on April 16, 2014 :
Of water and fire, and the circle of life, this is a lovely story centering on the call of destiny soul-mates hear despite the march of time. Reincarnation is a tricky subject since it immediately alienates many religious groups and holds the possibility for the author to instruct rather than tell a story. Genia Stemper, however, is not a prophet, she is a very talented and thoughtful writer. She treads her way through the ethereal with such aplomb that the reader can almost hear the 'Woosh' of time fly by as the protagonists learn, live and die through the lessons of reality towards their fate.
The reader is transported, with tsunami-like power, through the ages while true-love attempts to find its place and its peace. The author's attention to the setting for each of the protagonists' lifetimes is astonishingly detailed. Rich aromas waft from the pages in the descriptions of beautiful gardens, seaside vistas and dangerous fires. The fruit from each tree is so well remembered by the author that you, the reader, will taste its fruits' nectar on your tongue. The book, and each historical place and time are well researched and infused with a vibrancy that bounds from the pages into the imagination, creating a backdrop that is almost tactile, to stage the tragedies, triumphs and trifles of life.
From a glimpse of life as an Indian Princess to the burden of life as a rice-paddy slave, this read is an indulgence that will not only entertain you, engage you emotionally, but also leave you glowing with the warmth of its gloriously romantic notion that love may endure and not simply be swept away by time.
(review of free book)
on Feb. 15, 2014 :
One of those stories where you're sad that it's ended. It was so lovely, moving through different lives with this person - it would be so easy to read a hundred more lifetimes without getting tired of this story.
(review of free book)
on Nov. 10, 2011 :
Definitely, it's one of the most impressive book that I've ever read. I really loved and recomend it.
(reviewed 75 days after purchase)
on May 22, 2010 :
I like reading books by new authors, but it is very risky, because you never know what you are going to get. However, this was definitely a good choice.
The story is unique and captivating, and, most importantly, incredibly believable. Although it spans hundreds of years, with the same, basic characters, you really feel like you are unlocking, and witnessing, an amazing secret of life. You don't need to believe in the concept of reincarnation, to get swept up in the beauty of the story.
It has concise detail, and is effectively descriptive, to capture the time and feel of each era that the book passes through, but it never gets tedious or boring. It is just enough to make you feel like you are actually in the moment, in order to move on with the story. The story moves quickly and it is an easy read, but not light in concept. It is thought-provoking, and, in moments, jarring, but it creates an ultimate sense of hope and happiness.
I would definitely recommend this book, and it will be interesting to read the other books by this author, to see if they maintain the same intriguing quality of story. I hope so! Because this one was a winner.
(reviewed the day of purchase)