Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Into the Mist Review, Judith Ingram

From a Reader’s Point Of View:

First I have to advise you to purchase the Moonseed Trilogy and read them in order. I’m not saying that because I’m drumming up sales, but because this really is a trilogy. That being said, I enjoyed Into the Mist. If you read Into the Mist first, I recommend reading and re-reading the summaries of the first two books (Bridge to the Past and Borrowed Promises) located at the beginning of this book. Judith Ingram has a nice writing style which takes the reader swiftly along. It is fascinating to see how personality plays the major role in events, as can be seen with these two women who trade places. It is clear that the real Victoria is more suited for Katherine’s life and vice-versa. I have met people whom I think were born in the wrong century. This book shows what could happen if a forward-thinking aggressive personality were placed in the modern city of San Francisco. In the meantime, the gentle old-fashioned personality was planted in the 1800’s.

Another component is the love developing in the time they borrow the other woman’s body. It becomes clear they will be returned to their original bodies soon. How can they switch back and lose the passion of a man they’d come to love… not to mention childbirth? It is heart-wrenching and keeps you swiping the pages hoping for a solution.

And of course, one can’t help but wonder how odd they must seem to the community they are placed in. They must cope with language and ideological differences in how they communicate. Very interesting premise for a book. I look forward to reading the first two in the Moonseed Trilogy, and then re-reading Into the Mist.

From a Writers POV:

Into the Mist is a complex book, with the constant changing from a historical to a modern romance. Again, I advise reading the first two books in the Moonseed Trilogy. I haven’t read them, but based on her writing style, I’m willing to bet they will be equally well written.

She cleverly uses a fast pace and modern language for the current scenes with modern Victoria, and slows it down to accommodate historical Katherine’s life. I was flat out confused for a couple of chapters, but then I settled into the rhythm and enjoyed the story. Ingram also brings in some psychological aspects, which I found interesting. I came away from it with an idea of how important our personalities are, regardless of which body (or century) we happen to inhabit.

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