Saturday, April 13, 2013

Celtic Ruins, Past Life Regressions and Spirits


Seduction is a tale that spans centuries. Victor Hugo, an exile from Paris, while on the Isle of Jersey becomes involved in the Victorian passion for spiritualism. The Ouija Board calls up spirits, but are they good or evil? A hundred and fifty years later, Jac L'etoile receives a letter from Theo, a friend she met when they were troubled teens at an exclusive sanitarium. He has a home on Jersey and invites her to investigate the Celtic Ruins. Malachi, Jac's therapist, cautions her against the visit.  He is an expert on past life regressions and knows
Theo and Jac have a special bond that he fears is dangerous for her.

The story moves from Victor Hugo's journals to the exploration of ruins on Jersey. Theo has heard of the journals, and he wants to find them. Jac, an expert on mythology, is more interested in the Celtic ruins, but she gets caught up in Theo's quest. The Isle of Jersey's rugged coast line and caves make a striking backdrop for the search for the journals.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters are intriguing. I couldn't help being entranced by the mysterious bond between Jac and Theo. M.J. Rose skilfully weaves the story back and forth between Hugo's journals and the present day. It's a hard book to put down. If you like stories with a paranormal flavor, don't miss this one.

I reviewed this book for Net Galley.