File Size: 404 KB
Print Length: 221 pages
Publisher: Tribute Books (January 24, 2012) http://www.tribute-books.com
Review Copy Courtesy Of: Tribute Books(No cost in exchange for an honest review)
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Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles, Book 1 Summary
How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?
Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the 'life' they've been assigned. What they don't realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.
When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz's establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel's path and a warrior's plans.
From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that's ripping them apart.
Emily and Matt have spent their entire existences being trained to be sent to earth for very specific reasons. When their time finally comes, they are told that they will take over the lives of 2 deceased persons that left the world to soon and still had much to accomplish. Then the other shoe drops: Even though Emily and Matt have been trained to be the ultimate angel/warrior duo, when they descend to earth they will become Liz and Daniel. Emily/Liz and Matt/Daniel will have no memories of their lives in Heaven. They will become "human," that is, they will live within the shells of Liz and Daniel's bodies and fulfill their destinies.
Even though they are in each other's lives on Earth, Emily/Liz and Matt/Daniel's paths aren't written the way that Matt wants them to be. Emily/Liz falls in love with Jason, a weary traveler that happens upon the establishment that Liz and her friend, Faith, own. So, what happens when the angel is created to be with the warrior but their human lives have different agendas?
"Until Next Time" fully engaged me as a reader. The concept is unique (to me anyway), as I haven't read very many books with angels as the predominant entity. Ms. Lignor's writing style kept me interested and the plot rolled along quite nicely. I was sort of confused, however, as to why Emily and Matt had to undergo such extensive training only have the memories of their lives in Heaven removed. I understand why they had to go to earth without Heavenly memories but why have them train so hard their entire lives for something that they go into fresh and unbiased?! That concept didn't detract me from the story at all, it was just a thought I'd had as I was reading.
The religious overtones of the novel aren't heavy or distracting. I don't generally prefer books with religious qualities but you can't really have a book about angels and Heaven without tossing a little bit of religion in. Ms. Lignor kept it light, even giving a couple of the archangels a sense of humor and inserting some human/earthly material objects in for good measure. It's apparent that even angels like candybars!
Emily is a very strong protagonist and it isn't hard to see why her earthly self, Liz, falls for Jason. He's warm and caring--and they way Amy wrote him is believable. He doesn't seem self-serving or fake in his feelings/attitudes/motives toward Liz. The love triangle between Liz, Jason, and Daniel was a great twist to the story. All of the secondary characters are likable and serve grand purposes in this novel of love, trust, strength, and Soulmates.
"Until Next Time" certainly makes you think and explore life, your feelings, and what you personally have dealt with in your quests through life.
I enjoyed this novel and if you like stories involving angels, I think you will like it too!
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Amy Lignor's Bio:
Amy Lignor began her career at Grey House Publishing in northwest Connecticut where she was the Editor-in-Chief of numerous educational and business directories.
Now she is a published author of several works of fiction. The Billy the Kid historical The Heart of a Legend; the thriller, Mind Made; and the adventure novel, Tallent & Lowery 13.
She is also the owner of The Write Companion, a company that offers help and support to writers through a full range of editorial services from proofreading and copyediting to ghostwriting and research. As the daughter of a research librarian, she is also an active book reviewer.
Currently, she lives with her daughter, mother and a rambunctious German Shepherd named Reuben, in the beautiful state of New Mexico.
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