Love Through Time is Nana Prah’s debut novel. It is a light, sweet romantic mystery teeming with past lives’ intrigue. There are no heavy sex scenes.
Nana Prah throws in an original past lives’ twist, as not only are the primary characters instantly attracted to each other, but they also both experience gut-wrenching physical pain and dizziness related to their past lives.
As the story opens, we learn that Jasmine, our heroine, has given up on relationships after being stood up at the altar by her ex-fiance without warning or explanation.
During a family reunion, Jasmine shares with her Grandma that she has been having extremely realistic visions of two past lives…one in which she was a male Nazi prison guard and the other in which she was a female Aztec warrior. Jasmine doesn’t believe in past lives, so these visions are very confusing to her. Then, after meeting Sean, our hero, she recognizes him as being her love interest in both of those visions and she starts re-thinking her beliefs regarding the validity of past lives.
Jasmine comes to believe that traits from her past lives have carried forward to her current life. Her Nazi/warrior aggressiveness continues through her fighting; she is an accomplished take-no-prisoners black belt in karate. AND…the guilt and remorse that plagues her, derives from her life as a Nazi. It appears that she is compensating for her failures while a Nazi, by her vocation in this life of serving others as a compassionate hospice nurse.
On the other hand, while Sean is deeply attracted to Jasmine from the time they first meet at Grandma’s, he has serious, innate “trust” issues with her that he does not understand. He is also repulsed by the aggressiveness Jasmine displays with her fighting moves. He doesn’t know how to cope with either of these issues in their relationship.
Besides the hero and the heroine, Grandma is my favorite as she’s a caring, say-anything, down-to-earth maternal character who spices up the pages where she appears. Everyone in the book is comfortable with Grandma. Other characters include Jasmine’s sister and brother and her ex-fiance and Sean’s father and mother.
The main story revolves around the question: Can two characters who have been deeply in love in prior lives, get past trust issues from those lives, to fully commit to each other again in a present life?
As an added dramatic twist, while Sean and Jasmine are rediscovering themselves in this life and working through Sean’s trust issues, someone is maliciously targeting Jasmine’s family. The couple must uncover and stop the perpetrator before people dear to them are killed.
I enjoyed reading this story but I was frustrated by the lack of communication between Sean and Jasmine. There were times I just wanted to shake them both.
If you love original tales featuring past lives intrigue, you will find this tale to be a good read!
-Reviewed by Linda