Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Memory Healer by Julie Filarski

Happy Release Week!

The Memory Healer
by Julie Filarski

On a wet summer morning in the historical township of Port Brandon, South Eastern Australia, talented artist and psychic Beth Montgomery reluctantly agrees to carry out a psychic assessment of Carrington House. She soon becomes frightened by a string of nightmares that could be warning her not to tamper with the metaphysical. Despite her fears, she braces herself for what is to come and continues to unearth the secrets of the past.

As soon as she enters the historical home, the image of a distraught Victorian maid appears, and then a young woman manifests on the staircase. Beth is transported to another era, where a magnificent four-poster bed, an engraved watch, and an exquisite ring evoke fleeting memories. When Beth spies a calendar, the date fills her with dread, but she cannot remember why.

Returning to the present time, Beth agrees to work for the irresistible Dr Matthew Jamieson, the new vet in the district. Each time they meet, memories of another lifetime flood her heart. She senses an eternal bond between them, but with two unfaithful partners in her past, she is reluctant to become romantically involved with him.

As her passion for Matthew intensifies, she regresses to 1895. In her past life as Mary Clark, she meets the darkly handsome Samuel Methven and falls in love with him on sight. But is he as honourable as he seems? Faced with Samuel’s apparent betrayal, Beth is plagued by fears that Matthew will also be unfaithful to her. She knows that to learn the truth, she must return to her past life, but that means facing an unbearable tragedy. Does Beth have the courage to move between lifetimes and relive that dreadful event? Will she be able to discover whether her soulmate was faithful to his twin soul?

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Kathie's Review:
This was interesting. Beth can slip back and forth through time. While she can't change what she sees in the past, she does experience it just as it happened. That includes the joy and the heartbreak. She remembers the past when she returns to the present. 

There is a mystery here and a gentle romance. Beth's parents way back then are not the nicest of people, but her mom in this time makes up for that. Samuel was a charmer in the past, and as Matthew in the here and now, his charm has only grown. 

This book isn't full of wild adventure or action packed scenes. Instead, it's a quiet romance with some heartbreak that comes full circle. The paranormal aspect made me think, which is nice in a book. It kind of bent my mind, actually. 

I recommend this book for those soft, rainy days where you just want to be somewhere else. It was a nice way to spend an afternoon.

*Thank you, NetGalley and TWCS, for the opportunity to read The Memory Healer.


Introducing Julie
Julie Filarski’s love of reading quickly progressed to a love of writing. While writing The Memory Healer, she studied Professional Writing and Editing at Chisholm Institute in Berwick, Australia. Much of the novel was written on the train while she travelled to and from work at the University of Melbourne.

Julie first began studying the metaphysical realm in the early 1980’s. After a few sessions of Hatha yoga, she quickly became drawn to yoga philosophy and the belief in reincarnation. Since that time, Julie studied the topic in depth, as well as researching a wide range of other spiritual topics. Her studies have led her to understand that mankind has an inherent belief in immortality and that there is a deep and underlying spiritual purpose to all life.

Julie lives with her husband, Murray, near Phillip Island in Victoria, Australia. They have two children and five lovely grandchildren.

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