Saving the life of someone you love should not be the worst thing you have ever done, unless you are an Angel of Death.
Disgruntled with his position in the afterlife and conflicted by his feelings toward his new client, Nathaniel Evans forgoes the rules and saves nineteen year old Juliana Crowson from being hopelessly stuck in Forge Creek. This alters Juliana’s destiny and she finds herself in a series of near death accidents.
In the mountains of Colorado, Nathaniel comforts Juliana as she struggles to understand her paranormal abilities while coping with her brother’s drug addiction. When an ill-tempered Native American Shaman teaches her the difference between ghosts and place memories, she decides she wants nothing to do with the supernatural world. Too bad she doesn’t know that Nathaniel is part of it.
Will fate bring these two together, or has Nathaniel made the biggest mistake of his afterlife?
“Juliana?” I don’t respond. I can’t face anyone.
“Can I sit with you?”
I hug my knees into my chest with my face buried in my folded arms. I mumble into the pit of my lap. “Are you here to end my misery?”
It’s an odd answer but then again so was the question. “Then, please leave.”
“I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have come, but neither can I go.”
I turn my face, taking in the crisp air and digest his unusual answers. There are so many things that have happened tonight that don’t make any sense. Why would one more confusing sentiment make any difference?
Loneliness wraps around me, holding me in a cool embrace. I break its grip by saying, “It goes on the list, you know?” I speak into the dark. No movement or sound gives away his location but I can feel him close by. The low thumping of Blue Nouveau’s drums is the only sound breaking the stillness of the forest.
The caress of his voice brushes my ear. “Which list are you referring to?”
“Our list — things that are inexplicable.”
“Which deficiency of mankind are we adding tonight?”
“Lying to someone you love.” My voice is flat but the tear leaking from my eye gives away my true feelings.
“We can put that one on the top of the list,” he says.
A gentle hand surprises me as it wraps gently around my swollen ankle and finds a comfortable hold. The warmth penetrates through the sore muscles like a mild current of electricity.
I didn’t realize that Ms. Kessler was a debut author until after I read the book. I really thought this book was written by someone who had been around the block a couple of times. I was completely taken back by her world building and characterizations in Death Lies Between Us. She had me that Nathaniel was an angel, okay an Angel of Death but still an angel. He’s supposed to help people cross over not prevent their death. Tsk, tsk. He’s in big trouble because he also falls in love with her.
Jules is just trying to keep her brother Jared out of trouble and that leads her to Nathaniel. I won’t spoil it about her and what she is about because that would spoil the book for you. Let’s just say, she starts seeing auras and ghosts. What in the wide world is that all about? You must read the book to find out. Also, Jules can’t figure out why she is the only person to be able to see Nathaniel either. I like Jules from the start. She is refreshing, relatable and you just want to hug her and tell her that everything will work. Promise…
I’d be remiss to mention the Native American mythology and herbology in the book. That just made the book that much more interesting and fun to read for me. Nathaniel and Jules are two characters that I won’t easily forget. Love sometimes is making the sacrifices and these two do. What seems impossible is possible. 🙂 Also, this isn’t a typical paranormal read. This book can and should be read by anyone and everyone. Again, its Ms. Kessler’s way with her vivid imagination in the world that she painted and her characters.
Ms. Kessler has managed to mix the trope of forbidden love with the paranormal but made it fresh and honest. She also didn’t sex it up and its a book that everyone and their mother can read. Seriously…
I look forward to more from Ms. Kessler in the future. Also, the ending…it will make you stalk her to find out when the next book will come out. 🙂
Jody A. Kessler enjoys writing paranormal novels and is a member of Pikes Peak Writers. She is a yoga instructor, Reiki Master, and a graduate from the Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy. When she took an extended leave from her massage practice to stay at home with her newborn she returned to her first true passion —writing. She spends most of her time being a mother, writing, and teaching yoga, but also likes going to concerts, hiking, practicing herbal medicine, and reading anything that catches her interest. Jody lives in the mountains of Colorado with her family.
She welcomes visitors to her website www.jodyakessler.com