Release Date: March 28th, 2012
Finished Date: November 19th, 2012
Publishers: Self Published
Source: For Review
The Review: Glimmers, is a sweet and heart-warming book telling the stories of three women, finding their true love. Our main character is Paige and as we quickly find out, Paige has a gift and that gift is psychometry for Paige is about to learn that she can glean memories from certain objects that have held some intense emotion. Feeling these items can send her to experience life through the beholders eyes and in this book, she does just that….
Our first experience of Paige’s gift is when she connects to a second hand pair of boots she recently purchased and she is transported back to the 80’s and into the life of Delilah who at 18, finds her first job and is filled with hopes and dreams for her future. She doesn’t bank on finding her first love that summer, nor does she bank on the obstacles put in her way…………… will love win out?
Even though Paige experiences months of this life she is in fact only ‘out’ for a short while and seems to have brought some ‘talent’ back with her. She has a lot going on in her life at the minute but it’s about to get worse when running an errand for her sister’s forth coming wedding, she accidently slides into her sister’s life and uncovers a huge secret that could have far reaching consequences for those involved and Paige needs to know how to deal with that. As the wedding prep gets well under way Paige’s mother gifts a dressing table to her and low and behold, Paige finds herself sliding into her ancestor’s life and watches as she takes her first steps into love also. So whilst trying to keep her husband happy, her family afloat and trying to fend off their concerns – Paige uses her experiences and changes in her life to deal with her dilemma…..will it all work out in the end?
I mentioned that Glimmers is a sweet and heart-warming book and it definitely is. What I liked about it most was that through these glimpses into the past & present, we get to see how love and sexuality has evolved over time but ultimately, the dance is the same. In the 1800s it’s very innocent, passing glances, just being in each-others presence, making ones intentions clear to the parent etc. very PG… but very sweet, there was a certain refinement about the courtship – I’m not usually a person who likes anything historical but because this wasn’t a forced relationship and we see how it’s natural and blossoms over time, I found it very endearing. Then again in the 80's story, we find a young woman, 18, trying to find herself and then when she becomes involved with someone there is a certain sweetness to that too but then there is the insecurities that start to affect life. There is still a lot of difference (in my opinion) from the 80’s girl who still retains a bit of innocence wanting to wait for the right person and the modern girl who finds it hard to resist temptation and is very aware of her sexuality – quite a different view from the way relationships are portrayed in the 80s and how expectations & sexuality have seemed to evolve over the last 20+ years and that becomes apparent when we get to the present and we see what type of relationships go on now. I liked that they all go through some dilemma that relates to the love they are discovering and that Paige ties all of that together with her gift and the need to resolve an certain ‘issue’. I also like how Paige seems to becoming a better person through the lives & lessons she is experiencing – a nice little side effect occurs and I could definitely benefit from that. The pacing was good and all of the stories blended together seamlessly and I found it hard to put down, it is a really light fun read that will appeal to any romantic out there.