Reconciliation ~Heaven and Earth~

Fiction - Supernatural
323 Pages
Reviewed on 02/07/2018
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Author Biography

Based in New York and London, I wrote for magazines for over a decade—from Omni to Connoisseur. I then wrote an unprecedented, well-publicized, 7-part series for Playboy Magazine, Men and Women, with British author, Jo Durden-Smith, which became a book, Sex and the Brain (Arbor House, Warner Books, Pan/Picador U.K.; seven languages). This was the first book ever written for the layperson, on the heady time in the biological sciences, when we began to ask the question: “So…who are we as a species?” A way into that question for scientists was to look at the differences/ similarities between males and females in body, brain, and behavior -- and their inherent equality. Thus: Sex and the Brain! During a break from writing, I held a psychotherapy practice and co-developed two cohousing communities. I did pen a memoir during that time tucked into Feathers Brush the Heart (Warner Books 2002 ed. Sinclair Browning). Then I fell in love with Thailand and wrote, Dear Thailand: A Love Story (Amazon, 2013) a memoir about a people and a culture that radically reshapes your heart. A number of stories inspired “Reconciliation” – the most notable of which was an unresolved murder of astrophysicist, engaged in research into extraterrestrial intelligence. I entered the entire ET field and had to sort out the woo-woo! What I learned in the process fueled the entire story!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

Reconciliation: Heaven and Earth by Diane de Simone is a great blend of sci-fi and intrigue, a story that explores the nuances of quantum physics and takes readers on a rollicking ride that follows one woman’s psychological struggles and belief mutation. Meet seasoned psychologist, Martha Mathewson, who is so sure of her convictions to the point that she makes fun of her husband Don’s fascination for the quantum world. But when Don is murdered, she believes it’s because of his research. Someone is looking for his files. It seems there is more to Don’s files than meets the eye, and moving to Tucson, Arizona doesn’t protect her and her daughter from enemies who will stop at nothing until they get what they want.

Martha questions everything she’s ever believed in when a small metal ball found in Don’s old desk begins to speak telepathically to her, and she knows nothing will ever be the same again. Now, she understands that the object comes from the future and is on a mission to protect her, but from what? This is an intelligently plotted and masterfully executed novel with great potential to delight readers, not only those who have a particular interest in quantum physics, but anyone looking for a well-written and engaging story. The characters are strong, well-developed, and utterly compelling and I enjoyed the psychological transformation witnessed in the protagonist. Diane de Simone’s Reconciliation: Heaven and Earth has a strong setting, a fast pace, and twists that will surprise readers. Diane de Simone weaves suspense into her tale in a way only a mistress of the genre could.

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“I am Presence. I’ll be opening up vistas for her, offering her possibilities of new, fresh love and forgiveness. I’ll be conjuring up encounters that might prompt her to rise in awareness, to meet her existence with a far less defended, more global heart and mind. Will she join the heart that is the light of this world? Stay with me. We’ll see who she becomes. ” Reconciliation: Heaven and Earth by Diane de Simone starts with an intriguing prologue. Forty-eight-year-old Martha Mathewson is a recent widow; a tenured professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Boulder. Her husband, world-renowned astrophysicist Don Mathewson, was found dead 20 days ago, along a highway in New Mexico. She moves to Tucson, Arizona to start anew, but she soon discovers that there’s more to her husband's death, and her life might be in danger.

The extraterrestrial element certainly makes the story engaging, as protagonist Martha, aka Marti, uncovers the truth about a research that Don was involved in. Humanity is so self-contained that we tend to forget or ignore other beings in the universe. Reconciliation: Heaven and Earth is not just about aliens and conspiracies though. There’s also self-discovery, forgiveness and finding love again. This combination makes the story concept thought-provoking, plausible, and well-incorporated into the plot, which created an interesting chain of events. Strong characterization and good dialogue strengthen the concept further. The tense and cheerful moments are in the right places and I love the way the story ended. All in all, a commendable work from Diane de Simone.