A Return To The Past (An inspirational story about our spiritual believes to find good)

Fiction - Inspirational
332 Pages
Reviewed on 04/22/2019
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Author Biography

Maria Inês Rebelo was born in Lisbon (1985), Portugal, to Portuguese history teachers.

She remembers having started reading Jules Verne's books and the famous Portuguese fiction collection "An Adventure". She continued to read more and more until adulthood, especially novels by writers like Isabel Allende, John Steinbeck, and Marion Zimmer Bradley.

She studied Law for several years and has a masters degree in Private Law (2012). 2015 she published her first non-fiction book ‘The Work as a Volunteer’ (only available in Portuguese edition).

‘Hypnosis: A Return to the Past’ is her first novel. Together with this book, Rebelo wrote ‘The light of Marva: The story before Jasmine’ (a bonus available free to readers). The book is a Finalist in the 13th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards (2019), Finalist and Winner in the American Fiction Awards 2019 and 2019 Readers' Favorite Honorable Mention in the Fiction - Time Travel genre.

The human soul is the focus of her stories. She describes her writing as a mix of magical realism, speculative and visionary fiction.

She believes in education through reading and argues that all children should have access to a book. She thinks books change the world, and that writing is an instrument of power. For good, and for evil.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

Hypnosis: A Return To The Past by Maria Inês Rebelo is an engrossing novel. Marcus Belling is a renowned hypnotist known throughout the country for many years after appearing on his first national television show where he talked about hypnosis. The most famous of his many public presentations were his interviews on the Therapy of Past Lives and Regression, which had become especially legendary. But everything changes the moment Anne Pauline Roux knocks at his door, not even knowing what she really wants. It happens that this woman possesses exceptional power when hypnotized. What makes it even worse is the fact that a fellow hypnotist knows about this power. He is Josef Salvaterra who is not particularly fond of Marcus. Now he has something he can use to kick Marcus off stage and he is ready for anything.

This is an intriguing story about hypnosis, a novel with an unusual plot and characters that are exceptionally complex. There is something mysteriously disturbing about Anne and the effect she has on the self-controlled, level-headed hypnotist. Maria Inês Rebelo is a great storyteller and I loved how this author makes readers connect with the characters. The narrative has strong psychological underpinnings and a conflict that allows the characters to evolve through the story. I read on, wanting to see what happens between Marcus and his enemy Josef. Josef is a very ambitious character and this is something that drives him to envy and the desire to hurt a renowned peer. The tension is strong and the story moves fast with scenes that are focused and skillfully written.