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Journey to Mystic Island is a nonfiction spiritual/supernatural memoir written by Susan Smith Davis. Davis and her husband have been sharing their home on Mystic Island with an entity for some years now. They’ve not been able to pinpoint exactly who he was or why he’s still on this plane, but they’ve been able to get some ideas on his possible identity. The house was a dream come true for them. They loved the New Jersey coast, and New Jersey’s Mystic Island evoked many of the same feelings for them. Davis loved the rich briny smells of the Atlantic, the seaweed and marine life. The house had needed somewhat more repairs than they had been led to believe, particularly to the roof which leaked, but fate seemed to point them to the best possible people to contract the work out to, people who became friends. Davis had experienced prophetic dreams in the past and vividly remembered a dying visitation from her mother, but she had never had contact with spirits before moving to Mystic. She’s not frightened of her visitor. The bangs, whispered words and occasional wisps of cologne wafting through the air simply signal that he is still there.
Susan Smith Davis’s nonfiction spiritual/supernatural memoir, Journey to Mystic Island, continues the story she began in her first book, Foretold: An Epic Spiritual Journey; however, I found reading this book on its own to be enjoyable and fulfilling. I too love the coast and fell in love with the pictures I found online of Mystic Island. As someone who’s enjoyed many summer vacations on New Jersey’s coast, I could easily see the attraction of this unique island. Davis’s accounts of her ghostly visitor's presence were intriguing, and I especially appreciated how she and her husband have kept an open mind about what might have led others to sell out at bargain basement prices. Their curiosity and empathy drives this well-written and fascinating memoir. Journey to Mystic Island is most highly recommended.