Thursday, January 15, 2015

Awakening by Tracy Higley - A Review

Kallie Andreas is a mystery, even to herself. 

Seven years ago Kallie woke up in a New York City museum, injured and traumatized. Alone and unclaimed.

Despite her shattered memories, she's worked her way into a position as assistant curator in that very museum, and now she wants nothing more than to pursue funding for her project--assembling pieces from the ancient Minoans.

But then the blackouts start. Lost time, stranded in terrifying danger, frantic visions that can't be real. A threatening phone call may be nothing more than paranoia and madness. Or perhaps not.

It's time to start seeing her psychiatrist more often.

Kallie's doctor challenges her to keep a journal, but her writing morphs into something else... What begins as a romantic fairy tale becomes an allegory of a woman plunged into crisis in the ancient past, in the misty islands of Minoan Greece, home to myth and legend. 

When a mysterious billionaire invites Kallie to scour the black market with him for the most valuable of all Minoan treasures, the key to their lost language, Kallie can't resist. Dimitri is wealthy, charming and good-looking, but she's not interested--not in someone who's clearly hiding secrets of his own.

Together, the two embark on a global quest to find the Key, through some of the most exotic and beautiful locations in the world--unraveling the mystery and pursuing leads, all the while resisting romance in Italy, under the Santorini sun, and among the pyramids of Egypt.

Meanwhile, Kallie's memories are bleeding through and her journal has turned violent. She's teetering on the verge of a breakthrough, but what devastating truth has she been suppressing?

When a strange woman who clearly knows Kallie's real identity tries to murder her, it's clear that Kallie's past and present worlds are colliding, in a deadly crisis that will finally reveal the shocking mystery of her past.

But will the truth leave room for love?

This book is available at the following retailers:
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About the Author:

From her earliest childhood, there was nothing Tracy loved better than stepping into another world between the pages of a book. From dragons and knights, to the wonders of Narnia, that passion has never abated, and to Tracy, opening any novel is like stepping again through the wardrobe, into the thrilling unknown. With every book she writes, she wants to open a door like that, and invite readers to be transported with her into a place that captivates.
Tracy started her first novel at the age of eight and has been hooked on writing ever since. After attending Philadelphia Biblical University, she earned a B.A. in English Literature at Rowan University. She then spent ten years writing drama presentations for church ministry.
A lifelong interest in history and mythology has led Tracy to extensive research into ancient Greece, Egypt and Rome, and shaped her desire to shine the light of the gospel into the cultures of the past.
She has traveled through Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Italy to research her novels, and looks forward to more travel as her writing continues. 
Tracy is thrilled to bring readers adventures set in the ancient past, and it’s her hope that in escaping with her, readers will feel they've walked through these deserts, explored ruins, felt the white sand and blue sea under their feet, and met with the Redeeming God who is sovereign over the entire drama of human history.

This book was provided by TBCN in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was provided. 

My Thoughts:
The thing I love about Tracy's books - HISTORY! I have learned so much by reading them and this one is no exception.  Although this book is a bit different style from some of the other books of hers I have read.  Tracy takes you on a journey to the most beautiful exotic locations in the modern world and at the same time transports you back in time to the ancient civilizations.

This time she managed to capture them both together as she reveals the story of Kallie, a young museum researcher who lost her memory seven years prior. Kallie's story begins in New York city where the museum curator Judith found her, and gave her a job and a new identity.
Kallie meets Dimitri, a rich gentleman, with secrets too, known for his financial support of the museum as well as his search for lost ancient artifacts. Together, they embark on a journey more complicated than either can imagine as the events twist and turn from mysterious to downright dangerous. 

The ending was bitter sweet and completely unexpected as Kallie discovers who she is and whether her past will help or hinder her mission. How does Dimitri fit in the picture? Can their love prosper, or must she give it up to become who she is destined to be?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Tracy has a real talent for historical mysteries, and this one is worth the read!!

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