A rich and compelling novel exploring romances past and present, Loves of Our Lives centers on Katie Benjamin, a happily married woman whose interest in the theory of past lives changes her understanding of herself and the world around her forever.
Along with her best friend, Maria, whose terminal cancer has given her an entirely new perspective on life, she embarks on past-life regression therapy. Here, Katie learns of the lives of Elinor Davenport and Catherine Buchanan and the people they both loved. In the process of finding these two women, who once shared her soul, she discovers a sense of completeness she never thought possible.
"The same souls come back to us many times and interact with us. This is the way we can understand our souls go on for eternity. These bodies may fail, but our souls do continue on to reunite with our loved ones many times."
Loves of Our Lives is the debut novel of AC Chenier and explores the fascinating spiritual world and the concept of soul mates reuniting through time. This novel brings together her love of romance and fantasy novels, her passion for writing, and her interest in spiritual matters. An avid golfer and animal lover, Ms. Chenier lives in southern Ontario with her three horses.
|Publisher:||Two Harbors Press, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As a believer in reincarnation, I jumped at the opportunity to review this book once I read its blurb because it’s so rare to find novels like this in English. I grew up in Brazil where believing in reincarnation is widely accepted and many authors write about past life experiences but that’s not so in other countries; mainly in English speaking ones thus the rarity of titles about this subject. As an author, I relate to the difficulties. I’m currently working on a story that deals with reincarnation because I feel so strongly about it. But I set it in Scotland in Celtic times because I thought it would be easier for readers to think it was a fantasy book even though it’s not. Therefore, I applaud A. C. Chenier for her brave debut in the literary world tackling a subject that many might find controversial or downright unbelievable. For me, it’s clear she writes from the heart and that makes up for the little – no, strike that – tiny glitches I found with this book. For instance, the author, through Katie, spends a great deal of the first 15% of the book introducing the readers to the ideas and work of Dr. Brian Weiss. It bothered me a bit in the beginning until I realized it would be necessary if the writer was trying to present a novel, controversial idea to the general public. Although I believe our souls return many times in different bodies, I also firmly believe we forget our past lives for good reason. It can be unsettling to poke around in the past and some people get stuck in it. That’s why I don’t think past life regression should be done lightly. Moreover, it should only be use in extreme cases when it can help a person’s understanding and managing of his/her present situation, and never out of curiosity just to learn about a past life. So I was relieved that both Maria and Katie turned to that kind of therapy for very serious reasons and that they took their regression sessions seriously. Maria was attempting to deal with her terminal cancer and Katie, as her best friend, eventually had to seek therapy so that she could support Maria and cope with the situation herself. Regarding writing style, I for one favor third person omniscient POV like the author used in Loves of our Lives. I don’t have problems following the changes in perspective. However, some readers find it hard as I learned the hard way when I published my first short-story. Lol Here the author does a great job with that so even if you think you don’t like this kind of POV, you should give this book a chance and you’ll be surprised. Present time events are told in chronological order while the past life regressions aren’t, which was a great positive for me. There is a puzzle-like quality to the past lives narration and I personally enjoy it because it feels like putting together pieces of a jigsaw. Bravo!! And each time Katie visits her past lives, the author brings us, the readers, with her into the past and all of a sudden we’re reading a delicious, well-written historical fiction. Even word choice and sentence structure are different from the present day narrative. Not to mention that the author subtly touches other controversial issues such as homosexuality and mixed race marriage in the 19th century. Bravo again! As for the characters, there are many in the three different timelines described: present-time Canada, 18th century England, and 19th century United States and they’re fascinating.
3.5 stars “Loves of Our Lives” by A.C. Chenier is the first story in the 'Past Lives' series and is a book that combines historical and contemporary romance. Centering around Katie Benjamin’s exploration in the field of past life regression as influenced by the writings of Dr. Brian Weiss, the story explores the lives of several people in the past on two different continents and their connection to and influence upon Katie in her modern existence in Calgary, Alberta. Katie’s relationships with her husband, a stranger met on the train, and a dying friend are all influenced by her growing familiarity with Elinor, an English woman living during the mid 1700s, and Catherine, a woman living in Philadelphia during the late 1800s. This intriguing story has a slow and somewhat somber onset that gradually shifts to a descriptive experience of two very different lifestyles that are nonetheless connected. There is a richness of subject matter that touches upon women’s rights, prejudice, class distinctions, and societal upheavals even as the heroine gradually has her own epiphany about the life she lives. I liked the growth that she experiences even though I found the awkwardness of skipping from life to life and the multiplicity of points of view a little frustrating. I think that the struggle to integrate so many secondary characters resulted in most of them being fairly superficially described but the overall concept of the story is thought-provoking and imaginative. This story will probably appeal to those who are curious about the idea of reincarnation and fate as well as those who enjoy the concept of time travel. A copy of this title was provided to me for review