What if in your dreams you kept hearing different parts of a story about a love affair between two people you didn’t know, but ultimately, something said you actually knew them? In Promised Soul by Sandra J. Jackson, you’ll find out. Krista can’t help but remember these dreams about a woman named Mary. There’s a ship. And water. A goodbye. It feels like death. There’s definitely love. But she just can’t figure it out. Then she meets someone who tells her a similar story through their journals. When Krista meets him, everything begins to unravel. Or is it sewn back together finally?
Jackson weaves an alternating plot line seamlessly in this novel. We learn of Mary’s love affair in the past. We see Krista searching for something in the present. How are they connected? Who has set the path of destiny such that they must finally connect… wow! I was intrigued from the premise, but then the beautiful writing and wonderful imagery drew me in further. I’m not normally a huge paranormal / science-fiction / fantasy reader, but this book falls into way too many genres to give me any worry. Once I accepted the concept of past lives (which I do believe in), it was just a beautiful and romantic love story.
Jackson is a new author to me, but this won’t be the first book of hers I choose to read. Her characters are extraordinary. Her plots though simple are full of emotion and opportunity. The devil is in the details, as we often hear, and that’s the case with this book. Trying to understand all the connections and the literal meanings is impossible — there’s just too many parallels to love, pain, loss, misery and need buried both deep and on the surface of this novel.
From a very attention-grabbing prologue to the point where the lovers re-unite, we wonder, as readers, will this actually work out? It’s touch-and-go for a while, but just as much as we want them to find their way back to one another, we question… exactly who is it that have been re-incarnated? Krista is someone I really came to adore. I wanted her to be happy. I needed to see her story come to a turning point where things worked out.
Thank you to Jackson for pushing my limits into loving a different kind of story. Such an ethereal quality with a touch of wisdom and hope built in.
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