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Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite
Finding Fizz by Julie Hodgson is a story depicting the power of love. The story opens with Sam in the midst of paradise, but for him heaven is hell. Although surrounded by profound serenity and beauty, Sam feels no emotion, no impact. Held within the emptiness, he hears a sobbing voice state, “I have let you down.” This sorrowful regret comes from Athena, Sam’s guardian angel. By interfering in Sam's destiny, Athena alters the course of his life. Now he is stuck in this place, brokenhearted, and unable to move forward. Sam is forever separated from his love, his soul mate, Fizz. Breaking all the rules, Athena offers Sam two choices - stay here for eternity and make the best of it, or be reborn into a new body and search for his beloved. However, if he chooses the latter, death will continue to follow him until he lives beyond his twentieth birthday. Sam agrees to be reincarnated; however, he may have to be reborn several times before he achieves his freedom and finds his true love.
What would you be willing to do to achieve true love? Julie Hodgson's response to that question is to live until you get it right. Finding Fizz is an enchanting love story that grabs the reader from the very beginning. The conflict of man versus fate/destiny is portrayed in an exceptional manner. This spellbinding narrative abounds in exquisite, poetic and romantic imagery. The plot unfolds in three separate realms, making the narrative move and flow through time. Decades and centuries are as minutes and days. The theme of love will conquer all, even death and eternity, echoes through each passage of time. Hodgson does a wonderful job of weaving her characters through the parallel time settings. They face the same obstacles, yet in different time eras. Just when you think you have it all figured out, you are taken by surprise. The narrative’s elements of fantasy and adventure make Finding Fizz an enjoyable and magical read. After all, at times we all wish we had a second chance at life; just imagine what life would be like with a do over.