Thursday, July 10, 2008

"Falling Upwards" by Kassandra Sims

FROM THE BOOKCOVER:
NEVA JONES IS ON A QUEST But she's not quite sure what she's questing for. A crow told her to take off all the iron she was wearing, a stag told her to get a lock of pale hair and a lock of dark, and an owl told her to jump into a lake. Neva is a businesswoman in the New South, not a character in some fairy tale -- but she'll take on this quest if it means no longer feeling like she''s going insane. So she dives right into the lake and into a crazy dream-world where nothing makes sense, giants speak in riddles, surfers throw tea parties, and there''s ocean as far as the eye can see. One thing seems certain: the hottie she met on a business trip in Wales is here, and needs to be saved from living the cycle of a curse over and over. Neva's saved herself plenty during her thirty-one years; she figures she can save a dark-haired, blue-eyed Welshman by solving a bunch of riddles. And then, if this really is a fairy tale, they'll be together forever.
This is a fairly short novel at a little over 200 pages but is quite captivating. Neva is on a business trip to Wales brokering a pharmaceutical partnership. While there she catches some local colour and a visit to a pub results in a chance encounter with a young man, March who is more then he seems. She makes an unwitting remark in his presence which unleashes a mystical bond which is the start of her quest unknown to her. She returns home feeling increasingly disconcerted and out of synch with her surroundings, family and friends. Leaving the city for the countryside she returns to her grandparents farm and finds herself diving into a pond on their property and emerges into a mystical place. The quest she is thrust into is imaginative and surprisingly gentle - no dark fantasy here, but nevertheless a fun journey. Recommended.

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