Enlightened

Enlightened - A.L. Waddington ***** April's 5 Star Review ***** 5 Dreams and Screams

The barrier between Jocelyn Timmons consciousness continues to dissolve as she better understands the two lives she lives and enormity of her newly discovered inherited gift of EVE (Essence Voyager Era) which allows her to fall asleep on one plane of existence and awaken on another as her soul travels nightly.

Present-day Jocelyn uncovers the vast wonderment of the Victorian era but soon learns that life then was not as grand for women as she has read in the classics. Still, she finds comfort in the support of family and friends; a bolstering contrast to her overly hectic, career-oriented family in the twenty-first century. Her love for Jackson Chandler strengthens across time and becomes the light she so desperately needs as the world she has always known no longer makes sense. Yet, the closer she is drawn to Jackson by their mutual ability, the more strain develops amongst those she loves in 2009.

On the other side of Jocelyn’s consciousness in 1878, she remains ignorant of EVE. Her life is crumbling around her, yet she finds herself anxiously awaiting the images that invade her dreams. Jocelyn longs to be the woman she portrays in that world yet her jealousy is unbearable. Miscommunication, betrayal and hidden agendas make trust near impossible. The clearer the visions become the more she questions motives of her closest confidants and foregoes revealing the images that plague her perception. As her life seems to unravel, Jocelyn’s two worlds collide, and she is enlightened as the pieces start to fall into place. But is she strong enough to survive the truth? Is Jackson really her destiny? And can their love transcend time?
Enlightened starts out with a prologue, which pretty much goes over what happened in the previous book just not in detail. Enlightened was more focused on the difficulties that the characters faced, especially Jocelyn in dealing with this EVE. As I was reading it I felt like things kept getting harder for Jocelyn instead of easy. I loved the part where both Jocelyn and Jackson could actually touch each other without her getting sick or fainting. You can tell just by reading how much these two loved each other and what it felt like for me to be able to be near each other and to be able to touch them. The author makes you fall in love with them all over again. I am so glad to have read the first 2 books in this series that I can’t wait to read the 3rd one.