If you took Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and combined it with It's a Wonderful Life, you might get something nearly as mindbending and thought-provoking as Thea Atkinson's One Insular Tahiti. Call it limbo or purgatory, Luke MacIsaac is stuck somewhere in the just-afterlife, enduring memories, visions, and even glimpses of others. For a unique reading experience, you can always count on Thea Atkinson, and this novel in particular will prove to be a pleasurable mental puzzle as you put the pieces together. Definitely give this one a serious look!
Name: One Insular Tahiti
Rating: 4.7 stars over 9 reviews
Description: Luke MacIsaac is dead, and not restfully dead. His death has come the way he always feared it would: in the claustrophobic, underground heat of a Cape Breton coal mine. He had suspected it would end this way, had embraced it even, so while his body is buried, his soul settles into a watery existence of endless waiting.
But in short order the placid waters of his afterlife turn to rolling seas of time and memory as his violent past plays out again for him. Images of war, childhood abuse, and the tortured life of a brother he loved and failed threaten to inundate him.
More than anything, he wants to escape.
In his confusion and pain, he senses a kindred spirit in Astrid, a newborn struggling to stay alive. Luke helps her in hopes she may one day be the one who brings him out of his purgatory and into a new incarnation.
What he doesn't realize is that Astrid's soul is linked to his own hellish past life and that he has selected her because of it. In order to live again, he must experience all the anguish they went through together, and watch helplessly as Astrid goes through sorrows of her own.
Can he endure those memories long enough to make the connection and find forgiveness?
Reviews: "This book is a well-written masterpiece. The story flows well. If I could have given this book more than 5 stars I would have. Is it worth the money? Definitely. Should you buy it? Yes. Will you be able to put it down? No. Should you read the author's other works? Most definitely. I am an avid reader and until recently had never heard of Thea. I am glad I finally came across her works. Be forewarned her books are addicting and One Insular Tahiti is no exception. I could not put this book down once I picked it up."
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