on March 6, 2011 :
First, I want to thank LibraryThing and Diana Murdock for the opportunity to read Again by Diana Murdock.
This short novel by Diana Murdock is based on two main characters in different time eras. Both of the main characters have men in their lives that are possessive and the women are looking for passionate romance; the knight on a white horse type of man. The story is about a woman's feelings for real love. The men in the novel are all physically fit and are described as such.
Eryn is the modern character and is a successful photographer; she is married to Bryce. Lady Catherine is the medieval noblewoman and it is assumed she will be married to Galen, someone she has known since childhood. Eryn has recurring dreams that bring her back to the time of 1501, the time of Catherine. The chapters switch back and forth between the two women. Both of the main characters have similar happenings in their lives.
The book is somewhat based on reincarnation. A book called Twin Souls- Life Beyond Life and a necklace sent to Eryn by her brother are some mentions of the view of reincarnation.
I liked the short novel but would have liked more substance in the writings.
I received this complimentary ebook to read and review from LibraryThing. The opinions are my own.
Leona Olson ( )
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)
on Dec. 9, 2010 :
I received a free digital copy of Again as part of the LibraryThing member giveaway. The books plot seemed interesting and I was glad when I won this book. However the book turned out to be far different than expected; I thought it would be more fantasy based, and it turned out to be more sexual than I was comfortable with. I quit reading about halfway through because I lost interest. The book focuses on two romances centered on the females Lady Catherine (historic) and Eryn (modern). The chapters bounce back and forth between eras and both women encounter the same relationships, both good and bad. Married to a man they don’t love, with antagonistic friends, and tempted by an extramarital relationship. I enjoyed the historical Lady Catherine and Jonathan more than I enjoyed Eryn and Bryce, but that was probably personal preference. I just seemed to get annoyed with Eryn and that whole plot line. The reincarnation/repeated lives was an interesting concept. Sadly not my favorite free book so far. I would like to see how the author develops and grows as she writes more. Perhaps her next attempt will be more personally appealing.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
on Sep. 30, 2010 :
I found "Again" to be an enjoyable read. It held my interest and with the 2 stories running parallel, made it one where I couldn't put it down. I wanted to know what happened next in both "worlds".
Eryn's story takes place in the present. She struggles to work for her marriage and yet has a nagging feeling that something (or should I say someone) else is out there waiting for her. It all started with a dream, and yet, to consider a love so powerful that it would carry through time... could it be real?
Catherine lives in the 1500's and knows that she is to wed soon. Her 18th summer is coming and she will be required to chose a husband. Although she is expected to wed Galen, her lifelong friend, when she meets Johnathan, she knows that she has met the man for her. She outclasses Johnathan and marriage would be forbidden, but can that stop them?
I liked both Catherine and Eryn and adored Johnathan. I found this book to be a great romance with a fascinating twist.
**Parental note** Book contains some objectionable language and descriptive sex scenes.
(reviewed 62 days after purchase)
on Sep. 9, 2010 :
This is a romance set in two periods of time and the story goes back and forth between the historical portion of the story and the modern story. The author developed the main character very well in both the historical story and the modern story. She (in both settings) is likeable and complex. There is a reincarnation theme running through this story – will the couple get another chance together? Will the heroine make the same mistakes again? Are people drawn to each other over and over again throughout time? I also enjoyed seeing the modern marriage of the heroine – her marriage is falling apart, she is not happy but neither her or her husband wants it to end. The dynamics are interesting to read. Additionally, there is a destructive friendship that the heroine (in the modern day portion of the story) has to work her way through – very interesting stuff. I would recommend this story for readers who enjoy modern day fiction with a dash of something added to it. It was an enjoyable and quick read but surprisingly made me think about what if and possibilities of change across time and lifetimes.
(reviewed 39 days after purchase)
on Sep. 1, 2010 :
I thought this book was definitely interesting, but the description led me to believe that it is more of a fantasy genre than what it is. Some of the parts are drawn out, and it takes the characters longer than I thought it should to figure things out. Otherwise, if you like historical fiction and are intrigued by the ideas of soul mates and reincarnation, you might want to give it a look.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
on Aug. 24, 2010 :
I was probably the wrong person to review this novel because I hate romances. This novel was something I wouldn't recommend. I found the first chapter to be unbearable! It had way too much detail about every little thing, very little dialogue, and at times I just wanted the author to get to the point already. She went on and on in details about everything. I would get lost in the details and forget what the characters were even talking about.
It had many sexual scenes, which I don't really like; one in particular was way too long.
It also had many grammar errors and misspellings, which is a pet peeve.
The story was actually good. I enjoyed the twists and the double story-line going on. The whole reincarnation thing gave you something to ponder on.
I couldn't recommend it to someone else though. Sorry, just not my cup of tea.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on Aug. 20, 2010 :
When I first read the description of this book, I was under the impression that it was going to be a fantasy/romance along the lines of Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series which I loved. However, the fantasy aspect wasn't really as strong as I had hoped. I had a really difficult time relating to and empathizing with the characters because they were not fleshed out very well and seemed somewhat flat. Because of this, I really didn't care what happened to Catherine or Eryn.
"Again" is a valiant effort, but I needed more. I am giving the book a 2 star rating, but I would like to see more from this writer. I think she has some great plot ideas, but just needs a little more polishing.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Aug. 19, 2010 :
Very good book.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on Aug. 11, 2010 :
This book is an ideal representation of the modern romance, and the struggle between marriage and passion. As a woman of two worlds, Eryn also as Catherine struggles to decide between the man she believes she has to marry and the passion she wants to feel. This book could use some more polishing, the descriptions did not flow as well as they should and many of the events in both worlds were very similar. I was not expecting the emotional rollercoaster ride of a redemptive tragic romance; I usually like humor in the romance I read, so I gave it a three instead of a four. This book is worth reading, though I do not agree with the reincarnation, it brought up the very real issues of relationships of today and “living for yourself” as well as others.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
on Aug. 9, 2010 :
Make no mistake about this book--it's a romance novel. I don't think I've ever read a real "romance novel" before. Although I don't think I can read any story that doesn't have at least a little romance in it and I usually want more. Still, to have a book be only about that... Wow, it's really not enough of a story for me.
I'm really, really annoyed by these characters who have all made a mess of their lives. Catherine's naiveté in chapter 14/15 particularly got to me, as did Sara's. And that's where I stopped reading. I do not think the writing is bad. I believe that as the book goes on, the characters will grow and realize their misguided thinking. But honestly, I have no interest in reading a story about that type of progression. I'd rather read a story about women that don't have to figure out all this stuff that I already know. Thus the frustration. I had to stop reading.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)