A Love Story from the Edge of Eternity
Author: Michele DeLuca
Narrator: Kathleen Godwin
Length: 7 hours
Publisher: Michele DeLuca
Released: July 23, 2020
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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In this mystical love story, there is just one thing keeping Rebecca and Sebastian apart. She is living, and he is...not.
Together, they enlist Albert, a widowed college professor, who reluctantly allows them the use of his body so that Sebastian can return to physical form and earn his redemption.
It seems to be a love affair that cannot last, but the three discover that there is an eternity of wonder for each of them to look forward to. The only question for this trio - who stays and who goes?
This audiobook was provided by its author, Karla M. Jay, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks, Karla!
“One does evil enough when one does nothing good.”
I have to say that you should definitely be prepared for a somewhat heavy historical fiction before going into When We Were Brave. Just like you would expect from a WW2 novel set in Nazi Germany, it showed the hardships that people experienced as well as the precious few moments that were a result of appreciating the precious seconds that were rare and kind of far between during those times.
This was in general just a heartfelt, and long, journey. I have seen people comparing When We Were Brav to The Nightingale and I have to say that I see where they are coming from.
Listening to stories from the point of different jewish people that had different takes on what was happening was interesting to read, as When We Were Brave is comprised of mainly 3 stories. The characters in the first two stories were engaging and easy to get attached to but, to be honest, it started to lose my interest at some parts towards the end.
However, the familial relationships made me fall in love so fast and were so well written (especially with the second story of the mother and son trying to escape the Nazis). It was relatable for me personally and that was the story that really hooked me the most that I just had to drop everything and listen. If you aren’t a character driven person the plot of this is more than enough to keep you engrossed as it is quite intense and emotional.
The themes were absolutely amazing! Which is an aspect that I always expect to be strong with historical fiction novels and I am very happy to say that I was not let down.
It's heartbreaking. It's inspiring. What more could you ask for? I absolutely loved the Karla M. Jay's writing style for the most part and the narrator did a great job of translating that into the audiobook. There weren't any fancy sound effects or music but that did not hinder my enjoyment at all. I actually thought the narration itself was entrancing which suited the story perfectly
All in all, I agree with everyone that this was an amazing historical WW2 fiction and there is no doubt that you are going to love this if the genre comes within your reading taste.
Meet the Author: Michele DeLuca
Michele DeLuca is an award-winning journalist for an upstate New York daily newspaper, with a fascination for all matters of life and death.
Her first novel, "Forever More: A Love Story from the Edge of Eternity," examines the topic of living beyond this existence in a manner that is unimaginably love-filled and joyful.
She wrote this on her blog:
"It doesn't matter what religion you follow -- so many stories affirm what the sages have said since time began: There are many pathways to God and to those waiting for us in the beyond. That's what I have read and heard in the hundreds of reports I've encountered from people who have shared about their "near death experiences," each story unique but impossibly similar. All who have experienced such revelations can't be making it up, nor can they be imagining the way their lives are profoundly changed after such experiences occur.
As a journalist, my work is based upon the stories people tell me and what they believe is their truth. In the newsroom, I collect those stories and words and share them as part of the news of the day. But, at the end of the day, I believe the life-changing stories told by those who have come back from the beyond are the most important news to be shared. Such stories tease us with the possibilities of understanding, peace, and a reason to be hopeful, forevermore.