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Charisma

by Barbara Hall

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"Crazy people have color and imagination and the thing is, some of us aren't crazy, we're just right."

Sarah Lange is in a Rehabilitation center sizing up her psychiatrist who she knows better than he knows himself. All her life Sarah has had 'Guides' that tell her things. Ever since a terrible 'accident' she has had trouble turning off her guides and they are making her feel homesick, homesick for Heaven, that is.

An original tale of self-discovery (for patient and psychiatrist) that leads down an unsuspected path. This book was very refreshing I and enjoyed that it was heavy on dialogue both inner and outer; this made for well-rounded and relatable characters. I thought this novel was going to wrap up a little too neat and tidy for me at the end, but there was a little twist that kept me smiling. I would enjoy knowing what happened to the secondary characters of Kit and Willie, but overall Charisma was a fast-paced enjoyable read!

This book was provided for free from the publisher in return for an honest review. See the blog tour for this book on December 9-13 at stephaniesbookreviews.weebly.com. ( )
  Mishker | Dec 5, 2013 |
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In the aftermath of a violent incident and near death experience, Sarah Lange is plagued by heavenly voices and dogged by a desire to return "home". Frightened by her desire to terminate her existence on earth, she checks into a trauma center in Malibu, California and meets Dr. David Sutton, an intellectual, a scientist, a reductionist and someone who believes in nothing beyond his immediate experience. David’s world is as divorced from mystery and magic as Sarah’s is alive and animated by it. Their sessions open up a dialogue about the separation of worlds—one easily defined and explained and one unknowable and waiting on the other side of human experience. Even as his faith in his profession fades, David struggles to bring his disturbed patient back to the real world. In a desperate effort to define herself, Sarah "escapes" and David must decide how far he is willing to go to save a patient and ultimately himself.

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In the aftermath of a violent incident and near death experience, Sarah Lange is plagued by heavenly voices and dogged by a desire to return "home". Frightened by her desire to terminate her existence on earth, she checks into a trauma center in Malibu, California and meets Dr. David Sutton, an intellectual, a scientist, a reductionist and someone who believes in nothing beyond his immediate experience. David's world is as divorced from mystery and magic as Sarah's is alive and animated by it. Their sessions open up a dialogue about the separation of worlds, one easily defined and explained and one unknowable and waiting on the other side of human experience. Even as his faith in his profession fades, David struggles to bring his disturbed patient back to the real world. In a desperate effort to define herself, Sarah "escapes" and David must decide how far he is willing to go to save a patient and ultimately himself.… (more)

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