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July 7, 2017


Paul Leonardo
 Soul Awakening

  • Number: B06ZYSYNLW
  • Release: May 24, 2017
  • Author: Paul Lonardo
  • Availability: E-Book
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: InkSpell Publishing

Something otherworldly is happening in a small Texas town. As a small Texas town mourns the tragic death of its high school football star, Alecia is struggling to adjust to life without the boy she has dated since sixth grade and thought she would be with forever. When Braden comes to her as an apparition, she finds herself falling for Riley, Braden’s best friend and teammate. Has Braden returned to spy on her, or for some other reason? Alecia’s not sure, but she soon realizes she must find a way to accept Braden’s death and welcome love back into her life, or risk losing everything. The Power of Secret Love changes everything…
(from Night Owl Reviews)

Paul Lonardo has published both fiction and non-fiction. He has had titles excerpted in Reader’s Digest and reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly.

FROM THE ASHES became the basis of a 2013 documentary web series, THE STATION, which he produced. Paul was interviewed as part of NBC’s documentary program featuring the true crime story depicted in his book CAUGHT IN THE ACT.

 Alecia has lost the boy she has loved since in elementary school and thought it would be forever.  A terrible death of a high school football star and the small town in Texas is grieving.  But something strange is going on and Alecia is seeing ghosts of Braden.   Alecia begins to have feelings for Riley, Braden's best friend.  Why is Braden showing up now that he has passed.  Why to Alecia?   There's a reason but what is it?  Alecia must face Braden's death and go on.  She must learn to live and love again.  But how?
The author will have your emotions all over the place.  Loss is hard no matter who it hits, young or old, but young love is tender and very vulnerable.  This was a story of young people dealing with adult issues. The author brings raw emotions from the characters right into the reader's heart.   As you read the story, you feel the love and the loss that, especially Alecia felt.  It wasn't puppy love or a crush, but they felt love.  I do think the author devoted quite a bit of the book to Alecia grieving and going on, but people differ in how they deal with grief.  Some can go on right away, others, it takes a long, long time.  Alecia was young and this was her love, so I understand in a way, why the author didn't spend a lot of time on it.  The young sometimes get over things much quicker than older people.  You can look at it both ways.  I wonder if the "ghost" of Braden was an actual spirit, or was it because Alecia missed Braden so much?   That would depend, I think, on whether you believe in spirits or not.  All in the eye of the beholder.  But as we all know, life goes on and being young, Alecia needed to go on with living and loving. You could relate because possibly this has happened to you or someone you know or knew.  The characters were true to life.  Have you ever thought that when you've lost someone you love, that they are there with you in times of struggle?   Braden was with Alecia urging her on to continue living and loving. So the author gives the reader a relatable story with characters you felt you knew.  You're also given the possibility of spirits of the passed, watching over you, leading you in the right direction.  

I received a copy of this book from the author and Night Owl Reviews and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 4  STARS.

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