Evie D’Arico is just like any other 67-year-old retiree until a sudden stroke puts her life in jeopardy, and catapults her soul through multiple lifetimes. After drifting through a space where time has no meaning, Evie awakens to find herself in the body and mind of someone else. She realizes she is experiencing her soul’s past life on Earth as Astara, a young girl who lived during the Mesolithic Era of human prehistory.
Evie soon melds into Astara, who has just experienced the Girl’s Coming of Age rite, a ritual of the Golden Fish tribe. On her quest, Astara saw herself as a Three Face – a powerful combination of male, female and animal elements – making her a potential spirit leader. But the Holy One of the Golden Fish tribe does not want to acknowledge another seer within his realm, especially a defiant young female Three Face. Astara is given a choice either to live as an unremarkable woman of the tribe, or to leave her home and family on an unprecedented journey into unknown territory, and establish her own following as a Three Face.
Through living a few crucial days as Astara, Evie comes away with new self-knowledge and an appreciation for the courage of the young girl she was in a past life.
She still has unanswered questions about the meaning of her current lifetime. Her soul relives Evie’s life, recalling the impact of her sister Liliana, and reliving her upbringing during the 1950s and 1960s. She meets trusted Guardians along the way who help her recognize the end results of her own actions. As the disjointed revelations of her soul’s journey come together the puzzle of her life takes on new meaning, and she is faced with the possibilities of her own future.
Evie realizes she must decide who she really wants to be. Only she can choose the next stage of her soul’s epic journey through lifetimes.
What will she choose? Who will she be?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Evie had no idea that this was not the first time that she had lived, that was until she had a stroke which took her to the brink of dying. She found herself, at first, in a bit of a no-mans land before wakening up in the body of a young woman from one of her previous lives. Evie and Astara soon melted into one where Evie begins to experience new life skills that she didn’t have in her present life. This is a truly fascinating back story of the way of life of this tribe and others. The vision quests of the young girls and what they revealed. Astara’s was not what you would call typical.
The story shoots forward to Evie’s own childhood, where one curious little girl is eager to want to know about everything but most of all she wants to be loved, she is expected to sit down and be quiet. When a sister arrives for Evie she is over the moon and feels love for her and from her, but Liliana has Down’s syndrome and in the 1950’s and 60’s it wasn’t the easiest time for any disability.
This is a story that really gets to your heart. Evie has had quite a journey in her life but could the new skills that she has become aware of make a difference to her life or is it too late? My heart bled for Evie as a child but the relationship that she has with Liliana is something really special. An unbreakable bond and an understanding of Liliana that no-one else has.
I easily connected with Evie both as and child and growing up and in her previous life as Astara, all so very different and yet they had the essence of her kind soul through them all. What I got from this story, personally for me, was that it isn’t just our souls that make us who we are but the people we are with too. So always be true to yourself and take a step back and think about the real you too not just what someone else is moulding you into. It also made me step back and think how I influence others, it is never too late. A lovely read.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ernestine B. Colombo fell in love with words when she was a child. Writing poetry and stories became her daily ritual and passion. After earning a B.A. in Journalism from the City College of New York, she went from one job to another until she landed a position at a huge banking corporation. The job became her life. She became immersed in task and duty. Writing was forgotten. Colombo retired in 2011. At first, she lost herself in the healing touch of her garden. Color and pattern took the place of fluorescent lights and deadlines. Seasons passed, the garden expanded, but there were no new words. In 2016, she began a journey of the mind and heart. The result is her first novel, Returning Souls, the story of a woman who gets a second chance at life. Hopefully you will recognize yourself somewhere in these pages. You may start believing we all get a second chance. Poetry is no longer forgotten. In December 2017, Colombo won First Honorable Mention in the PawSome Poetry Contest, sponsored by the Institute of Children’s Literature, for her poem “Navajo Reservation, Canyon de Chelly”. Ernestine can be found living in a suburb of New York City with her partner Michael and her three cats, writing, gardening, and watching the hummingbirds go from flower to flower, taking a sip from each one.
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