Friday, September 19, 2014

BLog Tour: Beyond Coincidence by Jacquie Underdown

Author:  Jacquie Underdown
Publisher:Escape Publishing – Harlequin Enterprises, Australia 
Date of publication: September 2014

In 2008, 250 Australian and British soldiers are uncovered in a mass grave in Fromelles, France, lost since the Great War. One soldier, bearing the wounds of war so deep it has scarred his soul, cannot be laid to rest just yet.

When Lucy bumps into the achingly sad soldier during a trip to France, she doesn’t, at first glance, realise what he is – a ghost who desperately needs her help. Lucy can’t turn away from someone who needs her, even someone non-corporeal, and they travel back together to Australia in search of answers and, hopefully, some peace.

This chance meeting and unexplainable relationship sets into motion a chain-reaction of delicate coincidences that affect the intertwined lives of family, friends, and lovers in unexpected, beautiful ways.

Beyond Coincidence is a quick and entertaining read.  I liked the premise of the book...The ghost  of a soldier's wish to be laid to rest  leads a woman to his great grandson and a sweet romance.  I enjoyed watching Lucy and Nate fall in love with each other.  It was like watching destiny unfold. Freddy's story was heart breaking and I was rooting for him to find the peace he had been waiting for.

I will warn you though, there is a LOT of Australian slang in this book.  The author has has provided a dictionary in the beginning of the book  and that was helpful.  Had I not had that, I might have put it down.  You might want to read that list carefully before you start.  Once you do, I know you will enjoy this book as much as I did.

About the author:

Jacquie resides in hot and steamy Central Queensland, Australia, with her husband and two sons. On permanent hiatus from a profession she doesn’t love, she now spends her time wrapped up in her imagination creating characters and exploring alternative realities.

Jacquie is an author of a number of novels, novellas and short stories that are emotionally driven and possess unique themes beyond the constraints of the physical universe. She strives to offer romance, but with complexity; spirituality, without the religion; and love, with a tantalising splash of spice.
Her novels express a purpose and offer subtle messages about life, the spirit and, of course, love.

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Jacquie Underdown’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, September 15th: Bewitched Bookworms
Thursday, September 18th:  Reading Reality
Friday, September 19th: From the TBR Pile
Monday, September 22nd: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Wednesday, September 24th: Back Porchervations
Monday, September 29th: 2 Kids and Tired Books
Tuesday, September 30th:  Bibliotica
Wednesday, October 1st: Mom in Love with Fiction
Monday, October 6th: A Chick Who Reads
Wednesday, October 8th: Great Minds Read Alike
Monday, October 13th:  Books Like Breathing


Unknown said...

Thanks for the lovely review, Kari. Much of our currently used Australian slang developed during WWI, so it was incredibly interesting learning the origins and how slang has changed over the last 100 years while researching Beyond Coincidence. Glad you enjoyed the story.

Anonymous said...

I like the inclusion of a dictionary - I love learning new words and local colorful language!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.