Where do souls go when the living body reaches its end? Do you believe in reincarnation? Recorded history tells us that humans have been on earth for around 10,000 years, but what if human civilization is much older than that? Twelve special souls, the Keepers, know the answer and when two Keepers vie for the love of the same woman, one of them has to lose.
This book is intriguing from page 1. The author paints all the story's characters with a vivid brush, and readers are able to get to know, understand and care about them right through to the end. Although categorized as a romance, far more compelling is the book's interpretation of human history, how civilization began, and the remnants that have carried through to modern times. Brothers Bryce and Thomas are Keepers, two of only twelve ancient souls that are the 'librarians' of human civilization who have lived many lifetimes in many different bodies. Tess is the object of their affection, a young widowed mother trying to get through dark times and in too much pain to be interested in their advances. Tess's unexplained nightmares and daytime visions have her questioning her sanity, but when a neighborhood girl is murdered, her hallucinations become all too real and put her own life in danger.
The characterizations of all three main players are extraordinary; I could literally see their movements and facial expressions in my mind as the author described them. I felt sorry for Thomas, who is actually the most anguished of the trio, and was hoping he would find the peace and happiness he so dearly seeks. I was also a bit jealous of Tess who, though tragically losing her husband, had both of these hot hunks after her!!
A sweet yet thought-provoking story with a 'soul' of its own that takes yours along for the ride. Well done!