Friday, March 4, 2016

Between Dreams by Cynthia Austin ( The Pendant, #1)

Between Dreams
by Cynthia Austin

My rating: 4.5 stars

Series: The Pendant Series - Book 1
Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
ISBN: 1680581104
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
Print Length: 198 pages
Available from: Amazon

Sidney Sinclair was living the dream of any eighteen year-old girl…

A handsome rock star boyfriend, a closet full of designer clothes, a limousine service at her beck and call, and a mansion in the hills of Los Angeles.

Even with all that glamour and excitement at her fingertips, she still feels as if she’s been missing something in her life so she decides to leave.

While trying her best to put her dysfunctional romantic relationship aside and tend to her beloved Granny, Sidney unexpectedly stumbles upon an intriguing emerald pendant boxed away in her grandmother’s closet.

Soon she learns it once belonged to her long-lost mother who committed suicide when she was just a baby. Suddenly feeling emotionally connected to the woman who had birthed her, Sidney begins to wear the necklace.

This sends her on a whirlwind journey that alternates between fantasy and reality…

Almost immediately, she starts having dreams linked to the mysterious pendant. As danger begins to seep into her life, Sidney refuses to remove the necklace and instead documents each dream to help her further understand them. However, she soon begins to wonder if they are dreams meant to bond her to a mother whom she never knew?

Or a subconscious warning that threatens her very life?

Between Dreams by Cynthia Austin ( The Pendant, #1)
Between Dreams (The Pendant Series, #1)It seemed that Sidney was living in a dream world, her boyfriend was an up and coming rockstar, he took her to LA to share his life in the spotlight and their love was strong. Raised by her grandmother, Sidney knows what love is, and when a tragedy brings her home, her life and her outlook on life are about to take a headlong dive into an often frustrating, but certainly revealing world where dreams can take on new meanings and can point the way to true happiness and enlightenment. But first, to get through reality, one day and one heartache at a time as she assumes the mantle of caregiver for the woman who was her one constant in life.

She found a piece of her past in a small box, an emerald pendant from her mother and that pendant becomes a magical talisman for Sidney the moment she put it on. We all dream, but for Sidney, her dreams feel real, they hold a message she must learn to understand, will her dreams become as real as her reality or will they overtake her ability to process life as it is? Where will they lead her, and to whom? Does her boyfriend still love her or has the glitter and glitz of LA put his ego on high speed, forgetting about those who truly care about him? Will Sidney find the strength to see him for who and what he is?

Between Dreams by Cynthia Austin is more than a young love story struggling to survive, this is a tale of one young woman, overwhelmed with the responsibilities of a person far more mature and able to handle them, as she forges ahead doing “the right thing.” Ms. Austin has taken us inside the heart and mind of Sidney as she struggles with alternating feelings of hopelessness, hope, resentment and longing for the life she had planned on living. Her portrayal of Sidney is spot on for a person in her position, she is young, still a teen and anyone who knows the weight of being a caregiver and of being responsible for the life of someone who once took care of her, you will understand, these are not the feelings of a selfish person, they are real, gut-deep feelings, but natural and far too realistic.

A powerful read if one looks beneath the surface with a touch of something otherworldly crafted as hints to things to come. A little dark, sometimes high on angst, but told in bold strokes of the pen.

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