Sunday, July 15, 2012

Out of the Ashes by Lori Dillon (Review by Margaret Whelehan)

                Have you ever had the feeling when you meet someone that you have met them before? This book is all about knowing someone from your past who is your present.  The reincarnation of two souls was never on the high point of my belief scale. That is until I read this book.  Now I do have a small belief that when two souls are destined to be together, nothing will stop them, not even time.
                When I first started reading this book, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it, let alone finish it.  Then all of a sudden I was interested in finding out things that had to do with the characters.  I wanted to know if they were going to meet, how they were going to meet and if they would stay together.  I have to say, by the end of the book, I will admit I enjoyed reading it.  I cannot say that I fell in love with the book, but I did enjoy it.
                Marsha and Hershel are two angels who are in charge of a male and female. Their duty to the humans is to make sure that they meet, fall in love and have children. The problem is that they keep messing up on that.  First there was a natural disaster, then there was a mix up in ages, and then there were a few other issues that stopped the humans from being together.  Marsha and Hershel were given one last chance to get their job done correctly.  If they failed, they would both be reassigned to other duties.  So, the angels became human to help guide their prospects on the right path. Little did they know that their job would not be an easy one.
                David is on a mission in Italy.  He is undercover for the Americans to find out where the Germans are keeping people and other things.  He decides to join an archaeologist crew so that he is able to be close to his destination without being detected.  All he wants to do is do his job, and get out.  He never thought that he would meet a woman who would make him feel differently.
Serafina is an archaeologist who is digging in Italy.  All she wants to do is her job.  The problem is that everyone else on her job site is a man.  Since she has issues with men in the first place, she doesn’t want to get involved with anyone.  Then David comes along changes everything for her.  She starts by telling him her deepest secrets and then she starts to fall for him.  She never thought he was keeping anything from her. She just thought he was involved with another woman and that is why he rejected her.
Throughout the rest of the book, there was a constant tug of war between Sera and David.  She didn’t trust herself to be with him because of who he is but she always tried to save him from getting captured or dying. David always tried to convince her that they could be together but soon realized that if they were together they might both die because he would return to America and she would stay in Italy.
By the end of the book, they lived and died together. There were a few surprises along their way. But in the end they were together as they were supposed to be. A happily ever after ending.
I have to say that I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would have. However it was not one of my all-time favorites.  I think the book could have been a little bit clearer about what was going on and the flashbacks to the past.  But other than that I did enjoy the book. It was completely different from the other books I have read in the past. I am seriously considering looking up the author and seeing what else she has written.  I am definitely considering reading more of her books.  


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4 Stars (Brilliant)

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