The Soul Bearers

Rated 5.00/5 based on 8 reviews
Partly inspired by true life events, this is a story of courage, friendship and unconditional love. Alex, freelance writer and survivor of child abuse, shares a house with homosexual couple: Steve and the disturbing Matthew. Alex finds she is inexplicably attracted to Matthew and must battle with her repressed sexuality and fear of intimacy. More
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About Sylvia Massara

Sylvia Massara is a multi-genre author based in Sydney, Australia. She loves to dabble in wacky love affairs, drama, murder, scifi (and anything else that takes her fancy) over good coffee.

Born in Argentina from Italian descent and with a fusion of Spanish, Swiss and Scandinavian lineage, plus transplanted to Australia at age ten, Sylvia describes herself as a bit of a moggie cat by way of mixed pedigree. She is also a citizen of the world as she has travelled widely throughout most of her life and she's the proud owner of three passports.

As with most authors, Sylvia draws on her varied experience from the often puzzling tapestry of life. She loves nature and communing with the animal kingdom (as her pampered kitty, Mia, will attest) and vicariously through the many characters inside her head. Occasionally, however, Sylvia ventures into the world of humans, albeit for a limited time as she prefers the unconditional and genuine company which animals bring to our planet.

Currently, Sylvia has a number of projects on the go, but she's waiting for her muse to make up his mind and settle on one.

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"The Soul Bearers" is a story of courage, friendship and unconditional love. It's a story of life and death. It's a story of overcoming obstacles in the face of adversity. It's a story of hope.

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Reviews of The Soul Bearers by Sylvia Massara

Parents' Little Black Book Reviews reviewed on May 24, 2012

Alex, a freelance travel writer, who spends her time moving throughout Australia, has decided to go back to her roots in Sydney. But for Alex Sydney is not an easy place to be. This is not a safe have or reminder of a childhood spent with carefree days. Instead she is now facing the demons of her abuse. When she left, at fifteen, she swore to never return but healing takes a long time and the abuse must be faced head on if healing is to take place.

Looking for accommodations she meets Steven and Mathew, a couple who together have come to terms with the pain in their pasts. Both rejected by their families they have found unconditional love for the first time. As they cherish their relationship there are dark clouds on the horizon. But for now they are living in the moment and enjoying what they have built together.

Alex is immediately taken with the young men who have given her a room in their home. Steve, the actor, so good looking people turn to stare at him and Matthew, the event planner, who keeps their lives on track with his easy acceptance and mild manner. But even as they begin to trust each other and share their stories, they know the dark clouds will eventually change everything.

A warm story of love, heartbreak, grief and healing, The Soul Bearers is one that will stay with the reader. The author, Ms. Massara, uses a light hand while she explores the deepest recesses of the human soul. Never forcing emotion but allowing it to come from within she takes the reader on a journey of discovery. The characters grow within the story, slowly and carefully binding the reader to them. Very well written and smoothly edited this is a book I recommend very highly.

For ages 18+ with the warning the subject matter may be controversial to some readers.

Karen Bryant Doering,
Parents' Little Black Book
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Nicole Chardenet reviewed on Feb. 25, 2012

What a heartwarming story about love and recovery. Alex is a woman with a dark history of sexual abuse and Matthew and Steve are a gay couple with whom she moves in - Steve is slowly dying of AIDS, Matthew is his extremely handsome partner.

Alex doesn't like for men to touch her; she's never had a boyfriend and she dresses like a schlump to discourage male interest. Matthew has always been drop-dead gorgeous and never cared; in fact he doesn't like being of interest to anyone mostly because of his looks. Steve is a very deep, spiritual person who explains what a 'soul bearer' is to Alex.

While living with the couple Alex realizes she has to face up to her issues with men and the terrible wrong done to her; she'd like to learn to love but doesn't know how. How she accomplishes that is one of the most interesting takes on recovery that I've ever seen; let's just say it's pretty unorthodox. And also quite touching.

Grab the hankies; this is a three-Kleenex story!

I think this would make for a very provocative movie...
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)
Dannye Williamsen reviewed on Jan. 19, 2012

Once the mystical tale of the Soul Bearers is revealed, the impending sorrow is evident. However, "The Soul Bearers" is not about this loss. It is about the journey that surrounds the loss. It is about discovering unconditional love, about letting go of the past in order to rejoice in the present, about learning how to love yourself enough to be open and receptive to life. Author Sylvia Massara does an excellent job of weaving the psychological evolution of the characters into the story, drawing you into their pain as well as their joy.

Alex is a woman who was damaged by her stepfather’s abuse and left home at fifteen, eventually becoming a travel writer, which allows her to avoid commitments to people or places. Her life begins to change when she makes her first commitment to putting down roots and facing her fears because it draws her into the world of Matthew and Steve.

Matthew is the gay and extraordinarily handsome partner of Steve, who is dying of AIDS. Thrown out of his home when his father discovered he was gay, Matthew depended on friends for support until he met Steve, who became the love of his life. Despite the joy of having Steve in his life, Matthew has never reconciled his feelings about being rejected so completely by his parents or the superficiality of those attracted solely by his looks.

Steve has had to face the ultimate challenge—the knowledge that he is dying. He has developed a sense of peace around the process—a peace that allows him to offer those around him unconditional love and understanding. It is a gift that both Alex and Matthew need if they are going to survive their pasts.

It takes courage to change one’s life, and Massara’s characters exhibit this reality of change. Massara doesn’t trivialize the effort required or sugarcoat the angst involved, which makes it all the more real for the reader. You may be surprised at the turn of events in this novel, but Massara doesn’t disappoint as she takes you on an emotional journey that will touch your heart.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
Lori Morin reviewed on Aug. 31, 2011

What a beautiful story of Love & Friendship and Tragedy & Triumph! It brought a couple of hard subjects to light and showed how the characters found the strength of friendship and unending love to bring them to acceptance & forgiveness. It will always warm my heart when I see a butterfly and bring a tear to my eye for the "Soul Bearer". I really enjoyed this wonderful book that I was lucky enough to win, and I thank Sylvia for writing it and Sandy Wolters for picking my name in the drawing!! I'm looking forward to reading more of Sylvia's books in the future.
Lori Morin
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Kristie Leigh Maguire reviewed on Aug. 27, 2011

The Soul Bearers is a riveting and compelling story that brought me to tears in many places but somehow managed to leave me with hope in other places. Sylvia gives a no holds barred look within the lives of a woman who was brutally sexually abused as a child and two gay men who love each other deeply despite being disowned by their families for their lifestyle.

I cannot say that I enjoyed reading about the pain and suffering of the three people in this book because no one wants to see another human being suffer. However, The Soul Bearers was a book I couldn't put down once I started reading it. I was deeply moved by this story. It continues to stay with me even after I finished reading it.

Sylvia certainly has a masterful way with words. Excellent writing! I highly recommend The Soul Bearers.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Sandy Wolters reviewed on July 21, 2011

In The Soul Bearers, Sylvia Massara was able to make the reader feel the character's emotions. Everything from rejection of family because the character needs to be himself, resolving long ago memories of horrific child abuse, to the loss of a very dear loved one.

The reader gets a glimpse into these three people's lives, all broken in their own way, and then the reader gets to see the transformation when they become more than just close friends, they become each others family and learn what unconditional love truly is.

This was one of the most heartfelt books I have read to date. Be prepared for a roller coaster ride with this book. The author has the ability to make the reader feel as though they are there with the characters, feeling both their pain and joy. I loved this book.

The is a must read.
(reviewed 45 days after purchase)
Darcia Helle reviewed on Nov. 20, 2010

With The Soul Bearers, Sylvia Massara takes on three challenging and often controversial topics. While she does not besiege us with graphic details, not once does she shy away from the emotional journey. The pain is raw, the joy exhilarating. Sylvia gives us a look at the worst and the best of humanity. We could all learn a little something from her characters.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Tina Rolfe reviewed on Oct. 5, 2010

I read Sylvia's other novel "The Other Boyfriend", which was a romantic comedy and I wasn't sure what to expect of "The Soul Bearers". I have to say I was not disappointed and this was a totally different genre, too.

The story was absolutely beautiful and very inspirational; teaching us that there is always hope in the face of adversity - not matter how bad things get. Anyone who loves stories where courage overcomes difficulties and where unconditional love wins the day won't be dissapointed. When I finished reading this book I was crying tear of joy, but also tears of "what might have been". I was uplifted and inspired. Highly recommended read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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