Tied to the Soul by Eva G. Headley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Ria Jackson thought she was making the right choice when she relocates to New York to fulfil her dream. She leaves behind the love of her life Shawn Matthews in Los Angeles. What she soon finds out is her choice to leave brings about devastating effects. Left alone Shawn Matthews reunites with Andrea Lasalle 'a rebound'. They become lovers quickly but Shawn cannot get Ria out of his mind-she has a hold on him. Shawn's loyalty to his brother Kenny is put to the test when Shawn find's out he is a drug addict. After a heated scuffle Shawn kicks Kenny out of his home, in order for Kenny to get a life. This leaves Kenny on the streets looking for revenge. Andrea thinks she has the man of her dreams but fails to realise to have him she will lose her own soul and become a possessive lover. When Ria returns to Los Angeles a love triangle forms between Ria, Shawn and Andrea. Weeks before a wedding tragedy hits leading everyone to believe it was a murder not an accident.
My ReviewThis book was a little all over the place. There were several things going on 1) a relationship, 2)addiction and 3) questionable friendships. The book's main character, Ria, is in a relationship with Shawn Matthews when her dream job gets offered to her, but she has to move to NY. After accepting this job she goes through some life changes but refuses to discuss them with Shawn whom she is still in love with. She eventually ends up back in California but Shawn has moved on and she still holds on to her secret which creates all sorts of problem. Between Shawn's new relationship and fake friends, Ria's life spends out of control. It's not until she starts being truthful that things get back on track. When unexpected tragedy occurs, Shawn and Ria's lives change forever. The author did a good job of telling the story including adding drama and backstabbing in the appropriate places. Ha ha! The climax to me occurred late in the story but it was emotional and appropriate for this story. Overall, it was a good read.
From a Christian PerspectiveWell there were certain situations in this book that had unexpected consequences. As Christians we know that should we choose to live in and with our sin, there will be consequences. Ria had to face the consequences of her relationship with Shawn. I struggled with the faith as it was presented in this book. It was sort of an afterthought, but on the other hand I don't think this was meant to be a Christian novel. Throughout the book there was forgiveness which did add a nice touch to the story. I would recommend this book for mature audiences due to the fact that some of the situations are mature.
This was a book from my personal collection, all opinions expressed are my own.
Love and Blessings!
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