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Reviewed by Melanie Moon for Readers' Favorite
Parallel Worlds by Wynne Stevens was an unexpected pleasure to read. It was reminiscent of everything that I loved about The Notebook, yet having its own flair and uniqueness. The narrative starts with our perception of reality and interpretation of that reality. It’s a brief introduction used as a segue into the essence of this wonderfully woven story. Parallel Worlds is a story of acceptance, love, betrayal, faith, humility, sacrifice, and redemption. It’s a journey to save one soul while simultaneously allowing that positive energy to encompass another’s reality or existence. Three seconds can be a lifetime, depending on what you do with them.
I loved the concept of God used throughout Parallel Worlds. It wasn’t presented in a “preachy” manner, but flowed eloquently, interwoven into the plot to move the narrative forward. I also enjoyed the explanation of a Soul Mate, and how allowing yourself to truly merge with one created for you can strengthen and enhance all that you are. Albeit, rejecting that merging of spirit can have detrimental consequences. Just as choosing a path of corruption and greed can send you spiraling down an imperceptible decline into moral turpitude and destruction.
The storytelling from the demented mind of Jason was compelling and extremely touching. It truly caused me to feel for the character as he suffered through his trauma and past mistakes. However, there can always be redemption if you know where to look, and accept it when it’s offered. Emilee’s naivety and loss made her the perfect counterpart for Jason Abrahms. And their relationship and bond was heartening. I will definitely be reading more from Wynne Stevens.