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Katie has discovered a passion for the study of the soul and reincarnation, thanks to her friend Marie. They spend many afternoons talking about books of DR Weiss and to compare their opinions. But her husband Ward is not strongly agree because it steals time to their relationship. Katie is already very out of house because of her new work in center. Katie wants more help for household chores but Ward doesn't help at all. To brighten her days thinks a very nice guy that meets every day on the train going to and coming back from work. He was recently moved and she discovers also that he works in her own palace. And if he was her true soul mate?
It is addictive and a total page turner, the pace is very fast and smooth thanks to very short sentences. The plot is well constructed and intrigued and characters are warm and charming.
I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to all fans of contemporary romance, especially those who like like romantic and spiritual stories
As a believer in reincarnation, I jumped at the opportunity to review this book once I read its blurb because it’s so rare to find novels like this in English. I grew up in Brazil where believing in reincarnation is widely accepted and many authors write about past life experiences but that’s not so in other countries; mainly in English speaking ones thus the rarity of titles about this subject.
As an author, I relate to the difficulties. I’m currently working on a story that deals with reincarnation because I feel so strongly about it. But I set it in Scotland in Celtic times because I thought it would be easier for readers to think it was a fantasy book even though it’s not. Therefore, I applaud A. C. Chenier for her brave debut in the literary world tackling a subject that many might find controversial or downright unbelievable.
For me, it’s clear she writes from the heart and that makes up for the little – no, strike that – tiny glitches I found with this book. For instance, the author, through Katie, spends a great deal of the first 15% of the book introducing the readers to the ideas and work of Dr. Brian Weiss. It bothered me a bit in the beginning until I realized it would be necessary if the writer was trying to present a novel, controversial idea to the general public.
Although I believe our souls return many times in different bodies, I also firmly believe we forget our past lives for good reason. It can be unsettling to poke around in the past and some people get stuck in it. That’s why I don’t think past life regression should be done lightly. Moreover, it should only be use in extreme cases when it can help a person’s understanding and managing of his/her present situation, and never out of curiosity just to learn about a past life. So I was relieved that both Maria and Katie turned to that kind of therapy for very serious reasons and that they took their regression sessions seriously. Maria was attempting to deal with her terminal cancer and Katie, as her best friend, eventually had to seek therapy so that she could support Maria and cope with the situation herself.
Regarding writing style, I for one favor third person omniscient POV like the author used in Loves of our Lives. I don’t have problems following the changes in perspective. However, some readers find it hard as I learned the hard way when I published my first short-story. Lol Here the author does a great job with that so even if you think you don’t like this kind of POV, you should give this book a chance and you’ll be surprised.
Present time events are told in chronological order while the past life regressions aren’t, which was a great positive for me. There is a puzzle-like quality to the past lives narration and I personally enjoy it because it feels like putting together pieces of a jigsaw. Bravo!! And each time Katie visits her past lives, the author brings us, the readers, with her into the past and all of a sudden we’re reading a delicious, well-written historical fiction. Even word choice and sentence structure are different from the present day narrative. Not to mention that the author subtly touches other controversial issues such as homosexuality and mixed race marriage in the 19th century. Bravo again!
As for the characters, there are many in the three different timelines described: present-time Canada, 18th century England, and 19th century United States and they’re fascinating. A. C. Chenier does an excellent job of building their background stories and presenting them to the readers. I liked that the main characters change and evolve. Ward and Katie seem like a loving couple for the first five minutes into the book but the surface soon starts cracking. Ward shows his real colors pretty soon and we learn that he can be quite selfish. No wonder “cute train guy” picks Katie’s interest. Still, I like the fact that both John and Katie have solid values and how they show in their attitude. That’s why their struggles feel so realistic. Also, for Katie, the concept of past lives was foreign to her in the beginning so it made sense she needed time to, first, fully understand them; then, be able to make tough decisions in her present life so that she would stop repeating patterns from past ones.
I recommend this book for open-minded readers looking to discover a new, talented author.
“Loves of Our Lives” by A.C. Chenier is the first story in the 'Past Lives' series and is a book that combines historical and contemporary romance. Centering around Katie Benjamin’s exploration in the field of past life regression as influenced by the writings of Dr. Brian Weiss, the story explores the lives of several people in the past on two different continents and their connection to and influence upon Katie in her modern existence in Calgary, Alberta. Katie’s relationships with her husband, a stranger met on the train, and a dying friend are all influenced by her growing familiarity with Elinor, an English woman living during the mid 1700s, and Catherine, a woman living in Philadelphia during the late 1800s.
This intriguing story has a slow and somewhat somber onset that gradually shifts to a descriptive experience of two very different lifestyles that are nonetheless connected. There is a richness of subject matter that touches upon women’s rights, prejudice, class distinctions, and societal upheavals even as the heroine gradually has her own epiphany about the life she lives. I liked the growth that she experiences even though I found the awkwardness of skipping from life to life and the multiplicity of points of view a little frustrating. I think that the struggle to integrate so many secondary characters resulted in most of them being fairly superficially described but the overall concept of the story is thought-provoking and imaginative. This story will probably appeal to those who are curious about the idea of reincarnation and fate as well as those who enjoy the concept of time travel.
A copy of this title was provided to me for review
Sure we find that her past lives show something incredibly different, and reveal another true love, but I still wished the opening chapters and back cover didn’t start off telling me this couple was awesome together and then drive a wedge between them. Other than that though, it was an interesting story, weaved with history, hypnosis, and past lives. I loved the history and how it’s weaved into the book, but overall I would give this three-star read because of how the blurb misled me to believe the story would be different. Now that these readers are aware, though, please enjoy the story with the open mind that relationships that seem perfect do change.