4 out of 5 stars
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“Soulmates: Revised” by Ronald J. Gerhard is a historical novel that discusses the journey of soulmates as they travel through thirteen generations to meet one another. Due to one circumstance or another, the soulmates in the generations were unable to unite as one until the thirteenth generation.
It started with William Hopkins from Nottinghamshire, London, and Judith Vassar of Plymouth Colony. To Judith, William was simply an image of human traits and values that attracted him to her. It was in their destiny to meet, as they were kindred spirits with similar interests. However, a circumstance made this unity impossible, as each eventually married another, leaving both unhappy and frustrated.
The author believes that despite the circumstances that may arise, the spirit of soulmates finds no rest until they are united. For the second generation, Henry Hopkins and Samantha Whitney were destined by fate to continue the quest. Henry would have taken his stand to marry Samantha had they reached out and embraced. He was convinced to marry Anna instead of Samantha, as she was the older of the two. I was fascinated by the fact that each generation produces children who continue the soulmate’s quest for unity.
After Samantha’s death, I felt terrible when Jacques discovered from ancient documents that Samantha and Anna Whitney were second cousins rather than first. Therefore, Abigail and Martins, the offspring of Henry Hopkins and Samantha Whitney, could have gotten married, and the soulmates would have united at that point.
In the 13th generation, Bryan Hopkins ponders the idea of souls travelling across generations to find their mates. It was discovered that the loving spirits of Judith Vassar and William Hopkins were passed down through 13 generations. It was fate that led the entire family of Bryan Hopkins to come down with the flu, as they were saved from the deaths in 2001 at the World Trade Centre. When the soulmates eventually united in the 13th generation, the union produced Judith Hopkins, a successor who begins her own journey and the quest all over again.
I’m amazed by the author’s ability to put this book together. This shows he is well versed, especially when it comes to historical fiction, which dates back to the 17th century. As I went through the book, the events and characters felt real enough. I also loved the easy narrative tone he used in the book.
I noticed some negative aspects I didn’t like about the book. First, there were inconsistencies in the spelling of ‘Graaff’. I was confused about the correct spelling, whether it’s 'Graaff' or ‘Graff’. These occurred between locations 783 and 988. Again, I noticed some errors in the book. For this reason, I rate it 4 out of 5 stars.
I recommend this book to readers who love historical fiction. It is equally ideal for those who are interested in learning more about the concept of soulmates and their mode of operation.
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