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Follow Emily's journey to self-discovery, community, spirit, and love. A contemporary magic-realism romance.
This is the year Emily Ross takes control of her destiny and learns to deliberately shape the future. Emily has always known she is different. She attracts spirits, has prophetic dreams, and can sense people's thoughts. Longing to fit in, she hides her true self. But this changes when she takes a job at the fabulous curio shop owned by Henry Paradis, an occult scholar who becomes her spiritual mentor.
Recognizing her talents as the valuable gifts they are, Henry teaches Emily to accept her magical nature and "look forward". Emily chooses the path to light. She finds lifelong friends, falls in love, learns the power of desire and intention, faces her worst fears, and is swept toward awakening.
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Despair Will Ensue
The calculated positivity of this book could have been uplifting, and indeed starts off this way, but its unrelenting sing-song happiness is nauseating.
The author's philosophy seems to be that 'negative' emotion such as anger, fear, or anxiety serve no useful purpose, so airbrush them from life. With the exception of the opening scene and a cliche 'baddie', even the most buoyant reader will drown in the saccharine, hyperbolic prose.
Given the range of accents demanded by the plethora of characters in the story, many apparently serving no other purpose than to add diversity, the publishers could have eased the torment by finding a narrator capable of a range of voices. Instead, the accents are excruciatingly poor.
In sum, this is a badly-narrated tale devoid of subtlety or nuance. The storyline is tedious and predictable. It is rare for me to give up on a story, even one that is not particularly well-written, but I gladly made an exception in this case.