Book Review: Enlightened by A.L. Waddington

19279000Book 1 Synopsis:

Jocelyn Timmons does not believe she is anything special — just an ordinary high school senior, living an ordinary life full of school-work, volleyball and friends. She’s about to find out how wrong she is.

Jackson Chandler moved in to the house across the street. His dark wavy hair, green eyes and charismatic personality draws everyone to him. Everyone, but Jocelyn.

Whenever Jackson gets near Jocelyn she feels ill and dizzy. When he touches her, she blacks out and has visions of another life, in another time. As the odd hallucinations evolve and become clearer, she feels a strong pull towards the people she sees there. Frightened, she watches her once stable life begin to crumble around her and she begins to question her own sanity.

Could it be possible that these episodes are actually her own memories of a life she is living somehow, somewhere, some-when? Maybe this is time-travel or some other paranormal mysticism? Our minds often wander, but can our souls?

Book 2 Synopsis:

Continuing where Essence, Book 1, EVE series ended, the barrier between Jocelyn Timmons consciousness continues to dissolve as she better understands the two lives she lives and enormity of her newly discovered inherited gift of EVE (Essence Voyager Era) which allows her to fall asleep on one plane of existence and awaken on another as her soul travels nightly.

In Enlightened, Book 2, present-day Jocelyn uncovers the vast wonderment of the Victorian era but soon learns that life then was not as grand for women as she has read in the classics. Still, she finds comfort in the support of family and friends; a bolstering contrast to her overly hectic, career-oriented family in the twenty-first century. Her love for Jackson Chandler strengthens across time and becomes the light she so desperately needs as the world she has always known no longer makes sense. Yet, the closer she is drawn to Jackson by their mutual ability, the more strain develops amongst those she loves in 2009.

On the other side of Jocelyn’s consciousness in 1878, she remains ignorant of EVE. Her life is crumbling around her, yet she 20799156finds herself anxiously awaiting the images that invade her dreams. Jocelyn longs to be the woman she portrays in that world yet her jealousy is unbearable. Miscommunication, betrayal and hidden agendas make trust near impossible. The clearer the visions become the more she questions motives of her closest confidants and foregoes revealing the images that plague her perception. As her life seems to unravel, Jocelyn’s two worlds collide, and she is enlightened as the pieces start to fall into place. But is she strong enough to survive the truth? Is Jackson really her destiny? And can their love transcend time?

My Review of both books:

So, these books really do need to be read together – so no dipping into the 2nd till you’ve read the first!

This story is told in chapters that alternate between time periods. So there’s a little bit of historical fantasy in there too. By doing this the author can really build the tension of the stories, making the books really difficult to put down. Kind of like Agatha Christie ending a chapter on a cliff hanger so you have to read more.

From a writer’s perspective, the plot was slow to heat up, but if it had heated up too quickly then it would have boiled over leaving a fictional mess (too much of a cooking analogy – probably) So it does require a patience reader. There were some awkward sentences in there – but not from a technical point of view, but more from a personal POV – when you’re a writer yourself, you tend to have a certain way of doing things and when you read something that goes against that, it can be jarring, not say wrong generally, but wrong to me personally.

The front covers are beautiful and there is a strong marketing brand running through them, even though they are all very different. So two thumbs up to whoever designed them.

Overall I’d give both books 4 out of 5 stars – a lovely story that is both original and comforting at the same time – the perfect read for curling up by the fire (if you are in a cold country – if you are in a warm one, then not so much – exchange fire for beach!)

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