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- Print Length: 392 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 162526139X
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Summer Solstice (October 31, 2014)
- Publication Date: October 31, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00O94OHIY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,995,253 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Reaching out to a young prostitute running from her pimp, Liliha not only finds her parenting skills challenged, but puts herself in danger. From eye-rolling moments to pulse-pounding action, the story held my attention and made it hard to put the book down. I especially liked Liliha’s giving her young friend the life-changing message that loyalty can be misplaced, and that “love” doesn’t mean accepting abuse. “When you made your promise, the circumstances were different. If someone changes the rules, you are within your rights to disregard your promise.”
Although I recommend reading the earlier books to gain a richer understanding of the story as a whole (and for the sheer enjoyment of it), this still works as a stand-alone. Well done.
Liliha is like an Earth angel. She possesses an extraordinary ability to enter the bodies of the disturbed hosts she encounters with help from her magical ring. The story starts out with a bang as we’re thrust directly into Liliha’s shoes as she attempts to dissuade a mentally unhinged woman from killing her children and herself. As real as Liliha’s character is, she’s much like a ghost, whispering in the ears of her hosts a sense of reasoning. And another voice—an evil voice—is whispering from the other side.
It only gets better from there as Liliha becomes a land angel, helping a prostitute escape from her pimp and putting herself in danger to do so.
Francene put a lot of thought into developing a raw character in Liliha. She’s relatable in that she’s emotionally broken, yet so self-perceptive and selfless. She’s someone we hope we become after heartbreak.
This book suffered a few inconsistencies. The reader will notice that names are spelled differently. My advice is to take note, move on, and don’t let it bother you. You’ll find any book is better if you abide by this philosophy.
A few things were confusing only because I hadn’t read the previous books in this series. I always recommend starting from the beginning for any reader, and this is no exception.
I’d like to conclude by saying I enjoyed this book for its premise and for the character development, even though it’s not something I would typically pick up. Anyone interested in women’s fiction would love this.
Liliha is a woman buried deep in grief. She's lost her husband, her daughters are living far away and her loneliness permeates the air like a bad smell. This becomes even more evident as she attempts to help an equally broken young girl, Ellen, get back on her feet--placing her in the path of a pimp and a crook who would like nothing more than to do Liliha harm. As she awakens with no memory in a hospital, she realizes the ring is gone. Dun Dun Dun!
Can I just start by saying I love this author's imagination. She goes to places where I myself love to go--magical heirlooms that offer up psychic powers and force people to play detective. How could I resist that premise? The difference is she truly writes from the heart and I feel this series is best suited to those who love and adore women's literature. I myself tend to reach for paranormal, adventure, mystery and thrillers but I tend to shy away with anything that has too much feeling and this one had me feeling emotions all over the place! Great Job Francene! I do recommend reading the first two books in the series first to gain a richer understanding of the story as a whole.
Author of The Temple of Indra's Jewel & Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire.
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