounded by candles, Buddhas and empty cups, while dreaming of escaping London. She enjoys long walks, and wearing glasses unnecessarily.
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Jayna really seems to grapple with her decision to ascend to the highest level of cosmic consciousness. Eventually, after a series of challenging lifetimes she realizes she is ready to attain the final rung in the wheel of life. Just as nothing in human life is ever perfect, and during her last final lifetime, Jayna meets Stephen, whom she falls madly in love with. Prepare to be swept off your feet!
As Jayna’s human life spins crazily out of control on a predestined course, a series of events propels her to question her true existence as Stephen’s love continues to pull her towards the earthly realm. Through it all, Jayna shares with us her multi-dimensional life filled with love, life after death, reincarnation, and rebirth. Her tale is a love story that will have you not only believing in angels but believing in the reality of everlasting love.
Catching Feathers in the Wind is one of those rarely written phenomena that touch you and shake you to your very core. For me, it was a spiritual and emotional read that I could not put down. During the day when I was not reading, I found myself thinking about the philosophical elements in the story. The descriptions of heaven and angels filled my dreams. By the dawn of each new day, I awakened refreshed and renewed. Coincidence? I really don’t think so.
I also found the writing of the author, Diane Hall to be poetic and mesmerizing. At times, the prose took my breath away in explanations of divine and human existence that seemed so logical and concise I had to ask myself how it could be any other way.
This is a unique love story, one of which I have never read the likes of before. More than that, it is the story of true love and the many forms it imbues. Each of the characters experiences great sadness and despair but champions their way to find their true destiny. I connected with each of the characters in such a way, I just knew that I had met them before in another life.
By the end of the book, I felt like I had read the cosmic secrets of the universe. I felt like I had been given a special gift all tied up with a bow the color of sparkling stars. Ironically, I found this book link for my Kindle' on Facebook, part of a “free” campaign to introduce readers to the book. Wow! Was that ever my lucky day!
A visit to Diane Hall’s blog gives you a glimpse into the story with this excerpt: “Unseen Hands.” She also shares:
“An earlier edition of this book was very briefly known as Earth Angel, but has now undergone a huge revision and has been returned to its original title, of ‘Catching Feathers in the Wind.’ ~ A phrase used by one of the main characters, to describe the process of inspiration.”
I rarely give a five-star rating but when I do you know it has to be something spectacular! This is Diane Hall’s debut novel and I can’t wait to see what she writes next! If you are interested in spirituality and enjoy romance novels you will adore Catching Feathers in the Wind.
This is the kind of book that I will read over and over again knowing I will be touched by some different element each time I read it. I know one thing, your ideas about everlasting love will be forever changed!
Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars
Jayna has taken on an angelic form and from her heavenly position watches over Stephen, her husband of eleven years. Stephen is not coping since Jayna's death. He passes his days in a mindless blur, is falling apart and contemplating suicide. Jayna meets him in his dreams and they travel to places from their past. Although this brings him some comfort, it's not enough to pull him out from his black hole of despair. Jayna also misses Stephen terribly, but understands that she cannot interfere with his destiny.
Stephen is a jazz musician; a pianist and composer who has lost his inspiration since Jayna's death. Jayna has several conversations with Charlie "Bird" Parker, the famous jazz saxophonist, who visits Stephen in an effort to inspire him. The character of "Bird" is well developed and has a distinctive voice.
This is a very original read. The writing is of a very high quality; lyrical and flowing. Some of the descriptive passages are breath taking; for instance when Jayna is on the bridge which leads us to our dreams, here the writing is evocative and poetic.
Alison is a nurse who enters Stephen's life when he's in hospital after an attempted suicide. She's lost and lonely, living out each day in a mindless routine since the death of her husband. With no children or family, she feels she has nothing to live for. She has an important part to play in this story, although it's not what the reader might at first think. When she enters a deserted dark tunnel on her way home one evening, her fate is sealed, but what happens next is totally unexpected.
Martha Meakins is Alison's elderly neighbour, a kind and selfless person who has endured much sadness in her life. She too has an important role to play and is an intriguing and complex character. At the end of the book, it becomes apparent that Martha is the vehicle through which Jayna and Stephen are able to fulfil their destinies.
Many of the characters have endured sadness and experienced great loss and loneliness, including an intriguing minor character, Natalie, who Stephen meets at his friend's dinner party.
This book kept me reading and I wanted to know what happens next. I felt sorry for Stephen and for Alison, both living empty lives. I think the message here is that our bodies are merely a vehicle for us to use temporarily and that life can take many forms. Musicians such as Charlie (Bird) Parker and Billie Holiday may have died but their presence continues on with the possibility of their voices being heard through living musicians who continue to gain inspiration from them.
The only criticism I have of this book is that it needs a thorough editing, otherwise I would easily have given it a five star rating. There are many typo. Unfortunately this can detract from the story, and, although British spelling is the norm throughout the book, the occasional U.S spelling is used; as in "skeptical" rather than "sceptical."
However, although the book deals with despair and separation, it ends on a positive note with hope held out for the future and with the message that true love does and can endure.
A truly breathtaking read. I look forward to reading the sequel.