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Little Bits of Karma
by Laura Simmons
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Even though Holly O’Rourke is having problems with her longtime significant other, James, she has never considered cheating…that is, until the day she has a very interesting encounter with Charlie, a handsome coworker. Desperate to understand her increasingly conflicting emotions, Holly schedules an appointment for a reading with a psychic medium.
She learns a surprising deeper meaning to her present-day troubles: Her past lives are full of adultery and tragic consequences―and not just with James and Charlie. The threads of her soul have been interwoven for centuries with those of several people in her present life. And the cost of karmic justice has finally come due. Little Bits of Karma follows Holly across time and space, weaving little stories of romance into one sweeping soulful tale of two souls who’ve chased each other through the centuries, but always been torn apart. Until now.
I was gifted an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. When I read the book description I was intrigued and decided to accept this book for review. I have never read a book by Laure Simmons, and I didn’t know what to expect. The story if fascinating, and did enjoy Little Bits of Karma.
The immediate difference in this book is the age of characters. Most of them are middle-aged, but that did not detract from my reading pleasure. In fact, it made the book unique. I can honestly say it is the most unusual book I have ever read.
Holly O’Rourke is forty-five years old and has been through two bad marriages, and her current relationship is stagnant. James Macklin and Holly have been together for eleven years. The first nine were mutually fulfilling, but during the last two, they have grown apart. James is keeping secrets, and Holly can’t put her finger on what is wrong.
After running into Charlie Thomas, a co-worker, she starts to question her relationship with James even more that she had been. When she seeks out a psychic who may be able to give her some insight into her past lives and information regarding her future relationships. This starts Holly on a path of discovery. Through her dreams, she learns about her relationships with the men in her life, men who have followed from one life to the next.
Will her past give her the answers she is seeking, or only leave her with more questions. Is she supposed to be with James, or does her karma lead her to Charlie?
While I did find Little Bits of Karma intriguing, I did have a difficult time with some aspects of the story. First and foremost is the constant head hopping. While interest to have so many introspections from the main character, it kept me from truly becoming invested if Holly and James. That may have been a good thing because Holly’s relationship with James is very convoluted.
Another problem I had was when Holly regressed back to other lives as far back as Atlantis. I felt as if I was still reading a contemporary story because the language and attitudes were way too modern for the historical times of her regressions.
Nonetheless, I am glad I read Little Bits of Karma, and if you are looking for a story that will titillate your imagination and get you wondering whether reincarnation exists, then you will be fascinated by this unique book. Happy reading!
[ reviewed by Vicki Coker at Romance Writer and Lover of Books…Vikki Vaught ]
Here’s what other reviewers are saying:
If you are looking for a sweet-cute-cheesy read than this one can do. Little Bits of Karma started out really good, I like the whole thought about incarnation and our past lives. I’m not going to lie, I sometimes wonder if my past life transgressions are being paid in this life.
As I said this is a cute read about love, reincarnation, and bits of karma catching up with the characters from their previous lives. There are paranormal aspects in this story but don’t let that deter you if you are not into paranormal… it’s mostly regarding heroine Holly’s past lives, and how she does regression and explores all (or most) of her past lives.
The things that happens to the characters is in consequence to their behavior in their previous lives. They are all intertwined from a life time ago. Some of the regression were (in my opinion) more entertaining than the current events. There is romance and it was easy to follow, at times it was too much to soon but it makes sense when visiting past lives.
I found the whole scenario of what is happening and how the characters come together, a bit forced and just too coincidental to take it serious. There were plenty of instances that I just couldn’t hold in the eye-roll and chuckle at the cheesiness. Also, I had a hard time picturing the characters as mature 40+ 50-year-old adults with how they acted and thought. It was more like reading the thoughts of teens. Lol.
With all that said it was an ok read. Nothing dramatic. It was a so so in my opinion.
– Amazon Reviewer Love Words And Books/ Kathy
This book was really great. Once I picked it up I could not put it down.
It follows Holly a woman who believes in reincarnation. Her fascination and interest leads her to a psychic which leads her into looking into her past lives. It really is an interesting read.
I love books like this. I love learning about history and all of Holly’s lives were really cool to look back on. I have to say at first I thought I wouldn’t really like the book because Ive never thought much about Psychics and reincarnation. I am so glad I read this book though. It was deeply intriguing from page one. It was written very well. Based on the Prologue I thought it would be confusing, but it was a very smooth read. It was full of good, bad, and lots of romance.
Overall this was a great, hard to put down, read!…Stormi
– Amazon Reviewer Boundless Book Reviews
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