Only by looking into the past can Audrey save her future.
Audrey Eames is happy living the wanderer’s life. After a near-death experience in her teens, Audrey can see people’s past lives whenever her skin touches theirs, and afraid of being labeled delusional, she’s never stayed in one place too long or made any deep connections.
So, when Audrey’s estranged aunt dies and leaves her the historic Soberly Inn and Public House on the scenic Oregon coast, Audrey wants nothing to do with it. She is determined to sell the inn and leave town before someone discovers the power she’s been hiding from the world, but clauses in her aunt’s will seem to block her at every turn.
Yet once ensconced in Soberly’s small town life, the people—particularly the bartender, Kellen Greene—start to grow on her, and she begins to feel that maybe she’s finally found a place of her own. As accepting as the townspeople seem, Audrey fears their reactions—and Kellen’s rejection—and decides to keep her visions a secret. But all is not well in Soberly. Soon after Audrey arrives, people in town start dying in the same manner as in their past lives—but in this lifetime it’s murder. When suspicion starts to fall on Audrey and her new beau Kellen, Audrey vows to use her gift to find the murderer and protect the people she loves—before it’s too late.
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After a near-deadly bout of bacterial meningitis when she was fourteen years old, Audrey Eames has been able to 'see' assorted life events from the six past lifetimes - as stored in the soul - of those people she touches skin to skin. She doesn't get everything, just tidbits depending on the length of the contact, but the most traumatic or ecstatic events generally cross first, giving her an instant impression she can count on as accurate. Usually. Past Presence is a very intriguing book, set in the small coastal Oregon town of Soberly in the present time, and peopled with well-rounded folks and some not so, but all quite interesting. Like most very small towns, rumor makes its way around the block at rocket speed and everything said is taken for the gospel truth. Audrey has inherited the local hotel, The Soberly Inn and Public House with ten rooms and a pub, from her Aunt Roz. Audrey remembers Aunt Roz fondly but hasn't seen her since she was 12 years old. Now thirty, she isn't sure she should be the one inheriting this business. Audrey has a well-established business of her own, a national concern specializing in American history as it pertains to modern times. She loves the constant challenges and frequent travel. And she knows nothing about the hotel business. Roz's wife Cora, who had a hand in the business from the beginning, should be the new owner despite the will. Audrey becomes even more sure that the Inn is not for her as local people begin to die... In the same way that Audrey has seen them die in previous lifetimes. That is something that has never happened before. I received a free electronic copy of this novel on February 22, 2o19 from Netgalley, Nicole Bross, and Literary Wanderlust. I have voluntarily read this novel, and this review reflects my honest opinion.
Much to her surprise, Audrey Eames inherits the Soberly Inn and Public House from her Aunt Roz, who she hasn’t seen since she was twelve. Audrey loves her job as a consulting historian, which allows her to travel from place to place, never staying for more than nine months. Now, after meeting the friendly locals – especially bartender Kellen Greene - Audrey contemplates giving up her carefree life, staying in the tiny town of Soberly, Oregon, and taking over the business. But Audrey also has a secret: she can see a person’s past lives just by touching them. When people start dying in the same way they died in a previous life, Audrey decides to use her ability to actively pursue the leads her visions provide, even though she may be putting herself and her new friends in danger. What a fascinating idea for a book! I was intrigued by the concept that our past lives reflect who we will become and that we remain connected to certain people over our different lifetimes. The story is woven around the present and the past, with Audrey’s visions written in italics. There are also chapters that tell the past-life stories of the townspeople and how they were connected previously. While I did guess the identity of the killer, the story kept my attention throughout. An interesting mix of contemporary, historical, mystery, paranormal, thriller, suspense, romance, family drama, and humor. In other words, something for everyone. Warnings: coarse language, sexual references, sex scenes, violence. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post: https://www.booksdirectonline.com/2019/05/past-presence-by-nicole-bross.html