The flashbacks in the book are also well done. Pandora comes to terms with the loves she has lost - and proves that even in her fifties, she can attract rich and handsome men! This is a group where: W What's the main thing that a writer needs? I immediately fell in love with Pandora and the people in her life. Just as her romantic life begins to improve, things become complicated by the reappearance of a man she never expected to see again. I had not heard of this author before but the storyline intrigued me. Only very occasionally was I pulled back into reality by a few too many words, or instances where there is a little more telling than showing. Of course an angel in a hot body does help. My Review 5 stars Pandora recently lost her husband and is having a hard time.
Reminiscing on her roller coaster life so far with the help of a few 'invisible friends' Pandora realises that the misfortunes and other crazy events have all carefully forged the life she has today, which she really wouldn't change for the world, or 'worlds', shall we say. I know that my life will have more purpose, once I have more time to grieve, and that I'm expecting too much of myself. They seem like the right direction that she should be going but things are not going any easier. Whilst I loved the dreamy, unique way the book was written and the imagery Mathews painted, my favourite part about the story was Pandora. At the beginning of the book, we see that she is faced with a lot of grief after her husband Mike's death. As I knew 'the future' from reading the follow-up book first I felt even closer to the characters than I probably would if I read the books in the right order, and it was an inspiring experience.
But we also follow along with her and her first husband Jay. A member of the Society of Authors, she now writes novels from her base in the south of England which she shares with a wild Pomeranian. Her first try at it is Mike, whom she meets as a gawky, virginal schoolgirl. I was hooked at page one by the beguiling storytelling which made me feel personally involved with almost each newly introduced character. She practises yoga and meditation whenever possible, in the hope of eventually getting them right! Jay was a flash in the pan rock star to whom she was married for a few tempestuous drug-splattered years. The twists and turns of her life, just like the labyrinth in her garden, lead her to an important decision. Carolyn Mathews is a great author and I felt her passion for life and writing.
She lives in the south of England with a wild Pomeranian and practises yoga and meditation whenever possible, in the hope of eventually getting them right. This is just one of those really beautiful, touching and delightful stories, that draws you in from the very beginning and keep you enchanted until the very end. Pandora has a pretty hard time at school after her Mum leaves them to go live with another man, one of many over the years. Things go around and around yet come together at the very end in a most surprising way. Many of her choices caused her great sadness and pain.
Her strength is deep and through meditation she finds a spirit that shows her who she is and who she should be. Readers can interact directly with the authors, and provide honest reviews. Having once been indecisive about all things metaphysical, I embraced this story and felt akin to Pandora. It is written beautifully and pulled me into the very core of the tale. But it is Mike's death that leads Pandora to a medium intuitive and stories as intriguing as those of her younger years. Like many women in today's world, Pandora struggles with parents, love relationships, belief systems, career choices, and friendships. A common symbol for alchemy is a circle within a square within a triangle, within a circle.
Other characters are well-drawn and the author's seamless storytelling put me in laid-back mode, however I must admit I was glad to be reading via Kindle with its handy-dandy Thesaurus. Her spiritual life is also presented with a challenge when she is offered the chance of enlightenment via a heavenly correspondence course. The author fully develops likeable characters, while shifting back and forth from a woman's adolescent and young adult years, to her early 50's. Events bring Pandora to her knees, but the light at the end of the tunnel may yet lead her to a miracle. Honey at 8 weeks when we brought her home. The author very cleverly incorporates a number of views on the subject of spirituality by making not just Pandora, but also other characters, sceptical and almost mocking at times.
She decides to visit a spiritualist church and received a message to meditate. Pandora takes it upon herself to look into this artifact, learn more about her half-brother, and deal with her relationship with Jay. Transforming Pandora is entertaining, and the dry wit throughout made me smile yet stay awake later than I should have. After a meeting with a medium, she got the message that she was to meditate in order to get access to her husband again. I read this and the second book in just 2 days as I could not put it down and started reading the second book immediately after the first. There is so much more to this story than a simple mystery with a paranormal twist.
I know that my life will have more purpose, once I have more time to grieve, and that I'm expecting too much of myself. She felt so familiar to me and whilst reading about her life, I almost wanted to reach out and comfort her. But we also follow along with her and her first husband Jay. Through the self-awareness course, and the natural course of the remembrance of things past, and her forays into the ethers of the universal now, Pandora emerges into a new life phase that will force her to make a crucial choice between a new spark and an old flame. I immediately fell in love with Pandora and the people in her life.
This novel is well written and I particularly liked the flashbacks to the 1970s then the present story, post Mike's death. The flashbacks in the book are also well done. Predominantly I would say this book is chic-lit and that is its strength. Surviving a convent education, she explored various career paths before becoming an English lecturer and author of books and plays for language students. Hele The opening story sets the theme for this collection. Pandora comes to terms with the loves she has lost - and proves that even in her fifties, she can attract rich and handsome men! I figured that it was going to be some spirit driven mystery type story. Her compassionate soul and friendly humour makes her a dear character to love and remember.