Monday, 18 May 2020

A Delicate Dance of Souls by Karen D. Hamilton + #Giveaway


A Delicate Dance of Souls by Karen D. Hamilton
Published by Yes And Also Press on the 10th March 2020.

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When souls intersect deeply, but their paths are separate...

After a harrowing experience from his service in the military, Matt returns only to find his marriage to the love of his life is over. In the midst of his darkness, Matt seeks peace camping in Wyoming, where he meets Nicole, an intriguing woman who shifts his perspective, and changes his life forever. As their connection deepens, their relationship uncovers the fears that are holding both of them back.

Matt isn’t the only one with an unresolved love in his past. Waiting in the wings is Sam, Nicole’s business partner and best friend. The pair have a history of more than just catering and event planning, but Nicole has always been afraid of letting Sam get too close.

In this novel of self-discovery, compassion and healing, Nicole and Matt are brought to a greater understanding and acceptance of themselves, and who they are in the world.


A Delicate Dance Of Souls started out aptly for me with Nicole and Matt meeting each other in the natural environment of a Wyoming campsite. Karen Hamilton really made the most of this tranquil location and I loved how I could clearly envisage the scenery from her detailed descriptions. Nicole and Matt are, independently of each other at first, taking a break from their everyday lives and I felt that their physical isolation from the world at large nicely reflected this. Of course there are still facilities to hand, especially the first of what would become many visits to diners, cafes and restaurants for all the characters throughout this novel. I was intrigued by how many deep conversations took place in close proximity to a hovering waitress or waiter. This created an interesting dynamic that highlighted for me the folie a deux aspect of Nicole and Matt's intense connection.

I shouldn't really keep rolling their names together because, despite their initial instalust, it isn't a foregone conclusion that these two will find their happy ever after together. Their relationship is the novel's focal point, but both have other potential partners in the wings - I liked Matt's ex-wife Amanda, but couldn't see the attraction of Nicole's former squeeze, Sam. As readers, we were frequently told what a great guy he is, but I couldn't help feeling that his passive-aggressive neediness was an unhealthy base for a long-term relationship. The central characters interact well with each other using believable dialogue and realistic motivations. Perhaps I could have done with more in the way of showing rather than telling because I did sometimes feel too distanced from the action, or disappointed that a vital moment had occurred off page so we only found out about it second hand.

However, mostly I was impressed with Hamilton's portrayal of Nicole's spiritual ideas. This is such an important and interesting thread in A Delicate Dance Of Souls and it makes her story quite unique in its outlook. The gentle overall pace suits the deeply profound conversations and I can imagine this story being of genuine help to a lot of people, as well as being a lovely romantic read.


Meet the author:
Karen D. Hamilton’s spiritual journey has spanned decades and has included several teachers with transformative perspectives. Believing that life is a wondrous gift, she strives to appreciate all aspects of the human experience. Karen loves the excitement of thunderstorms, the silence of falling snow, the chirping of late summer crickets, the meditative art of weaving, and the natural beauty of mountain streams. She especially loves being with family and friends. She currently lives in Colorado with her husband and fluffy cat, Merlin. Karen hopes her work will give readers a broader and more compassionate view of their own lives.

Connect with the author:
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4 comments:

  1. Thank you Stephanie for taking the time to read A DELICATE DANCE OF SOULS. I am so glad you enjoyed it and am certain your followers will find it valuable as well.

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    1. You're very welcome, Karen!
      I wish you all the best with this novel :-)

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful and spiritual romance.

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