Publisher: Three Trees Press
Josephine Reilly is a typical young mother, striving to do what is best for her family in the suburbs of St. Paul, Minnesota. Declan, her ambitious and talented husband, has a thriving career as a corporate lawyer. On the surface, life could not appear more perfect. Yet, Josie has an unrealized gift, one that has haunted her since the drowning death of a childhood friend. Josie is a messenger, as were her mother and grandmother before her, carrying messages from the dead to the living through dreams, visions and telepathy. For years, Josie suppresses her gift but when her mother dies, she is unable to ignore it any longer. Upon exploring her ability, she finds she has underestimated the dangers in channeling the dead when those she loves become targets of an invisible evil. Her sanity comes into question and she is at risk of losing everything she holds dear. Then fate places Dr. Andrew Chase in Josie's path, a healer of supernatural capabilities. Only he hasn't come to prevent her fall . . .
"The Uncommitted" is a compelling tale of the spiritual struggle within us and of the realities beyond our physical sight.
So we start out with Josie. She's a mother of three children, and wife to an up-and-coming lawyer. She has a psychic gift that she generally doesn't recognize, mostly because her husband disapproves. I so had a problem with her relationship with her do-gooder hubby right from the get-go, but she seemed content, for a while. When she tests her boundaries against his wishes, and finds trouble, it was once thought by Josie to be considered "even worse than infidelity." Whoa!
Then there's Andrew. He has an odd background, and isn't as well developed as Josie, but he's looking for Josie. He'll do whatever it takes. It was when they met that Josie has some big decisions to make and the romance angle begins to take shape-ish. I did find the writing to be very smooth. The author had a great way of bringing Josie to life, I think that's why the sudden change in her attitude (demonic influence maybe? It wasn't entirely clear, but hinted at) made me do a double take and the longer she kept up her "I hate the world" attitude, the more I was distrustful of the character. There were also several scenes that were drawn or didn't contribute to the plot.
I would totally recommend this to Christian fiction fans, but not paranormal/romance fans. Because of the odd switches in Josie's behaviour and how the story slowed in so many portions of the novel, I give this 3 Stars.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Margaret has always been fascinated by the biographies of Catholic saints and mystics as well as mysteries of all things unseen. The Uncommitted explores these mystical Christian traditions and ideals--Heaven and Hell, the resurrection, apparitions, saints, angels, bilocation, exorcism, the presence of lost souls, spiritual warfare, the concept of forgiveness--and places them in the context of a modern family.
Other interests Margaret has is youth hockey (as all of her children play) and food allergy. Her Facebook blog, Wisconsin Hockey Moms, has followers from all over the U.S. and Canada. She currently lives with her husband and three children in Madison, Wisconsin.
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