Transforming Pandora – Showcased by The People’s Book Prize 20013/4
Pandora Series – Book One
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Attempting to come to terms with her husband’s death, Pandora reluctantly attends an evening of clairvoyance and raises a spirit who sets her on a new path. Just as her romantic life begins to improve, things become complicated by the reappearance of a man she never expected to see again. Her spiritual life is also presented with a challenge when she is offered the chance of enlightenment via a heavenly correspondence course. Her quest in life to find her true purpose is within her grasp. But will she take it? Should she follow her heart or her soul – or can she satisfy both?
Carolyn Mathews is a talented writer, adroitly balancing the emotional and spiritual themes that drive this multi-layered metaphysical romance. A rich cast of characters supplement the basic love story and keep the plot moving. In addition, she does an excellent job keeping the reader on track as we time travel between Pandora’s loves and losses. Whether you’re looking for romance or spiritual guidance, this well-written novel of love and rebirth satisfies both.
P J Swanwick – Fiction For A New Age
When a woman suddenly finds herself alone in midlife, she may be confused by conflicting thoughts and feelings. In this story, we see how Pandora is able to create her new life out of the ashes and move in the direction she truly wants to go. Well-written and engaging, Transforming Pandora is an enjoyable read. I highly recommend it.
Alice Berger – Berger Book Reviews
‘Transforming Pandora’ was like meeting an old friend on a long train journey. A few hours – decades – later I realised I had listened seamlessly to a bright voice lighting up a life in which nothing so very outlandish has happened but hills and vales of personal growth have been determinedly traversed. Pandora has that narrative voice which, like Jane Eyre’s or Cassandra’s in Dodie Smith’s ‘I Capture the Castle’, genuinely seems to care whether we are enjoying her account. I do feel she knows the reader is there. Not least among the reasons for this is Carolyn Mathews’s expert light touch with her language and lucid style. ‘Transforming Pandora’ is storytelling, not madcap diary-writing or quirky chick, and Pandora earns herself lasting friends.
Jessica Moss – Amazon
Fascinating, interesting, introspective and well written, this coming-of-age story could be your story or someone else’s, whatever age that may be! A great read.
Ian Banks – Bluewolf Reviews
‘Transforming Pandora’ is engaging, meticulously observed, gracefully written, bubbly and touching.
Joseph Laredo – translator of ‘The Outsider’ by Albert Camus, Penguin
This is just one of those really beautiful, touching and delightful stories, that draws you in from the very beginning and keeps you enchanted until the very end…what is wonderful about this book is that the spiritual side is only touched on very briefly, allowing the plot to flow around Pandora’s life, telling a remarkable tale about life and love.
Nikki Bywater – Nikki’s Books4U