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A story that gently introduces spiritual ideas that are philosophical and magical. (Edinburgh Evening News)
Featuring magical encounters and unexpected detours, this is a fable the reader can draw from on their own spiritual journey. (Spirit & Destiny magazine)
Whether you're looking for a magical read, or simply want to lose yourself in a world of spiritualism, this book is guaranteed to pull on your heartstrings. The story follows two travellers, a wise sage and young boy, whose worlds unexpectedly collide with consequences neither could have imagined. It's a heart-warming fable that will resonate with you long after the last page. (Soul & Spirit)
About the Author
Tom Lawrence is a hypnotherapist, acupuncturist and herbalist who lives in Edinburgh. Smiling the Moon is his first novel.
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Set on the mythical - and somewhat mystical island of Bracka (as an aside, I wonder if this was inspired by the lovely island of Brač, where I spent a wonderful holiday a couple of years ago?), the tale unfolds around the journey of Wode - a "gnoseer" (wise man/shaman/healer and all-round good egg) and a young runaway - Geeter, who becomes his apprentice and companion. Wode's walkabout is his way of exorcising his inner demons after the death in childbirth of his beloved wife. Geeter too has his own troubled back-story. Together, through various tasks and dangers, they forge a powerful friendship and discover a new purpose in life.
If your own spiritual beliefs preclude you from reading about karma, reincarnation and such, then Smiling The Moon is probably best avoided. If you are an adventurous soul, who loves a good yarn, memories of which will stay with you for a long time, then give it a go and I'm sure you won't be disappointed!
Beautifully written, uplifting, and perfect for those who are currently "on a journey" in their own lives.
It runs for two hundred and fifty six pages and is divided into eleven chapters. It's complete and self contained and not part of any trilogy or series.
There's also a map of the location of the story at the start. An Island called Bracka.
For the style of the setting, think remote island early twentieth century. Remote. Travel by horse and/or cart. Nothing in the way of technology.
But this is also a world of magic. After a fashion.
Wode, one of the two main characters, is a gnoseer. A select group of individuals with special insights and abilities into the land and it's people and creatures. What you might best describe as a Shaman. Wode is a man on a journey, seeking new destiny following the death of his wife.
On his travels, he meets runaway boy Geeter. Who is also dealing with loss and looking for purpose.
Together, the two begin a journey, which will lead both to learn a lot of lessons.
A short interview with the writer at the end of the book describes how he set out to write a self help book, only for it to turn into a novel. A note about the writer describes him as a therapist and herbalist. So you can see where this book is coming from. Wode delivers sagely wisdom about negative energy and karma and other such things. This could be preachy, didactic and annoying. But it's not. The book does offer a lot of food for thought about many aspects of life.
The writing is clear and very readable, bringing the setting and the characters quite vividly to life. It does use a surprising amount of line breaks, with one between every single change in viewpoint. Which tends to come every couple of paragraphs. And even between each line in a conversation. This approach is something you quickly get used to and it works very well.
It's not a book with anything much in the way of jeopardy or drama, save for a couple of moments of incident and some mild mystery in the middle. That doesn't make it any less absorbing of a journey, though. This is a trip involving two likeable and appealing characters who grow and develop over the course of it. Through a location which is a very pleasant place to read about. It's a journey that does reach a conclusion also. Which is a very pleasing one as well.
This is an absorbing and captivating and gentle read. Which is also a memorable and thought provoking one. It's well worth five stars.
Do be sure to read the short chat with the writer at the end, because it is quite interesting.
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