Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Resurrection of Hannah: A novel inspired by true events Review

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Samantha Clark meets with a monthly group to delve into subjects of interest. They dabble in
meditation, dream work, and hypnosis — just friends having fun. But lately Sammi is feeling off-kilter and plagued with poor sleep. Searching for a natural solution, she discovers a bitter herb known to induce slumber, whips up a concoction to sweeten the herb, and imbibes. Unbeknownst to her, these areas of experimentation are whirling together to form the perfect storm, one that will blow open an entrance in Sammi’s mind that leads to another world, a door that can never again be

She becomes enmeshed with two friends in a tug of war between life and death: Melissa is dealing with a complicated pregnancy and Julie is wrestling with cancer. Adding to this turmoil is Sammi’s disconnect with her career as a psychotherapist; her life doesn’t seem to fit any longer. Into the drama walks Todd, a handsome, laid-back guy who lightens up her days. Trouble is, Sammi is having a hard time getting close, and a nagging sense of doubt and fear. Like so many times in the past …

But the topper to all this is the dreams. They begin innocuously…but quickly morph into mind-blowing spiritual adventures. The crazy nocturnal activity appears to be related to a soulful character trying to make himself known. In a quest to uncover the truth, Sammi researches clues discovered during her nighttime romps. What she finds is another facet of herself…all wrapped up in post-colonial 18th-century clothes.
Sammi flies off to New England, and with the aid of the Rev. Clark, her skeptical father, she embarks on an adventure, revealing a tragic, centuries-old mystery. One only Sammi can solve.

I was so excited that I got to review this book.  I reviewed The Fear of Things To Come By Kathryn Arnold in December, and loved it.  What I didn't realize was that The Fear of Things To Come was actually the sequel to The Resurrection of Hannah.   

This book reminded me of my mom.  My mom is a psychologist and would probably love to open a Wellness Center like Samantha Clark.  I'm sure she will love this book, too.

I've always wondered about past lives.  I'm not sure if I believe in past lives or not, but I think it would be cool.  If I did have past lives, I would love to know what those lives were like.  My mom actually had someone tell her about her past lives several years ago.  I don't remember anything about it, just that she had someone do a reading on her.

Kathryn Arnold does a great job of pulling you in to this book and keeping your attention.  It is a great story.  I'd really love to know what the true events were.  Can you imagine what it would be like to find out you had past lives and found proof of those past lives?  It would be cool, but a little spooky.

Also, I love that these past lives explain some of Samantha's personality traits.  This is just one of the reasons where I identify with the main character, Samantha Clark.  Here is one excerpt that struck me: "All of this surely explains why I have always had a fear of failure, or of pushing the envelope too much, or worrying about confronting others and pissing them off.  It seemed like I hadn't actually learned those things, but had been born feeling that way."  It seems like I have been working on some of these same aspects of my life for a very long time.

This is a wonderful book that will have you dreaming of what if, and questioning what you are suppose to be learning in this lifetime.  Live the life you want, now!  Don't wait for the perfect time to do things.  If you have the chance to follow your dreams, do it.  You never know what tomorrow has in store for you.

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About the Author
Author Kathryne Arnold
I was raised in the northeastern United States, in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, and resided in a half-dozen homes or towns throughout my growing up years. My father was a reverend with a flourishing career, moving the family to various parishes as his calling dictated, which I view in a positive light as I was exposed to different communities and lifestyles. After graduating from high school at the age of seventeen, I moved with my father to Massachusetts.

Thrilled to begin college in New England, I jumped in with both feet and managed to excel in biological and psychological studies upon which I secured my very first "real" job as a Senior Psychiatric Counselor at a group home for adults with mental illness. Wanting to further my learning, I attended Suffolk University in Beacon Hill in Boston, and graduated two years later, obtaining a Masters degree in Counseling and Human Relations.   Over the next twenty years I concentrated further on my work in counseling and social services and became a licensed practitioner.

Several years ago, due to a deep longing to express my feelings in an alternative manner, I
literally sat down one day and began writing my first novel. The resultant book, The Resurrection of Hannah, had been born out of a series of powerful dreams, along with compelling and coexisting experiences that inspired me to create a story that would capture the strength of my emotions. I had a yearning to shape a tale based around individuals in my life that I believed would make engaging characters. I had a strong desire to experience a higher level of creativity, to literally produce something out of nothing- a fascinating and challenging endeavor I could not ignore. It was during this time that I became a clinical hypnotherapist and a nationally certified counselor, as well as starting a private practice as a psychotherapist.   I also decided to move back to friends and family in Florida and worked again at the local Hospice, then more recently in community mental health. Once bitten by the writing bug, I could not help but pen my second work of fiction, The Fear of Things to Come. I am now in the process of writing another novel in what I consider a unique collection of adventure stories, the third in the Samantha Clark
Mystery Series.

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

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