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Soul and Shadow by Susan J. McLeod

Soul and Shadow (original 2007; edition 2012)

by Susan J. McLeod

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Title:Soul and Shadow
Authors:Susan J. McLeod
Info:Imajin Books (2012), Paperback, 148 pages
Collections:Your library, Read
Tags:psychic, Egyptology, artist, sarcophagus, mystery, paranormal, fiction, research assistant, archaeologist

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Soul and Shadow by Susan J. McLeod (2007)



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Lily Evans, archeology graduate student sets off to visit the museum and its’ famous mummy of Amisihathor. Amisihathor is a 3500 hundred year old mummy found in the tomb of Kahotep, priest of Horus. While viewing the exhibit Lily is approached by Dame Ursula Allingham, founder of the tomb and mummy, who wants to tell her a story. Dame Ursula wants Lily’s psychic abilities to help Amishathor cross over to paradise (heaven).

The mystery of Amisihathor and why she was found in the tomb of Kahotep rather than the tomb of her husband is narrated by the character Lily, as dreams she views. Alternating the dreams is the romance of Lily and Kent.

It was an okay story, though sometimes I felt a little lost when flipping from one storyline to the other, as there was not always a smooth transition. ( )
  Bettesbooks | Dec 21, 2016 |
A romantic adventure into the world of ancient Egypt, this book is a charmer. Light and fun early in the book until the paranormal slips in. Here we have the elements of two distinctly different women in love at different times in history with only the link of history to join them, or so it seems. The book was a delightful surprise to me.

Lily, a grad student and research assistant to a highly regarded professor in the field of Egyptology is in the right place at the right time as a new exhibit arrives in town. It is the mummy of Amisihathor, more commonly known by the locals as Amisi, a songstress in the temple of Hathor on loan from the Cairo Museum. As an artist, Lily has done many paintings and illustrations of ancient Egypt, and as she gazes at the art of the sarcophagus, she is overcome with feelings and images alien to her. An eccentric woman behind her appears to have connected in some way, too. She is there to speak to Lily. She has seen Lily's art and believes she will be able to communicate somehow to learn the fate of Amisi. There is some confusion about her tomb and burial.

Susan J. McLeod has written a complex and entertaining story with many pieces and characters interwoven from both the ancient time of Amisi and the current life of Lily. The relationship between best friends and colleagues Lily and Katy is fun. Romance is in the air and Lily is falling hard for the Kent, son of Dame Ursula Allingham, who found the tomb ... the lady she met at the museum. There is a mystery surrounding Amisi, but there is also a mystery surrounding the Allingham family. More discomfiting is the mystery of Lily's dreams since meeting them. Her dreams are so vivid, and as she draws, scenes come to life as though she has really seen them. How can this be?

When Lily's ex-boyfriend moves back to town lines are drawn and pressure applied. Will Stephen reclaim his relationship or will Kent keep him at arm's length from Lily? Why does her mother ignore Lily's feelings for Kent and keep pushing her toward Stephen? Theft, romance, secrets, betrayal, friendship and Lily’s psychic revelations meld together well. A beautifully written final chapter. I enjoyed this book so much with it's multiple fleshed out characters in both settings that I wasn't ready for it to end. I was very glad when the following page was a preview of the next book featuring Lily and Katy. ( )
  readerbynight | Jul 1, 2012 |
Free on Kindle. Spoilers abound. This was OK but not exactly. I found it readable. The narrator was attractive and the first person narrative worked, mostly. But the mother was unbelievable (I guess, making her crazy is kind of an out), and the tomb discoverer woman also seemed unbelievable to me in the other direction (too good). But why didn't the love interest write to our heroine when he went to England. It didn't make sense. The bad guy didn't really make sense either; I don't understand what advantage he got from having the artefacts. But it doesn't matter.
  franoscar | Mar 24, 2012 |
I liked this book.

The writing was easy and flowing and not once did I have to re-read a sentence due to grammar and misspelling issues. The story line is enticing and captivates you right from the beginning. The characters are charming,relatable and real. I recommend this book to everyone. I couldn't find anything wrong with it.

That said...The cover. Please don't judge this book by its cover. If I could call the author and tell her to re-design it and re-publicize it I would. Not only does the design bother me, but the fact that you can barely see her name on the cover is also frustrating. This is a good book that I am sure is getting passed over because of the cover. ( )
  TheBookJournal | Nov 25, 2009 |
This premier novel by Susan McLeod is full of unexpected twists, turns, mystery, and romance. Lily Evans, an artist and expert on ancient Egypt, begins her adventure when she meets a charming and eccentric woman while viewing a new display at the museum. This encounter also leads Lily to Kent, who does his best to convince her that he is the man of her dreams. What happens next is a clever unraveling of ancient and not so ancient secrets, some of which are deadly. This book was published by lulu.com in 2007. ( )
  mariah2 | Apr 5, 2008 |
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When an Egyptian mummy goes on display at a local museum, it brings some unforeseen adventures and romance for artist Lily Evans. But when an eccentric archaeologist asks for her help, the past begins to come alive in more ways than one. Under the shadow of an ancient secret, Lily finds danger and desire that cannot be hidden away."
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