by A.L. Waddington
Carol's rating: 4.5 stars
“Time will reveal my love.”
Rating: 4.5 stars
Essence is book one of The Eve Series by A.L. Waddington. This is a wonderful, well written book that explores the concept that is written in the synopsis, “Our minds wander, can our souls as well?”
We meet Jocelyn Timmons. She has a normal happy teenage life. She is almost 18, in her last year of high school, is thinking about college and has a wonderful family and great friends. She lives in Chicago in what I perceived to be a beautiful historical neighborhood; the houses are all refurbished old mansions. Her best friend, Jenna, lives to one side of her and her best friend’s boyfriend to the other side. Her life is going along happily but everything changes when the very cute Jackson moves in to the house across the street. Jocelyn is not interested in having a boyfriend but what is it about Jackson? She feels inexplicably drawn to him. But there is a problem. Whenever she gets near him, everything starts to spin, she feels sick and dizzy. Then, when he touches her, everything goes black and she faints. But, it’s during this time that she dreams of another Jocelyn in a much different time.
Jocelyn has a wonderful life, she is engaged to the most wonderful man, Jackson. They will be married in two months. Her best friend Olivia lives on one side of her and Jackson lives across the street. But everything changes when Olivia and her brother William reveal that they have been secretly seeing each other. For her 18th birthday Jackson gives her a beautiful antique woman’s pocket watch but later, when Jocelyn holds the pocket watch, she is instantly transported to a different time. There are things she doesn’t understand in these visions, horseless carriages, music she has never heard of before, and the clothes!!! The girls are in public with clothing allowing parts of their bodies to be seen!
Although the siblings and the friends are different, there is one constant in both of these times, Jackson. And it seems that Jackson knows more about this than he is letting on.
It isn’t until nearly the end of this book that the true nature of what is happening to Jocelyn is revealed. I really enjoyed getting to know Jocelyn in both of these times. Her life is so different. Can Jocelyn come to terms with this gift and will she have to choose which one to remain in? I can’t wait to see what is next for Jackson and Jocelyn. Thank you so much to A.L. Waddington and Booktrope Publishing for allowing me the opportunity to read this book.