“SPLINTERED SOULS” (FLAMES OF TIME, BOOK 1), BY ERICA LUCKE DEAN
PUBLISHER: RED ADEPT PUBLISHING, LLC; SEPTEMBER 22, 2015
I am so excited to bring you a review today for Erica Lucke Dean’s “Splintered Souls,” which is the first book in her Flames of Time Series! I sat down to read this a few hours ago and literally only got out of my chair for a quick second so that I could finish it. This paranormal romance is a page-turner from the first paragraph and will leave you wanting more when you’re finished.
“Splintered Souls” begins in 1654 with Lady Catherine Fairchild rushing to see a witch regarding her unborn son. Lady Catherine wants a blessing upon her baby, but also wants a spell to assure that he will find his soul mate. The old woman refuses to delve into anything having to do with soul mates, but then another woman appears that is willing to do the spell. Lady Catherine is warned of the severe consequences but still insists that it is done. Fast forward to 2014, and Ava is moving to Maine with her mom and her younger brother, Josh. Ava is beginning college and had not intended to move from Virginia to Maine, but since the death of her father she feels that she should go with them and attend school at the University of Maine. As soon as they arrive at her Grandmother’s old house in Port Michael, Ava begins experiencing strange things here and there, but then she looks out the window and sees the guy of her dreams. Once she sees Maddox, she is consumed with trying to find him and find out who he is, never realizing how her life would change.
I can’t really talk about the plot anymore without spoilers, which I absolutely do not want to spoil any of the surprises and twists and turns that come with reading this novel. “Splintered Souls” is a roller-coaster ride of suspense, romance, and trying to figure out what is real and what isn’t. Ava constantly wrestles with understanding things that are going on around her, doubting herself, and struggling with what she eventually learns. As the pieces of the puzzle start to come together, partly through Maddox and partly through Ava’s dreams, she then experiences a whirlwind of conflicting emotions and battles within herself to figure out what the truth is. The idea of soul mates has always fascinated me and there have been books or movies about soulmates before, but nothing like this. Erica Lucke Dean’s writing is magnetic, pulling you into the romanticism of the story, yet consistently reminding you of the dark cloud that hangs over them. “Splintered Souls” contains fantastic characters struggling with what we would think of as the impossible, yet the author’s writing makes it completely believable. This book will take you on a journey that you will be very disappointed to see come to an end. I cannot wait for the next book in this series and more from this outstanding writer!
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*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.