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  • 12/2021
  • B09MYSTC8J B092XD1QFR
  • 318 pages
  • $0.99
Audio Details
  • 02/2022
  • B09MYSTC8J B092XD1QFR
  • 318 pages
  • $22.89
Sagar Constantin
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The Life - A Journey Of Self-Discovery

Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Market)

Eva Monroe is returning from a three-week business trip, one in which she left her five-year-old son in the care of her estranged ex-husband when the plane that's taking her home crashes. The accident leaves her in a coma, unresponsive to doctors' attention and the urgings of her little boy. However, while Eva's body lies on the precipice of death, Eva's spirit has traveled to a place known as the In-Between - a world that is hovering in the clouds above our planet. The In-Between is a temporary home for people where they must decide whether to return to their lives on Earth or move on to the next stage in their development. It is a wondrous place, filled with spiritual aids and advanced technology. It is also a place where a person faces themself fully for the first time. When Eva arrives at the In-Between, she is utterly sure of her decision: she wants to return to her son. Yet, she soon realizes that what she believes about herself and her place in the world isn't as straightforward as she'd always assumed. And with this realization comes the understanding that her decision will be much harder to make than she ever would have guessed. Thus, she is faced with the most challenging decision a parent can make.
Reviews
Constantin opens her In-Between series—which explores the afterlife and what matters most in this existence—with the story of Eva, a journalist returning from an assignment when her plane crashes, landing her in a coma and sending her soul to the In-Between, an enigmatic place between life and death for people not yet ready to leave their earthly lives. When she wakes up to a warm, intensely white light after the crash, Eva is dismayed to learn that her soul has been “suspended.” She now faces a choice: return to Earth or continue her otherworldly journey to a place where she will wait to be reincarnated. But if she chooses to move on, what will happen to her young son, Luke?

Eva’s contemplative journey, though painful at times, will resonate with readers wondering about their own purpose. As she struggles to make sense of her surroundings, Eva’s In-Between guide, Thomas, and new friend, Annabel, try to answer her questions without influencing her ultimate choice. In the process, Eva comes to grips with having spent her life avoiding uncomfortable emotions and working too hard to please others, learning from “The Master” of the In-Between that “When a challenge is great, we must look into our hearts. That is always where the answer lies.” But Eva is certain her heart lies with her son, and the overwhelming pull of motherhood beckons until the very end, when she makes an unexpected and somewhat shocking decision that results in unforeseen consequences for Eva and all she holds dear.

This is a weighty story, despite some welcome comic relief (Eva’s In-Between room comes packed with her favorite fashion accessories, and there’s even a bar in the sky with an endless drink selection). But Constantin’s message is one of uplifting hope: in the end, being true to yourself is what’s most important. Readers of inspirational metaphysical fiction will leave the story eager for the next installment.

Takeaway: Facing impossible choices in the afterlife, a mother discovers what’s most important.

Great for fans of: Michael Poore’s Reincarnation Blues, Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall.

Production grades
Cover: B+
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A-
Marketing copy: B

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 12/2021
  • B09MYSTC8J B092XD1QFR
  • 318 pages
  • $0.99
Audio Details
  • 02/2022
  • B09MYSTC8J B092XD1QFR
  • 318 pages
  • $22.89

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