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Posted April 10, 2015
This is a very intriguing story!
The confusion that Kallie faces everyday is very clearly presented from very early in the story. Her current life situation is described wonderfully. I was quickly able to sympathize with her confusion and doubts. When Dimitri meets her we are introduced to this well developed and handsome man. The two are immediately attracted to each other but Kallie's unknown past, and Dimitri's secrets are a barrier to a close relationship developing between them.
I was very intrigued by the presence of a story within the story. Kallie seems to have a dream world in her mind. Fairly early in the book she starts writing a journal of the story taking place in this dream world. The first shift between the two stories caught me by surprise. After I realized what tale was being told I was able to shift back and forth between the two much easier. Then I recognized that the publisher had used a slightly different font for the dream world story. This was a very helpful clue to me from that point on.
This is a well crafted and very entertaining novel.
I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Posted April 1, 2015
Awakening is an excellent trip into history. Kallie woke up in a museum 7 years ago with no memory of her past. She started working at the museum under the leadership of Judith who found her there and named her. Kallie is interested in Minoan artifact and developing a collection of pieces. Dimitri agrees to fund a journey to find an artifact that is on the black market. The experiences described are dangerous, exciting, and romantic. I look forward to reading other works from this author.
I recieved this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Posted January 15, 2015
Ancient and Modern History and Mystery
The thing I love about Tracy's books - HISTORY! I have learned so much by reading them and this one is no exception. Although this book is a bit different style from some of the other books of hers I have read. Tracy takes you on a journey to the most beautiful exotic locations in the modern world and at the same time transports you back in time to the ancient civilizations.
This time she managed to capture them both together as she reveals the story of Kallie, a young museum researcher who lost her memory seven years prior. Kallie's story begins in New York city where the museum curator Judith found her, and gave her a job and a new identity.
Kallie meets Dimitri, a rich gentleman, with secrets too, known for his financial support of the museum as well as his search for lost ancient artifacts. Together, they embark on a journey more complicated than either can imagine as the events twist and turn from mysterious to downright dangerous.
The ending was bitter sweet and completely unexpected as Kallie discovers who she is and whether her past will help or hinder her mission. How does Dimitri fit in the picture? Can their love prosper, or must she give it up to become who she is destined to be?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Tracy has a real talent for historical mysteries, and this one is worth the read!!
This book was provided by TBCN in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was provided.
Posted January 2, 2015
Posted November 27, 2014
Tracy L. Higley in her new book “Awakening” published by Stonewater Press takes us into the life of Kallie Andreas.
From the back cover: Kallie Andreas is a mystery, even to herself.
Seven years ago Kallie woke up in a New York City museum, injured and traumatized. Alone and unclaimed.
Despite her shattered memories, she’s worked her way into a position as assistant curator in that very museum, and now she wants nothing more than to pursue funding for her project–assembling pieces from the ancient Minoans.
But then the blackouts start. Lost time, stranded in terrifying danger, frantic visions that can’t be real. A threatening phone call may be nothing more than paranoia and madness. Or perhaps not.
It’s time to start seeing her psychiatrist more often.
Kallie’s doctor challenges her to keep a journal, but her writing morphs into something else… What begins as a romantic fairy tale becomes an allegory of a woman plunged into crisis in the ancient past, in the misty islands of Minoan Greece, home to myth and legend.
When a mysterious billionaire invites Kallie to scour the black market with him for the most valuable of all Minoan treasures, the key to their lost language, Kallie can’t resist. Dimitri is wealthy, charming and good-looking, but she’s not interested–not in someone who’s clearly hiding secrets of his own.
Together, the two embark on a global quest to find the Key, through some of the most exotic and beautiful locations in the world–unraveling the mystery and pursuing leads, all the while resisting romance in Italy, under the Santorini sun, and among the pyramids of Egypt.
Meanwhile, Kallie’s memories are bleeding through and her journal has turned violent. She’s teetering on the verge of a breakthrough, but what devastating truth has she been suppressing?
When a strange woman who clearly knows Kallie’s real identity tries to murder her, it’s clear that Kallie’s past and present worlds are colliding, in a deadly crisis that will finally reveal the shocking mystery of her past.
But will the truth leave room for love?
It is a shame that the great director Alfred Hitchcock died. He would be the perfect person to direct this movie. But then you would need Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman to play the major roles because these are tremendous characters. Kallie only has memories from seven years ago. That leaves her wide open for danger and it comes calling. So does adventure. Dimitri is wealthy and an explorer that seems to know more about Kallie than he lets on. Now they are traveling the world looking for a Key artifact and answers. Tracy Higley has truly given us a winner with “Awakening”. Get ready there are politics, escapes, liaisons, schemes and conniving that will make your head spin. And the characters. Ms. Higley has given us great characters who live and breathe on the pages and draw us into their lives so that we root for the good guys and do not want the bad guys to win. “Awakening” is great fun. It is history, a thriller, adventure and a romance all rolled up in an extremely entertaining ball.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Stonewater Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Posted November 9, 2014
This is a fascinating and interesting book. I loved the two interwoven stories. The ending was not what I was expecting. It gave me much to ponder during the hours after I finished reading it. Awakening is a very unique novel. If you are looking for something a little out of the ordinary, I high recommend this book. It should appeal to readers who enjoy both contemporary and ancient historical fiction.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 6, 2014
In Awakening, Tracy Higley weaves two parallel stories that intrigue and entertain the reader. Kallie awakens in a New York City museum—alone, injured, and without an inkling to her past—who she is or to whom she belongs. She has just appeared. The curator of the museum assumes the role of her provider--giving her a name, an education, and a job at the museum, and Kallie is deeply grateful to her. Doctors thought that she had attempted suicide seven years before; she had rope burns that suggested a tormented past. Seven years after her sudden appearance at the museum, the curator presents her with a unique journal in which she can record her thoughts or her story. This is the impetus to unlocking her past. She starts to have blackouts in which her visions are eerily real, and she feels the need to consult with her psychiatrist more often. Alarmed by the visions and a threatening phone call, she fears for her sanity.
Due to Kallie’s expertise in the ancient world, a wealthy philanthropist engages her in a quest to find the key to the lost language of the Minoans. As they travel to faraway , exotic places, Kallie’s journal entries and visions escalate and so does the danger. And her world as she knows it is turned upside down. What is real and in what world does she really belong? Awakening is a skillfully crafted tale full of ancient historical insight and riveting adventure—a guaranteed thrilling read. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
Posted October 20, 2014
Storyline - Kallie is trying to remember her life prior to the last seven years but nothing is there. Happy with her life as a researcher for her museum until she tanks an important event. When an offer comes along to discover the secret to an ancient civilization, she doesn't have any reason to refuse. As she journey's across the glob, her discovery into herself, the real world, and the story she is writing are taking terrifying turns to meld together.
Personal Opinion - One of the best Tracy Higley books I have read and I have enjoyed each book of hers. Taking place in modern times, this book looked at facing the past, finding truth, and loving others over ones self. Using ancient mythology and fairy tales through metaphors, the story captured the unrealness to the protagonist's point of view while also combining two stories of the ancient along with the present and their affects on each other. The twist to the story was excellent by leading up to it, almost suggesting it, but keeping the reader surprised. There was even a small discussion an differences in religion, which I usually dislike because they make the non-Christians like idiots, but this one was respectful to the different points of view even if they didn't agree with each other. There were a couple of times if felt the characters change their thought processes that seemed a little quick and the love story was highly emphasized. Not that romance is a bad thing but it got a little mushy-gooshy for my taste. Loved the strong female taking the lead, though. This book is a must read for those who like mystery, ancient civilization, and even a twinge of fantasy.
Disclaimer - In exchange for an honest review, I received this book for free through Tracy's Caravan.
Posted October 20, 2014
Fantasy and history collide in Awakening!
I'm not sure if it was the really cool cover or the fact that Kallie works in a museum that left me wanting to read Awakening. I mean, fantasy really isn't my usual genre and this book is a fantasy with a dash of historical. Tracy Higley is known for her excellent Biblical fiction stories but I hadn't read any of them before this book, so I really had no idea what to expect. Believe me, Awakening only whet my appetite for more of Tracy's books.
One of the story elements that I really enjoyed was how the events in Kallie's life mirror the story she is writing, sometimes occurring in the story before they do in her real life. It really keeps the reader guessing.
Awakening is an exciting story of danger, betrayal, romance, and sacrifice, set in some of the loveliest and most historical locations in the world. Don't miss Tracy Higley's latest thrilling adventure!
(I received a copy of this book from the author through TBCN in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
Posted October 1, 2014
Unique, compelling storyline!
Awakening is Tracy Higley’s newest book. I confess that I haven’t read any of her works before, so when offered a chance to read this one, I jumped at it. I have to say that I really enjoyed it!
I was aware that she is known for writing excellent historical novels, so I wasn’t sure how a modern one would be, but I believe she pulled it off wonderfully! The details and descriptions were wonderful; I could vividly picture each location and really enjoyed the history that was woven into them. Kallista Andreas is the main character and being that she is an assistant curator, there was a lot of historical facts and myths involved, which was interesting. I actually found the details a little confusing at first and struggled to get into the story, but after wading through the first couple chapters, I was quickly engrossed and found I didn’t want to put it down.
Kallista “Kallie” Andreas is a very unique main character. She has woken up every day for 7 years unsure of who she is or where she belongs. Her life revolves around the museum where she was found and now works. As she faces the 7-year anniversary of when she was found, she begins to experience blackouts and strange dreams. I fell in love with Kallie almost at once, because she is just so broken, for lack of a better word. She has hidden herself away in her research, blocking out the world and the questions she can’t answer. She is passionate about her research, and has an inner strength that she doesn’t see. When faced with the idea she may be going crazy, I was impressed that she continued to move forward. I loved watching her grow and become who she truly is throughout the story, even without any of the answers she desired.
Dimitri Andreas (no relation) is the hero of this story, though we don’t know as much about him as I would have liked. Despite the fact this book is written in the third person, we never get to see Dimitri’s point of view or know what he is thinking, which was disappointing for me. We do know that he is strong, kind, and a bit of a rogue. After he meets Kallie and learns they share a passion for all things Minoan, he offers her the chance of a lifetime - to travel the Middle East and Europe in search of a key that could unlock their lost language. I did enjoy getting to see him through Kallie’s eyes and falling in love with him right along with her. I loved how kind he was to her and how he continually pushed her out of her comfort zone. I also loved the realness found in him - I had wondered what he might be like, seeing as how he is rich. But he is definitely not stereotypical.Their romance was sweet, if a little less involved than I had expected. Kallie struggles with knowing nothing of her past and is unwilling to enter a relationship while she is so unsure of her origins or where she belongs. Dimitri pushes her a little bit, but once he understands her reasons, allows her the distance she desires. I thought there might have been a little more romance, since they are traveling to exotic and interesting locations together, but I have to admit that I actually began to enjoy the lack. It allows the reader to focus on Kallie and the mystery there without being distracted by trying to keep up with anything else.
Speaking of keeping up, I had an interesting time remembering what had happened last, every time I had to put the book down. They was just so much going on and something was constantly happening that I had to refresh my memory fairly often. It also helps that for a while there appears to be two storylines happening at once and the reader is left wondering when they will ever connect. I really enjoyed the suspense of it all! Ms. Higley is great at ending a chapter at just the right place that ensures you have to continue reading, otherwise you’ll be completely useless, because you’re trying to guess what will happen next!
I found the spiritual side of the story to be very interesting. A lot of the plot focuses on the characters, Kallie in particular, searching for the truth. She has studied Greek, Egyptian, and Minoan mythology as part of her work at the museum, along with a multitude of other religions and is unsure which is truth and which is simply myth. She is also surrounded by a team that shares very different beliefs. I enjoyed her journey as she attempted to separate fact from fiction, truth from lies. A favorite quote of mine is this, “If there is no Truth, then the search for it is meaningless.” Chloe, page 348
I thought this summed up her search quite well and is also relevant to reality. So many people search for the truth, but give up, accepting the opinion that there isn’t an absolute Truth. In actuality, it simply has to be separated from all of the things that masquerade as truth. I also appreciated the honesty in the ending. We aren’t left with a confession of faith, which may have seemed unrealistic with everything else that was going on and considering the relatively short time span the story covers, but instead the characters continue to ask questions and search for the answers to them.
I believe I already managed to mention the couple complaints I had, so I won’t go over those again. I’ll just end by saying that I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be looking for more of Tracy’s stories!
I highly recommend this book if you enjoy adventure, mystery, and a surprise ending!
I received a copy of this book from the author through The Book Club Network for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
Posted September 26, 2014
Waking up in a history museum in New York City, Kallie has no memory of her past. In fact her name, Kallie Andreas, is one given to her by her mentor and now boss, Judith. After years of therapy and education, Kallie feels comfortable in her role of historical researcher. She is particularly interested in finding a key to unlock the previously untranslated Minoan language. Into her safe, ordered world comes Demitri Andreas, a millionaire philanthropist, who seems to have the same goal. He wants Kallie to head up a team to travel the globe in search of this key.
As Kallie proceeds to embark on this quest, she begins to have flashes of a very strange tale set in the Minoan culture. As she begins to write it down, the story continues to flow and something about it becomes familiar. In the meantime, it seems that someone is following her, putting her life in danger. What will be the final resolution?
I have read several other books written by Tracy Higley. This one is a little different, as she usually ties it to some part of the Old or New Testament. This one is set in the time of the Minoans and Myceneans. She has a passion for ancient history and her extensive research is always outstanding in her books. She usually touches on time periods which are not always written about.
I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my unbiased opinion.
Posted September 25, 2014
Kallie has no memory of her past – except the last 7 years. She “woke” up in a museum, the victim of captivity and torture. Since then she has been drawn to ancient Greece – the history, the artifacts and the language. She now works at the museum where her memory began, but is asked to help find a key, like the Rosetta Stone, to decipher the language called Linear A, an ancient Grecian language. Dimitri Andreas, a wealthy man, is her benefactor and together they, with 3 others, embark on a journey to Egypt, Venice and Santorini, Greece. The descriptions of the areas they travel are phenomenal.
However, I read this book thinking it was Christian fiction. I found, that although it was fascinating and well written, the references to the oracle and mild references to God did not make me think that this is a Christian fiction book. “Did every heart yearn for God and seek to know him?… Kallie’s question was not whether the myths could be believed, but only – which one?” That paragraph seemed to me to be the extent of the Kallie’s search for God. Of, course, a large part of the book takes place in Kallie’s journal where she records her most vivid dream of being Chloe, a princess on the island of Kalliste near Mycenae, Greece. There the Oracle has said, “One Truth, one truth only can save Kalliste. This truth has been hidden, covered up to the destruction of the people. It must be retrieved before the Time of the End.” This truth is hidden and guarded by “a beast too terrible to describe, though some said it was half-man, half-bull and had lived there since ages past remembering.” Each suitor for Chloe’s older sister Melayna is sent to find the Horn of Truth but they do not return at all. What is the meaning of Kallie’s dream?
So, will Kallie find the key to Linear A? Will she discover who she is? This book is draws you in and delivers delightful, clean romance and mystery. I received this book from TBCN in return for my honest opinion.
Posted September 16, 2014
An innovative book that struck me at times as being like Percy Jackson for adults. A blending of contemporary and ancient storylines with a heroine I wanted to comfort. A teasing romance that leaves me longing for a sequel to see what happens next.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 11, 2014
In “Awakening”, Kallie Andreas doesn’t really know who she is. Seven years ago, she ended up in a museum and she doesn’t really know how she got there. However, she ends up working in the museum and obtains a pretty good position as a curator. Then she starts to have blackouts. Her psychiatrist suggests she starts writing down her thoughts. She ends up writing out a story. Her real life and this “made-up” life start colliding together. Kallie is trying to figure out who she really is and how she ended up in the museum seven years ago. This book was a little hard to get into at first. It is a little different genre than I usually read. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys inspirational fantasy. I received this book from bookfun for my honest opinion.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 5, 2014
Awakening by Tracy Higley
Kallie only has memories of the last 7 years. She has given her life to researching the Ancient Minoans searching for the Linear A Key. She is joined by Dimitri Andreas and his team as they explore the world. The face secret dangers from the past, search countless clues and face death as they search for the key to the Minoan language. Join Kallie and Dimitri as they travel through exotic historical locations. This book seemed to be two stories in one. Kallie journal entries takes us on a ancient voyage into an unknown world.
The author Tracy Higley has done a great job with this book. She uses vivid details from her own visits to these exotic places. This book has a little of it all, you have the exotic places, historical facts, romance, suspense and vibrant characters. To say the least this book was different from anything I have ever read. I give Awakening 4 stars.
I want to thank the author Tracy Higley and publisher Stone water Press for bringing good clean Christian books like this one to readers like me. I would also like to thank The Book Club Network Inc. for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest review.
Posted September 3, 2014
Wow! This book had me from page one. It is a page turner and the suspense kept building. I loved the blend between the ancient world and modern world. This is a book I will want to read again even though I know the ending. This is well written and you could tell the author had done her research.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 29, 2014
This is my first Tracy Higley book and I will certainly be reading more of her work. She takes you from a museum, to Egypt, to danger mixed with a little romance. The pictures she paints put me right into the story, I liked the detail. The story goes from real time to a journaling of maybe a clue to Kallie's amnesia? Kept me intrigued & wanting to keep turning the page to see if she would find the key to a lost language among the Minoan treasures.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 6, 2014
This book was so amazing. I couldn't put it down. Tracy Higley has outdone herself.
Romance, history, exotic locations fill this book with mystery and suspense.
The way she painted the picture for you, you could actually imagine being there and witnessing the story unfold.
I didn't want the story to end. I have to say, this would actually make a GREAT movie.....I would definitely go and see it...
If you are looking for a great story to lose yourself in, then this is the book for you!!
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Posted July 29, 2014
Tracy Higley always writes gorgeous prose and imagery, and she’s done it again with Awakening, weaving together romance, intrigue and mystery from the past and present into one of those rare, unforgettable reads that stays with you for days after you’ve finished. This is the kind of story world I’ve been longing to enter. The kind of story world I’m reluctant to leave.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.